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RE​:​connection - Pussy Riot Project

by RE:connection Project

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Steve Lawson A really important project - raising funds for Pussy Riot, and acting as a collective place of thought and action about activitism and art. Some amazing new work on here, my particular favourites are Lobelia and Fiddes Smith's songs. Moving stuff! Favorite track: Reconnect.
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What's your poison, are you lonely? Suffocating in name only Holy moments blow your cover Decide Such a useful indication Of a peoples' inclination For what happens in a heartbeat Defines Close your eyes And see no future in a compromise A sleight of hand another grey disguise But my God, how can this be? My God, how can this be? There's no hang-up, just denial Follow us or face a trial We could love you if you'd only Change See the devil in the detail Hear the cunning old wives' tale With a screw loose and a shotgun We ride And hold your fire There's complication underneath desire Our Father held you but with razor wire But my God, how can this be? My God, how can this be? And what if I could shape your mind To think like mine O, the world would be so brave, yes? O, the world would be so brave, yes? O, the world would be so brave, yes? O, the world would be so brave...
SOCHI There is a bitter irony In this gallant country Where a valiant wars On tyrannies Were fought and won For freedom, apparently, To see what now is going on. How our brothers and sisters Citizens and visitors Are treated as criminals Worse even than animals In the streets they are beaten For being a lesbian Or even”looking like”one For daring to say “Some are born gay,” For confessing, in innocence, Love for another Sister for sister. Brother to brother Or expressing openly Variance in gender identity. This despised authority Denies civil rights and liberty Prises children, crying, from families No pretence of humanity Merely to flatter One man's cruel vanity. Ask yourself this: “How much would I risk For the touch of a loved-one's kiss As we greet? To hold hands? And should I stand by While such good people lie, In streets bleeding, Or die secreted In soviet prisons? “Have I no shame Celebrating these games And will the stain of complicity Forever cling to me, Demeaning me? When the spirit of sharing The joy of competing With equals and comrades In rivalry and fairness Has been stripped of all meaning?” Or is it You're thinking “I just could not care less” ?
I believe in rights for all, for woman, for man, for rich, for poor I believe in freedom of choice, in love, in faith, in every voice I believe our leaders can, safeguard the well of every one I believe power should be: peace, rights synonymously Stand, stand beside us hand in hand unite us Violence will not divide us And fear will never silence us CH Opposition will not go away til you hear what people have to say Opposition will not go away Will not go away We'll not go away No one can ever be tortured or beaten legitimately What do we give a person power for? To exploit? Corrupt? Wage illegal war? The world is now looking on as he justifies prison for a simple song Vladimir Putin are you really that scared of a handful of women seeking to be heard? CH Opposition will not go away til you hear what people have to say Opposition will not go away Will not go away We'll not go away
Out of the traps Ahead of the pack To stay in the lead Proceed and attack Is this where you thought you'd be I hope you know What you want From me Its the end of expectation Betrayals just another word You're starting something With a fearless girl Its not death I want Death I want But suffering gets results So I heard Broken , damaged We're dangerous We survived Join us Its the end of expectation Betrayal's just another word You're starting something With a fearless gill Breathe with me This is borderline Breathe with me This borderline Take you into the dark room Feed you with my hands$the city understands us The city understands I won't chase this anymore I'm not waiting for my second chance Such a high price for liberty But I think you'll run with me Under the cover of darkness I'll let the night in Close your eyes close your eyes We'll be forgiven l'll be forgiven
IN THE SHOP WINDOW for Pussy Riot On a street gray with winter rain, a shop window is filled with mannequins, alabaster women without faces. A man is dressing them in prim white gowns for the ubiquitous Wedding Season, the window a stage inviting passerbys to audition for one long play. But at night, when the shop owner cannot see, the lights come on behind the glass. At night, a light snow falling, one of the figure’s heads rises, grows cobalt eyes in the smooth mask of her face. Her white dress seeps with color: green to blue to red. When her mouth opens beneath the snub of her nose, she begins to dance, to sing. The song is not beautiful and nor is she. Here, they do not have to be. But that sound! It has the power to break chain as it swells and fills her glass cage. As it rises – rough and ragged as a sparrow’s wings – people wake behind their windows bars, wake from their sad dreaming, drawn to the sound. They have passed this window every day but have never seen such this remarkable thing. The woman’s strong new face, the bright red of her gown there between the blank Virgins in their white. The people press their hands against the cold glass, full notes soaring out, free and lovely and strong as birds.


A diverse and eclectic group of creative thinkers collaborating to build an interdisciplinary arts project to raise awareness and money toward the international support fund for Pussy Riot.

We reach toward their fearless demonstration of bravery; we protest in whatever way we can, we join together, we REconnect.


released December 15, 2013


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