dimanche 15 avril 2007

Without chains, une chanson de Patti Smith

La chanteuse Patti Smith vient d'enregistrer une chanson "Sans chaînes", écrite après la libération de Murat Kurnaz de Guantánamo. Elle explique :
This song was written in early September 2006 in response to the release of Murat Kurnaz from the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base after being detained for over four years. We are posting the song because of numerous requests. At this point the song may serve to raise questions as to the status of the Guantanamo detainees. This is a heart breaking legal and moral issue. We can not forget these human beings.Nor can we forget John Walker Lindh who has also served over four years of a twenty year sentence imposed without any hard evidence against him. Recently he was transferred from a medium-security prison in California to Supermax, the Federal Government's most secure prison. No explanation has been given.Our prayers are with him and others who have been imprisoned unjustly.

We offer the song, as requested. Just a rough version. written with Tony Shanahan.
Photo Angelo Cricchi
Without Chains

by Patti Smith

copyright 2007

For four long years

I wasn't a man

dreaming chained

with the lights on

in another world

a netherworld

four long years

with nothing

to say

thoughts impure

at Guantanamo Bay

now I'm learning

to walk

without chains

I'm learning

to walk

without chains

learning to walk

without chains

without chains

without chains

born in bremen

played guitar

a young apprentice

building ships

loved and married

heard the call

is attaining wisdom

a pursuit of fools

journeyed to Pakistan

to breathe the Koran

taken in custody

no reason why

then a prison camp

as an enemyCombatant


Languished in a cell

Four years and a day

Then flown home

A version of free

Chained to the floor

With eyes bound

One last humiliation

left to endure

they say I walk


that may be so

its been a long time

since I walked at all

now I'm learning

to walk

without chains

to talk

without chains

to breathe

without chains

to love etc...

without chains

without chains

without chains

Écoutez la chanson
Listen to the song

You may wish to review Welcome Back Murat Kurnaz

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