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Thread #128093   Message #2867513
Posted By: mikesamwild
19-Mar-10 - 07:11 AM
Thread Name: Songs in English about the Spanish Civil War
Subject: Lyr Add: OUR OPEN EYES COULD SEE NO OTHER WAY


OUR OPEN EYES COULD SEE NO OTHER WAY

Here's that song I wrote 70 years on.I was asked to sing a song at the celebrations but felt there wasn't one that said enough after a lifetime had passed. Originally I meant to sing it to a melodeon or concertina accompaniment but decided it was best unaccompanied.The tune is one I 'made up' but it may have sub conscious echoes of dance tune we heard in Catalunya when we went out there with Sheffield Morris.


Our Open Eyes Could See No Other Way
By Michael Sam Wild
Now three score years and ten have passed
The olive tree of peace is green at last
And you who took the flag and carry on the fight
Must know, as we did, that the cause was right

From many lands and tongues we came
And no one came for private gain
From mills and mines and ivory towers
To join the struggle that was ours

We were not dupes or mindless slaves
We were not pawns in some great game
We were at war and yet we were at peace
We came to share the fight for freedom and release

So if they ask you why we came
What brought us here to fight for Spain
The only answer we would say
'Our open eyes could see no other way."

So plough this earth in which so many lie
And sow the seeds that will not die
And let the people live as one
That all may take their place beneath the Sun

Repeat

So if they ask you why we came
What brought us here to fight for Spain
The only answer we would say
'Our open eyes could see no other way."

Mike Wild sings Our Open Eyes could See No Other Way on YouTube