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cetmst Origins: Requiem: 'Pray for us, Father Romero...' (7) ADD: Requiem (Magpie) 19 Apr 09


Here are the full lyrics as I can make them out. Line breaks and punctuation are mine:

REQUIEM
Greg Artzner)


It was a requiem mass he prayed that day
For the spirit of justice had late passed away
And he spoke to the people who had gathered to pray
Just before his own blood was spilled.
"They can kill me but the voice of justice can never be stilled".

He raised the chalice high in the air
That the blood of redemption was ---- chair(?)
It was like a reed standing there.
Then a gunshot drowned out the bells.
Wine and blood were mixed on his vestments as he fell.

Then pray for us, Father Romero,
That soon this madness may be done;
That justice return and that we learn
That it's not from the end of a gun.

In the still of the night down an old farm town road
Soldiers disposed of a burdensome load.
Four shallow graves were the seed that they sowed;
Four American womwn were found
Murderd and hidden; accusations lie beneath the ground.

These were our sisters eho'd taken a stand
To work with the poor in a neighboring land
And for this they were murdered by soldiers' command
While the governments both turned away.
Had a search come too near the truth of what happened that day?

So tell me now how, good people, can you stand idly by
While the country we love donated the guns
By which so many more will die.

When refugees jumped in the river to cross
Women and children, old people were tossed,
Their loved ones, their land and their liberty lost;
Then the gunners swept down from the sky;
Hundreds were shot in the water and left there to die.

And today throughout the countryside
Bombs make no distinction among those who hide.
The death squads continue their genocide
While the world turns its eyes away
And the lifeline of arms from the north goes on day after day.

So tell me now how, good people, you can stand idly by
While the country we love donates the guns
By which so many more will die.

So pray for us, Father Romero,
That soon this madness be done,
That justice return and that we learn
That it's not from the end of a gun.


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