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Hold That Line

Written by Peter Hicks and Geoff Francis.
Hold that line!
(Continues)
Contributed by Marcia 2008/11/26 - 11:06

Sweet Breath of Freedom

"This song is dedicated to the people of East Timor who, it seems, are finally getting the opportunity to taste the sweet breath of freedom. The song recalls the massacre of Dili (by Indoinesian troops) in November 1991." Peter Hicks
Early one November morning,
(Continues)
Contributed by Marcia 2008/11/26 - 10:55

No People in This Land

Written in 1992, this song is sadly even more topical today.(Peter Hicks)
No people in this land,
(Continues)
Contributed by Marcia 2008/11/26 - 10:06

Faces In The Dark

Written by Peter Hicks and Geoff Francis.
To heed the war hawks' cry?
(Continues)
Contributed by Marcia 2008/6/25 - 16:45

Unsung Heroes

Written by Peter Hicks and Geoff Francis.
There's a factory outside Redfern,
(Continues)
Contributed by Marcia 2008/6/25 - 16:21
Song Itineraries: Heroes

My Own Two Hands

"This song commemorates the framing and murdering by the state of two US activists, Sacco and Vanzetti." Peter Hicks
To you beloved comrade, we make this solemn vow,
(Continues)
Contributed by Marcia 2008/6/25 - 15:55
Song Itineraries: Sacco and Vanzetti

Ordinary People

Written by Peter Hicks and Geoff Francis.
They treat us as flotsam and jetsam,
(Continues)
Contributed by Marcia 2008/6/25 - 14:04

Beyond The Charcoal Graveyard

Written by Peter Hicks and Geoff Francis.

"Here in Tasmania, as in Brazil, as in New Guinea, and as across the world, our magnificent life-giving old growth rainforests are being destroyed at record rates - for greed and plunder. We have to make them stop." Peter Hicks
Beyond the charcoal graveyard, where the black stumps stand in rows,
(Continues)
Contributed by Marcia 2008/6/25 - 13:51

Mumia Abu-Jamal Was Framed

Written by Peter Hicks and Geoff Francis.

"The African American journalist, broadcaster and political activist, Mumia Abu-Jamal is currently on death row after being framed for the murder of a Philadelphia policeman. This is probably the most monstrous judicial conspiracy to happen in USA since the framing of Saccho and Vanzetti over 70 years ago." Peter Hicks
There's a man on death row in the frame,
(Continues)
Contributed by Marcia 2008/6/25 - 11:16

Moura Mine

Written by Peter Hicks and Geoff Francis.

"This song was written after the Moura mining disaster in central Queensland, Australia, in 1985. The premier of the day, in his headline-grabbing visit to the site of the tragedy, made sure that there was room on his private jet for his media entourage - at the expense of not carrying vital rescue equipment. The subsequent enquiry turned out to be a pure cover up. Less than a decade later, following another similar preventable pit tragedy, Moura Mine was to be permanently closed." Peter Hicks
Working man gets up each morning
(Continues)
Contributed by Marcia 2008/6/25 - 11:05

The Man With The Pink Triangle

Written by Peter Hicks and Geoff Francis.

"This song tells the true story of how a young Jewish girl survived Auschwitz because of the sacrifices made by a fellow prisoner, a gay man." Peter Hicks
You were just a child, too young to know,
(Continues)
Contributed by Marcia 2008/6/25 - 10:58
Song Itineraries: Extermination camps

Daughters of the Taliban

Written by Peter Hicks and Geoff Francis.

"How come that almost nobody seems to give a damn about the most basic human rights of women in Islamic countries like Pakistan, Afganistan, Iran and Iraq - like not even being allowed to phone a relative or leave the house without your husband's permission for fear of death at the hands of a jealous husband? Maybe it's because, as Madelein Albright said (in the context of China), 'We don't want to mix human rights with trade.'" Peter Hicks
Sleep your sleep, my precious child,
(Continues)
Contributed by Marcia 2008/6/25 - 10:52

Let Them Be

Written by Peter Hicks and Geoff Francis.

"Another day ... another "incident" at one of the desert concentration camps where refugees coming to Australia are kept isolated from their communities, in temperatures of 40o plus, deprived of even the most basic creature comforts, and subject to routine degradation and humiliation. Why can't we just let them be?" Peter Hicks
Let them be, let them be, let them be, let them be,
(Continues)
Contributed by Marcia 2008/6/25 - 10:44

Jabiluka, No!

Written by Peter Hicks and Geoff Francis.

"As if there aren't already too many nuclear weapons and not enough environmental protection in the world, the Australian government, unbelievably, wants to go ahead with uranium mining at Jabiluka, in the Kakadu National Park. This mining is contrary to the wishes of the Mirrar people, traditional owners of this land." Peter Hicks
Jabiluka, No! Jabiluka, No!
(Continues)
Contributed by Marcia 2008/6/25 - 10:39

If It Weren't For The Union

Written by Peter Hicks and Geoff Francis.
Our union's story is there to be seen,
(Continues)
Contributed by Marcia 2008/6/25 - 10:33

For this Apartheid

Written by Peter Hicks and Geoff Francis.
They call you a coon or a kaffir
(Continues)
Contributed by Marcia 2008/6/25 - 10:15

The Bottom Line

Written by Peter Hicks and Geoff Francis
They're closing down our factories
(Continues)
Contributed by Marcia 2008/6/25 - 10:08

Fire in Manilla

Written by Peter Hicks and Geoff Francis
The hours are long and the work exhausting,
(Continues)
Contributed by Marcia 2008/6/25 - 09:55

Waltzing my Timor

"This adaptation of Waltzing Matilda by Eric Bogle was sent to us by Richard Mills. Sadly, the words tell their own story." -Peter Hicks.
Once a jolly Digger
(Continues)
Contributed by Riccardo Venturi 2005/8/4 - 15:05

Operation Visit Myanmar

Testo di / Lyrics by Peter Hicks
Musica di / Music by Geoff Francis

The brutal and murderous military regime in Burma is one of the worst in the world. How sad it is to see Australia's own Bob Hawke taking blood money to go in to bat for them...

http://coranet.radicalparty.org/pressr...;par=13451
(Dall' "Unità" - 19/06/2005)

San Suu Kyi, una donna sola contro il regime birmano
19/06/2005 | L'Unità | BURMA |
Seth Mydans
La leader dell'opposizione agli arresti domiciliari compie 60 anni. Si moltiplicano gli appelli per la sua liberazione

Diciassette anni fa quando i birmani si riversarono in massa per le strade per protestare contro la dittatura militare, una donna dotata di una compostezza quasi spiazzante si rivolse alla folla presso la grande pagoda dorata di Shwedagon. All'epoca nessuno si rese conto che si trattava di un gesto di martirio. La donna, Aung San Suu Kyi, era in visita... (Continues)
You can step on board a jumbo jet, you'll be there in a few short hours.
(Continues)
Contributed by Riccardo Venturi 2005/8/4 - 12:55

It's Always the Other Side

[1999]
Testo di / Lyrics by Peter Hicks
Musica di / Music by Geoff Francis

Does the stunning silence from people in western countries and their lack of opposition to NATO's savage war against the people of Yugoslavia mean that all but a lunatic fringe of Serb nationalists have swallowed the imperialist warmakers lies hook, line and sinker? We hope not.

Does anyone believe that the psychopathic Clinton gives a toss for the people of Kosovo, or, for that matter, for anything at all other than his own dick? Surely not.
It's always the other side, it's never you and me,
(Continues)
Contributed by Riccardo Venturi 2005/8/4 - 12:49
Song Itineraries: Balkan Wars of the 90's

The Honest Arms Merchant

[1999]

Testo di / Lyrics by Petere Hicks
Musica di / Music by Geoff Francis

Un'altra canzone scritta al momento della crisi di Timor Est, nella quale si accusa Tony Blair di vendere armi al governo indonesiano. Ma il buon Tony ne avrebbe combinate di ben altre, nel tempo a venire...

"Within hours of the result of the East Timorese independence ballot being announced, the evil Tony Blair had despatched an underling to Jakarta - to offer to sell the Indonesian government more arms! We're used to some evil things from reptile politicians - but can anybody cap that?"
I am an honest merchant and the finest of my trade,
(Continues)
Contributed by Riccardo Venturi 2005/8/4 - 12:27

East Timor Betrayed

[1999]
Testo di / Lyrics by Peter Hicks
Musica di / Music by Geoff Francis

"Has there ever, morally, been a worse episode in human history than the cynical betrayal of East Timor by it's so-called "friends" - Australia, the USA, the United Nations, the United Kingdom - all have played their shameful parts?
Within hours of the result of the East Timorese independence ballot being announced, UK prime minister Tony Blair had even despatched an underling to Jakarta - to offer to sell the Indonesian government more arms! We're used to some evil things from reptile politicians - but can anybody cap that?"

Così scriveva Peter Hicks, il grande cantautore australiano, ai tempi dell'invasione indonesiana di Timor Est (la parte dell'isola di Timor ex colonia portoghese, cui il Portogallo aveva concesso l'indipendenza nel 1975, ma che era stata immediatamente invasa dall'Indonesia che ne reclamava... (Continues)
East Timor, you are burning, and your rivers are turning to blood,
(Continues)
Contributed by Riccardo Venturi 2005/8/4 - 11:55

The Stench of the Swastika

Testo di / Lyrics by Peter Hicks
Musica di / Music by Geoff Francis

Whether its the National Front in Britain, Aryan Nation in the USA, Jean Marie Le Pen in France, the skinheads in Germany or the Hansonites in Australia, the forces of evil are gathering. And if we don't stop them, who will?
If you're travelling near Rostock, you'd better beware,
(Continues)
Contributed by Riccardo Venturi 2005/6/10 - 15:38




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