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Advocate Of The Poor

Niss Puk Band
Language: English


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El Salvador
(Noel Paul Stookey)
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(Niss Puk Band)


[1980]
Album “Times Are Gonna Get Harder”, Folkways Records

Come El Salvador di Noel Paul Stookey, una canzone dedicata al vescovo di San Salvador Oscar Arnulfo Romero che il 24 marzo 1980, mentre celebrava messa, fu assassinato dagli uomini del fascista torturatore assassino Roberto d’Aubuisson.
"They might kill me," he spoke with humbleness and caution
"but they can't kill the voice of truth!"
where the clergy normally keeps quiet and tolerates
suffering, torture and slaying in Latin-America

Salvadorans from all over the country are beggin1 for help
Clutchin’ photographs of disappeared relatives and friends
- missing victims of arrests -
probably dead and buried hurridly
somewhere between coconut and palm trees

Brutal repressiveness of the rich elite
don't let anybody standin' in their way
massacres in the barrios of the cities and
among the campesinos on huge coffee and suger plantations

A hired gunman
shot him down
his blood was streakin' the white altar cloth
he fell on the floor, struck in the heart by a single bullet
a nun heard him whisper:
"God have mercy on their souls."

Security forces are executin' orders
from a few landownin' families
politically active peasants are being killed with machine
guns
what manifests the outrageous methods of the country
ruler's
to increase the property

He was father, protector, advocate of the poor,
condemnin' tyranny and terrorism
an adherent of liberation theology, which fills the people
with courage
to free themselves from oppression

Romero offered his blood as a seed of liberty
and a sign of hope,
to the cause of peace and justice
he was one of the very few "Men of God",
who'd spoken boldly against the violation
of human rights

A hired gunman
shot him down
his blood was streakin' the white altar cloth
he fell on the floor struck by a single bullet
a nun heard him whisper:
"God have mercy on their souls"

Contributed by Alessandro - 2010/1/28 - 13:44



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