Song for Shaker Aamer (Freedom version)

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A reworked version of The Four Fathers' best-known song, 'Song for Shaker Aamer', which Andy Worthington wrote, and which was featured in the campaign video for We Stand With Shaker, the campaign to secure British resident Shaker's release from Guantánamo and his return to his family in the UK. Andy launched the campaign with activist Joanne MacInnes in November 2014, and Shaker was released in October 2015, with the rewritten and re-recorded lyrics reflecting his release. The photo is of Andy with Shaker shortly after his release, at a reception for him in the Houses of Parliament.
See: westandwithshaker.org
For the video, see: youtu.be/tWnfLn5qdT8
Also see this video of Andy Worthington playing the updated version of "Song for Shaker Aamer" at an event calling for the closure of Guantánamo in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 10, 2016: youtu.be/F_Ct5qbiuDw
www.facebook.com/witnessagainsttorture/videos/1299363036756136/

"A brilliant song about an amazing beautiful man."
Julia Igaz, UK.

lyrics

Song for Shaker Aamer (Freedom version) (Andy Worthington)

This is a song for Shaker Aamer
Who was the last British man in Guantánamo
Held for nearly 14 years
Though for 8 years the US said that he could go

And most of the men still held
Are in the same sad situation
They're prisoners of political games
That ought to shame the nation

Chorus

Shaker Shaker
They chained your body but they could not chain your mind
You told truth to power
Even though you were behind the wire

Shaker Aamer is no terrorist
In fact he cares deeply for his fellow man
That's why he took his family
To help poor Muslims in Afghanistan

But he was sold to the US for money
And he was held because of all he knew
He came to be seen as a leader
Because he stood up to the torture and abuse

Chorus (repeat)

So Shaker Aamer's back in London
Where he was granted indefinite leave to remain
A huge campaign to get him back
Shamed the US and the UK, that much is plain

And Shaker's family
They waited so patiently for him to come home
He hadn't seen his youngest son
Who was born the day he got to Guantánamo

Chorus (repeat)

credits

from Fighting Injustice EP (UK version), released July 5, 2016
Written by Andy Worthington.

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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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