You’ll never kill our will to be free

I sing the song of the colony
How many years and you’re still not free
And your mother cries and you ask god why
Greed is the knife and the scars run deep
How many races with much reason to weep
And your children cry
And you ask god why

Annie, she came from Dunlavin Town
The TB came and killed her family all around
Population booms
Eleven in two rooms
Katie she came from down Townsend street
Ten in a bed and no shoes on their feet
1916 came
They played the patriots game
Freddy, he came from the Iveagh flats
Tenement slums and infested with rats
Sleeping on damp straw
Trying not to break the law
Thomas, he came from Kilmaine in Mayo
Semi starvation was the only life you’d know
In a two room shack
Then jailed in Letterfrack

I look to the east, I look to the west
To the north and the south, and I’m not too impressed
Time after time
After crime after crime
They raped, robbed, pillaged, enslaved and murdered
Jesus Christ was their god and they done it in his name
So he could take the blame if it’s not all a game
With bible in one hand and a sword in the other
They came to purify my land of my Gaelic Irish mothers
And fathers, and sisters and brothers
With our own ancient customs, laws, music, art
Way of life and culture
Tribal in structure
We had a civilisation
When they were still neanderthal nations
We suffer with the Native American, the Indian in Asia
Aboriginal Australia
The African people with their history so deep
And our children still weep and our lives are still cheap
You came from Germany, from France, from England
And from Spain
From Belgium and from Portugal
You all done much the same

You took what was not yours
Went against your own bible
You broke your own laws
Just to out do the rival
But did you ever apologize
For the hundreds and millions of lives
You destroyed and terrorised
Or have you never realized
Did you never feel shame
For what was done in your country’s name
And find out who’s to blame and why they were so inhumane
And still they teach you in your school
About those glorious days of rule
And how it’s your destiny to be
Superior to me
But if you’ve any kind of mind
You’ll see that all human kind
Are the children of this earth
And your hate for them will chew you up and spit you out

You’ll never kill our will to be free, to be free
You’ll never kill our will to be free, to be free
You’ll never kill our will to be free, to be free
Inside our minds we hold, hold the key 

After listening to the song, for like 200 times, I looked up the singer and lyrics writer Damien Dempsy and I found out this: 

I have been always a big fan of the Irish music, after all, the first English song I ever memorized in my life was “Some said the devil is dead“. As a strong believer in the joint struggle, and no I am not talking about the myth of Palestinian and Israeli struggling against… Israel. I am talking about the fact that all oppressed nations, whether they were in south east Asia, Arab world, South America, or in Europe,  are all fighting the same evil. “this give an idea for 2 other posts, will write them when I research them :)” 

I wonder, why the Palestinian public is not aware about other nations suffering, its sad, yet comforting to know that you are not alone(this is pretty selfish, I know). their is other places with their own oppressors, just like the IDF, if not worse. The question is, why their is no global joint struggle? 

Can you please answer me



2 thoughts on “You’ll never kill our will to be free

  1. Important highlight, but as I remembered the Palestinians made strong relationships with other people who are seeking freedom like IRA, ETA, Left movements in Asia & S.America and other, but this was in the past.Palestinians should build such links again with Anti-Globalisation & Anti-war movements and with anyone who fight against occupation and racism.Very nice song BTW :))

  2. well, true the PLO and the Palestinian left had a good relation with many of those faction, and they still maintain a good relation with European left in General. as for now, we maintain a good relation with the anti-globalization, anti-war movement, even with the radical left as well, without mention the relationship with movement like the one in Mexico, cuba and south american in general.

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