CHILD OF THE LIBRARY

(orig. by Piers and Gill Cawley,
adapted by Will Quale)


	I'm a Child of the Lib'ry, it made me who I am,
	It taught me about freedom and the fellowship of Man
	A sea of story waits for you behind the lib'ry door,
	Don't say we can't afford them any more.

The Lib'ry's where I made some friends I've known my whole life through
From Narnia, from Hogwarts, and from Moominvalley too
Will Stanton, Lyra Belaqua, Galadriel the fair
A tank engine, a steam shovel, and Paddington the Bear

	I'm a Child of the Lib'ry, ...
	
I've travelled South with Shackleton and all his gallant crew
And to the African interior that Mary Kingsley knew
I've rode the trackless prairie where the bison used to roam
I've flown around the Universe, not half an hour from home.

	I'm a Child of the Lib'ry, ...
	
And as I grew the libr'y fed my curiosity,
All there for the asking. All of it for free.
It's there I found the stories that I couldn't find at home.
It's where I learned I was myself and not my father's clone.

	I'm a Child of the Lib'ry, ...
	
So make friends with your library, don't let it fade away.
Teach your kids the lib'ry's where you go on (Mondays and Wednesdays)
Don't let the bastards tell you they will cost too much to save
While they're shovelling our taxes down the hole the bankers made

	I'm a Child of the Lib'ry, ...
	
So make a stand for the lib'ry. Stand up while you can.
Stand up for your freedom. Stand for your fellow man.
Ignorance is never bliss, don't close the lib'ry door.
For a lib'ry lost is lost forever more.

	I'm a Child of the Lib'ry, ...

recording: Piers Cawley at Open Source Convention 2011 [YouTube]

lyrics: the real lyrics as Piers & Gil wrote them [The Pegasus Awards]

artist: albums by Piers Cawley [bandcamp]