A belated reflection on Bob Dylans "I pity The Poor Immigrant" fifty years after the fact

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A Belated Reflection On Bob Dylan’s “i Pity The Poor Immigrant” Fifty Years After The Fact

When neighbours turn against neighbours
Friends disappear without trace
Your only crime is the god you serve
Your name, your gender, your race
Hatred can burn generations
We pass down the misery
I pity the poor immigrant but I weep for the refugee

A knock on the door in the dead of night
And you don’t see your husband again
Your sons are both in the army
And the eldest is not even ten
When the choice is killing or dying
Is that what it means to be free?
I pity the poor immigrant but I weep for the refugee

We kill in the name of religion
Power and greed trigger wars
The innocent are the ones who pay
Regardless how noble the cause
Who’s there to pick up the pieces?
Scattered amongst the debris
I pity the poor immigrant but I weep for the refugee

A bullet won’t wait while an old man runs
A bomb can’t choose who it harms
A mine doesn’t care if you’re enemy
Or a girl with a babe in her arms
When your name is collateral damage
When you’re lucky, you’re just an amputee
I pity the poor immigrant but I weep for the refugee

You have no home and no country
You have no shoes on your feet
You live in a camp without shelter
Dirty water and nothing to eat
When fear leaves you so desperate
You’ll take your chance in the sea
I pity the poor immigrant but I weep for the refugee

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from Everything And Nothing, released November 13, 2016

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Ian Bland - Melbourne based singer songwriter - musical influences include country, celtic, and folk with stories drawn from rural and urban Australia

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