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The Hero of Muirkirk Lane

To the tune of “The Skye Boat Song

May we never forget
Young Tommy Burkett,
The hero of Muirkirk Lane.
If we can expose
All his murdering foes,
His sacrifice won’t be in vain.

A top-secret soldier
Fighting a war
On behalf of the DEA,
Bringing to justice
Corrupters of youth,
Trying to make them pay.

May we never forget
Young Tommy Burkett,
The hero of Muirkirk Lane.
If we can expose
All his murdering foes,
His sacrifice won’t be in vain.

Young Tommy performed
His duties too well
And found the corrupting hand,
A sordid alliance
Of high and of low
Wielding great power in the land.

May we never forget
Young Tommy Burkett,
The hero of Muirkirk Lane.
If we can expose
All his murdering foes,
His sacrifice won’t be in vain.

Flaunting complicity,
Men of the law
Broke every rule in the book.
If we can’t find justice
Through courts and police,
Tell us where else we can look.

May we never forget
Young Tommy Burkett,
The hero of Muirkirk Lane.
If we can expose
All his murdering foes,
His sacrifice won’t be in vain.

Betrayed by employers,
Betrayed by the law,
Betrayed by those trusted the most.
Ignored by the powerful
Even in death,
Ignored by The Washington Post.

May we never forget
Young Tommy Burkett,
The hero of Muirkirk Lane.
If we can expose
All his murdering foes,
His sacrifice won’t be in vain.

It was such a sad day
When they all looked away
From the hero of Muirkirk Lane.
If they get their way,
Then we might as well say
That the fight for the right is in vain.
If they get their way,
Then we might as well say
That the fight for the right is in vain.

David Martin

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