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Thread #51757   Message #791081
Posted By: Joe Offer
25-Sep-02 - 12:42 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Ballad of Sharpville (MacColl)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Ballad of Sharpeville (MacColl)
Ya gotta send me the tune now, Abby [grin].
Thanks for posting this. Now I don't have to use my illegal library card to get to book....
(I no longer live in Sacramento, so I guess it's illegal to use the card)

Here's the version posted by Jim Carroll in another thread. Don't know if there are differences, but I didn't want his transcription to get lost.

Thread #161648   Message #3843542
Posted By: Jim Carroll
07-Mar-17 - 08:01 PM
Thread Name: Why Protest Songs Against DJT won't work
Subject: RE: Why Protest Songs Against DJT won't work

" but he is still the president.
Stop singing stupid songs that only resonate to yourselves.
Says more about the poster than the subject, I think
Why should Trump be one of the few tyrants of history not to be the subject of well-deserved hatred?
Poorly done, and cheesy - don't think so, really
Written in a car on the way to a New Year's Party

THE BALLAD OF SHARPEVILLE (1960)
Written by Ewan MacColl

From the Cape to Southwest Africa,
From the Transvaal to the sea,
In farm and village, shanty town,
The Pass Law holds the people down,
The pass of slavery, DOM PASS!
The pass of slavery.

The morning wind blows through the land,
It murmurs in the grass;
And every leaf of every tree
Whispers words of hope to me:
'This day will end the pass, DOM PASS!
This day will end the pass.'

The sun comes up on Sharpeville Town
And drives the night away;
The word is heard in every street:
'Against the Pass Law we will meet,
No-one will work today, DOM PASS!
No-one will work today.'

It was on the twenty-first of March,
The day of Sharpeville's shame;
Hour by hour the crowd did grow,
One voice that cried, 'The pass must go!'
It spoke in freedom's name, DOM PASS!
It spoke in freedom's name.

Outside the police headquarter's fence,
The Sharpeville people stand;
Inside the fence the white men pace,
Drunk with power and pride of race,
Each with a gun in hand, DOM PASS!
Each with a gun in hand.

The Sharpeville crowd wait patiently,
They talk and laugh and sing;
At eleven-fifteen the tanks come down
Roll through the streets of Sharpeville town
To join the armoured ring, DOM PASS!
To join the armoured ring.

Neighbour talks to neighbour
And the kids play all around,
Until, without a warning word,
The sound of rifle fire is heard
And men fall to the ground, DOM PASS!
And men fall to the ground.

The panic-stricken people run
To flee the wild attack;
The police re-load and fire again
At running women, children, men,
And shoot them in the back, DOM PASS!
And shoot them in the back.

Sixty-seven Africans
Lay dead there on the ground;
Apartheid's harvest for a day,
Three times their number wounded lay,
Their blood stained all around, DOM PASS!
Their blood stained all around.

There's blood on the men who fired the guns,
On the men who made the laws;
There's blood on the hands of the Whitehall ranks
Who gave the thugs their guns and tanks,
Who help in oppression's cause, DOM PASS!
Who help in oppression's cause.


Jim Carroll