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Who's responsible for the plague? Who's responsible to act up? Act up! Who's responsible is rather vague. All that fear is backed up. What about those shameless gays? Folks condemn their blameless ways. As for all those righteous straights, AIDS infects their one-night dates. Who's responsible? Who's to blame? How about those illegal Latins? Even babies swathed in satins? How about those late-night cruisers? How about those damned drug abusers? Who's responsible? Who's to blame? How about the government? The medical establishment? Who's responsible? Who's to blame? Where's the lamb who will serve as scapegoat? Every sacred cow's a lifeboat! AIDS takes all as equal fellows, Whether blacks, browns, or whites or yellows! Who's responsible? Who's to blame? What of promiscuity? The sex-meets-death congruity? Pass the guilt and shun the shame. God forbid, we're all to blame? Oh, is God responsible for the plague? Is God responsible to act up? Act up! Else who's responsible is rather vague. Who's responsible? You're responsible? They're responsible? We're responsible? God's responsible? Who's responsible?
- by Gary Bachlund (b. 1947), written 1991, first published 1995, copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission [author's text not yet checked against a primary source]
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- by Gary Bachlund (b. 1947), "A Litany of Finger Pointing", 1991, published 1995 [medium voice or low voice and piano], from Songs for the Victims of AIDS, no. 5 [ sung text checked 1 time]
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This text was added to the website: 2007-05-09
Line count: 37
Word count: 170