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Song for the Mavi Marmara

David Rovics
Language: English


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Lyrics and Music by David Rovics
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Mavi Marmara


I had friends on several of those boats, including the Mavi Marmara. Just when the most cynical of leftists thinks Israel can't possibly do something even more outrageous than the last outrage, they go and do it. They massacred unarmed activists trying to bring basic necessities in to help alleviate the suffering of a besieged, hungry population. Read Kevin Neish's firsthand account of the raid on the ship.
In 1948 they were driven out at the point of a machine gun
Families fled in fear to Jordan, Syria and Lebanon..
They fled around the globe, firmly held in terror's grip
And about a million refugees ended up in the tiny Gaza Strip

In 1967 the IDF moved in
And the refugees in Gaza became refugees again
Settlers took their farmland,- soldiers took the ports
And the people were surrounded by military forts.

In 2007 they cut it off completely
No access to the borders, no access to the sea
The world began to see this unavoidable stamp
The most crowded place on Earth was now a concentration camp..

Israeli jet fighters bombed Gaza from the air
And they kept out the supplies needed to rebuild and repair
They kept out the convoys of humanitarian aid
Anemic children going hungry, crushed and burned in bombing raids..

From around the world.. -good people tried
To get across the border to the other side
Almost all of them were turned away
Deported back to Turkey, Jordan, France, the USA.

They were barred from ever coming back
Adam and Huwaida decided on a different tack
They loaded up a boat and managed to get through
That's when activists in Istanbul decided what they had to do

Armed with food.. and wheelchairs
And prosthetic limbs for victims of the bombing raids to wear
They packed cement -by the ton
They had a few kitchen knives but not a single gun

They were determined to reach the bay
To break the siege of Gaza and not be turned away
As they left Turkish waters everybody wished them well
As for what would happen, only the Apartheid state could tell..

All aboard the Mavi Marmara
Sailing toward Goliath's kingdom armed with nothing but a stone
All aboard the Mavi Marmara
Tell the children of Jerusalem: – You are not alone..

Seven hundred people on board this Turkish ferry
They were sixty miles from the shore out in the open sea
In international waters with no plans for turning back
That's when Netanyahu told his soldiers to attack

They came down from helicopters, fired guns from Zodiacs
They shot some people in their heads and shot others in their backs
The captain raised a white flag high into the air
The soldiers kept on shooting beneath the floodlight's glare..

The soldiers kept on shooting, it was a free fire zone
So many dead and wounded, just how many isn't known
So many dead and wounded, blood flowing on the floor
The soldiers kept on shooting sixty miles from the shore.

Medics tried to treat the wounded, all they could do was watch them bleed
The soldiers wouldn't let them get the urgent help they need
Masked troopers held their hostages, the Navy towed the ship
Just for trying to sail to the Gaza Strip..

All aboard the Mavi Marmara
Sailing toward Goliath's kingdom armed with nothing but a stone
All aboard the Mavi Marmara
Tell the children of Jerusalem: – You are not alone...

They took every laptop, every camera and cell phone
This is what Goliath does to those who dare to throw a stone
The ghost of the Exodus is shouting at the sky
But Netanyahu isn't listening, he's just watching people die
For days nobody knew just what happened on that boat
Because everyone was held in jail, and dead men do not float
All the world will remember what happened on that night
And to end the siege of Gaza more will go and join the fight.

All aboard the Rachel Corrie
Sailing toward Goliath's kingdom armed with nothing but a stone
All aboard the Rachel Corrie
To tell the children of Jerusalem: – You are not alone.

All aboard the Mavi Marmara
Sailing toward Goliath's kingdom armed with nothing but a stone
All aboard the Mavi Marmara
To tell the children of Jerusalem: – You are not alone.

Contributed by giorgio - 2010/7/11 - 19:01



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