Would You Have Hidden Me In Your Attic?

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This song is from my Happy Town record. I forgot about it (as I do many songs from the back catalog), but was reminded as I read the last op-ed from Nicholas Kristof in the NY Times entitled, ” Would You Hide A Jew From the Nazis”. He told the story of an American woman named Martha Sharp who helped to smuggle Jews and anti-Nazi journalists out of Germany. He also made parallels to the 1938 Evian Conference to this weeks UN gathering on the refugee crisis.

When I wrote the song, I met my pal’s fascist dad. And I don’t mean it (fascist) loosely, like your modern alt-right doofus. No, his dad was an actual real World War II, era, Jew-hating, Vichy member, fascist. We got on, and he seemed to like me, but…

Here is the song:

Would you have hidden me in your attic?
That’s the question I’d like to know
Would you have climbed up to serve me dinner?
Well, I hope so

When the jack booted man wore those great uniforms
Would you have wanted the blackest?
Would you have hidden me in your attic?

And if, let’s say, in some caf we saw the tanks roll by
Would you take my hand and lead me across the border line?
Would you have hidden me in your attic?

If the neighbors accuse me of casting spells
And bowing down to the gods in hell
You would leave me there alone
Or would you cast the very first stone?

You’d be there to ease my pain
Or pack me on that awful train

Would you have hidden me in your attic?
That’s the question I’ve never known
Would you have climbed to serve me dinner?
Well, I hope so

Read more:  Jill Sobule – Attic Lyrics | MetroLyrics

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