‘Article 14’ – right to asylum for refugees

On this night like any other night
Maybe raining maybe clear
In a world exploding is any heart open
Can you hear us
Can you hear

— from ‘Article 14’ little secrets (c) apra tony mockeridge.

Thanks to Tony Mockeridge who has composed this song about Article 14 – the United Nations rule about right to asylum for refugees.

Tony sent this song to Workers BushTelegraph saying:

We’ll have the new CD out early new year (Feb-Mar) and it will include a version of the song with lots of singers, rhythm section, etc, but I’m really happy to release this version as I would like to get it out there and hope it helps a little in realising our responsibilities as humans.

Tony has donated this beautiful song to the community and people are welcome to download it for free.  Robbie Stewart, a guitarist from Little Secrets, helped Tony with this version. You can hear Robbie’s distinctive guitar riffs on this recording.

Click to download article 14 little secrets tony mockeridge©

If there are any choirs who wish to perform this song you can contact Tony Mockeridge <tonymockeridge@rocketmail.com>

Ian Curr
November 2010

What refugees see on arrival at Christmas Island Jetty — Photo: Tony Mockeridge

‘Article 14′

Verse 1

On a night like any other night
Maybe raining maybe clear
Devilish whispers the usual incantations
Just loud enough for me to hear

Chorus 1

And the world looks so delightful
Through the wind and pouring rain
The storms waves keep on rising
(and) Calling out my name
And I’m up against your window
My face pressed to the glass
Please let me in
Please let me in

Verse 2

Sail away on a sea of foolish dreams
Pay the price and lose it all forever
Put your life in the hands of others’ schemes
Take the dive it’s now or never

Chorus 2

My thoughts now so insightful
Too late to ease the pain
The crying of the children
The innocent the slain
And I’m up against your window
My face pressed to the glass
Please let me in
Please let me in

(Bridge)

As we ran from the fire to the water
Left the guns for straining seams
See the ships on the horizon
Do they see me do they see me

Verse 3

On this night like any other night
Maybe raining maybe clear
In a world exploding is any heart open
Can you hear us
Can you hear

Chorus 3

My thoughts now so insightful
Too late to ease the pain
The crying of the children
The innocent the slain
And I’m up against your window
My face pressed to the glass
Please let me in
Please let me in

Coda

Yes I’m up against your window
My face pressed to the glass
Please let me in
Please let me in

 

One thought on “‘Article 14’ – right to asylum for refugees

  1. Pamela Curr says:

    Over the next few days some of the survivors and families of the shipwreck victims will be burying their dead. Twenty- one survivors are coming from Christmas Island and one woman from Perth where she has been under guard in a caravan park, to Sydney where they will meet up with relatives already here. Two months after the tragedy they will at last be able to pay their respects and grieve formally. Among the families is a father burying his baby son and remembering his wife who was not found.

    The services will be at Rookwood Cemetery on Tuesday and then the last incomprehensible act of cruelty will be enacted when the survivors will have to say goodbye to family members and they will be herded on a plane and flown back to the camp on Christmas island to await their fate.

    The local Chinese Community on Christmas Island say that the reason it has rained non-stop over the past two months is that “the Gods are crying because the bodies are still in the morgue”.
    Certainly this has been a cause of great distress to the survivors.

    We in Melbourne are with you in spirit if not presence. My Iraqi friends say that flowers and signs banners saying “we support you” in Arabic and english are what these people need so that they know that “someone cares what has happened to them”.

    I wish you all the luck in making sure that the mourners see you and take comfort from your support.

    Twenty -two relatives have been allowed to come.

    No doubt the others have been kept back on Christmas Island as” hostages” to ensure that the mourners in Sydney go quietly back to Christmas Island.

    This is pure Ruddock- remember when sick people or children were brought from Nauru to Australian hospitals , they always left family behind on Nauru to ensure compliant return.

    Pamela Curr

    Pamela Curr
    Campaigns Co-ordinator
    Asylum Seeker Resource Centre
    12 Batman Street,
    West Melbourne VIC 3003
    mob 0417517075
    Tel: +61 3 9326 6066
    Fax: +61 3 9326 5199
    http://www.asrc.org.au

    JANUARY 2011
    1065 CHILDREN in DETENTION- 1040 UNDER LOCK and KEY

    refugees christmas island

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