SunflowersMike Harding
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Sunflowers - Written and read by Mike Harding

 

A shaky phone-cam filmed it all and so

The whole world sees a peasant woman finding

Strangers in her land do what peasants always do

For strangers as she ignores the guns and stands

Four square and strong and offers them a gift,

Those soldiers with their guns and bandoliers,

Grenades and wire cutters, their killing knives.

Their helmets and their gibbering headsets.

 

She holds out to them her gift: handfuls

Fistfuls of sunflower seeds, little pods of grace

And welcome. It is the way with peasant people

Everywhere, even in this day of days,

For those who have the least will always give the most.

But the seeds came wrapped in words,

These words,

 

“Keep them in your pockets boys so, when we bury

You in Ukraine's soil, sunflowers will climb from out

Your graves toward the blue sky of the truth:

Here take them, they are good, I harvested them last year.

Take them so that the flowers will be a monument to

The murdered children and the families

You bombed out of their homes; the flowers

Will stretch their golden faces to the sky

And in the night the flowers will whisper

Softly to the wind, ‘Here lie the murderers

That came out of the East, unwelcome and unwanted,

Destroyers of beauty, carriers of madness,

Cursed for all eternity.’

 

The fields of flowers will drop their seeds

Each year so that those to come will understand

Their stories, stronger than granite,

More beautiful than marble,

These sunflowers will tell the world

How your young lives were wasted here

On our rich soil made richer by your bones

And flesh, and then your own mothers will come

Throughout the empty years

To water with their salty tears

The endless fields of flower heads,

That reach to the horizon bright

Yellow under a clear blue sky, turning in the sun.

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SanctuaryThe Hayes Sisters
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SANCTUARY - Sarah Siskind, Jill Andrews and Gary Nicholson

Performed by The Hayes Sisters.

 

Turn the light off, go to bed
Tell me all about the day you had
Lay beside me, it's time to rest
You can close your eyes, you've done your best

Let me be your sanctuary
Let me be your safe place to fall
I can take away your worries
The refuge from it all

All this time
We have together
Is our shelter from the rain
I will share the weight you carry
Let me be your sanctuary

We have weathered through the storms
Taking comfort in each other's arms
When the dark clouds come again
I will lift you up and take you in

 

Oh, this time
We have together
Is our shelter from the rain
I will share the weight you carry
Let me be your sanctuary

I will share this weight you carry
Let me be your sanctuary

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FAR AWAY FROM HERE Sample Track
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Far Away From Here written and performed by Mather/Robinson

Can you feel and can you hear the cannon roaring?

On TV have you seen your comrades falling?

 

But it’s far, far away from here,

Yes it’s far, far away from here

 

In the air, can you see the night sky burning?

Will you know when the wheel of fortune’s turning?

 

But it’s far, far away from here,

it’s far, far away from here

 

As the bombs are raining down, whilst they’re hiding underground

An annihilated town breaths the tell-tale sounds

Of a world uniting

 

Does it matter anymore that they never wanted war?

Through the blood and through the gore hear the brave and noble roar

Of a people fighting

 

Thousands of people dying

Millions of people crying

No, No, No, No – No, No, No

 

Safe and secure and way behind the lines

Sad to read those leaders in the Times

 

You sure it’s far, far away from here?

You sure it’s far, far away from here?

 

Do you think your leaders will protect you?

Their angry words.  Do they comfort or destress you?

 

Not so far, far away from here,

Not so far, far away from here

 

As the bombs are raining down, whilst they’re hiding underground

An annihilated town breaths the tell-tale sounds

Of a world uniting

 

Does it matter anymore that they never wanted war?

Through the blood and through the gore hear the brave and noble roar

Of a people fighting

 

Thousands of people dying

Millions of people crying

No, No, No, No – No, No, No

 

Not so far, far away from here

Not so far, far away from here

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God Bless the People of Ukraine Barry Oates
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GOD BLESS THE PEOPLE OF UKRAINE - Written and performed by Barry Oates


There's dirt upon your hands

And there's blood upon your face

See the land

Look how they laid it all to waste

You'd think the world had gone insane

God bless the people of Ukraine

 

Death came raining down

And now the living meet the dead

Underground

Give us this day our daily bread

And while the oligarchs complain

God bless the people of Ukraine

 

Burying the dead

They've given all that they can give

Then we fled

Looking for safety in Lviv

God bless the people who remain

God bless the people of Ukraine

 

And when you see Putin's flag unfurled

God bless the people of the world

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