THE TRUTH (is not for sale)
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Released on the eve of the War in Iraq
WORDS & MUSIC © Geoffrey Datson 2003
PRODUCER Geoffrey Datson
Engineered by Matt Redall at stickystudio
The Last Night (WORDS © Hughes)
Hafiz (Hughes and trans Soltany Zand, and Hafiz).
community announcement by PROTEST SINGER
THE TRUTH IS NOT FOR SALE
Unfortunately I don't have $30K to take out an ad in the Australian; there's no time to go through the normal channels with a record deal and popular air play - and let's face it, the advertisers and global music conglomerates aren't going to be encouraging what I have to say: TROOPS OUT OF IRAQ. With free coke and fries? Yeah, right.
So I'm giving my work away - for no wages, or royalties, no money changing hands - so there's no GST either! The airwaves should be free to anyone with something important to say and what I have to say is serious. It is not for sale. This work belongs to the people as part of their culture. They have a right to hear it as music is meant to be - communally.
This is a community announcement. I am opposed to Australian involvement in the war in Iraq and I want to explain myself, to see if anyone else out there feels the same way. I am an independent voice. I am not funded by the Australia Council and therefore do not have to tow any government line, and I receive no corporate sponsorship. Nobody's on kick-backs or getting a cut. To do so would be profiteering.
So I'm sending my songs out on the community airwaves and making my music available as MP3 download. It is my contribution to the groundswell of opposition to the war, to shore up courage and resistance among my fellow citizens who abhor what is being done in our name.
Now more than ever we need a common thread to unite the hearts of good people - a soundtrack for the coming struggle to maintain our civil freedoms. Feel free to request download files from us and send them to your friends.
Pass it on. Evil prevails when good people do nothing.
Thank you very much.
It is not OK! Don't stay in your homes. Get in the way!
Ruin House was published in Drunken Boat (Issue6)
The Last Night is dedicated to Iraqi girl blogger RIVERBEND
also check out Salam Pax who blogged throughout the war - the truth is out there.
1. Free Radio Australia
Geoffrey Datson, Matt Reddall, Annette Hughes (vocals)
When you tune through the frequencies, you get the frequency squelch as well as the reality squelch happening. A harking back to propaganda broadcasts in wartime, but with a twist.
Alexander the Great had a horse - and if he were Mr Ed, this is what he'd have to say to Alexander Downer.
3. One is the Sum
Geoffrey Datson, Annette Hughes (vocals).
A chant for the times, echoing the peace marches and the sentiments they embody. It's a mathematics of language.
4. Ruin House
Written and recorded in 1996, and now suddenly pertinent, Ruin House quotes Robin Morgan's The Demon Lover, a book on terrorism from the seventies and the ancient Kabbala.
5. Freedom's not Free
Geoffrey Datson, Annette Hughes (vocals)
Written in March 2003 on the occasion of one week of war with Iraq. To quote Salam Pax, 'I won't be wearing an I heart Bush t-shirt!"
6. Hail Columbia
In response to the omen of Columbia going down over a little town in Texas called Palestine, and a train crash in Sydney that killed seven the following day in 2003. Apparently, death is measured by the spectacle, and loss by the cost of conveyance.
7. The Last Night - dedicated to RIVERBEND
Written in response to Anthony O'Neill's novel Sheherazade, and the lines from a poem by Mohsen Soltany Zand. Scheherazade is the framing story of the 1001 Arabian Nights. In order to placate a tyrant and save her life, she invented tales. Substitute the media for Sheherazade, and the meaning gets heavy. 2002
8. Hafiz, half mine
Mohsen Soltany Zand and Annette Hughes
The first thing Mohsen recorded since being released from 4 years detention in Villawood. He recites an ancient Persian Sufi, Hafiz, overlayed with an english version of the first verse. Recorded the day after the first bombs fell on Baghdad.