AMPLIFY THE PROTEST: CARLEEN ANDERSON’S ‘GRAINS OF DUST’

While echoes of Ferguson still resonate across Amerikkka and the rest of the globe Carleen Anderson, who originally hails from the deep south, has penned a poetic and moving reflection on this never ending cycle of violence. She is joined on the song by master percussionist Ade Egun Crispin Robinson aka Bro Spry

Song One | Grains of Dust by Carleen Anderson from Occupation on Vimeo.

While echoes of Ferguson still resonate across Amerikkka and the rest of the globe Carleen Anderson, who originally hails from the deep south, has penned a poetic and moving reflection on this never ending cycle of violence. She is joined on the song by master percussionist Ade Egun Crispin Robinson aka Bro Spry

Song 1 – Grains of Dust by Carleen Anderson

Verse 1
(You, me, are we
All for one or fall) Far from any worries of Third World Problems
(Far from Third World Problems) Entitled Paved Streets
(Paved Opportunity) Curbsides bordering the lawns for the chance of
(Golden Chances) Opportunity
(Or just plain lucky)

Chorus 1
Marching to the chorus singing Them or US
Vocalising We Not Them are Worthy of Love
Labelled as Superior or Less to the Gods
Blinded by the Separations Between Grains of Dust

Verse 2
(Fire) The fire blasting through the flesh of her loved one (His lifeless body falls) His lifeless body falls
Face down pressed against the ground
Cold, cruel payment
Breath and blood – Last Sounds

Chorus 2
Marching to the choir singing Them or Us
(The build up from repression The ongoing oppression – Long standing debts) Vocalising We Not Them are Worthy of Love
(The systematic weapons
Repeating unlearned lessons – over again) Labeling Superior or Less to the Gods
(The weary testifying
The worn out justifying – all sides will lose) Blinded by the Separations (The cycle of violence
Will only end when respect
Is for everyone
(Between Grains of Dust)
Parted by the pull of Power and Glory Blinded by the Separations Between Grains of Dust

Composed and performed by Carleen Anderson

Percussion Ade Egun Crispin Robinson

Music recorded and produced by Ty Cerdd studios.

Film by Tim Hopkins

Amplify the protest – occupation.org.uk

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About Paul Brad

Freelance journalist / Publisher Editor - Straight No Chaser magazine & From Jazz Funk & Fusion to Acid Jazz: A History Of The UK Jazz dance Scene by Mark 'Snowboy' Cotgrove / Music Fan: Interplanetary Sounds: Ancient to Future / Cultural Event Consultant & Activist / Nei Jia practitioner
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One Response to AMPLIFY THE PROTEST: CARLEEN ANDERSON’S ‘GRAINS OF DUST’

  1. Tony Todd says:

    Pure class! Remember the Leeds Dig Posse hosting Carleen back in the day with Bobby Byrd as an unexpected bonus. Fabulous gig! And respect to Ade Egun Crispin Robinson late of Galliano!

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