Simple Minds – Street Fighting Years (1989)

Scottish Group Simple Minds released an album with the title track called Street Fighting Years dedicated to Victor Jara in 1989. Víctor Lidio Jara Martínez (September 28, 1932 – September 16, 1973) was a Chilean teacher, theatre director, poet, singer-songwriter, political activist and member of the Communist Party of Chile. A distinguished theatre director, he devoted himself to the development of Chilean theatre, directing a broad array of works from locally produced Chilean plays, to the classics of the world stage, to the experimental work of Ann Jellicoe. Simultaneously he developed in the field of music and played a pivotal role among neo-folkloric artists who established the Nueva Canción Chilena (New Chilean Song) movement which led to a revolution in the popular music of his country under the Salvador Allende government. Shortly after the Chilean coup of 11 September 1973, he was arrested, tortured and ultimately shot dead with 44 machine-gun bullets. His body was later thrown out into the street of a shanty town in Santiago.The contrast between the themes of his songs, on love, peace and social justice and the brutal way in which he was murdered transformed Jara into a symbol of struggle for human rights and justice worldwide.



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Chased you out of this world, didn’t mean to stop
I turned around and suddenly you where gone
Like some bird from paradise, the fire and ice
We turned around and suddenly you where gone, gone, gone
And now summer burns a hole inside and years are golden once again
My thoughts return to you my dear young friend
Oh come this way
Will you look down this way
I go down on the street
Where the wild wind’s blowing
Here comes a hurricane

I say come down this way
Will you look down this way
I need you tonight
I need you around me

I’m looking through the windows
And my mind goes in a whirl
Well there’s a multitude of candles
Burning in the windows of this world
I’m looking at the colours
Checking out the straights
I’m counting out the numbers
Will tomorrow never change?

Still I hear you and I love you
And I’ll follow you elsewhere
And I’ll remember this occasion
I’ll remember being aware

‘Cause we’ve got panic in the evening
We’ve got fall-out in the streets
And I hear you and I follow you
And I’ll call out and I’ll say
That I can hear your sister call out
And I hear her call your name
They’re calling sweet surrender
And things won’t be the same
And don’t you think that I don’t care
And don’t you think that I don’t know
And don’t you hear them calling out
In a place not far from here

And I hear big wheels are turning
Some things are not to fear
They say this is the time and place
They call street fighting years

And I hear great wheels are turning
And I tell you not to fear
They say this is the time and place
They call street fighting years

And I love you, I look for you
And I walk to you, I walk to you
And I hear big wheels are turning
Is there no way out of here?
They’ll be calling out tomorrow.

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