North East folk musician, Bill Dodds was asked a while back to write a song about changing behaviour.
As the Bridge folk club, Newcastle wrote at the time:
“Bill was challenged to write a song that asked someone to change their behaviour and to show some understanding of why they had acted that way. Plainly, Bill is a folkie and none of his personal contacts have bad habits so he addressed his song to our revered Prime Minister. It’s an amazing performance – no matter how hard you look it’s impossible to see how he sings a lot of the lyrics with his tongue so far in his cheek. “
North East Bylines felt that now was an appropriate time to revisit the song. The lyrics are below as well as a video of Bill performing at the Bridge.
Dear Mr Johnson please stop lying I know this will be hard for you to do The habits of a lifetime are hard to change Think of all your children and set a good example They shouldn’t have to hear you lie - quite frankly neither should we Next time you feel a lie - ready to tumble from your lips Why not, just try, to tell the truth I know that it’s hard for narcissistic people To understand the harm they do But please have a care for the needs of others Although you’re the greatest politician living Help us out so we can help you - that’s all we ask Next time you feel a lie - ready to tumble from your lips Why not, just try, to tell the truth We realise we don’t deserve, someone as good as you As leaders go, you’re simply the best You’re simply the best, better than all the rest Better than anyone, anyone we’ve ever met We’re stuck on your heart, we hang on every word you say Tear us apart, yeah we would rather be dead Next time you feel a lie - ready to tumble from your lips Why not, just try, to tell the truth