The Baby's Head

from Comfortable Hatred by Greg Hancock

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I heard a story about a family managing to get away from their home in Syria...


Well I made the arrangements through a government agent.
And we told the kids that they could only take one of their toys.
And we left after midnight, leaving the hall light on.
And we covered the baby's head so it wouldn't make too much noise.

We rolled through the town, pushing the children's heads down.
And flinching at every sound of gunshot and grenade.
Somehow we got to the border
And the guard winked and said "It's all in order here"
And my wife covered the baby's head with her hand
As they lifted the barricade.

You try explaining to a seven-year-old girl
That she's just witnessed the end of her world.
Or convince a five-year-old boy
That his mother's tears are not his fault.

We drove the the mountains and the forest surrounding
The old family farm, where they waited
With their lips caught in their teeth.
And at the sound of our engine the old women came running out
And they covered the baby's head with kisses and tears of relief.


from Comfortable Hatred, released July 1, 2015
Guitar and vocal - Greg Hancock
Cello - Jo Hooper
Double Bass - Lukas Drinkwater


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