Ah Ha Ho (Apathy to Action Song)

from Song Bridge by Colum Sands

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Ah ha ho may be the sound of a yawn but, as the alternative title suggests, this song is a wake up call!
It was specially written for a “Rare Night to Remember” which launched an exhibition/concert/fundraiser by RARE in September 2018. The night featured paintings, cartoons, tapestry work, poetry, songs, the collection of signatures written in ink made from oak galls collected from “The Invisible Tree” and other creative responses from the local community, all of them drawing attention not only to the above mentioned planning development but also to the need for a global move from apathy
towards action in addressing those forms of development which represent malignant growth.


3. Ah Ha Ho (Apathy to Action Song) 3:30
Words and Music Colum Sands © Elm Grove Music

When I was young I heard them say,
“No use in talking anyway,
Sure no one’s going to listen”, they would say
Well maybe this was right or wrong
Or just another way to yawn,
But words like this will never light my way,

Ah ha ho, sure that’s the way it goes
Ah ha ho, do you know? - you wouldn’t know.

I went to school a little while,
The books were tame the teachers wild,
Teachers’ strikes were different in those days,
But some were good I’m glad to say
Their words are with me to this day,
It’s better asking questions than to say,


Come take a chance and try to try,
Indifference is the reason why
The racketeers have wrecked so much today,
They’d sell you weapons, sell you death
They’d even sell their mother earth
How happy they must be to hear us say,


Now Christian, Hindu, Muslim, Jew
And all those words for me and you
That seem to come between us every day,
Divided in theology,
United in our apathy
And nothing ever changes while we say,


So cast your vote and use it well,
Don’t waste it on some empty shell
Without the vision or the voice to say,
There’s more to life than buy and sell
This precious earth, protect it well,
Our children will not thank us if we say ...



from Song Bridge, released April 28, 2020
Colum Sands: vocals, guitar, double bass, alto mandolin & percussion, with Brendan Monaghan: tin whistle, Anne Sands: backing vocals & bodhran, Ben Sands: backing vocals, Tommy Sands: backing vocals, Karen Tweed: accordion


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Colum Sands Newry, UK

Colum Sands is a universal storyteller who draws on a long Irish tradition of poetic musicality to weave songs for the world.
Drawing on countless performances, Sands uses humour and shrewd observation to celebrate what unites rather than what separates. His latest album “Song Bridge” includes many of the songs written for his extensive environmental campaigning over the past two years.
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