richard pierce

richard pierce

25 July 2019

Singing against racism

Traitors (Mix A)

We came as strangers, no rights, no rewards.
We held up this country, straight after the wars.

Chorus
The media deplore us, lies and hate haunt us.
We are traitors, we are traitors to the pure.
The media deplore us, racism taunts us.
We are traitors, we are traitors to the pure.

Death threats on white paper, murder in the streets.
Enemies of the people, making Britain great.

Chorus
The media deplore us, lies and hate haunt us.
We are traitors, we are traitors to the pure.
The media deplore us, no-dealers taunt us.
We are traitors, we are traitors to the pure.

Is this still our haven, a place for those in need?
Or are we a country broken, driven by hate and greed?

Chorus
The media deplore us, lies and hate haunt us.
We are traitors, we are traitors to the pure.
The media deplore us, racism taunts us.
We are traitors, we are traitors to the pure.

We came as strangers, no rights, no rewards.

Written by Florance & Pierce, 2019. Buy it HERE

In the second decade of the 21st century, the Developed World is led by a racist American President and a racist UK Prime Minister. What's really concerning is not that these men are racists and spread lies every time they open their mouths, but what their being in office actually says about the times we live in, and about the state of the world right now, where even the Labour Party is allowing the racist agenda to proceed without opposition.

Marina Florance and I wanted to write a song about the dangerous state of British politics, about the soundbites which encourage xenophobia and racist hate crime, about the very real hatred that those in power have for the poor and the foreign. We wanted to talk about how the UK was built on the labour of immigrants after World War II and in the 1950s, because we ourselves are of immigrant stock, and because too many people are being hurt, mentally and physically, by the continuing racism in this country. And it mustn't go on.



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