Thursday, December 18, 2008

Empty Station! (Lyrics)

Elton John wrote "Emtpy Garden" for his friend John Lennon after he was murdered in New York. The first few words go like this (apologies Elton John and Bernie Taupin, you are my fave singer and songwriter team, so have mercy, puhleeze!):

What happened here
As the new york sunset disappeared
I found an empty garden among the flagstones there
Who lived here
He must have been a gardener that cared a lot
Who weeded out the tears and grew a good crop
And now it all looks strange
It's funny how one insect can damage so much grain

Here's my tribute to the Bombay policemen who despite being armed only with lathis bravely fought the terrorists and gave their lives in the terror attack in Bombay on November 26, 2008. Sing it in tune to "Empty Garden", I tried and it fits in rather nicely:

Empty Station

What happened here?
As the Bombay sunset disappeared
I found an empty station among the gothic towers there
Who was here?
He must have been a policeman that cared a lot
Who weeded out the tears and became a good cop
And now it all looks strange
It's funny how one terrorist can cause so much pain.

And what's it for
This little empty station by the Bombay docks
And in the cracks along the sidewalk nothing grows no more
Who lived here?
He must have been a policeman that cared a lot
Who weeded out the tears and became a good cop
And we are so amazed, we're crippled and we're dazed
A policeman like that one no one can replace.

And I've been knocking but no one answers
And I've been knocking most all the day
Oh and I've been calling, oh hey hey havildar
Can't you come out today?

And through their tears
Some say he guarded his best in younger years
But he'd have said that roots grow stronger if only he could hear
Who lived there?
He must have been a policeman that cared a lot
Who weeded out the tears and became a good cop
Now we pray for him, and with every drop that falls
We hear, we hear your name.

And I've been knocking but no one answers
And I've been knocking most all the day
Oh and I've been calling oh hey hey havildar
Can't you come out today?

Havildar, can't you come out today in this empty station?

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