Wars Will Ceasewhen We Refuse to Fight Them.
The album is now available to download for $1. Dave Gwyther is a 24 year old acoustic/folk anti-war protest singer. Origianlly from Devon in the UK, he currently lives in Seoul, South Korea. About the album: The Songs: 1. Write a New Freedom A melodic introduction with Rupert Bath guest staring on the guitar. Write a New Freedom suggests ideas for a different world freer from the confines of the current system. 2. Field of Poppies The first world war was a brutal bloody battle of dying empires that saw millions perish. And yet on one historic day two sides who had been locked in desperate fighting ceased their guns and met in no-mans land where they realised that they weren't German, or English, or anything like that. They realised that they were just men. All the same. And the war, and perhaps all wars could have ceased on that day with this monumental realisation, if the commanders had not ordered the men back into the trenches, threatening that if they did not go back to shooting each other, they would be shot themselves. The world could have been so different that day. And on a poster to remeber those who fell, the image of a 5 year old boy stands with the words 'Thankyou' written over the top. Thankyou? Thankyou for dying. The words should read: 'Never, EVER, again!'. 3. Joan, Where are your Flowers? At an anti-Viet Nam war protest in American, Joan Baez walked between the peaceful student protesters and the aggresive vigilant military who were of the same age, picked up some flowers, and put them in the ends of the guns. 4. If Someone Loves Me Everyone has that moment when they feel alone and without the companionship and love of another, and many musicians spend many songs singing about it. Here's my only one. 5. The Bells of War We didn't go to Iraq because they had weapons of mass destruction, that was always obvious. But the excuse convinced the masses for a time. And then when that was failing, we were told we went to war with Iraq to free their people from a brutal dictatorship (forgetting the brutality that exists in Sudan, Zimbabwe, Israel and many other countries in the world). But the cost of 'freeing' the Iraqi people was death and destruction: 'We killed the children of those who weren't free, beacause we believe in democracy'. 6. Bombs Make Terrorists Terrorist is such an ugly word, and such a false one. Terrorist simply means those who cause acts of terror WHO ARE NOT the governing body. Governments cause acts of terror all the time but these are not seen as being as morally wrong as those caused by terrorists. The spin on terrorism is that it's this brand new thing that has only sprung up in a post 9/11 world but that couldn't be further from the truth. Terrorism has existed as long as civilisation has existed, because terrorism is conflict with the state. And terrorism will always exist. What we must fight is the causes of terrorism: poverty, oppression. Religious extremists (but no where near as much as we're led to believe), to name but a few. Dropping a bombs on peoples houses, who may very well be against the so called terrorists that the bomb is aimed for, will only fuel terrorism, not vanquish it. 7. Apartheid The land of Israel, being the ancient land of Canan before being conquered by Moses, and arguably being a Jewish territory before that, was promised by a withdrawing British Empire to be given to the native Arabs for their assistance in World War 2. However, the devastating holocaust lingering anti-Jewish resentment in Europe resulted in millions of displace Jews. The Allies needed to resettle them. Several places were suggested, including Africa, but the Jewish people were adament that only the land of Israel would do. And thus in 1948, to the dismay of the local Arabs, the state of Israel was born. Today it remains a state of turmoil, where the Arab population is arguably treated as second class citizens. Their freedom of movement is restricted and what little land they have is taken away. This song is about the Apartheid here. 8. A Girl Called Jane This is a song about a girl I used to know. She knows who she is. I need say no more. 9. The City This is the first song I wrote when I moved to Exter (where I lived from September 2006 - August 2007). I sat on a bench after a disappointing day job hunting and wrote what I saw. If anyone can guess where in Exeter I was sitting when I wrote it, they win a special prize. I'm not sure what it'll be, but it'll be special. Note: Born again Christians: If the likes of Gandhi and Buddha are in hell, hevean doesn't sound like a place I want to go. 10. From Swaziland to Egypt When I was 18 I moved to Swaziland in Africa to teach in a primary school for 6 months. This song is about the adventure I took afterwards (when I was 19) when I crossed overland from Swaziland to Egypt. 11. Nuclear Weapons or Nurses So we invaded Iraq and want to invade Iran because they have weapons of mass destruction? What about our weapons of mass destruction? Or America's, or Japan's, or India's? Why are we allowed weapons of mass destruction but it is the ultimate evil for countries like North Korea to own them? More over why does the British Government plan to spend 25 billion pounds on upgrading America's nuclear weapons? The Trident project, Britains nuclear arsenal, is going to be upgraded at a cost of 25 billion pounds. Though essentially this is an upgrade of America's nuclear capabilities: Britain will own the nuclear war head but America will own the missile used to launch it and America controls the satellite system that launches it! So Britain can't launch without America's approval! What else could we spend the money on....? (All stats from official CND documentation). 12. When War is Over This is a song about the way the world could be, when war is over. I welcome and encourage all comments, critisicms, debate and opinions on all that is expressed above and within my material. More details on my music, along with song lyrics can be found on my website. CD and back cover photo: Temple of Skulls, Killing Fields, Cambodia - taken by Paul Sherburn.