Dagens sitat: Birmingham Sunday

Rekken av «Dagens sitat» – og trolig også bloggen som helhet – kommer nok til bli preget av den nært forestående årsdagen for 22. juli.

Det er dessverre ingen mangel på sanger og dikt som ofte ble skrevet om andre, helt konkrete hendelser, men som det er smertelig enkelt å overføre til 22. juli – som «Birmingham Sunday», om de fire barna som ble drept i bombeangrepet mot en kirke for svarte i Birmingham, Alabama i 1963.

Birmingham Sunday (fremført av Joan Baez) (Spotify) (YouTube)

Come round by my side and I’ll sing you a song.
I’ll sing it so softly, it’ll do no one wrong.
On Birmingham Sunday the blood ran like wine,
And the choir kept singing of freedom.
 .
That cold autumn morning, no eyes saw the sun,
And Addie Mae Collins, her number was one.
In an old Baptist church there was no need to run.
And the choir kept singing of freedom.
.
The clouds they were dark and the autumn wind blew,
And Denise McNair brought the number to two.
The falcon of death was a creature they knew,
And the choir kept singing of freedom.
 .
The church it was crowded and no one could see
That Cynthia Wesley’s dark number was three.
Her prayers and her feelings would shame you and me.
And the choir kept singing of freedom.
 .
Young Carol Robertson entered the door
And the number her killers had given was four.
She asked for a blessing, but asked for no more,
And the choir kept singing of freedom.
.
On Birmingham Sunday the noise shook the ground.
And people all over the earth turned around.
For no one recalled a more cowardly sound.
And the choir kept singing of freedom.
.
The men in the forest they once asked of me:
How many black berries grow in the blue sea?
I asked them right back with a tear in my eye:
How many dark ships in the forest?
.
The Sunday has come, the Sunday has gone.
And I can’t do much more than to sing you a song.
I’ll sing it so softly, it’ll do no one wrong.
And the choir keeps singing of freedom.
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