I Am Refugee

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This is just a song. It does not propose a solution to the refugee crisis– though I guess that would be a combination of serious and generous aid to existing refugee camps; humane and well-managed acceptance of refugees throughout Europe, the middle East and further; and an acceptance that some refugees will be temporary and others permanent.

But nothing will be easy, especially as both main sides in the Syrian civil war (where most refugees are from right now) are guilty of terrible acts of murder and mayhem.

But there is still a reason for the song – against those racists who reject them on ‘principle’, and those others who try and insinuate that many of these people are not really refugees and are tricking us out of aid.

History constantly throws up refugees - people just like us who have to escape their homeland , because like us they want to live and see their family and friends live. It’s a crisis no one wants, it creates problems that no one wants. But it is a crisis we have to face. A humanity we have to find.

We can’t turn back the clock
We can’t just close our eyes.

lyrics

I am Refugee
(Skaith/Jeffries)

On a train in 1939
A kinder-transportee
In ’45 we were millions
Displaced by war and poverty
I’ve been expelled from Uganda
Run out of Palestine
(My) brothers and sisters taken
Time after deadly time

(When) Your world comes crashing all around
I am refugee

Wars I never started
Leaders who wash their hands
Call us ‘swarms’ and ‘aliens’
Invaders fresh from foreign lands
But out there in there stadiums
They raise the welcome banner high
Cos you can’t turn back the clock
You can’t just close your eyes

On a train in 1939
A kinder-transportee
Some then they called it ‘outrage’
Aliens with no right to flee

credits

from I Am Refugee, released October 9, 2015
Steve Skaith - vocals
Mary Carewe - backing vocals
Steve Jeffries - keyboards and backing vocals
Martin Ditcham - drums

Produced and mixed by Steve Jeffries

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Latin Quarter UK

Latin Quarter first burst onto the scene with their singles "Radio Africa" and "New Millionaires" – songs that stayed for months in the German single charts in the 80s. The band split up in 1998. In 2011 five of the original musicians got together again. Unlike other bands they didn’t rely on previous fame but released two albums with new songs - 'Ocean Head' and 'Tilt'. ... more

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