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CHANTS & SONGS

CHANTS

The chants below are from the London with the lyrics adapted for arts and culture

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WE ARE THE ARTISTS

We are the artists

We won't be silent

Stop censorship...

NOW! NOW! NOW!

We are the artists

We won't be silent

Stop censorship...

NOW! NOW! NOW! (repeat)

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NOT A TARGET

Artists (call)

Not a target! (response)

Theatres (call)

Not a target! (response)

Writers (call)

Not a target! (response)

Poets (call)

Not a target! (response)

Actors (call)

Not a target! (response)

Universities (call)

Not a target! (response)

Mosques (call)

Not a target! (response)

Churches (call)

Not a target! (response)

 (etc)

The chants below are from the creative protest in New York organized by individual theatre-makers and FRIENDS OF THE FREEDOM THEATRE USA, NOOR THEATRE, AL LÍMITE COLLECTIVE, NATIONAL QUEER THEATRE, THEATRE OF THE OPPRESSED NYC and QUEERS FOR A LIBERATED PALESTINE.

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ARTISTS TAKE A STAND

1. Artists, take a stand

No excuse for stealing land

 

2. Artists, take a side

Stop Israeli genocide 

 

3. Artists, draw the line

Stand up for Palestine

 

4. ART for liberation

NOT for colonization

 

5. Rise up

Get down 

No Israeli Apartheid in this town

 

6. (beat / beat / beat beat) Gaza!

 

7. Freeeeee Free Palestine! 

Free Free / Free Palestine

 

8. Freeeee The Freedom Theatre

Free Free / The Freedom Theatre

 

9. Move your fists from 

side to side 

Stop supporting genocide

 

10. Palestinians have

The right to live in freedom

The right to make art

The right to tell their stories

The right to create theatre

And the right to return home

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11. Free Mustafa

Free Bilal

Free them all!

 

12. Liberation now 

for The Freedom Theatre

 

13. The whole world’s a stage

The whole world is watching

 

14. Fight the power, turn the tide 

Stop this senseless genocide

 

15. Desde el río, hasta el mar

Palestina libertad

 

16. No es una guerra

Es un genocidio

 

17. Protect the Freedom Theatre 

Protect the arts

Hold Jenin in your hearts

 

18. From Rafah Crossing to Jenin

Stop the Israeli war machine

 

19. Art and culture have to thrive

To help keep Palestine alive

 

20. With one voice we’re here to say

Free Palestine - today!

 

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HEY HEY HEY (a call and response)

Hey hey hey hey (2X)

From New York to Palestine

Colonization is a crime
 

Hey hey hey hey (2X)

From the belly of the beast

No justice no peace
 

Hey hey hey hey (2X)

From the river to the sea

All people must be free

 

Hey hey hey hey (2X)

Desde el río, hasta el mar

Palestina libertad
 

Hey hey hey hey (2X)

From the bottom to the top

Racism’s got to stop
 

Hey, hey, hey, hey (2X)

Together we can turn the tide

No more bankrolling Apartheid

 

Hey hey hey hey (2X)

For liberation take a stand

Ceasefire now is our demand

 

Hey hey hey hey (2X)

Don’t stand back while people die

 “Stop genocide now” is our cry

 

Hey hey hey hey (2X)

Nakba means catastrophe

“Stop genocide now” is our plea

 

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Hey hey hey hey (2X)

No more tax dollars, no more dimes

No arms to Israel for their crimes

 

Hey hey hey hey (2X) 

With art and culture take a stand

Don’t let Israel steal the land

 

Hey hey hey hey (2X)

The Freedom Theatre must survive

They help keep Palestine alive

 

Hey hey hey hey (2X)

Free Mustafa, free Bilal

Free all the prisoners, that’s our call

 

Hey hey hey hey (2X)

The Freedom Theatre will persist

Defending the right to resist

 

Hey hey hey hey (2X)

From Rafah Crossing to Jenin

Stop the Israeli war machine

 

Hey hey hey hey (2X)

Let’s build a bridge, tear down a wall

‘Til there’s justice fo-or all

 

Hey hey hey hey (2X)

In New York we’re gonna sing

‘Til we hear that freedom ring 

 

Hey hey hey hey (2X)

With one voice we’re here to say

Free Palestine today!

 

SONGS

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SONG FOR ARTISTS

1. [From Refaat Alareer’s poem]

If I must die [all repeat]

You must live [all repeat]

To tell my story [all repeat]

Let it bring hope [all repeat]

 

2. [Inspired by a poem by Marwan Makhoul]

To write a poem without politics [all repeat]

I have to hear the birds [all repeat]

But to hear the birds [all repeat]

The war planes must be silent [all repeat]

 

3. [From Dareen Tatour’s poem]

Resist, my people, resist them [all repeat]

 

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4. [A call and response]

Protect the theaters [all repeat]

Protect the poets [all repeat]

Protect the journalists [all repeat]

Protect the artists [all repeat]

Aiwa! [all repeat]

Aiwa! [all repeat]

Aiwa! [all repeat]

Aiwa! [all repeat]

 

5. Five demands sung to “ceasefire now” melody

Permanent ceasefire now [all repeat]

Lift the siege on Gaza [all repeat]

Free all Palestinian prisoners [all repeat]

End the occupation [all repeat]

No more US weapons [all repeat]

The song below is from the creative protest in New York organized by individual theatre-makers and FRIENDS OF THE FREEDOM THEATRE USA, NOOR THEATRE, AL LÍMITE COLLECTIVE, NATIONAL QUEER THEATRE, THEATRE OF THE OPPRESSED NYC and QUEERS FOR A LIBERATED PALESTINE.

At the performance protest in France organised by LES AMIS DU THEATRE DE LA LIBERTE IN JENIN the marching band performed "El pueblo unido jamás será vencido" ("The united people will never be defeated"), a Chilean song written by the group Quilapayún and composed by the musician Sergio Ortega in 1973.

The song was written in 1973 in support of Salvador Allende, a few months before the coup d'état in Chile. Over time, this song has become a symbol of unity and popular solidarity for oppressed citizens of all countries fighting for freedom and equality, going beyond its direct connection with Chile.

Masters Of War sung By Ali Dineen and filmed by Ivery Lowe as part of the performance protest in New York organized by individual theatre-makers and FRIENDS OF THE FREEDOM THEATRE USA, NOOR THEATRE, AL LÍMITE COLLECTIVE, NATIONAL QUEER THEATRE, THEATRE OF THE OPPRESSED NYC and QUEERS FOR A LIBERATED PALESTINE.

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