You're A Policeman
Dedicated to Law Enforcement Officers
When the hours seem long and the going, rough
When the pay seems small and the criminals, tough
Just square your shoulders and call their bluff
Let them be the ones to cry, "Enough" You're a policeman.
When the public scoffs and the papers rave
And the blame you alone for a new crime wave
They'll change quick enough when there're lives to save
For deep in their hearts they count you brave You're a policeman
When politics step in and ties your hands
With ward heeler tactics and raw demands
Do the best you can despite these bands
They'll go their way, while the force still stands You're a policeman.
When you bid your loved ones goodbye each day
Don't be too sure you've the harder way
You shoot it out with the crook at bay
They're the one's who sit at home and pray You're a policeman.
When you get back home dog tired at night
And wonder if life's really worth the fight
Your cares will vanish and burdens seem light
If you've done your best and your conscience's right You're a policeman.
When you leave at last this worldly din
And seek, like mortals, Paradise to win
Saint Peter, I trust, will o'erlook ev'ry sin
And say. "well done, my boy, come right in. You're a policeman."
W.H. DRANE LESTER