June 18, 2010 – 7:33 pm

Roger Waters plea.

We Shall Overcome

On June 3, Roger Waters of Pink Floyd released a video of his recording of We Shall Overcome, the traditional folk song, onto YouTube to show his support for the Palestinian cause. In a note accompanying the video, Waters said this:

“Over the new year 2009-2010, an international group of 1,500 men and women from 42 nations went to Egypt to join a Freedom March to Gaza. They did this to protest the current blockade of Gaza. To protest the fact that the people of Gaza live in a virtual prison. To protest the fact that a year after the terror attack by Israeli armed forces destroyed most of their homes, hospitals, schools, and other public buildings, they have no possibility to rebuild because their borders are closed. The would be Freedom Marchers wanted to peacefully draw attention to the predicament of the Palestinian population of Gaza. The Egyptian government (funded to the tune of $2.1 billion a year, by us, the US tax payers) would not allow the marchers to approach Gaza. How lame is that? And how predictable! I live in the USA and during this time Dec 25th 2009-Jan 3rd 2010 I saw no reference to Gaza or the Freedom March or the multi national protesters gathered there. Anyway I was moved, in the circumstances, to record a new version of ” We shall overcome”. It seems appropriate.”

We thought BigO readers would like to listen to this as well. Go to the link below to watch the video.

Roger Waters will tour this year with a brand new production of The Wall.

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Track 01. We Shall Overcome (12.5MB)
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Roger Waters - guitar
G.E Smith - lead guitar
Thor Jonsson - drum programming etc

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  1. 10 Responses to “TEAR DOWN THE WALL”

  2. Jew Hater

    By bill on Jun 19, 2010

  3. “Jew hater” is stupid. Waters criticizes the israelic politics, which is absolutely o.k., and did not say anything against jews. He also criticized the egypt government, so I think he is pro-palestinian and not anti-israel or anti-jew.
    And before some people misunderstand me: In this conflict/war both sides make big mistakes. Most likely the Israelis committed (war) crimes when they attacked Gaza last year. But what did the Palestinians do? Religious fundamentalists (the worst group of people that you can imagine), terrorists who kill innocents in busses and restaurants…
    As long as the palestinians and arabs don’t respect the existential rights of Israel, every action of Israel — as wrong as it may be — always has a touch of self-defence. All in all, Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East.

    By Walter on Jun 19, 2010

  4. It’s not about what Roger thinks, it’s about what Palestinians and Arabs do. Their actions matter more than his words. Wild animals should be contained.

    By Moe Hailstone on Jun 20, 2010

  5. i love roger and floyd more than anyone. seriously. i hate when the political views and opinions in general of my heroes get between me and the love for their music and i try not to let that happen as best as i am able. i am relatively well versed in the subject at hand here and while i know very few will see my comment much less take the time to read the link below — if even one or two does maybe it will accomplish something. i am thinking roger recorded this song above in a sense on behalf of the gazanians but when i hear it i will believe with all my heart that its for the israelis. and even tho i love roger and his music that he has put out and done live since 67 or so i fully believe that he sure can be an idiot / asshole. please check out my link.


    By darth on Jun 20, 2010

  6. I agree with Walter.

    It’s possible to criticize Israel without being anti-Semitic. And it’s also possible to oppose Hamas without being a racist or a hater of Muslims. Tom Waits’ song “The Road to Peace” is sympathetic to Palestinians, but it’s hardly anti-Israeli or anti-Semitic.

    “We Shall Overcome” is ambiguous. It may be about overcoming a problem, or our own prejudices, but the song isn’t about overcoming an enemy through violence. It’s more like John Lennon’s “Imagine”.

    By Eric on Jun 20, 2010

  7. I read the article you linked, darth, and agree Waters can be an idiot, but the author of the article seems to have simplified the issue and ignored many things. Some of her examples cited calling Obama a racist are absurd. If that article accomplishes anything, it is to dumb down the issue and perpetuate hatred for Muslims.
    There are no easy solutions, and both sides have done bad things in the last 60 years. If only we could stop ALL involved from taking seriously, books that were written thousands of years ago, we might get closer to peace.

    By ghostshirt on Jun 20, 2010

  8. Hamas, which seized control of the Gaza Strip from Fatah in 2007 keeps the Palestinian people deprived of most goods.
    About 1.5 million Palestinians live in the Gaza Strip and the vast majority depend on aid from the UN and international organisations to survive.
    The Gaza Strip was used as a base for suicide bombers to load up a vehicle with explosives and drive those vehicles into heavy populated Israeli areas.

    By VW Kellogg on Jun 21, 2010

  9. Israel is probably the only democratic country in the world that lives with a daily threat of violence from outside and within its borders. I’m a Jew and I don’t always agree with their politics or military practices however, they must protect themselves from every lunatic and teenager who’s willing to blow themselves to smithereens for the sake of G-d. The boats going to Gaza must be searched for weapons. If they’re clean they should be allowed to continue to help the people living in Gaza. The US thought it was ok to invade Iraq because of weapons of mass destruction. Why can’t Israel inspect boats for the same type of weapons heading into Gaza and into the hands of militants? If Roger Waters or any musician wants to comment on the situation, or if Elvis Costello wants to cancel shows in Israel, so be it. I don’t need to support them.
    Big O can remove this song for all I care.

    By Mike on Jun 21, 2010

  10. If those ships had contained anything truly dangerous to Israel, the oversympathetic US corporate media, already reporting on the flotilla as a virtual terrorist attack, would still today be calling the whole thing a near apocalypse.

    Israel is not a democracy, it’s a theocracy. It is democratic only of, by and for its Jewish residents. My American Jewish friends tell me they’re automatically granted Israeli citizenship upon traveling there, but that’s never happened to any non-Jew I know who’s been.

    Hamas didn’t “sieze control” from Fatah in Gaza, it was elected into power, after elections that the US virtually demanded, telling Palestine it would only be taken seriously once it held free popular elections. When Gaza chose Hamas (the “wrong” party) however, the US government reverted to its typical kneejerk rejection of Palestinian sovereignty and rights.

    So Hamas’ win indirectly put the screws to Gaza even worse than they’d been already: it wasn’t Hamas depriving Palestinians of most of their goods, it was the blockade that their election only strengthened that deprived Gaza.

    Palestine and Gaza particularly therefore resent the US for its hypocricy. But then the US wouldn’t likely have supported Palestine anyway, if Sarah Palin won office there.

    I agree with Ghostshirt: way too much attention to way too many claims dating back way too long are keeping the region bathed in blood. Too many eyes for an eye already!

    By Motorvilleboy on Jun 24, 2010

  11. I know this song is causing some controversy but i’m just happy to get something new from Roger. Thanks BigO

    By Matt on Aug 11, 2010

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