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Songs of Revolution
Transcript of Songs of Revolution
by Celista Money
Juanes is a musician from Colombia who has won seventeen Latin Grammy awards and one Grammy award from the States. He grew up in Medellin, Colombia when the city had the highest homicide rate in the World. He has been greatly affected by the violence in Colombia. His cousin was executed by kidnappers and a close friend' of his was murdered by gunman. Since then he has coped with his music and has written about the terrorism of Colombia. He has founded the non-profit organization, "Mi Sangre" in order to help the victims of landmines. He is also part of Paz Sin Fronteras (peace without borders) which requests the United Nations to adopt a Universal Declaration on the Human Right to Peace.
Mi Sangre is a nonprofit organization that was founded in 2006 by Juanes. Its mission is to help the youth become contributers in the construction of Peace in Colombia. To meet this challenge, they work with NNJ (ninos, ninas y jovenes) affected by armed conflict, provide psuchosocial support for those leaving the war, and to educate how to contribute to building peace in their communities.
The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarios de Colombia) is a terrorist group that operates in Colombia and some of its neighboring countries, FARC tactics include bombings, murder, mortar attacks, kidnapping, extortion, and hijacking against the Colombian government. This conflict has lasted almost 50 years,
"Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC)." National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC). Web. 26 Mar. 2012. <http://www.nctc.gov/site/groups/farc.html>.
"JUANES -BIOGRAPHY." JUANES. Web. 26 Mar. 2012. <http://www.juanes.net/content.bio>
"Quiénes Somos." FUNDACION MI SANGRE. Juan Esteban Aristizábal Vásquez. Web. 26 Mar. 2012. <http://www.fundacionmisangre.org/misangre>.
Juanes is referring to the anti-personnel mines that FARC lays out in Colombia. He is talking about the violence in Colombia in general, and all the things the violence takes from the innocent people like their homes and their lives. He says that the violence takes control of the lives of people and that there is no clear future for Colombia if the violence continues. He also refers to the kidnapping later in the song, Hundreds of people are kidnapped every year in Colombia by the FARC,
Petition to stop violence
They have taken away what you have,
They have stolen your Daily Bread,
They have taken you out of your lands
And it doesn't look like it stops here.
Stripped of your home
You head without a path toward the city.
You are the son sprung from nothing.
You are the life that goes away.
They are the children, they are the elderly,
They are the mothers, it is all of us, walking
And don't forget about this, no no no.
Watch out where you step,
Pay attention when you walk,
Don't let it be that mine
Destroys your feet, (love / please)x2
I don't know who is the owner anymore
Of your life and of mine.
All I know is that there's a story
That doesn't seem to end here.
And like they say in the newspapers,
And like they say on the television,
Like they say on the radio
That it doesn't seem to end here.
Because they are not going to look for you.
They are not going to save you.
They are not going to, not going to, no no,
And you are not going to believe it.
Refers to the FARC taken away everything
Says that it is usually the poor that is affected
Also says it is usually the innocent that are affected
Tells how people are always weary about the landmines, which are activated when someone steps on them
Says how the FARC takes away lives
There seems to be no ending of the conflict to anybody
Refers to the kidnapping
THIS SONG TELLS PEOPLE WHAT IS ACTUALLY HAPPENING IN COLOMBIA AND HOW IT IS AFFECTING THE PEOPLE. HE DESCRIBES EXPLICITLY WHAT IS HAPPENING AND IT IS USUALLY HORRIBLE THINGS DONE TO THE INNOCENT.
ALL REVOLUTIONS SEEMS TO HAVE THE SAME ORIGINS. THERE IS CORRUPTION OR UNFAIRNESS WITH THE GOVERNMENT AND PEOPLE WANT TO CHANGE THAT. WHAT IS DIFFERENT NOW IS HOW PEOPLE USUALLY REACT. ALTHOUGH THE FARC REACTS WITH VIOLENCE, THE VICTIMS OF THIS VIOLENCE IS BEING HEARD. PEOPLE ARE STARTING TO CREATE CHANGE THROUGH PEACE RECENTLY INSTEAD OF DOING TO THOSE WHAT HAS BEEN DONE TO THEM.
ALSO, A GRAY AREA HAS BEEN DEVELOPED. BEFORE, REVOLUTIONS WERE VERY BLACK AND WHITE. THE THIRD ESTATE SAW THE ARISTOCRACY AS ALL BAD AND THE FEELING WAS MUTUAL. HOWEVER NOW WE SEE WHY THE THIRD ESTATE FELT THE WAY THEY DID AND HOW THEY REACTED WITH A LOT OF BRUTALIY IN RETURN. IN COLOMBIA IT IS KIND OF THE SAME THING. THE FARC BELIEVES THAT THEY ARE FOR A BETTER SOCIETY FOR COLOMBIA, BUT THEY ACT IN VERY RADICAL WAYS.
HOW CAN SO MANY PEOPLE, LIKE IN THE FRENCH REVOLUTION OR THE FARC, GROUP TOGETHER AND DO HORRIBLE THINGS TO PEOPLE BELIEVING ITS FOR THE BETTER?
WILL THERE ALWAYS BE THE NEED FOR CHANGE? WILL THERE ALWAYS BE PEOPLE TRYING TO MAKE CHANGE IN EXTREME WAYS?