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Re-branding the Memory of Darcy Allan Sheppard

Tuesday September 2nd 2010

In memory of Al Sheppard, some of his friends put a video together called, “APPARENTLY (Al Sheppard).

I see the Video is already up over at “Duncan’s City Ride“.

RIP Darcy Allan Sheppard (1976 - 2009)

RIP Darcy Allan Sheppard (1976 - 2009)

Here’s some of the lines I like most:

“Kill the messenger,”

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“Put Sheppard on trial while he’s under the ground…”

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“You’se a plaintiff with a tainted past, you ain’t entitled to trial
No need to hear your side, whether you’re dead or alive”

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Here’s the audio to listen to while you read the lyrics (from Sunny D’s bandcamp page).


Intro (edited version for youtube etc): We and him used to get along / cause x-amount of bangarong (translation: cause a whole heap of crazy funtimes)

You’se a plaintiff with a tainted past, you ain’t entitled to trial
No need to hear your side, whether you’re dead or alive
Throw enough dough at a PR firm and the defendant won’t see trial
Still jog the beach and smile, maintain a bling lifestyle

Dropsi: Hey kids! Some advice for all y’all / get arrested when you’re someone you get 2 phonecalls
Personalities galore show examples, go ahead ask Winona Ryder, or Gordon Campbell
But they didn’t leave my pal to die in the street / hiding in the Hyatt lobby making alibis meet
They didn’t kill somebody breaking laws that they helped write, but at least one of them knows what a pitbull looks like
What a joke, eh? Listen up clear all about your justice system how it works two tier
Type for trailer park trash who love to drink beer ain’t the same as the one for the cats who own Lears
One for diplomats who drop half a mil a year between drugs and rehab clinics far and near
One for royalty and folks too rich to know fear and one for [niggaz] who can’t even afford to chuck spears
See what I’m getting at? It’s all about cash / with enough of it the laws you infract get bypassed
Wanna break some? Put aside about two mil/ that should cover for your legal fees and PR bill

Sunny D: Another murderer walks cuz dead bikes don’t talk / red Sheppard and the politician colour of chalk
Killed the messenger, then fled to the hotel / hyped up, mic’d up with some bull[shit] to sell
First call to the wife, hook up the alibi / second call to PR for those opinions to buy
The man is an attorney, yeah he got connections / so go on and call the cops so no one asks those questions
My suggestion? Car’s a weapon and that [shit] didn’t stall / hit the Sheppard like a boxer that don’t got any balls
Pick it up, dust it off and then confront your attacker / but who ever thinks it escalates to disaster?
After the dust dies down, crown attorney the clown / puts the Sheppard on trial while he’s under the ground
Drop the politician’s charges, sweep it under the rug but we’re all gonna haveta answer to the ultimate judge

Sunny D: If the Sheppard had the money, would the truth be told?
Would you believe what’s in your heart or what’s above the fold?
Would justice stand a chance or fall dead on the floor?
And would another person die because two wheels ain’t four?
Would you leave a human being like a dog to bleed?
Would you steal a man’s life who’s got four kids to feed?
Would my people find protection from the boys in blue?
And would you only care about it if it happened to you?

Dropsi: My view? Let me get to the point and state a fact:
Driver side window attack, I don’t promote that
Got provoked, went there, fatal mistake
Did it for the fuck of it? Gimme a break!
Does that make sense in your pristine reality?
Mr. Never-done-wrong, Ms. Error-Free?
Ok, so you’re sinless, your life’s perfect, fine
Prove that shit come turn my water into wine
‘Course you knew that request was rhetorical
So shut the [fuck] up, finish your editorial
There’s a collision at Yonge & Bloor you might like
Tailor-made for you to spin as car vs. bike

Video at Sunny D’s Vimeo page: “APPARENTLY (Al Sheppard)” by Uncle Dropsi and Sunny D

Related post: Michael Bryant and Spin Doctors ‘Diminish Us All’

Via the Facebook group In Memory of Darcy Allan Sheppard (members only group).

Update: September 3rd 2010

Yesterday at “In Memory of Darcy Allan Sheppard” I asked in comments “Should this be a public page – rather than members only?”

Aryeh Smith got back to me…

Al Sheppards family started the group' "In Memory of Darcy Allan Sheppard"

Al’s family is spread out across Canada, so they started the group as a place to meet and grieve. So, you can join the group, and read and comment – no problem – just remember where you are.


Posted: September 2nd, 2010
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5 Comments on “Re-branding the Memory of Darcy Allan Sheppard”

  1. 1 cyclops said at 1:35 pm on September 2nd, 2010:

    This song hits the nail right on the head. Thanks for posting the lyrics.

  2. 2 michael holloway said at 2:27 pm on September 2nd, 2010:

    Your welcome Cyclops, and thanks for the feed back. Apparently the artists think so too.

    I’m not totally (sic) into hip-hop; but this is the first time I’ve seen lyrics posted with a rap. Sunny D is quite an interesting artist, a bike courier, singer, song writer and poet – she says…

  3. 3 Christine said at 8:42 am on September 3rd, 2010:

    Thanks for posting this. I hope it increases awareness as to who the real attacker was that night.

  4. 4 Patch said at 6:16 pm on September 6th, 2010:

    While I’m no fan of hip-hop this post says it like is is so thank you for posting it. I also hope it clarifies just who the aggressor was here. Right or wrong, the way I see it is that the so-called trial was a huge injustice to a man who can’t defend himself. He’s dead. His questionable way of life and problems were dragged out instead of dealing with cold, hard facts. This whole “incident” from start to finish, smells bad.

  5. 5 michael holloway said at 3:13 am on September 7th, 2010:

    Right on Patch, right on. It smells bad.

    There needs to be an inquiry into, not only the out come, but also the appointment of the special prosecutor, and the ad firm’s association with the prosecutor.

    There was a hit and run that’s the starting point.

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