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Refugee songs

What songs would you put on a playlist about refugees? I'd put on "The Seed," by K'naan.

I was a seed
planted by lovers in a refugee camp and
overseas I grew free
I grew my roots and became a tree
so now they never gonna cut me down

What else should go on the playlist?


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Nov. 24th, 2015 07:10 pm (UTC)
One by Liam Blaney

Nov. 24th, 2015 07:12 pm (UTC)
Wow, absolutely perfect: thank you.
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Nov. 24th, 2015 07:27 pm (UTC)
Excellent. I like it A LOT. Onto the playlist it goes.
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Nov. 24th, 2015 07:50 pm (UTC)
We'll make our homes on the waters --YES. love it.
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Nov. 24th, 2015 07:47 pm (UTC)
Off the top of my head—

Benjamin Zephaniah, "Tam Lyn Retold"

Since I've been here in exile, I just don't know my fate
And the best-selling tabloids always greet me with hate
There's no peace in my nation—I'm a war refugee

Gogol Bordello, "Through the Roof 'n' Underground"

And as we're crossing border after border
We realize the difference is none
It's an underdog zoo and if you want it
You always have to make your own fun

The Klezmatics, "An Undoing World"

A refugee who's running from the wars
Hiding from the firebombs they've hurled
Eternally a person out of doors
Desperate in this undoing world

Lal Waterson, "Stumbling On"

I breathed in a sigh from a passer-by
From a beautiful kingdom
His eyes were dry, he was tongue-tied
In a foreign land
Nov. 24th, 2015 07:49 pm (UTC)
Excellent; thank you. Yes, Tam Lyn Retold definitely. (The others are new to me.)

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Nov. 24th, 2015 08:08 pm (UTC)
refugee song
It's also the penultimate paragrpah sentence of Walden by Thoreau https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h0QFkpUhBFo pensio que tu falas portugues suficiente por entenderla en espanol Do insects not count as refugees?
Nov. 27th, 2015 03:23 pm (UTC)
Re: refugee song
This is lovely.
Nov. 24th, 2015 09:30 pm (UTC)
Bruce Cockburn's "If I had a rocket launcher" doesn't specifically state, "refugees", but I believe they're implied.
And it makes me weepy.
Nov. 24th, 2015 11:45 pm (UTC)
Oh yes: definitely.
Nov. 24th, 2015 10:01 pm (UTC)

Nov. 24th, 2015 11:46 pm (UTC)
Classic--no: biblical.

This is one of my favorite songs. I remember teaching a boyfriend to sing it in a round with me.
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Nov. 24th, 2015 10:17 pm (UTC)
The Fields of Athreny--one very important to Irish people, about hard times after the Potato Famine. Once sung spontaneously by most of the audience at a soccer match a few years ago.

Also, more recent, Thousands are Sailing by the Pogues.

Edited at 2015-11-24 10:21 pm (UTC)
Nov. 25th, 2015 12:04 am (UTC)
Ooh, the lyrics to "The Fields of Athreny" are so moving...
Nov. 24th, 2015 10:53 pm (UTC)
Anything from Menotti's opera The Consul.
Nov. 25th, 2015 04:28 am (UTC)
Anything from Menotti's opera The Consul.


The magician who can produce anything from his pockets but the papers that will let him out of the country.
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Nov. 24th, 2015 11:18 pm (UTC)
Go Move Shift-- specifically about Roma in England, but has general applicability.

Poor Wayfaring Stranger. If you think this was overproduced, you should have heard some of the other versions.
Nov. 27th, 2015 03:40 pm (UTC)
Ohgosh yes: any version of "Wayfaring Stranger" belongs on this playlist. And this version is beautiful. I love the feeling in Johnny Cash's voice. (I have a collection of different versions of this song--I should get this version.)

"Go Move Shift" I didn't know. It's haunting, and also perfect.
Nov. 25th, 2015 02:18 am (UTC)
Nov. 27th, 2015 03:43 pm (UTC)
Yes indeed.
Nov. 25th, 2015 07:33 am (UTC)
(puff... pufff... coming in late to the party...) am I too late?
Here's a favourite australian song - not about refugees, but about the power of the power of the (supposed) powerless, when they stand steadily for justice - "From little things, big things grow".

and here's a response to hate-mongers:
Nov. 25th, 2015 12:58 pm (UTC)
Thanks very much for the second link. She's got a wonderful voice, and I appreciate the point of view.

One more about not being spoken for-- Stan Roger's House of Orange. This is not exactly about refugees, it's about not producing refugees.

Edited at 2015-11-25 01:01 pm (UTC)
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