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Justice for Michael

1 Leave a comment on verse 1 0 May 25th 2005
For Liverpool fans the time of their lives
Champions League final a sight to behold
Win number five the boys struck gold

2 Leave a comment on verse 2 0 All reds fans around the world
Sang their hearts out while banners swirled
In every corner far and wide
They sang their heroes names with pride

3 Leave a comment on verse 3 0 For one young fan the joy turned sour
Arrested by police at an ungodly hour
Charged with a sick and violent crime
Protesting his innocence a waste of time

4 Leave a comment on verse 4 0 The weeks flew by his head in a spin
Couldn’t understand what was happening to him
Bulgarian justice reduced him to tears
For an innocent boy got fifteen years

5 Leave a comment on verse 5 0 Reduced to ten years on appeal
Normally a great result you’d feel
Not if you’d done nothing wrong
Every day in prison another day too long

6 Leave a comment on verse 6 0 Serving his time with dignity
Mum and dad fighting to have him free
Home at last though still inside
His massive support spreads far and wide

7 Leave a comment on verse 7 0 When finally released what can he say
About the years they have taken away
No uni degree no cap and gown
Because this government let him down

8 Leave a comment on verse 8 0 And so they fight on his mum and dad
Fight for the justice he’s never had
There’ll be no justice till Jack Straw yields
And releases INNOCENT MICHAEL SHIELDS

9 Leave a comment on verse 9 0 Tony Stapo 25/8/09

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Notes

Dedicated to innocent Michael and his lovely family. Justice will be done one day


Editor’s note:

Michael was freed in September 2009 :

Justice Secretary Jack Straw issued a royal pardon, saying that Mr Shields was “morally and technically innocent”.

Mr Shields’ parents, Michael Snr and Maria, were said to be “ecstatic”.

Source: http://footballpoets.org/poems/justice-for-michael/