For Syria With Love

by Various Artists

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As a response to the desperate refugee crisis during 2015 and 2016, I invited some of my amazing musical friends to contribute songs for an album to draw attention to and raise money to help the situation. The response I got was truly humbling as one by one these gorgeous songs were sent in. Many had written original songs especially for the project, others contributed older material that seemed to fit the theme.

We linked up with a charitable organisation FROM SYRIA WITH LOVE ( www.fromsyriawithlove.com ) which is based locally in Devon, and works directly with people living in the refugee camps in Lebanon, with ZERO overheads and in direct response to the immediate needs of people there. They respond to requests for practical things like new shoes and writing equipment etc for the children there. They have set up chicken sheds to provide work and income, and where possible buy what is needed from local suppliers so helping the local economy too.

They are sponsoring 4 schools to provide education for children.
supported more than 100 families with aid baskets, drilled a well that supplies 600 people with water, and are doing much more for emergencies and relief for families inside Syria and Lebanon.

With their contacts on the ground in the camps they can operate in places where help is needed the most because of the lack of local charities and absence of UN organisations.

Please check out the great work they are doing and donate generously. Every penny that is donated goes directly to those who need it most. Their website shows many examples of how funds have been used.

All profits from this album will go directly to From Syria With Love and so directly to help people living in fear, and sometimes terrible conditions in exile from their homes.

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released August 28, 2016

Compiled by Greg Hancock
Mastered by DMS Plymouth

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Track Name: Greg Hancock with Jo Hooper - The Usual Suspects
The Usual Suspects

Bit by bit
Piece by piece
The prison walls fall down
But the floodwaters fill the breach
And people start to drown
And they kick and scratch to stay afloat
With their feet still tangled in the weeds
That have been allowed to grow
All down the centuries

And drop by drop
And one by one
They lose the will to stop
They stare down the barrel of a gun
While we yawn, and lap it up
And people do what they’ve always done
The say what they’ve always said
“Like father, like son”
Till everybody’s dead.

And brick by brick
Stone by stone
Their shiny palaces fall
To be replaced with blood and bone
While we sit and watch it all
And it’s with a whimper
Not a shout
That the last thing they see
Are the usual suspects
Safe in a boat
With their trousers still round their knees
Sailing off to sea.

- ©Greg Hancock
Track Name: Lampliter, Featuring Tobias Ben Jacob - Flowers of the Arab Spring
FLOWERS OF THE ARAB SPRING

Shells rain down , planes circle overhead
By the old port road they’re burying their dead
Can this bloody ground yield anything
Like the Flowers of the Arab Spring?

What price freedom what price liberty?
For the ones who fell on the road to Tripoli
In the silent dawn we prayed that God would bring
The Flowers of the Arab Spring

Across the border we made a covenant
After Friday prayers we’d bring down the government
These victories will not be without their sting
Like the Flowers of the Arab Spring

We dreamed of peace and to live by the rule of law
Sleeping rough with blankets on the floor
Somewhere by a campfire light the clandestinos sing
For the Flowers of the Arab Spring

Will our children reap the fruits of all this toil
When their fathers’ blood has soaked into the soil?
There’s a wounded bird with a broken wing
Amongst the flowers of the Arab Spring.

- ©Tobias Ben Jacob
Track Name: Si Barron - Human Cargo
Human Cargo

Barrel bombs and falling walls
And you ask me why we leave
People traffic
Human cargo
Washed up on the beach

Mediterranean Sea
Afloat in a rubber boat
Me and my family
Refugees
Human cargo
Washed up on the beach

Walking in the sun through Greece
And on through Europe’s dreary reach
To a jungle tent
No figure of speech
Human cargo on the beach

Load to be stowed
We need a place to go
Fled across the world with a family in tow
We need a place to go
Human cargo

I don’t want money I want friends
Asylum from the enemy
And start again
Precious cargo
Brought out of the rain

Load to be stowed
We need a place to go
Fled across the world with a family in tow
We need a place to go
Human cargo

- ©Si Barron
Track Name: John Gallagher - Don't Know Where To Run
Don’t Know Where To Run

We have the same body
Through this voice we are one
Close our eyes to the same moon
Wake up to the same sun

We all drink the same water
We all live on this land
We may speak in a different tongue
But we still understand

What we are is not in our hands
But they’re killing in the name of someone
Where do you go?
You don’t know where to run.

We get burned by the same things
Defending our loved ones’ fate
Most people just want a peacemaker
Can a hater really live with hate?

We don’t want to leave your home
When it’s all that you make
To leave things for the unknown
What a chance to have to take

What we are is not in our hands
But they’re killing in the name of someone
Where do you go?
You don’t know where to run.

© John Gallagher
Track Name: Andy Harding - Refugees
As the day is newly dawning, as the sun is on the rise
You can hear the footsteps coming, you can hear the childrens' cries
On the wrong side of the wire we are hiding in the trees
Heading for the border we are the refugees

When your leaders sent the soldiers was the day the seeds were sowed
Now comes the bitter harvest and the payment that is owed
You bombed us and betrayed us and brought us to our knees
Then drove us from our countries to become the refugees

You send out boats and planes to keep us from your shores
You drove us from our homes but you won't let us into yours

Through the snow and through the desert we have to travel on
Hope is all that's left us when all we used to have is gone
Our children washed up on your beaches, our families drowning in your seas
Still we journey onwards. We are the refugees

You send out boats and planes to keep us from your shores
You drove us from our homes but you won't let us into yours