Sunday, 12 November 2006

A Telling Video

Recently I had a chance to attend a James Blunt concert here in Ottawa. One of the songs he performed was called "No Bravery", a song that he had written while he was peacekeeping in the British Army in Kosovo in 1999. Kosovo is a country in Europe on the border of Bosnia and experienced its own war between Serbian and Yugoslavian forces from 1996 - 1999. I spent 6 months peacekeeping in Bosnia myself during the winter of 2001 so I know of the things he had seen when he had been in Kosovo. Peacekeeping can be a demanding job at times, witnessing the horrors of war, but it can also be very rewarding when you see the improvements.

I'm going to try to post this video of "No Bravery" that I found on the Internet, hopefully it works. It's James Blunt in concert singing No Bravery and playing a video that he made while he had been in Kosovo. Watch his eyes, you can almost see the pain of the things he's seen.

Here are the lyrics: From the album "Back To Bedlam" - No Bravery

There are children standing here
Arms outstretched into the sky,
Tears drying on their face.
He has been here.
Brothers lie in shallow graves.
Fathers lost without a trace.
A nation blind to their disgrace,
Since he's been here.

And I see no bravery,
No bravery in your eyes anymore.
Only sadness.
And I see no bravery,
No bravery in your eyes anymore.
Only sadness. Only sadness.

Houses burnt beyond repair.
The smell of death is in the air.
A woman weeping in despair says,
He has been here.
Tracer lighting up the sky.
It's another families' turn to die.
A child afraid to even cry out says,
He has been here.

And I see no bravery,
No bravery in your eyes anymore.
Only sadness.
And I see no bravery,
No bravery in your eyes anymore.
Only sadness. Only sadness.

There are children standing here,
Arms outstretched into the sky,
But no one asks the question why,
He has been here.
Old men kneel and accept their fate.
Wives and daughters cut and raped.
A generation drenched in hate.
Yes, he has been here.

And I see no bravery,
No bravery in your eyes anymore.
Only sadness.
And I see no bravery,
No bravery in your eyes anymore.
Only sadness. Only sadness.


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