Now I'll get on with my story.
I usually go to sleep listening to my Pandora radio. I've created four stations, but I usually listen to the folk station. Every once in awhile I'd hear someone I believed was Pete Seeger singing a song called "Enola Gay". It's a war protest song, and it haunted me for weeks. Finally I did a few searches online and found out it wasn't Pete Seeger at all; it was some guy named Utah Phillips.
I do love discovering a new folk singer, even if he's dead by the time I find him.
Here are the words to the song:
(Utah Phillips)Look out, look out from your schoolroom window!Look up, young children, from your play!Wave your hand at the shining airplane,Such a beautiful sight is Enola Gay.High above the clouds in the sunlit silence,So peaceful here, I'd like to stay.There's many a pilot who'd swap his pensionFor a chance to fly Enola Gay.What is that sound high above my city?I rush outside and search the sky.Now we are running to find the shelters,Hearing sirens start to cry.What will I say when my children ask me,Where was I flying up on that day?With trembling voice I gave the orderTo the bombardier of Enola Gay.Look out, look out from your schoolroom window;Look up, young children, from your play.Your bright young eyes will turn to ashesIn the blinding light of Enola Gay.I turn to see the fireball rising."My God, My God," all I can say.I hear a voice within me crying,"My mother's name was Enola Gay."Look out, look out from your schoolroom window;Look up, young children, from your play.Oh, when you see the warplanes flying,Each one is named Enola Gay.But I really wanted to let you hear this Utah Phillips singing his song, and there wasn't any such video on Youtube. So I made a pathetic attempt at finding pictures of the Hiroshima tragedy, making a slideshow, and adding vocals of the guy singing the song. Lord only knows how many copyright violations I'm guilty of, but here it is. If I get tossed in jail, please send me some postcards.