Samizdat
Saturday, July 16, 2005
  Ballad of Sacco and Vanzetti
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A very good friend of mine brought this song to my attention. I am a fan of Joan Baez and have been since she gave concerts for two bucks a ticket (man, that has been a really, really long time ago) and I have never heard her sing this song proving once again that any day above ground is a good day because there is always the chance that it might bring something new and delightful.

Ballad of Sacco and Vanzetti
Lyrics by Joan Baez
Music by Ennio Morricone

Father, yes, I am a prisoner
Fear not to relay my crime
The crime is loving the forsaken
Only silence is shame
And now I'll tell you what's against us
An art that's lived for centuries
Go through the years and you will find
What's blackened all of history
Against us is the law
With its immensity of strength and power
Against us is the law!

Police know how to make a man
A guilty or an innocent
Against us is the power of police!
The shameless lies that men have told
Will ever more be paid in gold
Against us is the power of the gold!
Against us is racial hatred
And the simple fact that we are poor.

My father dear, I am a prisoner
Don't be ashamed to tell my crime
The crime of love and brotherhood
And only silence is shame
With me I have my love, my innocence,
The workers, and the poor
For all of this I'm safe and strong
And hope is mine
Rebellion, revolution don't need dollars
They need this instead
Imagination, suffering, light and love.

And care for every human being
You never steal, you never kill
You are a part of hope and life
The revolution goes from man to man
And heart to heart
And I sense when I look at the stars
That we are children of life
Death is small.
 
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