City Rising

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Heartbeat unites Israeli and Palestinian Youth Musicians to build critical understanding, develop creative nonviolent tools for social change, and amplify their voices to influence the world around them.

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Governments are building walls
while corporations take control
Operation Catch-’em-all is full force ahead
The look at jungles and they see a mall
So lets see who can make more trees fall
Operation take control is almost done

And they keep us from the ground
It’s concrete under our feet
And they want to keep us numb
All we see is what’s on TV
and now we’ve got to make a sound
Stronger than the gun.

Wealthy men are staging wars
while media is keeping scores
everybody gather round
watch the show unfold.
The earth is rich with all we need
protect yourself from pretty faces
glowing with greed.
Take somebody piggyback
run wild and free

They can keep us from the ground
It’s concrete under our feet
They can try to keep us down
All we see is what’s on TV
but we’re going to make a sound
that is stronger than the gun.

(Moody - in Arabic)
Who sees what’s happening here?
Media surrounds us and the government surrounds the media
We don’t know what’s happening “under the table”
Another wall surrounds us
When I watch TV I can’t act normally
But I can not watch TV and act how I want to act.

This is life. The strong eats the weak.
We live in a bad time, accepting this rule.
On top of this, we have the Occupation and exploitation
The people with no teeth can’t appreciate the sweets
so they lose them to the ones who can enjoy the treats**
At this point, if you call someone “animal,” it’s a compliment


(Guy)
There’s nothing new to this you know.
Paranoia loops and then it grows
But we’re not afraid anymore. We’re not afraid anymore.
Your power doesn’t work around here
You lock the gate up. You don’t want to hear that
We’re not afraid anymore. We’re not afraid anymore.

(Rasha)
Its a game, its a play.
We’re just puppets on strings
They’ve done so many things to keep us away
with headlines, with fragile states
with franchised death
they won’t stop till it’s over.
it’s not over.
because the water will grow and the trees will grow
and the people won’t stop till it’s over
it’s not over.
We won’t stop till it’s over
it’s not over.

(Guy)
You want to know what I think. Then I think I don’t know.
But I know that I think and I don’t know what I don’t know.
Is it good enough for you?
(Dana)
When you wish upon a star, just to touch the sky,
searching for material just to make you high…

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from Heartbeat, released October 28, 2015
Performed by Heartbeat

Written by: Guy Gefen, Moody Kablawi, Dana Herz, Kela Sappir, Ziv Yamin, Dekel Adin, Dean Frechtman

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HEARTBEAT is an international community of musicians, educators, and students using music to build mutual understanding and transform conflict. Heartbeat seeks to empower Israeli and Palestinian musicians by creating opportunities and spaces for musicians from both sides to work together, hear each other, and amplify their voices to influence the world around them. ... more

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