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Declan Mckenna - The Kids Don't Wanna Come Home

[Verse 1]
I don't know what I want if I'm completely honest
I guess I could start a war, I guess I could sleep on it
I don't know what I want if I'm completely honest
I guess I could start a war, I guess I could sleep on it

[Pre-Chorus]
But hey there, kids with guns
Your neighbours complain, but they don't know where they come from
I guess it's just bad advice for someone so upstanding
So maybe just ask them twice or be a bit demanding

[Chorus]
You don't know how to give love to anyone
You don't know how to pretend
You told your kids that they'd live long forever
But the kids don't wanna come home again
No, the kids don't wanna come home again

[Verse 2]
Haven't you any shame? Have you got no morals?
Teaching them how to aim, no sadness and no sorrow
Well hey there, mother o' mine
Your kids are sick, but they're gonna be just fine
I said possibly not if you keep raising them this way
You're just leading them to die, oh, your disbelief and dismay

Penned soon after of the Paris terror attacks – this song is McKenna’s response to the youth being excluded from political discussions, and at risk of those in power but with no voice. Its angry, but peppered with just as much optimism to make things seem hopeful in the world – at least for a few minutes. Talking about the track, McKenna said: "”The Kids Don’t Wanna Come Home" is a song I wrote about being a young person in the modern world. It’s about wanting to challenge fears and be part of a movement of change, and looking for hope despite a lot of dark and horrible things happening around the world.“ – via NME

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