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Thin Blue Border - Vol. 1

by Ryan Harvey, Kareem Samara, & Shireen Lilith

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Omar comes over the fence at the border, To the relative safety of Spain He’s come from Algeria, westbound to Ceuta, To test his fate on the sea The crowded boats rock in the heavy waves, The land fades behind finally Growing up poor, the scars from the civil war, Omar’s seen hardship and pain In songs and in pages, in prices and wages, The colonial memory remains And up north they ask what they are running from, And somehow they still fail to see The big money flows through the global casino And sends people far from their homes For shanties in Calle and stadiums in Qatar, To warehouses, factories, and farms To be mistreated, and cheated, While the facts of their lives are ignored The fascists they gather, beneath football banners, And boast of the pride in their veins Their perspectives distorted, their history perverted, They cling to machismo and hate And it looks like the past, came right back, And started all over again In Sweden and Italy, in Greece and in Germany, In France and in England you’ll find The slogans and rallies that tell the sad story Of a right-wing again on the rise And it looks like the past, came right back, And started all over again Many before us have gone to the mountains, To gather, prepare, and to train While others have stayed in the towns and the cities, To organize and educate And what about you? What will you do? You can’t be neutral on a moving train.
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I saw a picture on the internet You we're rising like a flame It captured your pride And determination And you broke through the police lines And you made it to the square And there's something that connects us You can smell it in the air When they murdered Alexandros The banks began to burn They patrolled the streets but you were there At every turn And the world will not soon forget What happened there And there's something that connects us You can smell it in the air Heard about the Friday marches From a friend of a friend Said you'd been murdered and jailed And you'd come back again Said you'd stared into the soldiers eyes And they didn't seem to care And there's something that connects us You can smell it in the air I saw a picture on the internet You we're rising like a flame And the water from the hoses Poured down like rain Barricades went up at Taksim There was vomit everywhere There's something that connects us You can smell it in the air Heard you didn't stop marching Like it was 1965 And your so-called leaders flew to town To keep you in line And you broke the curfew openly And your hands were in the air And there's something that connects us You can smell it in the air
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They'll keep you in solitary confinement Who knows for how long It's the only way to keep you silent But your silence is strong They who are so skilled in torture At terrorizing faith They who striped your body naked Who degrade and humiliate They who are so skilled in warfare Under the banner of peace Who killed 2 million Koreans And 4 million Vietnamese They'll keep you in solitary confinement Who knows for how long It's the only way to keep you silent But your silence is strong They who rode through the Powder River With the machine gun and the flame Who killed Crazy Horse in prison And stormed the Philippines They who flew the air of the Condor Where the Madres dared to talk Who killed thousands in Santiago You heard it's echoes in Iraq They'll keep you in solitary confinement Who knows for how long It's the only way to keep you silent But your silence is strong
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They got cops on the streets, walking in lines With tazer guns, and wooden batons They're trying to keep you scared with violent attacks It all comes down to how you react Now you're face to face, seeing it all Dispersal warnings, they're making the call They got busses to pack, with people like you When they did that in the 50's the movement grew Young student, new to the game Movement elder, fanning the flames Combat Veteran, seen it before Same tactics used in the foreign war Final warning, you're keeping your ground Committed people sitting all around Through the bullhorn it's all distorted You can leave now, we can't afford it Hold the line, even if your voice shakes Friend of mine, even if your voice shakes Push forward, it's up to you See it through Silence breaks, voices are loud Rubber bullets crack, pierce the crowd Heart's start pumping, scared but proud Because there's people still sitting in the tear gas cloud The line advances, they're swinging the sticks Hear the marching boots and the tazer clicks Screaming erupts, someone got struck People calling for a medic, they better hurry up Vomit, comes like a flood Getting choked by the gas, hands covered in blood Bruised and beaten, limping away Remember it's always been this way They'll beat you down, show the guns It gets violent sometimes, but that how it comes You stand firm, organize and then come back Until there's too many people for them to attack
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With your dreams, you move the world You pull them from your heart, the spark travels far They will move if they are ready to move With your hands, you move the world By example you prove what's possible They will move if they are ready to move With patience, you move the world It build up slow, stay present as it grows They will move if they are ready to move You can see the path, the way it unfolds before you You travel down it and it grows. With your heart, you move the world Chant your chant and sing your song, keep the people strong They will move if they are ready to move With your fists, you move the world It boils and it teethes, it ruptures and bleeds They will move if they are ready to move You can see the path, the way it unfolds before you You travel down it and it grows. With courage, you move the world Face the gas and the baton, and come back stronger They will move if they are ready to move You can see the path, the way it unfolds before you You travel down it and it grows.

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After more than a dozen self-released albums, folk-punk trailblazer Ryan Harvey has teamed up with Kareem Samara (London) & Shireen Lilith (Amsterdam) with Thin Blue Border, the trio’s debut album. Blending the flowing sounds of the Arabic oud with Harvey’s rhythmic folk-punk guitar strumming and Lilith’s haunting melodies the trio is forging a new sound.

"The album is our attempt to honor the hopes of the Arab Spring and the period of global rebellion that followed in its wake, and to chronicle its tragic aftermath. From Tahrir Square and Gezi to the shores of Lesvos and Calais, these songs paint a sincere, heartfelt, and urgent picture of the world since 2011."

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released October 24, 2017

Produced by Carl Restivo with production & recording help from Beau Echkardt (RPM Amsterdam) and Chris Hamilton (London).

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After more than a dozen self-released albums, folk-punk trailblazer Ryan Harvey has teamed up with Kareem Samara (London) & Shireen Lilith (Amsterdam) with Thin Blue Border, the trio’s debut album. Blending the flowing sounds of the Arabic oud with Harvey’s rhythmic folk-punk guitar strumming and Lilith’s haunting melodies the trio is forging a new sound. ... more

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