'When I was fifteen' by Jacky Long

When I was fifteen

Two doctors in white coats

Tested me because I was slow

They tested me to see

If I was capable to get on in this life


They said: I was very slow

I couldn’t count good

I was not capable of doing anything

I would not get on in this life


They threatened my mum

Said I’d do better in a home

I often think back now

They thought I didn’t understand

But I knew what it was all about

I wasn’t stupid

If I saw them now

I’d tell them off

Stop doing it - it is wrong

Stop telling people who they are

We know best

I know best about myself.