There was peace here before the guns came
The birds used to sing before darkness became.
We had water to drink and food to eat
We had grains, vegetables, and even meat.
The days were peaceful, boring, and calm
And no nights of gunfire and napalam.
We children went to school and men to work
Gunmen didn't on street corners lurk.
Bring back those days; oh, bring them back
These difficult days are hard, loads on our back.
We don't need your free clothes, food packets, and peace talks
We only need our freedom to take our children to the parks.
Leaders, it takes a few hours to declare wars
But it takes people lifetimes to forget the scars.
We live in strange lands under your polythene tents
We don't know what our country's future portends.
Mother says, "Child, tomorrow will be good, go to sleep"
But sleep won't come despite counting a hundred sheep.
Give us a chance to be once more in schools
We promise we won't break many rules!