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Across the Fields to Barkingside
The Earlier Train
Percy & Joe
All LostAt Sea
The Holy Book of The Invisible Friend
Short Stories;Fleeting Lives
Passage To E-Utopia
Composer: Ed HookeDate of Composition: June 2014 - July 2015Date of Recording/Copyright:
2015Additional Contributions to Vocal Cacophony: Nojit
CommentaryBased on real people and real events in Tacloban, Leyte, Philippines, &
set between Typhoon Yolanda in November 2013 and August 2014.Dedicated to Ruby, her
mum, her friends and her loyal dog, Sabid.
Wind came up and blew the houses down.Waters rose. I thought that we would drown.
I don’t have much.What I have is yours.Waltz between homes through open doors.Welcome
Juggling babies in the airflying through drying underwearwith a big grin.
Breathe and be.While we still live let’s live life joyfully.Joyful, joyful, joyful.
Trouble and strifebut who’d deny we live a joyful life?Joyful, joyful, joyful.
Homes soakedFurnishings flood chokedin thick mud cloakedfears of blood stokedthen
came looting,sometimes shooting.Food and drink were none.
The blether of the weatherserves to tether us togetherand our lungs fill.Our hearts
beat still.No more need to run.
Steep is the hill and slow the climb.Short is our breath, tortuous the time before
us.Nearing the top, now not too far.Up on the peak the panorama’s glorious.
Typhoon’s eye.Who knows why we survive when thousands die?Awful, awful, awful.
Live. Don’t think.Pore through the chores but with a joyful wink.Joyful, joyful,
Throw your arms in the air.Jump up and down while shouting “yeah yeah yeah”.Joyful,
ReviewThank you very much for that wonderful song.
- Sabid (Ruby’s dog)