VERSES INSPIRED BY THE STATUE OF LIBERTY.
|THE GUARDIAN ANGEL OF NEW YORK HARBOUR
I never sailed to America,
I never learned of her democracy,
But I've seen the guardian angel of New York harbour,
The Statue of Liberty.
They should have looked to her more.
She would have guided them safely home to shore.
Her lamp beam on tides that come from heaven,
The time of no more war, America.
I've seen Manhattan on the silver screen,
All the way from silent movie comedies.
Buster Keaton hanging from the truck of a railway train,
Escaping from his sad calamities.
Thank you for making us smile
With your Hollywood fantasies.
I am a child of the English shore.
Our history has her own aristocracy,
But I know your sky scraper skyline
From the films I've seen,
And the songs that comfort me.
Stereo sound panoramas took me close to you,
I sat beside you in a taxi before my aeroplane flew,
Flew away from America.
We never sailed to America,
We never walked down Seventh Avenue,
But we can help the guardian angel of New York harbour
Make America's dream come true.
Whenever it's best I'll make you smile,
Though you were one I never knew.
Saw you paddle in the pools
Towards the tides that come from heaven.
You flew high above America.
Here is my prayer for America,
Heaven will make you flower,
Follow the light of the Statue of Liberty,
The guardian angel of New York harbour.