Arcade Fire

Arcade Fire, a Canadian-based indie rock band, keeps coming up when reading about Haiti earthquake response.  They support the work of the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti as well as Partners in Health, two organizations I believe in strongly.  The female lead of the band, Règine Cassagne, is of Haitian origin.  I came across her name while reading Paul Farmer's new book, and thought I'd look up some of their music.  I'm sharing the video of their song, Haiti, with lyrics below.  I translated some of the French sentences easily here if you wish to understand a bit better.



Haïti, mon pays,
wounded mother I'll never see.
Ma famille set me free.
Throw my ashes into the sea.

Mes cousins jamais nés
hantent les nuits de Duvalier.
Rien n'arrete nos esprits.
Guns can't kill what soldiers can't see.

In the forest we lie hiding,
unmarked graves where flowers grow.
Hear the soldiers angry yelling,
in the river we will go.

Tous les morts-nés forment une armée,
soon we will reclaim the earth.
All the tears and all the bodies
bring about our second birth.

Haïti, never free,
n'ai pas peur de sonner l'alarme.
Tes enfants sont partis,
In those days their blood was still warm

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