Saturday, June 02, 2007

SoNG: Peace Camp

Women's Encampment for a Future of Peace & Justice, Sept. 4, 1983.
Footage: PeHP WVC-026; Women’s Video Collective. Copyright 1983.  All Rights Reserved.
Music: “Peace Camp” by Susan Graetz on Somewhere Between,

On Our Way Records. Copyright 1984.

Peace Camp
To the tune of Downtown written by Tony Hatch, made popular by Petula Clark 
Alternative lyrics by Pauline Turtle-Bear, Michelle Charbonnet, Laurie Rothfeld, 
Eve Silverman & Susan Graetz, 1983

When you’re alone and life is making you lonely,
you can always go to the Peace Camp.

When you’ve got worries, all the noise and the hurry
seem to stop, I know, at the Peace Camp.

Linger at the main gate where the yellow line is pretty.
At the general meeting we get down to  nitty-gritty,
how can you lose?

Flashlights are much brighter there.
You can center on troubles, obsess on your cares.
At the Peace Camp! Where women’s eyes are bright.
Peace Camp! Waiting for you tonight.
Peace Camp! It’s going to be all right, now.

Don’t hang around and let your troubles surround you,
there are movie shows at the Peace Camp.

Maybe you know some little places to go
where you can climb the fence at the Depot.

Listen to the rhythm of the Buddhist women drumming,
You’ll be dancing with it, too, before long you’ll be humming,
centered again.

Listen to Petula Clark's original recording here.

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