The inspiration for this song was watching a BBC documentary about the very sad plight of ordinary people in war-torn Palestine. Their lives have been ravaged by conflict and there is no end in sight, no real prospect of a return to normality. The lyric makes no claims on the political rights or wrongs; it's just about how the conflict is impacting civilians who happen to be caught up in it.
Olives and Clementines
Olives and clementines once grew here Gaggles of children zig-zagging and laughing, Cats and dogs lazing in the shade Well-fed from the tidbits that we gave away.
Olives and clementines once grew here Picked by young mothers giggling freely, Men and boys kicking balls on the grass Enjoying our lives as we did every day.
Then the bombs came And the bullets rained, The graveyard, ravenous Swallowed our loved ones,
Leaving only their names
Olives and clementines once grew here Now barb wire and barricades lurk darkly, Boys and girls crouching in the shadows
They know their futures will be counted in wars.
Amidst all the carnage
Life goes on;
A hairdresser sings in his salon
A lover dreams of his girl far away,
An amputee dad carries his baby
And the sun sets on another day
Written by Simon Wright
Edinburgh United Kingdom South Shields near Newcastle Tyneside United Kingdom