Friday, November 20, 2009

I Come and Stand

(Song begins at 3:00 runtime)
Words by Nazim Hikmet, English translation by J. Turner.
Melody by James Walter ("The Great Silkie of Sule Skerrie")
Rise Up Singing chapter: Peace, p.160
D C - D / - C - D / G D C D / Em - C D, or...
D C - D / - C - D / G D C D / Em C - D
(See the beginning of the video for details on that C in the last line)

I come and stand at every door
But no one hears my silent tread
I knock and yet remain unseen
For I am dead, for I am dead

I'm only seven although I died
In Hiroshima long ago
I'm seven now as I was then:
When children die they do not grow

My hair was scorched by swirling flame
My eyes grew dim, my eyes grew blind
Death came and turned my bones to dust
And that was scattered by the wind

I need no fruit, I need no rice
I need no sweets or even bread
I ask for nothing for myself
For I am dead, for I am dead

All that I ask is that for peace
You fight today, you fight today
So that the children of this world
May live and grow and laugh and play

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