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She's Back

by The Four Fathers

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This song, written by guitarist Richard Clare, is about Pussy Riot, politicized performance artists from Russia, who use punk music to get across their messages, which have involved feminism, LGBT rights and the corruption of Vladimir Putin.
Richard wrote it after reading an interview with Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, one of two members of Pussy Riot imprisoned for 21 months after performing a 'Punk Prayer' in 2012 inside Moscow's Cathedral of Christ the Savior, aimed at the church’s support for Putin during his election campaign.
Richard says the song was “inspired by an interview with Nadezhda about her time in a gulag and her aims and feelings after release.”
See Der Spiegel's interview here: www.spiegel.de/international/world/spiegel-interview-with-pussy-riot-member-nadezhda-tolokonnikova-a-941135.html
Also see this interview from September 1, 2017 with Maria Alyokhina, the other Pussy Riot member imprisoned for 21 months, whose memoir, 'Riot Days' is published by Penguin on September 14.
See: www.theguardian.com/world/2017/sep/01/pussy-riot-mariya-alyokhina-russian-activist-jailed-white-house
See Andy's article promoting the release of 'She's Back' here: www.andyworthington.co.uk/2017/09/05/my-band-the-four-fathers-release-new-single-shes-back-about-pussy-riot-as-maria-alyokhina-releases-memoir-riot-days/

The photo is a screenshot of Nadezhda Tolokonnikova from a BBC documentary, 'Pussy Riot - A Punk Prayer': www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01hs5t8


She's Back (Richard Clare)

She's back from the dark night
She's been away too long
She's out of the twilight
Eternal winter of frozen promises and faint regrets

They gave her two years' hard labour
For a prayer against Vladimir
Now she's out and she's talking
Which the internet misogynists hate ... hate


She's got a purpose, a reason to carry on (x4)

She thinks she's winning the long fight
With the authorities
Her head has been so tight
She's heard the whispers, the guards are waiting

Chorus (repeat)

Repeat 1st verse

Chorus (repeat)


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


released September 5, 2017
Written by Richard Clare.
Recorded at Perry Vale Studios with Pat Collier, July 2016.


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The Four Fathers London, UK

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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