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“Scorn Not His Simplicity.”

Nick loves to sing.  At an Irish sing song, if you are willing, people will ask you to sing your party piece.  Nick has two favorite songs that he loves to sing at the parties.  Both are written by Phil Coulter.  “The town I love so well,” was written about “The Troubles” in Phil’s home town Derry City, Northern Ireland and “Scorn Not His Simplicity,” was written about his oldest son, who was born with Down Syndrome.  Both songs are very popular, many many Irish musicians have recorded both of them.

Nick calls the song about Phil’s son, “The boys song,” and he says that it is about him too. The first time I heard a recording , it was Sinéad O’Connor singing the song. Her version is hauntingly beautiful.  It pierced my heart from the very first line.

See the child with the golden hair, yet eyes that show the emptiness inside
Do we know? Can we understand just how he feels, or have we really tried
See him now, as he stands alone and watches children play a children’s game
Simple child, he looks almost like the others, yet they know he’s not the same

Scorn not his simplicity, but rather try to love him all the more
Scorn not his simplicity, Oh no, Oh no

See him stare, not recognizing the kind face that only yesterday he loved.  

The loving face of a mother who can’t understand what she’s been guilty of
How she cried, tears of happiness the day the doctor told her it’s a boy
Now she cries tears of helplessness, and thinks of all the things he can’t enjoy

Scorn not his simplicity but rather try to love him all the more
Scorn not his simplicity, Oh no, Oh no

Only he knows how to face the future hopefully, surrounded by despair
He won’t ask for your pity or your sympathy, but surely you should care

Scorn not his simplicity, but rather try to love him all the more
Scorn not his simplicity, Oh no, Oh no, Oh no

Both of these songs by Coulter are evocative and stir up my emotions.  I believe that Nick does understand the deep meaning of the lyrics and when he requests that we sing them, it is his way of telling a story that is important to him.

I am grateful for incredible songwriters like Coulter. Through their artistry, they have created music that gives my son the ability to express ideas and concepts that are important to him.  These songs have given my son a voice.

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