Sue Lorde’s Song for Palestinians | Stolen Lands and Boycotts

A fantastic performance of @Lorde’s Royals by @Loyals48: A Gift for Lorde. Produced on stolen land on Turtle Island. Dedicated to the resilient Palestinian people.

Background: By cancelling her show in Apartheid Israel, Lorde’s took a principled stand to support human rights. She did so as a result of learning from activist-fans about Israel’s human rights abuses against Palestinians.

Lorde then wrote this song for BDS about stolen lands, dedicated to the people of Palestine.

This video has been challenged due to copyright issues (Trumped up?) but if you click Watch on YouTube you may be able to get it to play. A translation of the lyrics is included below. (From the @loyals48 Twitter account: Evidently last December bought Songs Music Publishing which previously had the right to Royals, perhaps giving them a claim to ask for removal of great version from youtube.  )

Boycotts are a time-honored nonviolent tactic in the tradition of the US civil rights movement and the South African anti-apartheid movement. Representative Randy Fine is using Florida’s anti-BDS law to demand Lorde’s upcoming show in Florida canceled. Help us tell Rep. Fine to back off! Florida’s laws should be in line with the constitution and Lorde should not be bullied — take action via Code Pink.

Lyrics translated from the French:

I’ve never seen my homeland in the flesh

I only know Palestine through stories

And grandmother still knows the address

But everything is gone now

Replaced by pines

What would you say if someone came and took your house and put you in the toilet

Controlled when you get in and out?

Decided that they could bomb you? Do not you care?

If other people heard you scream …

That’s why we’ll use our power: Boycott, Disinvest,

Sanctate Israel! End the Occupation Put an end to this brutal hell

To be clear, We will not allow these systems here or elsewhere!

And we will never be devoted to Apartheid and spilled blood

You are building walls, say “just for us”,

And we are breaking them just because

We reject all the leaders

And the white supremacy

In life, work and life BDS school until we are free !!

My friends and I know what is due

We have learned the lives of young and old and bodies in mourning

We will not stop until the world knows:

If your products (AHAVA) CATERPILLAR Israeli dates SODASTREAM (And many others)

We do not commit war crimes, you will not have our money!

So we boycott SABRA HP Dead Sea care Israeli

Apartheid needs a fright

That’s why we use our power : Boycoting Disinvest Sanctioning israhell!

End the occupation! Put an end to this brutal hell!

To be clear, We will not allow these systems here or elsewhere!

And we will never be devoted to Apartheid and the bloodshed

You are building walls, say “just for us”, And we are breaking them, just because

No respect for leaders 500 children in penitentiaries

Do not convince us C is cool BDS up that we are free

We are greater than we have ever been, And Palestine gets freedom.

The oppression had a fright NEVER, ANYWHERE!

And we will never be devoted to Apartheid and spilled blood

You are building walls, say “just for us”, And we are breaking them, just because

We reject all leaders And white supremacy

In life, work and BDS SCHOOL UNTIL WE ARE FREE!


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