Showers of your crimson blood
Seep into a nation calling up a flood
Of narrow minds who legislate
Thinly veiled intolerance
Bigotry and hate

But they tortured and burned you
They beat you and they tied you
They left you cold and breathing
For love they crucified you

I can't forget hard as I try
This silhouette against the sky

Scarecrow crying
Waiting to die wondering why
Scarecrow trying
Angels will hold carry your soul away
This was our brother
This was our son
This shepherd young and mild
This unassuming one
We all gasp this can't happen here
We're all much too civilized
Where can these monsters hide

But they are knocking on our front door
They're rocking in our cradles
They're preaching in our churches
And eating at our tables

I search my soul
My heart and in my mind
To try and find forgiveness
This is someone child
With pain unreconciled
Filled up with father's hate
Mother's neglect
I can forgive But I will not forget

Scarecrow crying
Waiting to die wondering why
Scarecrow trying
Rising above all in the name of love

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Scarecrow Lyrics as written by Melissa Etheridge

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    General CommentMelissa wrote this song in honor of Matthew Shepard, who was brutally tortured and murdered in 1998 for being homosexual. The scarecrow reference refers to the fact that the people who found him first assumed his broken body to be that of a scarecrow. May Matthew's memory live on and help to foster acceptance and understanding in the future.
    calystoon October 06, 2004   Link
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    General CommentWell, the murderers changed their story a lot. At one point it was supposedly because they suffered from "homosexual panic" because he made a pass at them, but then it became because they were going to rob a "gay man" and came onto him, not intending to murder him, just beat and rob him. In a later interview, they changed their story again and said it had been drug-induced rage.

    Well, either way, it's about the death of Matthew Shepard, yes. (R.I.P.)
    Lysosomeon January 13, 2006   Link
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    My OpinionWow, what a powerful song! Just the whole thing is so emotional and deep... :'(
    theweirdworderon March 17, 2011   Link

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