Wednesday, November 26, 2008

New Old Carols

While Shepherds Watched
While Shepherds watched their flocks by night
All seated on the ground
Some occupying soldiers came
And bulldozed all around

"Fear not", said one, for mighty dread (with descant)
Had seized their troubled mind
"We will not do you any harm
For we are good and kind

"We're forced to confiscate your land
To build ourselves a fence
To keep our people safe from all
Your people's violence

"Some fields will stay, although cut off
But access won't be banned
Yes, permits we will give to you
To visit your own land.

cont for 94 verses.

In the Bleak Midwinter
In the bleak midwinter
Refugees make moan
Olmert stands like iron
Bush is like a stone
Nations look on silently
How can we allow
Siege to strangle Gaza
In the here and now?

How can we stop it
Set a people free?
Silence of the nations
Lets injustice be
Where is there a wise man
Who could do his part?
Tell the world to stop it
With its heart

The Twelve Days of Christmas (after Harold Pinter)
On the Twelfth Day of Christmas
Ehud Olmert sent me
Twelve assassinations
Eleven homes demolished
Ten wells obstructed
Nine sniper towers
Eight gunships firing
Seven checkpoints blocking
Six tanks a-rolling
Five settlement rings
Four falling bombs
Three trench guns
Two trampled doves
And an uprooted olive tree

O Little Town of Bethlehem
O little town of Bethlehem
How still we see thee lie!
A wall is laid where tourists strayed
And people can't go by
And in thy dark streets shineth
No cheerful Christmas light
The hate and fears of eight sad years
Are met in thee tonight

How silently, how silently
The world regards it all
As now thy heart is torn apart
By Israel's ghetto wall
They terrorise a people
A war-crime and a sin
Their winding "fence" can make no sense
Revenge can still get in

(with descant)
O ye who now rule Bethelehem
Cast down the iron cage
The walls of hate that separate
And harden and enrage
The land grab and apartheid
This violence must cease
If there's to be a land that's free
A Bethlehem at peace

All sung at an "Alternative service of lessons and carols" at St James's Piccadilly earlier this evening. Teeeeeribly Tablet: Mmm, yes, it's a land grab isn't it, lovely wine by the way, what is it? A Star of Bethlehem cabernet sauvignon made by the Salesians of Don Bosco, it has a lovely bouquet, doesn't it? Ooh, look there's dear old Bruce Kent. Brucie, darling, how are you? Mwah, mwah. Did you see the protesters outside? Mmm, lovely wine isn't it? etc etc.

Guess who wasn't impressed?

3 Comments:

Blogger Voltaire's Priest said...

Isn't that the Eurovision song for 2008, to be sung by Chico from X Factor?

11/26/2008 7:03 PM  
Blogger Red Maria said...

Do you think they were composed in Brighton, by any chance?

11/26/2008 7:03 PM  
Blogger Voltaire's Priest said...

No, more likely at ULU. Possibly at Marxism given the number of musical genius types that frequent it.

11/26/2008 7:13 PM  

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