Bang! Bang!

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Bang! Bang!
A violent song against violence. It asks the question,
“How we can respond differently when violence is done against us?” The only way to stop the cycle of violence
is to not respond with violence.This is, of course, is so much easier said than done. I wrote this not long after the shooting in Paris at the Bataclan theater. I could just imagine the easy and justi able anger and hatred that could grow in people’s hearts. But there is another way.There
are so many modern-day heroes out there who have taken another path, who have chosen compassion over hate.
Like the Parisian Antoine Leiris, whose wife was taken in that attack, who refused to give in to fear and hatred. He said
to the attackers,“You want me to be scared, for me to look at my fellow citizens with mistrust, for me to sacri ce
my freedom for safety’; you have lost.” I think of the story of the man who, out of fear of “the other,” shot bullet
holes into the mosque next to where he lived.The leaders of the mosque decided to meet with him, and in the end, forgave the man and started a relationship with him.
I remember the shooting at the church in Charleston, NC, where the friends and family of the murdered victims forgave the shooter. I am inspired with the words of those like Nadie Collier, who said,“I forgive you.You took some- thing very precious from me. I will never talk to her again.
I will never, ever hold her again. But I forgive you. And
have mercy on your soul.”These stories hold a power that leave tears in my eyes every time I hear them.They hold
so much more power than that of the retaliation and revenge that we often hear about after such devastating events. In the end forgiveness through love is what
will heal the wounds of this world. I pray none of us must face such horrors in our lifetime, but if so, I hope we
are strong enough to choose love and forgiveness.

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BANG! BANG!
BANG! BANG! He shot her down
BANG! BANG! She hit the ground
BANG! BANG! That awful sound
BANG! BANG! He shot my baby down

Revenge for the hurt, revenge for the pain
creating more hurt, creating more pain
running in a circle of tit for tat, you do it like that,
I’ll do it even harder right back.

The smoke clears and the red blood
of the one you love sticks to your feet
The misery you feel will never be healed
by draining the life of another and another and
another and another and another

HOLD YOUR FIRE! HOLD YOUR FIRE!
The bullet will never kill your deep desire
to heal your pain it will happen again and again and again
NO!

You can be free not to bite the bait,
you can be free don’t get sucked into the hate
be strong enough to react with compassion,
be brave enough to respond in love only you can choose to stop the vicious cycle ...

credits

from SEE ME HUMAN, released July 21, 2017
Sally Grayson:Text,Vocals, Guitar
David Arzt: Guitar
Bertram Oeler: Bass
Zar Monta Cola: Drums

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