Scared – Written Between Tuesday 15th February 1994 and November 1994 (Aged 18/19)


i got scared today
i got angry
but i did not want to say
you can keep on kicking us
till we fall down
we are not getting at you
we are just sticking around
we are here to work
it seems,
you are here to make rules
sometimes you really hurt
why do you treat us like fools?
all i want to do is learn
if there was any ambition –
at the start,
then now, i am watching it burn
learning about life
is as important
as learning about the mechanics
give us the space we deserve
don’t always look at us
to place the blame
give us the respect,
and back to you, we will do the same
and we will try our best
you should be there to help us
talk to us, not at us
be somewhere near
it is like we are cluttering up the place
would you rather not us here
are you so scared, what do you want
none of us want to live in fear

James Garratt – 1994

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