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With My Hammer...

Seize The Day
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Album "It's Your Life... It's Our World!"

La canzone è dedicata a quattro donne britanniche, Angie Zelter, Lotta Kronlid, Andrea Needham e Jo Wilson, attiviste del "Ploughshares Movement" (Ploughshares sono gli aratri in cui biblicamente devono essere trasformate le spade) che nel 1996 riuscirono a penetrare in una base militare e ad arrecare seri danni ad un jet pronto per essere acquistato dal governo indonesiano per le operazioni di guerra a Timor Est... le quattro coraggiose furono ovviamente arrestate e processate e poi... prosciolte, in un processo che si trasformò in un boomerang per il governo inglese, chiamato dall'opinione pubblica a rispondere della vendita di armi a paesi dittatoriali o belligeranti.
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Oh, you who see injustice all around
But have not the courage to fight or stand your ground
We see but are too scared,
There are not enought of us prepared
To put our lives at risk time and again

And then comes a drop of rain
To the parched lips of a world that needs to feel hope again.

We are dying as a people and a nation.
A third of our people have been killed in 21 years
Of illegal occupation.
10 U.N. resolutions requesting Indonesia to withdraw
They chose to ignore...

And a woman cries,
"If you are really human
You'll stop them sending these weapons to our shore!"

With my Hammer I Break the Chain
I Will Not remain in Silence
I Will Stand and I Will Defend
My Right to Fight Against Violence!

No prison can contain
The Freedom that we gain
When we move through fear
Here

Laws of our civilised land are quite clear;
Selling Weapons to Dictators
To MURDER, STONE, RAPE and TORTURE
Is Illegal

But there is timber, there is oil
On Indonesian soil
And there's money to be made from the Arms Trade
Our Boys need Jobs!

She shouted from the rooftops
But not one word of the lie is lost or destroyed
I cannot believe
That you continue to decieve yourselves in this way!

All the people that you paid to make the jet-fighters!

With my Hammer I Break the Chain
I Will Not remain in Silence
I Will Stand and I Will Defend
My Right to Fight Against Violence!

No prison can contain
The Freedom that we gain
When we move through fear
Here

To think to plan they took a year
To build the trust to work through fear
3am on a cold january morning
A BA Warton
No-one saw them no-one gave the warning
Hot jet ZH955 came alive to the sound of singing Hammers
The hanging of banners, the scattering of seeds and ashes
On it's wings
And the women waited to see what justice brings
The £2.4 million damage done
13 Million for a new one

We are not martyrs, or heroines
We owe so much to our friends,
Who held our courage in their hands!

With my Hammer I Break the Chain
I Will Not remain in Silence
I Will Stand and I Will Defend
My Right to Fight Against Violence!

With my Hammer I Break the Chain
I Will Not remain in Silence
I Will Stand and I Will Defend
My Right to Fight Against Violence!

No prison can contain
The Freedom that we gain
When we move through fear
Here

And after half a year in jail
They came before a court of Law
And the truth the jury heard and saw
Stunned them into silence

And then when the verdict came:
"Not Guilty."
Justice had been done
The celebrating could begin again
Dancing laughing praying weeping crying

In East Timor they danced and laughed and cried somemore
And as the seeds of hope
Begin to settle on the ground
A gentle rain begins to falls

With my Hammer I Break the Chain
I Will Not remain in Silence
I Will Stand and I Will Defend
My Right to Fight Against Violence!

With my Hammer I Break the Chain
I Will Not remain in Silence
I Will Stand and I Will Defend
My Right to Fight Against Violence!

With my Hammer I Break the Chain
I Will Not remain in Silence
I Will Stand and I Will Defend
My Right to Fight Against Violence!

No prison can contain
The Freedom that we gain
When we move through fear
Here

With my Hammer I Broke the Chain
I did Not remain in Silence

inviata da Alessandro - 19/9/2009 - 20:00



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