Motherland

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Born in war-torn Afghanistan, my family fled persecution during the Soviet Invasion. Sponsored by a Baptist church, we began a new life in Virginia, where I found healing and inspiration in rock n' roll. "Motherland" is a song I wrote about a revelation I had during a family reunion. You see, I always felt pangs of sadness when I thought about the war because I felt we had been robbed of our lives in Afghanistan. From what I hear, it was a good life. One night during our family reunion, as I sat among 60 of my kin, feasting and jamming well into the night, the women dancing, the men banging on drums, I realized that my family, in their love and grace, had brought the best parts of our heritage with them. And that night I began writing "Motherland."

lyrics

spoken word:
maw majbur shodam keh as watan barayem,
but together we bring the motherland

as the twilight wakes the dawn,
we slip into each others skin
as the sea ebb trickles on,
we send sweet kisses to the motherland
we send sweet kisses tooooo the MOTHERLAND

as the sun beams down upon,
the sea and our glistening skin
we taste our freedom,
in salty kisses from the blessed wind
in salty kisses from the blessed wind,
in salty kisses froooom the BLESSED WIND

chorus:
onto this shore and sand, we bring the motherland
and when we get together, it’s like we never left
we bring the motherland, onto this shore and sand
and when we sing together, it’s like we never left
it's like we never left

as the daylight carries on,
we savor our soul's rhythm
as the sun meets horizon,
we send sweet kisses to the motherland
we send sweet kisses tooooo the MOTHERLAND

as the moonlight beckons on,
we dance as one across the sand
as the firelight embers on,
we find ourselves in the promised land
we find ourselves in the promised land,
we find ourselves iiiiin the PROMISED LAND

chorus x2

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from Global Citizen, released March 20, 2011

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