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    Jun252011

    Sarah Gillespie: ‘How The West Was Won’ 

    (Gilad Atzmon: I perform  with Sarah and produce her music for a few years. Sarah  is an incredible talent: singer song writer, poet and a thinker. Check her out and take a look at the video bellow.)

    Sarah Gillespie: Over a year ago I went to see Andy Worthington and Polly Nash’s brilliant documentary 'Outside the Law, Stories from Guantánamo'. I wrote a paper about it here. It is the kind of film you can’t shake off. It leaves you with a lingering sense of what it might mean to be arbitrarily captured, tortured, humiliated and left without any plausible hope of reprieve. It evokes the cataclysmic trauma and despair, the heavy grief of all those stolen years.  One British resident still flounders in this zone of no jurisdiction. He is Shaker Aarmer. There is no legal reason for his continued incarceration. He has never been charged with a crime and there is no reliable evidence against him. After seeing Andy and Polly’s film I was haunted by Aamer’s plight, by the suffering of his wife who still lives in Battersea where she has been repeatedly hospitalized with nervous breakdowns - and by the awareness that, while I look forward to going out for dinner tonight in London, Shaker Aamer is still in Guantánamo

     

    ‘How The West Was Won’ - A Song For Shaker Aamer 
by Sarah Gillespie 

     

    I wrote this song in his honor. It is not explicitly about him, but it is for him. The imagery in the song mocks the islamaphobic motifs of ‘oppressed’ burqa-clad women, opium trafficking warlords, violent husbands and clandestine plots to enrich uranium. Pondering on this picture it is clear Aamer is one of countless souls enduring hell for our so-called freedom. When I wrote this song, it struck me that this is nothing new. What we refer to as ‘the Enlightenment’ always flourished at the expense of others. European nation states were built on the backbreaking toil of nameless foreigners. Still today, the so-called equality, individualism and liberty we are encouraged to celebrate, invariably relies upon someone else, somewhere else being denied it. In this case, it is Shaker Aamer.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    How the West Was Won (a song for Shaker Aamer)

       

    They said they saw me coming

    down the foothills of my mountain, 

    where the women just drink the poison 

    and the men just kick your jaw in, where the wells are jinxed with ginseng 

    by warriors doped up on opium, 

    where the law men are fictitious 

    and out desperation get's ridiculous You're only just when you 

     

    pull me down down down 

    a peg or two 

    If you're honest to God and men 

    I'd bend my back in two 

    to defend you my friend 

     

    They mocked me in my chamber

    with the women there licking peaches

    for boys hell bent on parading me

    in my maniacals and my britches

    They said 'Son you must be putting me on.

    You know I can get heated.

    I'll just make you like your uranium:

    vicious and depleted.' 

    You're only just when you

     

    pull me down down down

    a peg or two

    If you're honest to God and men

    I'd bend my back in two

    to defend you my friend

     

    So I wont be back this summer

    cause the militiamen got my number

    They recorded it to the letter

    I sing 'mama, mama make it better.'

     

    www.sarahgillespie.com

     

     

     

     

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