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Lyrics for the Free Gaza Song Contest

(14.09.2008) Several people have submitted song lyrics for the Free Gaza Song Contest. Some of them might become musicalized until the end of the year. I collect all lyrics on this page here. For the lyrics of Anis' FREE GAZA SONG, STAY WITH YOU and GAZA ON MY MIND see the bottom of the main page.
Content:

A Small Song For Raghda
(Clara Legêne, Netherlands)
A Nation is Dying
(Mariko Sakurai, Japan)


The Living Voice Of The Dead ...
(Maya Terro, Lebanon)
While We Were Sailing To Gaza
(Deborah Maccoby, UK)


I Saw Two Ships Come Sailing In
(Deborah Maccoby, UK)
They've Arrived!
(Hilda Meers, Scotland)


Free Gaza Song (Add. verses)
(Chris Edwards, UK)
A Small Song For Raghda
Clara Legêne, Netherlands

while you learn to write
‘I go to school’
the grown-ups force
each other to do lines
sleep, Raghda, sleep

while you take out your copybook
a nice new copybook
intending to keep it clean
the grown-ups
accuse each other
sleep, Raghda, sleep

while you write

apple is tufahaa
to play is bal’ab
the grown-ups
accuse you
right through your head
dream, Raghda, dream

while you write

blood is damm
a child is walad
a rose is ward
a bus is bas
‘I like my apple’
the grown-ups
never give up

while you write in blood
in your new copybook
the grown-ups
give up
on you

A Nation is Dying
Mariko Sakurai, Tokyo, Japan

A nation is dying in front of our eyes
You can close your eyes and choose not to see it
You can walk away and forget about it
But this nation closes its eyes to die
when we close our eyes not to see it

The world's largest prison with innocent people dying
The world's largest prison with children starving

A nation is dying in front of our eyes
You can close your eyes and choose not to see it
You can click and go to other videos
But this nation cannot even to shout
when we drive the last nail to the coffin of Gaza

The world's largest prison with innocent people dying
The world's largest prison with children starving

(inspired by Noam's talks)

The Living Voice Of The Dead ...
By Maya Terro, Lebanon

For every tear
That you weep
For every promise
They could not keep
For every child with a broken dream
For you I sing
For you I sing

For every soul
That you've ever lost
For every bullet
Their guns have shot
For every child with a broken heart
For you I sing
For you I sing

Funny how all we ever did
Was sit and stare
Funny how we never dared
To raise a finger
To raise a voice
To try and give these innocent children
A second choice
A one in a life time chance

To make them able to chose
Their own destiny
To make them able to lose
All connection to violence and brutality
To make them for once able to cut lose
From death and animosity

For every meal
They made you miss everyday
For every little word
They forbid you to say
For every child with a hushed scream
For you I sing
For you I sing

For every year
Lost in vain
For every child's smile
Erased by pain
For every child with a shattered past
For you I sing
And for you I shout
Do not fall, for you will not fail
Do not falter, for justice will eventually prevail
And only then will you rise
From under the wreck and disguise
From beneath the oceans of their lies
With a heart of steel and a held up head
You will rise; the profit once said
To show the whole world that it's not over yet
For YOU ARE the living voice of the dead!
original words:

klein liedje voor raghda

terwijl jij leert schrijven
'I go to school'
geven de grote mensen
elkaar strafwerk
slaap, raghda, slaap

terwijl jij je schrift pakt
een lekker nieuw schrift
dit schrift blijft netjes
geven de grote mensen
elkaar de schuld
slaap, raghda, slaap

terwijl jij schrijft
apple is appel
to play is spelen
geven de grote mensen
door jouw hoofd heen
jou de schuld
droom, raghda, droom

terwijl jij schrijft
blood is bloed
a child is een kind
a rose is een roos
a bus is een bus
my apple is lekker
geven de grote mensen
het nooit op

terwijl jij met bloed schrijft
in jouw nieuwe schrift
geven de grote mensen
jou op

While We Were Sailing To Gaza
To be sung to the tune of "While we were marching through Georgia", submitted by Deborah Maccoby, member of Jews for Justice for Palestinians and on the Executive Board of ICAHD UK

Bring the good old bugle, boys, we'll sing another song.
Sing it with a spirit that will start the world along,
Sing it as we used to sing it, 50 people strong,
While we were sailing to Gaza.

Hurrah! Hurrah! We bring the jubilee!
Hurrah! Hurrah! The flag that makes you free!
So we sang the chorus, leaving Cyprus for the sea,
While we were sailing to Gaza.

"Halper and his pirate crew will never make the coast",
So said Israel's government, and 'twas a handsome boast,
Had they not forgot the power of the peoples' Host,
While we were sailing to Gaza.

Hurrah! Hurrah! We bring the jubilee!
Hurrah! Hurrah! The flag that makes you free!
So we sang the chorus, leaving Cyprus for the sea,
While we were sailing to Gaza.

So we made a thoroughfare for freedom and her train,
Thirty and two hundred miles across the stormy main;
Treason fled before us, for resistance was in vain,
While we were sailing to Gaza.

Hurrah! Hurrah! We bring the jubilee!
Hurrah! Hurrah! The flag that makes you free!
So we sang the chorus, leaving Cyprus for the sea,
While we were sailing to Gaza!


I Saw Two Ships Come Sailing In
To be sung to the tune of the Christmas carol: "I saw three ships come sailing in", submitted by Deborah Maccoby

I saw two ships come sailing in,
To Gaza beach, to Gaza beach,
I saw two ships come sailing in
To Gaza beach in the morning.

And what was in those ships, the two?
At Gaza beach, at Gaza beach,
And what was in those ships, the two,
At Gaza beach in the morning?

Some folk determined to get through,
To Gaza beach, to Gaza beach,
Some folk determined to get through
To Gaza beach in the morning.

And wherefore came those ships to be
At Gaza beach, at Gaza beach,
And wherefore came those ships to be
At Gaza beach in the morning?

To set the folk of Gaza free,
At Gaza beach, at Gaza beach,
To set the folk of Gaza free
At Gaza beach in the morning.
They've Arrived!
To the old Scottish tune, 'Over the Sea to Sky.'
From Hilda Meers, a member of Scottish Jews for a Just Peace.


You've sailed, bonny boats, you are spirits of hope.
With fortysix sailors from seventeen nations
On two wooden boats despite threat of destruction -
Exploring the storm, to bring Gaza the glimmer of hope.

Across heavy seas, in the dead of dark night,
Not knowing if death hovered near them,
They sailed until morning light showed them the sight
Of Palestine's shore, coming nearer and nearer.

They arrived! Families gather, crowding to meet them,
Amid cheering and laughter children jump in the sea
Their hands stretch towards them ecstatically greeting
The spirit of hope come across a wild sea.

SS Free Gaza! SS Liberty! Their call sign resounding,
These spirits of hope undauntedly sailed,
From Cyprus to Gaza. Bringing aid, bringing freedom,
Hands joining, in friendship they broke the blockade.

Two bonny boats sailing over the sea,
Over the bounding waves.
At Gaza, all were weeping, astounded with joy
As their two bonny boats brought the spirit of hope.
Free Gaza Song
Additional verses by Chris Edwards, Manchester (UK)

5. People in Gaza have no food, the situation is not good,
There are not medicines enough, to keep all of Gaza well.

Chorus
Free Gaza, Free Free Gaza (everybody), Free Gaza, sail your boat ashore

6. Israeli navy let us sail, to Gaza harbour—don't delay,
A relative of Tony Blair, is sailing with us today!

Chorus
Free Gaza, Free Free Gaza (everybody), Free Gaza, sail your boat ashore

7. We are bringing hearing aids, so kids can hear and sing and play,
The words of this song we sing.
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