Shona Laing was inspired to write this song after watching Edward Kennedy on television. It was first released as a single in 1985 under the title “Not A Kennedy“, but received very little airplay. It was remixed and released again in 1987, this time peaking at number two on the NZ charts.
Shona Laing first came to prominence in 1973 when, at the age of sixteen, she won TVNZ’s talent show New Faces with her own composition “1905“.
I found this song hauntingly beautiful the first time I heard it, and still do – it remains in my head for days after each time I hear it. Enjoy!
(I'm Glad) I'm Not A Kennedy Living on through politics Body-guarded, heart in bits A blue-eyed honesty Indigo injury The family tree is felled Bereavement worn so well Giving up on certainty Wilderness society Wearing the fame like a loaded gun Tied up with a rosary Ooh, I'm glad I'm not a Kennedy Imagine being a Kennedy Rule without remedy To watch your family die The world loves a sacrifice Prophets longing for the three Honoring the tragedy They hunger for the crime The privilege to take a life Wearing the fame like a loaded gun Tied up with a rosary Ooh, I'm glad I'm not a Kennedy Glad I'm not a Kennedy [JFK] And is not peace basically A matter of human rights? The right to live out our lives Without fear of devastation? The right to breathe air As nature provided it? The right of future generations To a healthy existence? Let us, if we can step back from The shadows of war and seek out The way of peace I love the look in your eyes I can see your soul sometimes, and we laugh When we try too hard we stop and start Oh, imagine being a Kennedy I'm glad I'm not a Kennedy Wearing the fame like a loaded gun Tied up with a rosary I'm glad I'm not a Kennedy Imagine being a Kennedy Ooh, I'm glad I'm not a Kennedy [JFK] The cost of freedom is always high Yet one path we shall never choose That is the path of surrender or submission When a man's way please the lord The scriptures tell us "He maketh even his enemies To be at peace with him" We will not prematurely or unnecessarily Risk the course of worldwide nuclear war In which even the fruits of victory Would be ashes in our mouths Ashes in our mouths Ashes in our mouths Ashes in our mouths