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Is It For Freedom

Sara Thomsen
Lingua: Inglese



Words and music by Sara Thomsen

Sara Thomsen


Sara Thomsen's song, "Is It For Freedom," won a top ten finalist award in the 2001 national Bringing Music to Life Songwriting Contest created by Noel Paul Stookey (of Peter, Paul & Mary) to recognize songs of sociopolitical concern. The song was written in protest of the sanctions against the people of Iraq imposed throughout the 1990s and that continued into the current decade. More recently it has regularily been played on the Democracy Now radio program with host Amy Goodman in light of the current war waged against Iraq.
Rulers of the nations as you fuss and fight
Over who owns this or that and who has the right
To design, build, sell and store and fire
All the bombs and guns to defend your holy empire

There are children hungry, children sick and dying
There are mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers crying
They’re only pawns in your play of power and corruption
Slowly starve them, your new weapon of mass destruction

Chorus: And prove to me, America, that you care
And prove to me, America, you’re aware
Who’s dying for your freedom in this land
Who pays the cost for the liberties you demand

Is it for freedom, or our comfort and convenience
Is it to profit for big business we pledge our allegiance
Are we prisoners in the land of the brave and the bold?
Held by indifference or hearts grown hard and cold (Chorus)

Children of the world, you have the right
To sing and dance, run and play, let your dreams take flight
As the innocent die you rulers carry the shame
And if we stand idly by we share in the blame

Final chorus:
And oh, America, do we care
Oh, America, are we aware
Who’s dying for our comfort in this land
Who pays the cost for the convenience we demand?

Children of the world, you have the right
To sing and dance, run and play, let your dreams take flight

inviata da Paula Pedersen - 12/11/2007 - 02:39



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