I don't know why
I don't know why an old lady swallowed a fly,
I could hazard a guess, at least I could try.
But one explanation I can't comprehend,
Is why 96 lives had to come to an end.
I don't know why the chicken crossed the road,
Though I do know a punchline that might crack the code.
But an answer that I can't find, for so many a nemesis,
Is why 96 fans died on Hillsborough's terraces.
I don't know why The S*n thought we'd lie down for their 'capers',
But I do know they thought that their lies would sell papers.
Though there's an answer that's missing without even a trace,
Why did it have to happen in the first place?
There are questions in life that don't even matter,
Stories and jokes that are just idle chatter.
But questions in death with authorities just passing the blame,
They matter because those who died had a name.
They were someone's daughter, someone's son, someone's wife,
And their families want to know why they lost their life.
They don't want a cover up, they don't want a fight,
They just want the justice that's the least of their right.
I don't know why it's so hard for some to stand up and be counted,
So they put obstacles up that just can't be surmounted,
Like the 3:15 cut off hiding an answer we've craved,
That of those 96 some could have been saved.
I don't know why it took a disaster so weighty,
For authorities to think about a football fan's safety.
Why people had to lose their sons and daughters,
To stop football's 'cattle' being put to the slaughter.
Did they not realise football fans; children, women and men,
Have the same right to safety as any of them?
Would they feel different if their child faced diasaster?
I think that's one where we all know the answer.
We know the mistakes that were made that day,
But if those questions have answers then someone must pay.
Surely there's enough that we don't know entirely,
For someone to open up a brand new inquiry.
An inquiry that involves events after 3:15,
Events that a courtroom will never have seen.
Then maybe the authorities can be said to have tried,
To have understood why those 96 died.
Because we still don't know why.
That is a very, very strong piece of writing. I would love to hear that being read out by one of the Hillsborough Justice Campaigners or the writer in the House of commons.