In Memoriam

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1 It makes me very sad to hear about the last minutes of the Ocean Ranger,
To hear of the supply boat that was close to her and how it braved the danger.
Imagine how those men must feel having come so close to saving lives but still so far away
A burden they will carry with them, never shaken until their dying day.

2 These men were brave, the only witnesses to this terrible tragedy
To save their brothers from the rig, we know they did all they could do in fierce and stormy seas.
And now as we must all relive the terror of that night through their own eyes,
Even though a year has passed us by, the night air is still broken by their cries.

3 So as ODECO collects the coin, eighty million bucks from Lloyd’s of London,
Refusing to acknowledge blame, suing others as though the damage could be undone-
Only money matters to them, unconcerned for the families of eighty-four men
This company, their crass uncaring must by decent people be condemned.

4 My heart goes out to families who must sit there and listen to testimony,
No chance to get on with their lives, always reminded of how things used to be.
When will their sufferings ever end? Will it be made easier by knowing all ·the facts?
I think not, their wounds will heal by nothing short of bringing loved ones back.

5 We all know that can ne’er be done, may their humble souls now rest in peace,
And may the sufferings of their families and loved ones finally altogether cease.
May this enquiry soon be o’er, and may some justice come from dragging up the past .
May the days when lives are sacrificed for corporate greed soon be gone at last.

Citation: Lehr, Genevieve. Come and I Will Sing You, p. 99-100


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