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We Shall Overcome: Roger Waters

“Over the new year 2009-2010, an international group of 1500 men and women from 42 nations went to Egypt to join a Freedom March to Gaza. They did this to protest the current blockade of Gaza. To protest the fact that the people of Gaza live in a virtual prison. To protest the fact that a year after the terror attack by Israeli armed forces destroyed most of their homes, hospitals, schools, and other public buildings, they have no possibility to rebuild because their borders are closed. The would be Freedom Marchers wanted to peacefully draw attention to the predicament of the Palestinian population of Gaza. The Egyptian government, (funded to the tune of $2.1 billion a year, by us, the US tax payers), would not allow the marchers to approach Gaza. How lame is that? And how predictable! I live in the USA and during this time Dec 25th 2009-Jan3rd 2010 I saw no reference to Gaza or the Freedom March or the multi national protesters gathered there. Anyway I was moved, in the circumstances, to record a new version of ” We shall overcome”. It seems appropriate.

Roger Waters

Many thanks to G.E Smith: lead guitar and Thor Jonsson, drum programming and whatever. Thanks guys!!!

PS. 3rd June 2010

And now piracy!!!!!!!


4 comments on “We Shall Overcome: Roger Waters

  1. Jay Vos
    6 June, 2010

    “It seems appropriate.” – Roger Waters. Indeed.

    I was raised on protest songs like this one (also by Joan Baez and Bobby Dylan) and my civic activism was nurtured by them! Thank you PULSE for your continuing the good work to inform us! Cheers, Jay Vos

  2. Robin Yassin-Kassab
    6 June, 2010

    what a star..

  3. Jay Vos
    6 June, 2010

    Oh, and although I am in the northeast USA, far from the happenings in the ME, I feel so helpless sometimes. Music is a great catharsis for such tragedies.

  4. Hi Jay Vos,

    “Music is a great catharsis for such tragedies”. Indeed.

    I’m afraid though that defining a political issue – the occupation of a land by a state that violates international laws and human rights – in terms of tragedy would have no other effect than increasing this need of catharsis…
    Please break the vicious circle of helplessness and join the BDS global movement of solidarity – think it is protest songs compatible :-)


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This entry was posted on 6 June, 2010 by in Activism, Israel, Music, Palestine, Video and tagged .

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