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TV refugees

Author(s): George Hynd

Copyright holder(s): George Hynd

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This is called, simply, 'T.V. Refugees'.

Almost every night ye'll see them,
In yer homes on your T.V.s,
The suffering children of this world,
They're called the refugees.

Their plight does not really concern us
For they are far away,
Their pain and suffering you cannot feel
From your armchair today.

We first saw them in Biafra
In the days of black and white,
Then greetin’ millions sat and watched
That fearsome tearsome sight.

And when Puff the Magic Dragon
Came to see them in Vietnam
They were burnt alive wi' Napalm,
A gift from Uncle Sam.

They cleared mine-fields for Ayatollah
And [inaudible] gas out in Iran
But it was the will of Allah
To heed this holy man.

He got killed and maimed in Lebanon
He did not know what for
As Muslims, Jews and Christians
They fight a senseless war.

But when mankind he goes to war
And invades another kingdom
His cause is always liberty
And his war cry it is freedom.

But for the young ones who are limbless
An’ the ones that cannot see
An’ the young lives that were wasted
From what are they set free?

Will the time ever come
When all the world's at peace?
Will the carnage [?]every[/?] stop
And children's suffering cease?

Will man put down his weapons?
Will he listen to my pleas
And make sure tha’ on my T.V. set
There are no more refugees?


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TV refugees

Audio

Audio audience

General public
For gender Mixed
Audience size 1

Audio awareness & spontaneity

Speaker awareness Aware
Degree of spontaneity Spontaneous

Audio relationship between recorder/interviewer and speakers

Speakers knew each other Yes

Audio transcription information

Transcriber id 631
Year of transcription 2004
Year material recorded 1995
Word count 245

Audio type

Poetry reading/song/ballad performance

Author

Author details

Author id 611
Forenames George
Surname Hynd
Gender Male
Decade of birth 1940
Educational attainment None
Age left school 15
Upbringing/religious beliefs Protestantism
Occupation Retired Plasterer
Place of birth Dunfermline
Region of birth Fife
Birthplace CSD dialect area Fif
Country of birth Scotland
Place of residence Bilston, Roslin
Region of residence Midlothian
Residence CSD dialect area midLoth
Father's occupation Plasterer
Father's place of birth Kelty
Father's region of birth Fife
Father's birthplace CSD dialect area Fif
Father's country of birth Scotland
Mother's occupation Housewife
Mother's place of birth Kelty
Mother's region of birth Fife
Mother's birthplace CSD dialect area Fif
Mother's country of birth Scotland

Languages

Language Speak Read Write Understand Circumstances
English Yes Yes Yes Yes
Scots Yes Yes Yes Yes

Participant

Participant details

Participant id 611
Gender Male
Decade of birth 1940
Educational attainment None
Age left school 15
Upbringing/religious beliefs Protestantism
Occupation Retired Plasterer
Place of birth Dunfermline
Region of birth Fife
Birthplace CSD dialect area Fif
Country of birth Scotland
Place of residence Bilston, Roslin
Region of residence Midlothian
Residence CSD dialect area midLoth
Father's occupation Plasterer
Father's place of birth Kelty
Father's region of birth Fife
Father's birthplace CSD dialect area Fif
Father's country of birth Scotland
Mother's occupation Housewife
Mother's place of birth Kelty
Mother's region of birth Fife
Mother's birthplace CSD dialect area Fif
Mother's country of birth Scotland

Languages

Language Speak Read Write Understand Circumstances
English Yes Yes Yes Yes
Scots Yes Yes Yes Yes

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