Suffer the Children

January 18th, 2010 | Posted by nicarius in Drawings | Inspired by song
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Ever since I became a father I feel different. Things that didn’t use to bother me before now hit me hard.
I am more sensitive to subjects involving children suffering. In movies, music, stories I read in the news, I find myself holding my tears.
When I work, draw or paint, I usually listen to music. It motivates me.
That’s why I created the category “inspired by a song”.
This is an old song from Tears for fears. I saw them a long time ago in River Plate Stadium, back in Argentina.

Suffer The Children

Here’s the song:

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Here’s the lyrics:

It’s a sad affair
When there’s no one there
He calls out in the night
And it’s so unfair
At least it seems that way
When you gave him his life
And all this time he’s been getting you down
You ought to pick him up when there’s no one around
And convince him
Just talk to him
Cos he knows in his heart you won’t be home soon
He’s an only child in an only room
And he’s dependent on you
And it seems so strange
That at the end of the day
Making love can be so good
But the Pain of birth
What is it worth
When it don’t turn out the way it should
And all this time he’s been getting you down
You ought to pick him up when there’s no one around
And convince him
Just talk to him
Cos he knows in his heart you won’t be home soon
He’s an only child in an only room
And he’s dependent on you
Suffer…suffer the children…

The way I see it the song is about child neglect, probably by a single parent.
It’s very sad and it happens a lot.
So I dedicate this post to all single parents, and lonely children.”

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