4 June 1989

Album: The Age Of Miracles (2010)
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  • I told them we heard singing first before we reached the square
    "Arise the wretched of the earth" filled the air
    So many fists clenched to the sky we couldn't count them all
    But then the sea of weeping washed over the hall

    I told them no one saw me, there was no one who would know
    I was an army soldier dressed in students clothes
    Between the smoking bonfires we held our rifles high
    As the ashes of the banners soared into the sky

    Ah, I was seventeen that spring
    Ah, we were just obeying orders
    Ah, I still see everything
    Through the factory's yellow windows
    In the dirty stinking river
    In the messages that find you then vanish in the ether
    They vanish in the ether:

    I told them not to fear me but history tells the tale
    The artists and the poets fill up every jail
    Before I held a rifle I held an artist's brush
    Before Tiananmen I even dreamed of love

    Ah, I was seventeen that spring
    Ah, we were just obeying orders
    Ah, I still see everything
    Through the factory's yellow windows
    In the dirty stinking river
    In the messages that found me, then vanished in the ether
    In the messages that found me:.

    I told them they'd see me walking in the rain
    In Budapest, in Prague, in Soweto's lanes
    Between the burning oil drums and the graffiti on the wall
    I told them, yes I told them, I told them all

    Ah, I was seventeen that spring
    Ah, we were just obeying orders
    Ah, and I still see everything
    Through the factory's yellow windows
    In the dirty stinking river
    In the messages that find us, then vanish in the ether
    Oh the messages will find us, then vanish in the ether Writer/s: MARY CARPENTER
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