Recommended by our First Minister

For #WorldPoetryDay (with half an hour to go) how about a recommendation from our First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon? During her Q&A session after launching An Lanntair’s International Women’s (Day) Month, somebody asked for book recommendations for her daughter and one of them was Maya Angelou. I chose ‘Alone’ because nobody can make it out here alone.

Alone
by Maya Angelou

 

Lying, thinking
Last night
How to find my soul a home
Where water is not thirsty
And bread loaf is not stone
I came up with one thing
And I don’t believe I’m wrong
That nobody,
But nobody
Can make it out here alone.

Alone, all alone
Nobody, but nobody
Can make it out here alone.

There are some millionaires
With money they can’t use
Their wives run round like banshees
Their children sing the blues
They’ve got expensive doctors
To cure their hearts of stone.
But nobody
No, nobody
Can make it out here alone.

Alone, all alone
Nobody, but nobody
Can make it out here alone.

Now if you listen closely I’ll tell you what I know
Storm clouds are gathering
The wind is gonna blow
The race of man is suffering
And I can hear the moan,
‘Cause nobody,
But nobody
Can make it out here alone
.
Alone, all alone
Nobody, but nobody
Can make it out here alone.

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