Songwriters, at times, have to write songs they'd rather wish they didn't have to, but feel compelled to. This is most definitely one of those! Early-on re the 'WAR' in Ukraine (which only started 24 Feb 2022), and struck by the brutality of it all, reminded me of a Scots folk song I cover time to time; Glencoe (The Massacre Of) by Jim McLean. Hence, the lyrical concept evolved. Thankfully (arguably), Jim didn't respond to my permission request, to use his tune, thereby I was forced to write my own.
Few of us in the West can truly understand what's behind this awful situation; steroid paranoia of Democracy, fear of loosing control at home, some genuine hankering after some historic 'injustice', and restoration. Probably an unhealthy mix of all that & more. Absolutely no comfort to the MANY men, women, and children assaulted, wounded, displaced, & killed the name of 'a special military operation'. For which, MANY Russians have no realistic concept re the devastation, destruction and death inflicted on their kindred neighbours, thus far too many SADLY support. 😞
While those 'few' who do OBJECT, even in the slightest, face severe punishment & imprisonment. WE therefore, must do all we can in support & respect of our hard-earned 'Freedom' and STAND with those who face losing theirs! Needless to say, I've been extremely moved & hence motivated by what I've seen... and hopefully reasonably articulated herein. Cheers! 💔 tphx
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