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behind the barricades (live - the commons)
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I wrote this song in mourning after the death of Carlo Giuliani. He was at the G8 protests in Genoa, Italy. I was at the festivities around the climate change talks in Bonn, Germany, happening at the same time. From 'Living In These Times'
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david rovics
david rovics 2008
the commons
Wed Feb 13, 2008
Acoustic : Folk
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I wrote this song in mourning after the death of Carlo Giuliani. He was at the G8 protests in Genoa, Italy. I was at the festivities around the climate change talks in Bonn, Germany, happening at the same time. We all heard about his death amidst the tear gas and police brutality there, while happily sitting around on the grass on a lovely organic farm outside of Bonn. It all seemed very inappropriate. The refrain is bringing to mind a wonderful photograph from 1968 in Paris. Maybe you’ve seen it.
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When the world has gone crazy
And it's all becoming clear
When they're gunning down our comrades
And it seems the end is near
As they're loading up the launchers
For the tear gas grenades
We can take off our bandanas (for a moment)
And kiss behind the barricades

When it's madness all around
You can see this at a glance
We will cry and we will sing
And we will laugh and we will dance
As they shout their marching orders
Beneath the helicopter blades
We will seize the moment
For a kiss behind the barricades

They will try to break our spirit
And at times they may succeed
But our love for the world
Is stronger than their greed
When the building is surrounded
And hope begins to fade
In my final hour
A kiss behind the barricades

As the movement grows
There will be hills and bends
But at the center of the struggle
Are your lovers and your friends
The more we hold each other up
The less we can be swayed
Here's to love and solidarity
And a kiss behind the barricades

Created July, 2001
Copyright David Rovics 2001, all rights reserved