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Cast a ribbon in the sky
Light candles in the night
Spill some liquor on the ground
For each extinguished life

The ribbons represent love
And each candle a life
The liquor represents the blood
And tears spilled in the night

We talk ourselves in circles
We argue left and right
We comfort those around us
Saying, “We gon’ be alright”

We shake our heads in silence
At the never-ending fight
O’er individual freedoms
Versus human sacrifice

“There’s nothing we can do,” we say
I wonder if that’s right?
There are high costs for freedom
Even children pay the price

For decades we have witnessed this
The massive loss of life
“There’s nothing we can do,” we say
And this is why I write

We offer thoughts and prayers to those
Whose loved ones die each night
We argue back and forth again
About our legal rights

Our politicians posture
Both on the left and right
“There’s nothing we can do,” we say
And this is why I write

Cast a ribbon in the sky
Light candles in the night
Spill some liquor on the ground
For each extinguished life

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