COURAGE (Diane) ©Bob Blue, Black Socks Press - used with permission.
performed by ANNE FEENEY
from the Album Have You Been To Jail FOr Justice
Listen to Courage (Diane) -
© Bob Blue, Black Socks Press - used with permission
A small thing once
happened at school
That brought up a question for me
And somehow it taught me to see
The price that I pay to be cool
Diane is this girl that I know
She's strange, like she doesn't belong
I don't mean to say that that's wrong
We don't like to be with her though
And so when we all made a plan
To have this big party at Sue's
Most kids at our school got the news
But no one invited Diane
The thing about Taft Junior High
Is secrets don't last very long
I acted like nothing was wrong
When I saw Diane start to cry
I know you may think that that's cruel
It doesn't make me vrery proud
I just went along with the crowd
It's sad - but you have to at school.
You can't pick the friends you prefer
You fit in as well as you can
I couldn't be friends with Diane
Cause then they might treat me like her
In one class at Taft Junior High
We studied what people have done
With gas chamber, bomber and gun
In Auschwitz, Japan and My Lai
I don't understand all I learn
Sometimes I could sit there and cry
The whole world stood idly by
To watch as the innocent burned
Like robots obeying some rule
Atrocities done by the mob
Or innocents. doing their job
And what was it for- was it cool?
The world was aware of this hell,
But how many cried out in shame?
What heroes and who was to blame?
A story that no one dared tell.
I promise to do what I can
To not let it happen again
To care for all women and men
I'll start by inviting Diane.
Recording used with permission.