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Saint Stephen (+ vid link)

brianpeters on September 29, 2012 21:32

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    This song was written coming up to the 19th anniversary of Stephen Biko's death in detention. I'd visited St. Stephen's Green in Dublin, where the last hanging took place, and that prompted the title. I'd also been musing on the death of Saint Steven, the first Christian martyr. All of these various ideas informed the lyric.

    Saint Stephen (Peters)
    There’s a wicked wind behind me
    And it’s coming on down
    And it’s breathing air reminds me
    There’s blood on the ground
    And I’m sleeping on an old lullabye
    And I’m reaching between earth and sky
    Now there’s a wall between us
    You’re on one side
    You have already seen us
    There’s no place to hide
    And I’m standing on the wrong end of the line
    And I ain’t got a dime
    Some people never wonder about things they’ve seen
    Some people never worry, some people never dream
    Well the shadows of the evening
    They come to me now
    And they’re calling Saint Stephen
    To come on back down
    There’ve been twenty hard years on the plough
    And plenty of tears have been sown
    I can feel Saint Stephen
    He walks like a ghost
    And his nails are uneven
    His eyes they are lost
    And he’s looking for a home in the world
    And he’s caught between heaven and earth


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