Come Little Rabbit

Album: video only (2009)

Songfacts®:

  • This song - such as it is - was performed by Akmal Shaikh - who according to the campaigning organization Reprieve, co-wrote it with a man named Carlos. Shaikh was not a songwriter or musician but a small businessman who ran a mini-cab firm in London.

    In 2003, he upped roots, left his wife and five children, and moved to Poland where he met Carlos, who is said to have to promised him a music career in China. If Shaikh truly believed this, it gives credence to the claims of his family that he was suffering from some sort of mental impairment. As does his erroneous belief that his out of tune rendition of this uninspiring song could have helped bring about world peace.

    Whatever his musical aspirations, it was none too bright to venture into China with a suitcase full of heroine. In September 2007, he was arrested in transit, found to be in possession of four kilograms of the white stuff, and sentenced to death in October 2008. After a series of legal appeals, and representations from the British Government, he died by lethal injection on December 29, 2009, becoming the first British citizen to be executed in China for half a century.

    Shaikh's recording of "Come Little Rabbit" was released on YouTube by Reprieve. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Alexander Baron - London, England

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