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"Refugee"   

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This song was supposed to be a simple autobiography, done on slide guitar in the manner of Blind Lemon Jefferson. When I was done writing it and performed it to an audience for the first time, though, I realized I had written an anti-war song in the style of Bob Dylan. Go figure.

CD image: 'Ten Left' by The RooTsters"Refugee"
Copyright © 2000 Stanislove
(Published 2007 as part of "Ten Left" by The RooTsters; Suwimbo Music #535-06)

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I was born as a refugee in 1946. (2x)
The war was over, people heading for home,
Nobody would stop to guide my soul
I was born as a refugee in 1946.
I never got religion but I learned how to get my kicks.
 
My daddy, he was damaged way beyond repair. (2x)
They walked him out of Buchenwald, barely alive.
No one should ever have to do what he did to survive.
Oh, Daddy, he was damaged way beyond repair.
When he would start to drinking, I tried to hide away.
 
My mother as a young girl ran to save her life. (2x)
Born into tradition, privilege, and style -
Then the Russians tanks came rolling, mile after mile.
Mother as a young girl ran to save her life.
She did not want to marry but she tried to be a good wife.
 
I was always the new boy in every neighborhood. (2x)
People ask, "Hey kid, where you from?" I'd say, "This camp and that."
They never did invite us to their dinner table chats.
I was always the new boy in every neighborhood.
Yeah, I had a few friends, but they never understood.
 
I left home as a young man, eager to see the world. (2x)
Getting high and drinking, party until dawn;
People hung around as long as I was a clown.
I left home as a young man, eager to see the world.
I never got the rules that I know I should have learned.
 
With the help of many people I'm learning to heal myself. (2x)
Looking in the mirror, I knew it could be done
But changing my direction was not easily begun.
With the help of many people I'm learning to heal myself.
I'm on a joyful journey, I have a lot to tell.
 
So I'm building me a homestead with every friend I meet. (2x)
Everywhere I've traveled, people did me right.
Treat them with respect and you can sleep through the night.
I'm building me a homestead with every friend I meet.
We all belong together, up and down each and every street. (3x)

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   P.O. Box 31503
   Seattle, WA 98103-1503


 

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