Composer: Ed Hooke Date of Composition: March 2016 Date of Recording/Copyright:
Sir Thomas More coined the term “Utopia” for his 1516 book, describing a seemingly
perfect (but fictional) island society in the Atlantic Ocean. Playing with Greek
homophones, ‘Utopia’ actually means “No Place(s)” but sounds the same as “Eu-topia”
meaning “good place(s)”.
The hyphen has been moved for “Passage to E-Utopia” for the purposes of this song,
with “E-U” representing the European Union, seen as a Utopian destination by hundreds
of thousands of migrants in 2016.
Sun scorches down onto our backs. Scrape subsistence off beaten tracks.
Dry rainy seasons. Stomachs forget. God is merciful, but just not quite yet.
We leave our homes, trudge many a day beyond harsh horizons to seek new hope much pain
away beyond harsh horizons
In tiny boats we ride the waves on Death’s dark ocean. Pray God saves. God willing
reach that foreign shore where open arms welcome the poor to E-Utopia.
Barrel bombs rain from overhead. Scrape subsistence. Bury the dead.
Buildings exploding. Stomachs forget. God is merciful, but just not quite yet.