Junior Chills – For Palestine

Junior Chills – For Palestine (original)

A few weeks ago I was asked to play a song by Woody Guthrie called ‘Deportees’. I had not heard of the song never mind played it before but I tried my hand at it and, I think, it went down well. The song stuck with me as it was based on a true story so I decided to put my own lyrics to the music of another true story. The story of Palestine. Guthrie’s song was a protest song…this, I suppose, is my own protest song to the injustice and plight of the Palestinians at the hand of Israel.

The songs basis comes from a quote I read from Chairman Heilbrun of the Committee for the Re-election of General Shlomo Lahat, the mayor of Tel Aviv, in October 1983. The quote reads “We have to kill all the Palestinians unless they are resigned to live here as slaves.” This quote has, obviously, caused quite a lot of controversy especially in regards to its authenticity. I have researched into it but I could not find anything to suggest that it was not said. It is important to note that because one person said it does not ring true for everyone else.

The chorus is made up of people who have died in Palestine due to attacks from Israel. The people are:

Mohammad Abu Khadeir – 16 years old, died in July 2014

Nasser Abu Maraheel – 42 years old, died in September 2003

Mohammad Ibrahim Ar Reyati – September 2008

Bassem Hassan Hijazi – 36 years old, died August 2014

I have also tried to incorporate Arabic, the Palestinian language, into the song by including ‘ma salama’ which means ‘goodbye’. I am saying goodbye and farewell to Khadeir, Maraheel, Ar Reyati, Hijazi and the hundreds and thousands more who have died, injustly, at the hands of Israel.

I have put this song up during an important, historical time for Ireland and its connection with Palestine. What Ireland has (and still is) been subjected to by Britain, so too is Palestine experiencing by Israel. I allude in the song to bias coverage of the war which has been waged upon Palestinians and I hope that via this protest song, people may read a little more into what is happening and question the ‘news’ which is being propagated by mainstream media.

Just a quick note on the video for the song. It is a mixture of footage and still images. The footage represents hope for life in Palestine. It also marks the disparity between life as we are, maybe, used to and life which Palestinians face on a daily basis. The still images reflect the true picture of life in Palestine.

Not that I want people to like the song or messages conveyed in it, but more to appreciate the protest and awareness raising nature of it.

D.M.

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11 comments

  1. daisychains245 · March 15, 2016

    This was incredibly beautiful and I loved how you included some Arabic.

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  2. juniorchillsofficial · March 15, 2016

    Thank you Daisy Chains 🙂 i am not too sure if I even pronounced the words and names correctly but I knew that I wanted to write a song about Palestine!! I am glad you enjoyed it 🙂

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  3. daisychains245 · March 15, 2016

    Reblogged this on Scratchings on the Page and commented:
    This was somehow marked as spam, so I had to go through a bit of searching to find it, but I’m so glad I did. This in an incredibly beautiful song, and the message behind it is just as wonderful! Listen and Enjoy!

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  4. juniorchillsofficial · March 15, 2016

    Thank you :D!!!!

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  5. daisychains245 · March 15, 2016

    I think that at the end of the day, the pronunciation doesn’t matter hugely if the sentiment behind it is there. I don’t speak Arabic full stop, but it sounded ok to me!

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  6. juniorchillsofficial · March 15, 2016

    Very true!! I’ll just run with it and pretend that it is the correct pronunciation!!!

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  7. daisychains245 · March 15, 2016

    I don’t think anyone would point it out even if you did get it wrong.

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  8. billmairsolidarity · March 18, 2016

    Your pronunciation of ma salama is spot on, Junior Chills.
    More importantly, great song!

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  9. juniorchillsofficial · March 18, 2016

    Thanks for this Bill…i am glad you enjoyed it 🙂

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  10. The Animal-Free Chef · March 19, 2016

    Reblogged this on HAPPY WHITE HORSE.

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  11. The Animal-Free Chef · March 19, 2016

    Junior Chills: I loved the song, content and images. Thank you for bringing it to my attention. I reblogged it to http://happywhitehorse.com and shared on Facebook.

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