Farmer Boy

1st verse:
Monday morn', another day'd gone by.
Little boy could hear the poor calf's cry.
Farmer Dad could feel his own boy's pain.
This was life - what could he say?

Don't cry, don't cry.
For this is the way of things, my little son.
Don't cry, don't cry.
You'll forget when the day is done.

2nd verse:
Tuesday morn', another day'd gone by.
Little boy could hear calf's mother's cry.
Farmer Dad could feel his own boy's pain.
This was life - what could he say?

Don't cry, don't cry.
For we've always done this, so it must be right.
Don't cry, don't cry.
You'll see: you'll forget tonight.

3rd verse:
Wednesday morn', another day'd gone by.
Little boy could hear the poor calf's cry.
Farmer Dad could feel his own boy's pain.
This was life - what could he say?

Daddy, daddy.
I don't understand this. I love them, don't you?
There, there, my son.
You'll forget when the day is through.

4th verse:
Thursday morn', another day'd gone by.
Little boy could hear calf's mother's cry.
Farmer Dad could feel his own boy's pain.
It was sad - what could he say?

There, there, my son.
It's sad, but we need to. Oh, please, son, don't cry.
Daddy, daddy.
Oh please can you tell me why?

5th verse:
Friday morn', another day'd gone by.
Little boy could hear the poor calf's cry.
Farmer Dad could feel his own boy's pain.
So confused - what could he say?

There, there, my son.
If we let them go, then they wouldn't survive.
Daddy, daddy.
Why can't we keep them alive?

6th verse:
Saturday morn', another day'd gone by.
Little boy could hear calf's mother's cry.
Farmer Dad could feel his own boy's pain.
So confused - what could he say?

There, there, my son.
If we did't raise meat, then what would we do?
Daddy: Grow vegetables.
I know that the neighbors do.

7th verse:
Sunday morn', another day'd gone by.
Little boy could hear the poor calf's cry.
Farmer Dad could feel his own boy's pain.
His son was right: what could he say?

There, there, my son.
I can't bear to see you so sad all the time.
Tomorrow, if you feel the same,
The animals will stay alive.
Oh Daddy! How I love you!
And Farmer Dad's words came true.

Words and Music by Mohan Embar
Copyright ? 1996-2003 by Mohan Embar. All Rights Reserved
May be used in unchanged form by avowed Animal Rightists if accompanied by this copyright message.

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