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So we've finally reached 6000. As usual for the "Thousands AWS", we've built a special page: this time, it's a series of antiwar and antimilitarist satyrical cartoons from Italy and other countries. But this page is preceded by an equally important initiative: the contribution of the whole Rwandan Song Cycle by Lorne Clarke and Tom Flannery. The 1994 Rwandan genocide told with a series of 17 terrible and beautiful songs.
Riccardo Venturi 2007/9/17 - 23:24
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Lake Victoria

A RWANDAN SONG CYCLE
© 2004 Tom Flannery and Lorne Clarke
a SongaWeek.com production
www.rwandasongs.com
Clarke & Flannery love to hear your thoughts on the song cycle. Email them to anthracite@rocketmail.com.



This is not a history lesson. We're not historians. We're songwriters. And anyway... how the hell is anybody going to explain the systematic state sponsored slaughter of close to a million people with a handful of songs? We're not.

Truth is, there is no explanation for the Rwandan genocide. What there is in abundance, however, is ignorance. If these songs make just one person dig a little deeper, then we've made our money back, so to speak. We've touched upon specific pieces of the horror, but don't even pretend to be able to understand it from the Rwandan point of view. We're observers from afar. Interested, heartbroken observers....but merely observers nonetheless. Please... (Continues)
I once thought sins were washed away
(Continues)
Contributed by Riccardo Venturi 2007/9/17 - 22:59
Song Itineraries: 1994: The Rwanda Genocide
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Tell Me How

A RWANDAN SONG CYCLE
© 2004 Tom Flannery and Lorne Clarke
a SongaWeek.com production
www.rwandasongs.com
Clarke & Flannery love to hear your thoughts on the song cycle. Email them to anthracite@rocketmail.com.



This is not a history lesson. We're not historians. We're songwriters. And anyway... how the hell is anybody going to explain the systematic state sponsored slaughter of close to a million people with a handful of songs? We're not.

Truth is, there is no explanation for the Rwandan genocide. What there is in abundance, however, is ignorance. If these songs make just one person dig a little deeper, then we've made our money back, so to speak. We've touched upon specific pieces of the horror, but don't even pretend to be able to understand it from the Rwandan point of view. We're observers from afar. Interested, heartbroken observers....but merely observers nonetheless. Please... (Continues)
You say "we remember"
(Continues)
Contributed by CCG/AWS Staff 2007/9/17 - 22:50
Song Itineraries: 1994: The Rwanda Genocide
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Talkin' First Day Working At The UN Blues

A RWANDAN SONG CYCLE
© 2004 Tom Flannery and Lorne Clarke
a SongaWeek.com production
www.rwandasongs.com
Clarke & Flannery love to hear your thoughts on the song cycle. Email them to anthracite@rocketmail.com.



This is not a history lesson. We're not historians. We're songwriters. And anyway... how the hell is anybody going to explain the systematic state sponsored slaughter of close to a million people with a handful of songs? We're not.

Truth is, there is no explanation for the Rwandan genocide. What there is in abundance, however, is ignorance. If these songs make just one person dig a little deeper, then we've made our money back, so to speak. We've touched upon specific pieces of the horror, but don't even pretend to be able to understand it from the Rwandan point of view. We're observers from afar. Interested, heartbroken observers....but merely observers nonetheless. Please... (Continues)
Got a job at the UN the pay's pretty good
(Continues)
Contributed by CCG/AWS Staff 2007/9/17 - 22:46
Song Itineraries: 1994: The Rwanda Genocide
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Requiem For Butare

A RWANDAN SONG CYCLE
© 2004 Tom Flannery and Lorne Clarke
a SongaWeek.com production
www.rwandasongs.com
Clarke & Flannery love to hear your thoughts on the song cycle. Email them to anthracite@rocketmail.com.



This is not a history lesson. We're not historians. We're songwriters. And anyway... how the hell is anybody going to explain the systematic state sponsored slaughter of close to a million people with a handful of songs? We're not.

Truth is, there is no explanation for the Rwandan genocide. What there is in abundance, however, is ignorance. If these songs make just one person dig a little deeper, then we've made our money back, so to speak. We've touched upon specific pieces of the horror, but don't even pretend to be able to understand it from the Rwandan point of view. We're observers from afar. Interested, heartbroken observers....but merely observers nonetheless. Please... (Continues)
First among the tell-tale signs of madness
(Continues)
Contributed by CCG/AWS Staff 2007/9/17 - 22:32
Song Itineraries: 1994: The Rwanda Genocide
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Joseline

A RWANDAN SONG CYCLE
© 2004 Tom Flannery and Lorne Clarke
a SongaWeek.com production
www.rwandasongs.com
Clarke & Flannery love to hear your thoughts on the song cycle. Email them to anthracite@rocketmail.com.



This is not a history lesson. We're not historians. We're songwriters. And anyway... how the hell is anybody going to explain the systematic state sponsored slaughter of close to a million people with a handful of songs? We're not.

Truth is, there is no explanation for the Rwandan genocide. What there is in abundance, however, is ignorance. If these songs make just one person dig a little deeper, then we've made our money back, so to speak. We've touched upon specific pieces of the horror, but don't even pretend to be able to understand it from the Rwandan point of view. We're observers from afar. Interested, heartbroken observers....but merely observers nonetheless. Please... (Continues)
She was 17 years
(Continues)
Contributed by CCG/AWS Staff 2007/9/17 - 22:27
Song Itineraries: 1994: The Rwanda Genocide
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Madame Agathe

A RWANDAN SONG CYCLE
© 2004 Tom Flannery and Lorne Clarke
a SongaWeek.com production
www.rwandasongs.com
Clarke & Flannery love to hear your thoughts on the song cycle. Email them to anthracite@rocketmail.com.


This is not a history lesson. We're not historians. We're songwriters. And anyway... how the hell is anybody going to explain the systematic state sponsored slaughter of close to a million people with a handful of songs? We're not.

Truth is, there is no explanation for the Rwandan genocide. What there is in abundance, however, is ignorance. If these songs make just one person dig a little deeper, then we've made our money back, so to speak. We've touched upon specific pieces of the horror, but don't even pretend to be able to understand it from the Rwandan point of view. We're observers from afar. Interested, heartbroken observers....but merely observers nonetheless. Please... (Continues)
Hercules is racing for the border
(Continues)
Contributed by CCG/AWS Staff 2007/9/17 - 21:59
Song Itineraries: 1994: The Rwanda Genocide
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I'm Coming Home

A RWANDAN SONG CYCLE
© 2004 Tom Flannery and Lorne Clarke
a SongaWeek.com production
www.rwandasongs.com
Clarke & Flannery love to hear your thoughts on the song cycle. Email them to anthracite@rocketmail.com.


This is not a history lesson. We're not historians. We're songwriters. And anyway... how the hell is anybody going to explain the systematic state sponsored slaughter of close to a million people with a handful of songs? We're not.

Truth is, there is no explanation for the Rwandan genocide. What there is in abundance, however, is ignorance. If these songs make just one person dig a little deeper, then we've made our money back, so to speak. We've touched upon specific pieces of the horror, but don't even pretend to be able to understand it from the Rwandan point of view. We're observers from afar. Interested, heartbroken observers....but merely observers nonetheless. Please... (Continues)
It's been 9 long years
(Continues)
Contributed by CCG/AWS Staff 2007/9/17 - 21:34
Song Itineraries: 1994: The Rwanda Genocide
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Romeo Dallaire

A RWANDAN SONG CYCLE
© 2004 Tom Flannery and Lorne Clarke
a SongaWeek.com production
www.rwandasongs.com
Clarke & Flannery love to hear your thoughts on the song cycle. Email them to anthracite@rocketmail.com.


This is not a history lesson. We're not historians. We're songwriters. And anyway... how the hell is anybody going to explain the systematic state sponsored slaughter of close to a million people with a handful of songs? We're not.

Truth is, there is no explanation for the Rwandan genocide. What there is in abundance, however, is ignorance. If these songs make just one person dig a little deeper, then we've made our money back, so to speak. We've touched upon specific pieces of the horror, but don't even pretend to be able to understand it from the Rwandan point of view. We're observers from afar. Interested, heartbroken observers....but merely observers nonetheless. Please... (Continues)
When I lay down I can hear the guns
(Continues)
Contributed by CCG/AWS Staff 2007/9/17 - 21:23
Song Itineraries: 1994: The Rwanda Genocide
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Paul Kagame Blues

A RWANDAN SONG CYCLE
© 2004 Tom Flannery and Lorne Clarke
a SongaWeek.com production
www.rwandasongs.com
Clarke & Flannery love to hear your thoughts on the song cycle. Email them to anthracite@rocketmail.com.


This is not a history lesson. We're not historians. We're songwriters. And anyway... how the hell is anybody going to explain the systematic state sponsored slaughter of close to a million people with a handful of songs? We're not.

Truth is, there is no explanation for the Rwandan genocide. What there is in abundance, however, is ignorance. If these songs make just one person dig a little deeper, then we've made our money back, so to speak. We've touched upon specific pieces of the horror, but don't even pretend to be able to understand it from the Rwandan point of view. We're observers from afar. Interested, heartbroken observers....but merely observers nonetheless. Please... (Continues)
They say the love of one's country
(Continues)
Contributed by CCG/AWS Staff 2007/9/17 - 21:16
Song Itineraries: 1994: The Rwanda Genocide
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Rwandan Eyes

A RWANDAN SONG CYCLE
© 2004 Tom Flannery and Lorne Clarke
a SongaWeek.com production
www.rwandasongs.com
Clarke & Flannery love to hear your thoughts on the song cycle. Email them to anthracite@rocketmail.com.


This is not a history lesson. We're not historians. We're songwriters. And anyway... how the hell is anybody going to explain the systematic state sponsored slaughter of close to a million people with a handful of songs? We're not.

Truth is, there is no explanation for the Rwandan genocide. What there is in abundance, however, is ignorance. If these songs make just one person dig a little deeper, then we've made our money back, so to speak. We've touched upon specific pieces of the horror, but don't even pretend to be able to understand it from the Rwandan point of view. We're observers from afar. Interested, heartbroken observers....but merely observers nonetheless. Please... (Continues)
I'd like to look through his eyes
(Continues)
Contributed by CCG/AWS Staff 2007/9/17 - 21:09
Song Itineraries: 1994: The Rwanda Genocide

The Creek

A song of longing and loss... the only real result of any war.
The Creek
(Continues)
Contributed by Dave Arthur 2005/8/11 - 04:28

Friendly Fire

When our fearless leader taunts the world with ill-considered words like "Bring it on!"
-- perhaps it would be wise for the rest of us to ponder the price that we all pay for violence.
Friendly Fire
(Continues)
Contributed by David Arthur 2005/8/11 - 04:20

Hallelujah and Fallujah

11/22/2004
http://www.songaweek.com
by Tom Flannery
Tracers in the sky Jesus on the ground
(Continues)
Contributed by Riccardo Venturi 2005/8/8 - 14:50
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It's Called Genocide

08/02/2004
http://www.songaweek.com
by Tom Flannery
There's genocide in Darfur
(Continues)
Contributed by Riccardo Venturi 2005/8/8 - 10:54

Drunk On Oil

07/06/2004
http://www.songaweek.com
by Tom Flannery
I love the smell of oil in the morning
(Continues)
Contributed by Riccardo Venturi 2005/8/8 - 10:52

Stalingrad

10/25/2004
http://www.songaweek.com
by Tom Flannery
My dreams don't wait 'till I'm asleep
(Continues)
Contributed by Riccardo Venturi 2005/8/8 - 10:49

Don't Come Crying to Me

[2004]
http://www.songaweek.com

"On the morning of Wednesday, 03 November 2004, we awoke to learn that George W. Bush had won re-election to the Whitehouse. To say that we felt dismay would be a serious understatement in that it truly felt like we had been kicked in the stomach by a mule.

The dishonesty, arrogance and unilateral heavy-handedness of the Bush administration during the first term convinced us that the next four years would be filled with more of the same - generating, on a world-wide basis, a frightening level of distrust and hatred for the USA. Domestically, we fear the continued efforts to strip away guaranteed civil liberties by the enshrinement of the USA Patriot Act.

This song expresses a sense of resignation to what a second term of Bush would yield...and a sense of frustration with those who voted for him. It seems preposterous that the very people who need social... (Continues)
When they announce they're starting up the draft
(Continues)
Contributed by Riccardo Venturi 2005/8/8 - 10:47




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