One Day Without Us

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One Day Without Us digital download album is a compilation of music kindly donated by artists, record labels and publishers in support of One Day Without Us, National Campaign and Day Of Action on 20/Feb/2017 in support and solidarity of all migrants resident in the UK.

Released on December 18th, UN international day for migrants, the downloads will be available for a limited time period, until the end of February after the One Day Without Us National Day of Action On Feb, 20th, 2017. All proceeds from this compilation will go directly towards marketing costs funding the One Day Without Us Campaign, including banners, badges and arm-bands. In the event that any funds are left over, we will be donating them in entirety to charities working with migrants here in the UK.

This unique compilation is a journey through questions, pain, anger, loss, love and of hope that we will make tomorrow better than today. The music and songs explore themes of travel and migration as well as personal and cultural identity. Some lyrics have been written in response to the horrific situations of refugees, other lyrics celebrate unity and diversity of humanity and reflect the desire to overcome hard times. Our collective voice is one of shared desire for justice, human rights, freedom and equality. Our common humanity is our bond. Our art responds to the times we live in.

We have been overwhelmed at the generosity of artists and record labels donating tracks to this cause and are proud to present songs and music from:

Flit, Lau, Black Triangle, Inge Thomson, Ange Hardy and Lukas Drinkwater, Rachel Taylor-Beales Julie Murphy, Sarah McQuaid, Taith Trio, Emilio Merone and Ileana Di Camillo, Edana Minghella, Electric Tuxedo, Andrew Howie, Shane Beales, Laurence Made Me Cry, Morgan Phillips, Stefano Giaconne, Lobelia, Sir Silence And The Hush, Steve Lawson, Islington Refugee Choir and the World Harmony Orchestra

Many thanks to all artists and record labels involved this project:
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One Day Without Us imagines what the UK would actually be like for a single day without migrants? The impact would be disastrous with economy, food supply, health service, education system, transport system and much more being crippled.

We are calling a National Day Of Action on February 20th 2017 (also UN day of social justice) as an act of solidarity with migrants living, working and studying in the UK and to highlight the immense contribution of migrants to the UK.

We are moved to act by the rise in racist and xenophobic discourse that has followed the EU referendum, including from mainstream politicians and the national press, and the consequent rise in both verbal and physical attacks on migrants.

Like the majority of the population of the UK, migrants seek to get on in life, earn a decent wage, raise families and live with dignity in peaceful communities. We all need: access to affordable accommodation; good quality public services; and to resist exploitative working conditions. Unity would serve us better in securing these objectives than the denunciation of newcomers and blaming them for the hardships that many feel in Britain today.

We feel it’s time to celebrate the contributions of migrants, and to show that ‘we have more in common than that which divides us’.
We ask everyone to join us in actions across the UK on the 20th of February to demonstrate our common desire for fairness and social justice.

We are non-partisan and invite all who share our vision to become involved in whatever way they can.

Please join us.

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Track Name: Flit - Laws Of Motion
LAWS OF MOTION
Words: Karine Polwart

Whispers from the desert storm
hollers from the delta
Pilgrims from the burning plains
of righteousness and slaughter
Fathers fleeing from the lash
mothers from the hunger
Babies nursing at the breast
wrapped in prayer shawls of thunder
Strike that rod
Build that wall
Defy the laws of motion
but the radius of every blast
is wider than the ocean
Wailing in the old bazaar
weeping at the altar
Restless men and women blow
like sand across the border
Brothers hiding from the gun
sisters from the master
Cast adrift on hopeful seas
and pleading for a harbour
Strike that rod
Build that wall
Defy the laws of motion
But the anchor line of love and life
is deeper than the ocean
Searchlights at the tunnel gate
barbed wire at the harbour
Restless men and women blow
like sand across the border
Broken bodies on the wreck line
not a friend to name them
Nothing left to lose but hope
how can anybody blame them?
Strike that rod
Build that wall
Defy the laws of motion
but the promise of another chance
is stronger than the ocean
Strike that rod
Build that wall
Defy the laws of motion
but the radius of every blast
and the anchor line of love and life
and the promise of another chance
is wider, deeper,
stronger than the ocean
Track Name: Lau - Ghosts
Ghosts
Words Kris Drever

We say we're not like them
A generation ago
We came on the same ships we were hidden below

We came seeking protection
Away from the strife
Away from the struggles and the hardships of life

I'm not an incomer
My parents were ghosts
Sir I was born here
So where would I go?

There's ghosts on the motorway
The world is on fire
There's ghosts on the sandflats as the water gets higher and higher

There's ghosts in the brothels
Behind thick stony walls
There's ghosts and their children in prison food halls

I'm not an incomer
My parents were ghosts
Sir I was born here
So where would I go?
Track Name: Black Triangle - Driftwood (Disconnect)
DRIFTWOOD (Disconnect)
Black Triangle; Patrick Jones and Julian Gardner

FOR ALAN, GALIP AND REHAN KURDI

Cast out
Washed up
Spat upon
From an indifferent land
Splintered lives
Dream of rebuilding tomorrow
Sail away
Doors from walls
Peace from sorrow
Hammered
Nailed
Trapped
In airless holds
Beneath the endless blue sky
Holding on, holding on
From space the oceans span like bird-flight

But in the coal black emptiness
Manacles are served
As the water swallows the detritus of a dream
Like plankton
They walk the plank
They walk the plank
As all inclusive holidays are enjoyed and
All u can eat buffets are gorged
And azure swimming pool selfies
Shared on facebook
Tiny mouths
Ingest Salt Water
Ands fall into black unconsciousness
So unprepared to die
Drift, Drift
Look away. Look away
Our borders protect us from this
Our Borders legitimize this
As the waves bring in
What the world discarded
Returning ideals to
The unforgiving land
Polka dot dresses and
Fresh nappies
Washed up on the sand
Tidewracked and soul wrecked
A mutiny of mankind
This trembling timber of thoughtstabbing
Thoughtlessness
A Black parade of would be coffins
Drift
Onto deserted holiday made beaches
The headline says “migrants”
I see women men and children

"Owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion, is outside their country of nationality, and is unable to or owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail themselves of the protection of that country”

In other words
Refugees
In other words
Our Common Humanity
You and me
Flotsam
Washed up
Cast out
Skin tides
Perhaps
A kind of kindling
To set fire
To ignorance and apathy
Track Name: Inge Thomson - Cycle
Cycle
Lyrics A.Wylie, Music I. Thomson.

Early in the day, the sweetness of your voice convinced;
I had the world
This transient life never failing to catch me unawares
Clouds may gather then disperse
And again I will know that phantom sleep
As twilight descends and the shadows gather
As my last breath leaves me quiet and still
I must pay my debt in full
I carry your name on my arm
Track Name: Ange Hardy and Lukas Drinkwater - By The Tides
By The Tides
Written and performed by Ange Hardy & Lukas Drinkwater, (c) Story Records Limited.

Will you still be waiting when the floods of water rain?
By the tides all as the seasons change.
And will you still be waiting when the water meets the main?
By the tides all as the seasons change.

Will you still be waiting as they haul the boats away?
By the tides all as the seasons change.
And will you still be waiting when they call the boats to bay?
By the tides all as the seasons change.

Will we reach this land to find the world another way?
Staying would have been for us far harder.
Brother, will the time pass in our mother’s arms again?
And the closing of the day bring in our father?

Will you still be waiting when my lungs being to fill?
By the tides all as the seasons change
And will you still be waiting when the cold becomes the chill?
By the tides all as the seasons change

Will you still be waiting when they find me sleeping still?
By the tides all as the seasons change.
And will you still be waiting when they take me to the hill?
By the tides all as the seasons change.

Will we reach this land to find the world another way?
Staying would have been for us far harder.
Brother, will the time pass in our mother’s arms again?
And the closing of the day bring in our father?

Will you still be waiting when they call the land to arms?
By the tides all as the seasons change.
And will you still be waiting while the boats are pulled from harm?
By the tides all as the seasons change.

Will you still be waiting when the ignorance has gone?
By the tides all as the seasons change.
And will you still be waiting when my hill becomes your home?
By the tides all as the seasons change.
By the tides all the seasons change.
Track Name: Rachel Taylor-Beales - Stone's Throw
Stones Throw

I’m a stone’s throw from nowhere
Pick any one and cast it high and long
I’m a stone’s throw from nowhere
Lean back into the breeze and spin it on
I’m a stone’s throw from nowhere
And no one knows the place where I belong
I’m a stone’s throw from nowhere
This beach I sit upon I can’t call home
This beach I sit upon I can’t call home
This beach I sit upon I can’t call home

Hey yeah, hey yeah
Hey yeah, hey yeah
Hey yeah, hey yeah
Track Name: Julie Murphy - The Fall
The Fall

long days of summer and lying on the ground
the sweet smell of roses
and you running round
and then blood on your cheek, blood on your hand,
blood on your tiny shoe

oh the cut will heal but all I knew

it was hard to see you fall
it was hard to see you fall
it was hard to see you fall
hard to see you fall

sun on the lemons of the holy land
a young boy is running with a stone in his hand
then the soldiers come, soldiers come
the boy is standing tall
she found his body underneath the wall

it was hard to see him fall
it was hard to see him fall
it was hard to see him fall
hard to see him fall

late in the summer and the first day back at school
women carry flowers and the babies too

but then the strangers come, strangers come,
their hearts are hard from war
children run, children run
their blood on the floor

and it was hard to watch them fall
it was hard to watch them fall
it was hard to watch them fall
and it's still hard
how did we fall this far?
so far from the garden
she said it feels like the end today
she said it feels like the end
of the world

( palestinian folk song in arabic )

cysga di fy mhlentyn tlws
( sleep now my jewel child )
cysga di fy mhlentyn tlws

sleep now my little one
safe now my little one
dream now
Track Name: Sarah McQuaid - The Silver Lining
The Silver Lining Lyrics

I am constantly amazed
By the providential nature
Of the choices that I didn’t think I made
Sometimes it’s good to miss the boat
The ship that sails could fail to float
The job that you were after
Was a trap and you’ll be happier without it

I don’t mind the sun not shining
I can see the silver lining
Through the rain

There’s no method to my madness
And I can’t help feeling sad when
Things don’t turn out quite the way I thought I planned them
But when I look back on my life
I see things in a different light
And nothing’s ever wasted
Cos one day you might be grateful that you did it

I don’t mind the sun not shining
I can see the silver lining
Through the rain

We’ve been through some heavy weather
Running hard and falling far behind
But up ahead the clouds are lifting
And they say the wind is shifting
I believe the wrong things happen
At the right time

I don’t mind the sun not shining
I can see the silver lining
Through the rain
Track Name: Taith Trio - Orpolasten Polska- Gyrru'r Byd Ymlaen-Polska
2 traditional dance tunes- a Finnish Polska and a Welsh Slip Jig. The Polska translates as the Orphans Dance and the Welsh slip jig translates as 'driving the world on'. The tunes are traditional and the arrangements are by Taith.
Track Name: Emilio Merone and Ileana Di Camillo - Imajon
IMAJON
(Music by Emilio Merone, Lyrics by Ileana Di Camillo)
Gentle, gentle, here I fall
For the first time on my own
With my sisters I've been dreaming
In the whiteness of our bed
But now, the dream has gone,
The time has come for me to leave
And see if I could stand
A single chance
One final dance...
Flying,
I'm flying,
Around me, leaves and papers are floating away
Even the dust is a dancer
In a magical, whimsical way!
Spinning, I'm spinning
The moment when the breezes are blowing aloud
Facing the weather
A feather mesmerized by the sight of a cloud
There are flickering glimmering things down in the meadow,
Are they fairies or daisies?
I cannot tell, they're waving at the sun.
This scent is of roses and thyme or, maybe, strawberries?
As I'm stepping away from the winter's arms toward the spring, in merry‐go‐round
I rest on a sycamore tree, for just a moment, fancying the shape of the lamps and
The scrambling, All the laughter and games of the children below
I'm riding again on the wind, and then I'm descending and tumbling
Over a rooftop
And over and over again,
I gleefully play with the smoke that towards me is puffing away from the window,
To disappear in the golden and red of the afternoon sunlight,
The sky is unfolding above me, the chill air has turned bright,
And as I flutter around like a butterfly I know nothing is ever the same, Nothing is ever...I'm flying, I'm flying and gliding on the shimmering silk of the night
The stars are singing together when light as a feather I land on the floor!
Track Name: Edana Minghella - Stormy Blues
Stormy Blues by Billie Holiday

I’ve been down so long

That down don’t worry me
I’ve been down so long

That down don’t worry me
I just sit and wonder

Where can my good man be
When it rains in here

It’s storming on the sea

When it rains in here

It’s storming on the sea
Every time I come here

Everything happens to me

I lose my man

I lose my head

I lose my money

Feel like I’m almost dead

I need you honey

Need you bad as can be
I’ve been down so long

That down don’t worry me
Track Name: Electric Tuxedo - Circus
Circus


You’re welcomed to the circus,
Where all the people seem to lose their purpose,
Where every word you choose has many meanings,
Where there’s no end and there are no beginnings.

Please stay and hear my sorrow,
You won’t believe the way you’ll feel tomorrow,
All of the fear, the hate, the pain, the anger,
Replace them all by love, and joy and laughter.

Now that you’re in the circus,
Where the light dissolves the shadow’s surface,
My art is based on such a pure illusion,
I share my secrets it’s just so amusing.

I step into the circle,
And when the magic starts you know for certain,
I’ll take you out of day to day seclusion,
Bring you closer to Clown Revolution!

Now that you’ve left the circus,
You feel as though you’ve finally found your purpose,
Without regret the cycle we repeated,
Courage, passion was all that we needed.

Leaving the stage forever,
Hiding my tears, I hope that you'll remember,
My friend, you know it’s just the cheer that matters,
We are the clowns of happy ever afters.
Track Name: Andrew Howie - The Fury And The Sound
Lyrics The Fury And The Sound
Written by Andrew Howie & Yvonne Lyon.

Your narrow street
Tenement wall
Your sandstone heart
That doesn’t fool me at all
Your darkened close
Cracks in the stair
Your burned out light
This is the armour you wear
Oh let me show what I’ve found
The fury and the sound
Tear your defences down
Your measured love
This counted cost
Your fearing heart
Can still redeem what is lost
Oh let me show you what I’ve found
The fury and the sound
Tear your defences down
Oh letting go is not defeat
Give up on your retreat
The place where two worlds meet
Take a breath
Take my hand
A few small steps
Into this no man’s land
Oh shake the dust off from your feet
Give up on your retreat
The place where two worlds meet
Oh let me show you what I’ve found
The fury and the sound
Tear your defences down
Track Name: Shane Beales - Battleship
Again it's time for something to become clear
Why are we all living in fear?
Would you like to take a trip
To come visit me on this Battleship

And put this fire out
Put this fire out

To tell you the truth I can't handle it
To live a lie, to ignore all this shit
It's not all fine, just take a trip
Come visit me on this battleship

And put this fire out
Put this fire out
Please put this fire out

Tell me how must it feel
To do something real?
To choose not to choke
To bring someone hope
How must if feel?

Light it out
Light it out

Put this fire out
Put this fire out
Please put this fire out
Track Name: Laurence Made Me Cry - Last To Know
Last To Know
(Joanna Whitby/Freddie Nunez)

We were the last to know
The alarm bells, they didn't call
No we long, oh now we long
For a sign

Our homes and our children
Where have they gone?
Now we run, oh now we run
For our lives

So we dance, we dance for the broken ones
(and break it into pieces just to see it)
We dance, we dance, for what it’s worth
(distant faces, different places in reflections worth)
So we dance, we dance for the broken ones
(and break it into pieces just to see it)
We dance, we dance, for what it’s worth
(distant faces, different places in reflections worth)

The others cannot see us
But our voices still strong
Now we sing, oh now we sing
For a change of heart

We gave all we had
But was it enough
Now we breathe, oh now we breathe
For everyone
Track Name: Morgan Phillips - Folk Like You
Folk Like You

Float cross the king in the sky, cope with the tear in your eye,
Leave without saying goodbye, home is the best to fly.
Feel like its ok to stare, steal a view while it’s there,
Deal with the sadness you wear, heal with the people who care.
Squeeze the thoughts out of you, tease the words if you do,
Slide your heart out there too, ease yourself into view.
Folk like you will know what’s best
Track Name: Stefano Giaconne - Canzone Urgente
CANZONE URGENTE (Stefano Giaccone/Lalli/Franti)
Compagno è col tuono delle onde che canto
Dentro le notti puù nere
Sulle spiaggie vendute al cemento
False parole false chiese
Dentro il sonno di lavoro operaio
Nelle marce barriere
Io canto la morte nei cessi in stazione

Canto le mille africane sui tram
Vestite con un destino
Comprato a poco da un signore nascosto
Dietro a un finestrino
Comandando un mercato da solo
Porta Cristo e il vaiolo
Io canto la pace portata a Baghdad

Compagno canto degli occhi di Franti
Seduto in mezzo agli sbirri
Mirafiori Bovisa Rebibbia San Paolo del Brasile
Lo porto via lo prendo per mano
Accendere un fuoco e poi sparire
Track Name: Lobelia - Reconnect
Reconnect

I don't believe in the right
But I don't believe in the left either
Your policies leave us behind
We're statistics and numbers and problems on paper now, oh now
And I don't believe what you say
It's all well and good
'Less we're poor sick or gay
And millions of people, the countless betrayed
It is shameless

Let me be part of some kind of solution
I'm going out of my head
Let me be part of some kind of solution
We can reconnect.
We can reconnect.

We carry on with our week
While millions of children have nothing to eat
And the Tories are yelling "Cut, Slash and Repeat!"
It is needless.

Let me be part of some kind of solution
I'm going out of my head
Let me be part of some kind of solution
We can reconnect.
We can reconnect.

How much can we take how long will we let it go?

Let us be part of some kind of solution
We're going out of our heads
Let us be part of some kind of solution
We can reconnect.
We can reconnect.
Track Name: Sir Silence And The Hush - Scratch The Sky
You go to the big screen you get the bigger picture.
But you look at me as if I’m gonna’ hit ya.
Who tripped you in this stumbling lack of light.
Hey Child who ya gonna miss tonight?

You go walking the streets at night.
Contemplate the mystery of the fight.
You don’t want to get involved
but you kinda like the way those bodies roll.
Who punched a hole in this relation-sinking-ship?
Hey child who ya gonna hit tonight?

You may wonder and you will wonder boy.
You may wonder and you will wonder girl.
Wonder why? Is it really, is it really such a big surprise,
You open up your eyes?

You go to the doctor you’re going blind.
Searching the sky for that hook just to drag you out of here.
And who told you you're not coming home?
Who told you, that I left you alone?

Cos there must be a better way to fly...
gotta look up,
and scratch the sky...
You gotta get up and
scratch the sky…
Track Name: Steve Lawson - I Thought Only Foreigners Knew That
This was inspired by a fascinating encounter. I have a couple of friends from Bulgaria, and was talking with one of them about the EU vote, about the tendency of British people, specifically English people, to revise our history, and imagine that there was some idyllic time in the past before immigration, globalisation and whatnot came along and ruined everything… It’s an a-historical perspective, one that ignores the brutal racism, misogyny and homophobia of the 40s and 50s, one that overlooks the kinds of medical and technological advances that we benefit from thanks to globalisation, and also one that ignores the simple fact that the power that we had at that time came about through the conquest and killing of the British Empire. We spent a few hundred years going round the planet, stealing resources, enslaving people, killing anyone who disagreed and propping up our own quality of life with the spoils of those incursions. After WWII, and the devastation it wrought on the UK economy and infrastructure, we were utterly reliant on immigration, on the generosity of those who came to work here and help rebuild the country. Often, the attraction of being here was amplified by the degree to which British intervention in their home nations had made life for the poor far far worse there… But with that immigration came culture, knowledge, cuisine, music, technology, and a scope for a much broader perspective on things if only we’d listen for a while.

So I was recounting some of these ideas to my Bulgarian friend who commented ‘I thought only foreigners knew that’ - the notion that the UK’s strength lies in its rapacious history is common knowledge outside of these ridiculous islands, and our inability to listen to anyone else’s perspective leaves us deaf to this much need perspective on our global responsibilities.

So for the music here, I looked into the scales used in Bulgarian music, and Roma music in particular, and found this rather evocative ‘Hungarian minor scale’ - it’s like a natural minor scale but with the 4th and 7th intervals raised by a semitone. That gives a whole load of really interesting harmonic and melodic possibilities. For more on Bulgarian music, put ‘Bulgarian Wedding Music’ into YouTube. It’s pretty amazing stuff!
Track Name: Islington Refugee Choir With The World Harmony Orchestra - Happy Christmas The War Is Over! (live 13/12/16)
The performers are:
World Harmony Orchestra conducted by Romain Malan
Refugee Choir from Islington Centre for Refugees and Migrants
Recorded live at Amnesty International on Tuesday 13th December 2016.

The World Harmony Orchestra is made up of professional musicians based in London who come from all over the world, playing for peace and important humanitarian causes.

Islington Centre for Refugees and Migrants
Music classes
"We sing meaningful and optimistic songs that connect people with their past whilst accompanying them on a journey towards a happier future.
Most people sing, others play ukulele, shaker, tambourine or keyboard. We mainly sing English songs to help learn the language; Smile, Somewhere Over The Rainbow and Feeling Good are favourites.
"The music class relaxes my mind. I enjoy listening to music."
Student "I love the music class because I relax and switch off bad thoughts." Student
We also welcome songs from people’s original countries and sometimes improvise or compose pieces inspired by artwork or poetry created in the Art and Writing classes.
We choose songs with an accessible vocabulary and arrange them to make them playable by all. With the precious support of our volunteers, we can spend time on pronunciation and the meaning of the words. We also work towards performances, often for the Centre’s fundraising events.
Music has many other important benefits too: it transcends language barriers, and builds people’s self-confidence, as well as a strong sense of group cohesion."