Words and Music © 1992 by Karen I. Olsen
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Come walk the University, and see my neighborhood.
There’s some who say that godlessness
Has driven out the good.
But you can feel, Sebastian, the life that pulses here;
And we both know the harm the pious do when gripped in fear.
Come walk with me,
Out of darkness into dawn we see;
We’ll go once more a-walking
In the heart of a great company.
Oh my Aengus Óg, what harm they did to you:
A thousand sermons cursed your name;
All your books they soon withdrew.
In a cell they left you weeping at the same hour every day,
And then, abroad, a childless father quickly pined away.
Each thing you loved, your every thought
Was called evil and decayed;
You died as something sinister,
And they hoped your name would fade.
Now you and they are living on, and I’m caught in their fire;
They want regimes imposed on me, and of spite they never tire.
Oh Sebastian, can you see my world today?
Each thing I love is under siege:
Ah, but I am here to stay.
How I wish I had a word from you to keep my feet upright;
What brings me joy are branded sins,
And it weighs on me tonight.
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