Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Enough Food for Everyone #IF: Hatful of Rain - Strawberry Leaves

The #IF campaign is to raise awareness of global food issues and to put pressure on international leaders to work together on four key issues: 
  • Aid; Enough Food For Everyone IF we give enough aid to stop children dying from hunger and help the poorest families feed themselves.
  • Tax; Enough Food For Everyone IF governments stop big companies dodging tax in poor countries.
  • Land; Enough Food For Everyone IF we stop poor farmers being forced off their land and grow crops to feed people, not fuel cars.
  • Transparency; Enough Food For Everyone IF governments and big companies are honest and open about their actions that stop people getting enough food.
Together, we can make IF happen.

James Shenton, of Hatful of Rain, was inspired to write this song about a world of hunger and fear while working on his allotment garden

Strawberry Leaves (Shenton/Overton)

Babies crying in his sleep
children playing around our feet
A little bread and no more meat
There ain’t enough for us all to eat

The wolf is howling in the trees
Grandpas sitting shelling peas
Papas praying down on his knees
And Grandma’s eating strawberry leaves

No more corn, no more chow,
Folks are eating all sorts now
Fetch the knife, kill the cow
Got too thin for milk or plough


Dogs are barking in the back
A riders coming down the track
If he steals the horse and tack
Then his grave I’ll surely hack


Sitting in a rockin’ chair
At an empty plate I stare
The mice have left; the cupboards bare
Its time to go but I don’t know where


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