Songwriting & Context – ST3: Write a Protest Song

For this task, writing a protest song, I teamed up with Rachel (http://rachelirwinmusic.tumblr.com) to tackle the issue of slavery. The song is written from two different perspectives, one of a slave in the USA, the other, of his son back home in Africa. It is sombre and slow-paced, an unintentional reminder to stop and think about the suffering of others, taking in the gravity of their situations, rather than ignoring the issues and hoping they’ll go away.

Verse 1
I live to serve
I serve to live
They take from me everything that I can give
Across the sea
Taken from home
Torn away from everything that I have known

Chorus
Let me go
Let me go
Work my fingers to the bone; I’ve never been so alone
Let me go

Verse 2
I’m missing him
He’s missing me
It’s been so long since I’ve seen my family
Is he broken?
Is he dying?
Why was it him that they had to take from me?

Chorus
Let me go
Let me go
Work my fingers to the bone; I’ve never been so alone
Let me go

Interlude

Chorus
Let me go
Let me go
Work my fingers to the bone; I’ve never been so alone
Let me go

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