I Never Was

First they came for the Communists

I stood by silently

I never was a Communist

What did it matter to me

What did it matter (3) to me

Then they came for the Union Men

and I stood silently

I never was a Union Man

What did it matter to me

What did it matter (3) to me

Cry out cry out it’s still going on today

your neighbor is an Immigrant

they’re coming to take him away

And when they came for Gays and Jews

I just closed my eyes

I wasn’t Gay and I wasn’t a Jew

so I stood silently by

What did it matter

how could it matter

why should it matter to me

Cry out cry out it’s still going on today

your neighbor is a Muslim

they’re coming to take her away

And now I hear they’re coming soon

They’re coming soon for me

There’s no one left who might cry out

cry out to set me free

No one of us is truly safe until we all are free

no one of us can truly say it matters not to me

Cry out cry out it’s still going on today

who is your next door neighbor

why have they gone away

—© Linda Hirschhorn 2009 (Inspired by Pastor Martin Niemoller)


haggadah Section: Songs
Source: —© Linda Hirschhorn (Inspired by Pastor Martin Niemoller)