How Much Is A Life Worth?

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Set to a kicking riff, here are Andy's reflections on why white westerners view their lives as more valuable than others, with reference to 9/11 and the wars that followed it, the global refugee crisis, and the killing of black men and boys by police in the US, which led to the creation of Black Lives Matter.
For one estimate of those killed as a result of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, see this Brown University study: watson.brown.edu/costsofwar/figures/2016/direct-war-death-toll-iraq-afghanistan-and-pakistan-2001-370000
For a response to the refugee crisis, see Help Refugees: helprefugees.org.uk
For Black Lives Matter, see: blacklivesmatter.com

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How Much Is A Life Worth? (Andy Worthington)

When you’re white and killed by terrorists, your value is the maximum
And that’s what happened with the Twin Towers
But in Afghanistan and in Iraq in retaliation
Half a million were killed at a minimum

It seems that one Western life is worth 200 Muslims
And that’s the truth that they don’t want us to know
‘Cause warmongers only want to keep on warmongering
Leaving us to ask in vain

Chorus

How much is a life worth?
How much?
How much is a life worth?

If you’re fleeing death in Syria, in Libya or Iraq
Or the nightmare that is life in Eritrea
Westerners are getting more cold-hearted
And they just want to send you back

These Christians have given up on Jesus’s values
Treating refugees like criminals
When they’re the victims of our wars and our exploitation
Leaving us to ask again

Chorus

How much is a life worth?
How much?
How much is a life worth?

If you’re black in America, your life has no value
Unless like Obama you’re part of the elite
But for most it’s still like the days of slavery
Though now they’re murdered by the police

That’s why Black Lives Matter is the movement of the moment
Trying to stop the hundreds killed every year
From Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown and Eric Garner
With each new death we want to know

Chorus

How much is a life worth?
How much?
How much is a life worth?

Line-up:

Andy Worthington (lead vocals, electro-acoustic guitar)
Richard Clare (electric guitar, backing vocals)
Bren Horstead (drums and percussion)
Andrew Fifield (flute and harmonica)
Louis Sills-Clare (bass)

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from How Much Is A Life Worth?, released November 27, 2017
Written by Andy Worthington.
Recorded at Perry Vale Studios with Pat Collier, November 2016.

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Militant, melodic rock & roots reggae band, based in SE London, mostly playing original protest music. Journalist and activist Andy Worthington (lead vocals, electro-acoustic guitar), Richard Clare (electric guitar, vocals), Bren Horstead (drums, percussion), Andrew Fifield (flute, harmonica), Paul Rooke (bass). ... more

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