Kery James – Avec le coeur et la raison (live + English subtitles)


For those who are chased out of their homes
I write this with the heart and the reason I can’t help it if the truth scares you
But I’m neither blind nor deaf nor dumb Keeping quiet sometimes condones violence
and lawlessness I won’t be accomplice to silence
Anticolonial is not being anti-Semitic I’m just a man with a sense of justice I’ve only got words as camouflage
For those who are treated like strangers in their own country For those who have been deprived, robbed
Who’ve seen their most fundamental rights violated Tragic legacy of unjust decisions
taken under British mandate Since the Balfour Declaration we’re sinking
To understand the present, understand where the story begins Deprived a people of self-determination
Share their land without any consultation Observes the drama of colonization
Two options, the struggle or resignation Palestine was not a land without people
Predestined to accommodate people without a land There is obviously an occupier and an occupied
There is an oppressor and an oppressed Denying it is trying to erase history
And erasing history is refusing to repair it There is an aggressor and a victim
A settler and a Palestinian resistant This is about determined facts, not about a point of view
My reason may stick to it even if my heart is touched It’s not about two equal forces clashing
The media talk about a war, what a shame! The third armed power against a stateless nation
More than 1000 for 10 (fighters) at the last Intifada Is that what’s war is?? Despite all they are enduring Palestinians resist, Palestinians exist. Rarely have I seen such brave people
Their pride shines like the sun even in a stormy weather I can not disassociate myself from that
Just as a human being, I have to take a stand It is a call to share their pains
But the ignorant will say that this is a call for hatred We do not feed injustice by denouncing it but by keeping it quiet
Whatever they say, I write with the heart and the reason Because without the heart and the reason, there will never be peace ahead Let’s talk about facts, not vision Peace without justice will will only ever be an illusion Without the heart and the reason No, there will never be peace ahead Let’s talk about facts, not vision Peace without justice will only ever be an illusion There’s no calm during occupation
On a daily basis, the occupation is humiliation The humiliation is violent, constant
At the border of check points, freedom is agonizing I write (about) the plight of a nation
That doesn’t have freedom of movement on its own land Under the guise of security, the apartheid is disguised
And the wall separates families Colonies are multiplying under the passive and accomplice eye of the USA Endless negotiations for the creation of a Palestinian state
But when time will come, what will be left of it? Some pieces of land scattered
As I write this text, almost 3/4 have been plundered Nearly a million people were forced into exile
Why leave their land, if their lives were not on the line? Their belongings became theirs
Their hopes of returning became desillusions Have you heard of the so-called Absentees’ Property Law
The refugees’ belongings were returned to occupation Who can pretend to find this normal
Who can pretend that I should remain impartial To remain impartial when injustice is flagrant
You have to be deaf with a blind ethic History will testify that I stood up as I could
While the major world powers are watching them die All talk of human rights but do not prevent the massacre
The UN sanctions are only applicable to Iraq We lost count of orphans
Bullets that got lost in kids’ chests How many babies buried under the rubble?
Entire families decimated by bombs So-called “targeted” assassinations blasting the civilians
Arbitrary detention
Tell me, do you think I should keep my mouth shut? I’m supposed to live in a democracy
Yet I fear when I read what I write Everything is based on facts, but I still fear the storm I write with the heart, the reason and the courage Because without the heart and the reason, there will never be peace ahead Let’s talk about facts, not vision
Peace without justice, an illusion Because without the heart and the reason No, there will never be peace ahead Let’s talk about facts, not vision
Peace without justice… …an illusion, an illusion, an illusion… (Arabic) Melancholy in my heart. Melancholy in my heart. Melancholy in my heart. I hoped you enjoyed Iman bb