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Tired without complaint
Elbow deep in wheatpaste
Six months worth of heartache
From thinkin’ back a decade
To when we brought down the fences
Then just stood and stared
And found we were an army
Completely unprepared

Kept me awake
With questions
Drafting broadsheets on the floor
Asking my take
On how this time
Would be different than before

Remember the reports
From Athens and Madrid
A flank of cops beat back
By a thousand unarmed kids
But Toronto 2010
This is how we fought
Each city gets a riot
This is the one mine got

You caught my eye
On Yonge Street
Undone like streets before.
Patrol car fire
The emblem
Of the lack of something more

Barricades of shield and boot
Sniper scopes trace out our route
Morning raids took seventeen
Called it a conspiracy

Now five years later
Still feel the anger
A failure wasted
Barely debated

The mass detentions
The infiltrations
Are we still spinning
That this is winning?

And we recall
Each city
For how its people fight
Play back the tapes
And show me
Which parts we got right


from Work Songs, released March 24, 2015


tags: pop Vancouver


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Clare O'Connor & Corbin Murdoch Vancouver, British Columbia

Equal parts earnest and incisive, Work Songs is an album by Clare O'Connor and Corbin Murdoch. Originally composed for the theatre, it is a song-cycle that asks what we can salvage from personal loss and political despair.

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