Sco Mo's Lament

by Les Thomas

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On 22 May 2016, Scott Morrison, a conservative straight white Christian male Australian politician best known for locking up people seeking asylum in offshore detention camps, claimed he had experienced the same sort of "hatred and bigotry" faced LGBTIQ people striving for marriage equality.

As well as being responsible for implementing cruel policies against those feeling war and persecution, Scott Morrison actively opposes equal marriage. This song is my response.


SCO MO'S LAMENT by Les Thomas

It's not easy being Sco Mo
When you're rich and white and straight, bro
And he'll tell ya what you don't knowAbout his suffering and woe

You see it's hard work being a bully
And you'll appreciate it fully
When you see the sheer number
Of lives he's left in ruin

Oh Sco Mo Oh Sco Mo
You're just a bully and you don't know
And if you think that you're the victim
You're only lying to yourself

He says he's the real victim
Though he's jailed, and smeared and kicked em
Cos that's the white man's burden
When there's vote to win with hate

He's a man of Christian values
If you don't believe he'll tell youse
Just leave aside the Golden Rule
And all that other sissy stuff


So consider Sco Mo's feelings
As he goes about his dealings
Creating misery and heartbreak
As his pension grows and grows

Cos life sure can't be easy
With morals that leave us queasy
I hear them cry from Manus
For this sad and tragic fool

And the children on Nauru
Can send a care pack too
For the one who's really suffering
In his beachside mansion hell



released June 23, 2016
Written, performed and recorded by Les Thomas



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