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My Name Is Dessie Warren

Alun Parry
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[2013]
Lyrics & music by Alun Parry
Album: When The Sunlight Shines
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"I got involved with the Shrewsbury Pickets Justice Campaign during the Summer of 2009.
The campaign is the continued fight for an official pardon for the people targeted by the state during the National Building Strike in the 1970's.
Using the Conspiracy Act, never designed or used before to cover trade union activities, the bosses of the construction industry teamed up with the Tory Government to put our people in jail.
One was Ricky Tomlinson, now well known to all as a famous and talented actor.
Another was a working class hero by the name of Des Warren (1937-2004).
https://www.shrewsbury24campaign.org.u...


Des had a terrible time in prison. They wouldn't give him his own spectacles, or shoes that fit.
They also gave him the “liquid cosh”. This is where the prison service administers drugs to inmates it considers awkward.
Dessie and Ricky insisted, quite rightly, upon political prisoner status. As a result Dessie spent most of his sentence in solitary confinement.
https://www.ohscanada.com/wp-content/u...


When Labour were elected in 1974, they kept Ricky and Dessie in jail in what was a scandalous betrayal. Des Warren ended up spending more time in prison under Labour than the Tories. A telling lesson for anyone who wants to learn it.
Crucially, when Dessie was finally released from prison, he developed drug-induced Parkinsons which blighted his remaining days and eventually killed him. The drugs that induced it were the very same ones given to him in jail as the liquid cosh.

This fight for justice is now in its fourth decade. There is still no pardon. The fight goes on.
I wrote this song for the Shrewsbury 24 Campaign and performed it for the first time, somewhat nervously, in front of Dessie's sisters on 4th July 2009.
It appears on a compilation album to be released soon entitled “Whose Conspiracy?”
It features myself, Billy Bragg, Ricky Tomlinson, Chumbawamba, Roy Bailey, Leon Rosselson, Robb Johnson, Atilla The Stockbroker, Claire Mooney, Tracey Curtis and David Ferrard.
Up and down the nation
he gave the workers strength and courage
Up and down the nation
he taught us to prevail
He fought for safer building sites
he argued for a pound an hour
He was so successful
that they put him in the jail

Some workers leaders
they are sent to royal garden parties
Some workers leaders
are sent to the House of Lords
Some workers leaders
they are sent to jail they're sent to prison
Which ones sold you down the river
which ones fought your cause

The guard said «What's your number, boy?»
He said: «My name is Dessie Warren».
The guard said: «That's your name, you fool!
Your number's what I need».
And he said: «My name is Dessie Warren.
Do you hear my name is Dessie Warren?
The number it belongs to you
I'm only saying my name».

The bosses and the Tory Party
plotted to imprison Dessie
Labour came to power
but still Dessie was not free
So don't just point your finger at the ones
who framed him in the first place
Also at the scoundrels
who clung on to the key

The guard said «What's your number, boy?»
He said: «My name is Dessie Warren».
The guard said: «That's your name, you fool!
Your number's what I need».
And he said: «My name is Dessie Warren.
Do you hear my name is Dessie Warren?
The number it belongs to you
I'm only saying my name».

Dessie Warren, he refused
to take the label of a criminal
They branded him awkward
to be broken and denied
They drugged him and infected him
with chemicals and tranquilisers
The bastards went and killed him
'cos he dared to take our side

The guard said «What's your number boy?»
He said: «My name is Dessie Warren».
The guard said: «That's your name you fool!
Your number's what I need».
And he said: «My name is Dessie Warren.
Do you hear my name is Dessie Warren…?

The number it belongs to you
I'm only saying my name».

inviata da giorgio - 3/6/2020 - 09:16



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