SORRY, SORRY DAY
© lyrics and music Max Merckenschlager

 

Winner, 2008 Grenfell Henry Lawson statuette, Grenfell NSW.

 

Sweets are waiting in the car
come and ride - we won't go far

mum and dad know where you are -  

a sorry, sorry day.             

No, you can't go home tonight

stop it, or I'll take the light

in the morning you'll be right -

another sorry day.


Other children live here, see?

You can share their dormitory,

safe at night by lock and key -

a sorry, sorry day.

Up you get - can't laze in bed!  

Lots of chores before you're fed,

morning prayers will change your head -

another sorry day.


Let me shed a tear with you, walk across a bridge or two

build a better future by acknowledging the past.


No, your mother doesn't care,

better off without you there.

Here's the tunic you must wear -

a sorry, sorry day.  

Smarten up and fix your dress,

there's a family to impress.

If you go, that's one kid less -

another sorry day.


Let me shed a tear with you, walk across a bridge or two

build a better future by acknowledging the past.


Here are letters home you wrote,  

“DO NOT SEND”, Department's note.

Family was too remote -

a sorry, sorry day.

Mother died four years ago,

thought they might have let you know.

Dad's in jail, the records show -

another sorry day.



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