Mike Carver, ‘The Murder of Blair Peach’

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I can’t believe they’d do that,
But they did – I saw it.
Walking peacefully away
To the pub, he bought it.
Pigs sealed of the road,
Blocked it with vans both ends,
Ran wild with flailing truncheons
To terrorise our friends.

They hit him once, he fell down dazed,
Get up you shit, they cried,
He couldn’t. so they smashed his skull
And later on he died,
Vomiting on hospital
His blood on the floor,
The worst head wound I’ve ever seen
And then he was on no more.

Who needs the nazis
When we’ve got the SPG?
Who needs the fascists
In this ‘democracy’?
Racist pigs protecting fascist rats
In the name of liberty.
Who needs the nazis
When we’ve got the SPG?

From Monday April twenty third
Nineteen seventy nine,
Blair Peach won’t stammer any more,
Or drink or shoot a line –
Can’t be mugged again by Nazi thugs,
Or lead the union’s rank and file,
Or teach his kids, or hurt his friends,
Or love, or laugh, or smile.

“Urban Freedom Fighter”,
“Left Wing Activist” they sneered –
The TV news, The Dail Mail
They stood around and jeered.
It’s easier to crush an acorn
That to chop down a large oak tree
He went to stop recurrence here
Of Hitler’s memory,

Who needs the nazis
When we’ve got the SPG?
Who needs the fascists
In this ‘democracy’?
Hooligans in uniform
Attacking you and me.
Who needs the nazis
When we’ve got the SPG?
Smash the Nazis!
Disband the SPG!

The song was released as an EP by Mike Carver in 1979, with all proceeds to the Blair Peach Memorial Fund.

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