Forfend

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Nealon
08/11/2018
Dave Nealon

Story

I kept checking in on the Charlottesville demonstrations and resistance throughout the day on August 12, 2017. I live only an hour or so away. Used to live there. Had friends resisting. One who invited me to join him singing folk songs to Nazis, as he put it. But I had commitments, so I stayed away. Still, I couldn't stop checking in. Swastikas, really? Blood and soil? It seemed impossible. And this song started piecing itself together as the day kept getting worse. By midnight, I had recorded a draft on video. 

It's not only about Charlottesville. Other desperate events and ongoing tragedies appear, too. I guess there's lots of work to do.

This is a studio recording. Thanks to Beth and Annie Nealon for family harmony on the choruses.

And here are links to the rough draft on video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lWVIw31jt94

https://www.facebook.com/dave.nealon/videos/10213395029806176/

Lyrics

Stiff-armed marchers shouting "blood and soil"

Above our anguished prayers of shame and loss

Left our hometown steets soiled and bloody

Bright red banner, crooked cross

 

Heaven help us

Saints preserve us

God forbid it

Angels forfend

Lord forgive us

Christ have mercy

We pray protection

Amen

 

We cried O Lord how many Bloody Sundays

Like slave ships sunk and drowned in stormy seas?

Or photographs of children fleeing napalm

On the pages of Life magazine?

 

Never no more

Never no more

Never no more

Never no more

 

Stretching out for mile upon mile

A crowded makeshift city on the sand

Bigger than the town that I grew up in

Canvas and sheet metal unplanned

 

How long can a forest grip the rocky cliff?

How long can a generation thrive ungrounded and bereft?

 

Heaven help us

Saints preserve us

God forbid it

Angels forfend

Lord forgive us

Christ have mercy

We pray protection

Amen