So, following on from ‘An angry expression of a possible dismal future‘, I realised maybe I was wrong. I made an appearance at a spoken word event and there were some really great kids doing some exciting stuff. To balance things out, I wanted to argue with myself… so I wrote this:
Chill your boots Tippers, you’ve got this wrong.
Like a daily mail reader, banging the gong.
You see you’re focussing on one or two baddens,
and it’s that kind of attitude that I’m afraid, well, it saddens.
My friend, you’re a positive guy with a bright disposition
Your mum taught you manners and to feed your ambitions.
You learnt about politeness and answers to questions
and listened and grew from peer made suggestions
But I still remember a certain chap of 18,
Not a child, nor adult but somewhere between
who woke in his vomit yet went back to slumber
with two days in porcelain to vomit and chunder.
The kid who got drunk and made silly mistakes
whose mouth rained out shit with no use of the brakes
You thought you knew it all, an elitist tit
But son, by far, you were never quite it.
And I know you know that it’s all part of growing
and I know you’re grateful to those parents you’re owing.
So firstly let’s look at those kids you’re accusing
of being behind and seemingly not choosing
a life spent with intellect and rational knowledge
Of schooling and uni and skills learnt in college.
Maybe they haven’t had the opportunities you got
to be encouraged to think, right out of the cot.
Maybe they need confidence and not just a voice
who blames them for something that wasn’t their choice
Maybe they do choose to be not like you
And why not? Why should everyone do as you do
The world would be boring if everyone was the same
So cheer up and grow up, stop portioning blame.
Secondly, there’s a lot of kids who are absolutely amazing
Why not focus on them and start some appraising
Like Boyan Slat who is cleaning the sea
Of previous generation’s shit and debris
The first person to walk on mars is alive and walking
I notice you’re not an astronaut, so let’s look who’s talking.
The point is, it’s easy to see fault.
But let’s put that negativity in an unopenable vault.
Yes, some kids are bad and do cause some crap
but most kids are awesome, so don’t fall in the trap
Nobody is perfect we just need to inspire
The next generations to build this empire
Praise folks, encourage and always see good
It’s not always easy, but try harder we should.
So, whilst it’s nice to spit lyrics and rhymes
Don’t be an arse, tippers, let’s get with the times.