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LOVE HAS A VOICE

Every second week in March
We remember that love has a voice
that is mightier than war, stronger than death
We sing it for your people and for you, Malalai.

Four years ago on the eighteenth day of March
We gathered to sing in our Parliament
When we cried our Lament for the people of Iraq
We didn't stop the war but our love found a voice

Open the doors of the chambers of your hearts
Open your minds to our song
We sing for peace through the power of love
Hear the wisdom of women hear our song

Weep for our sisters in danger
Weep for our brothers and children
Sound the cries of grief and despair
Sound the lament for the dead.

Four years later Afghanistan burns
War on terror terror of the warlords
The fire is brutal the shadows are dark
Yet you're not alone in this journey through the night

You are not alone we're travelling with you
We see your goal we are walking beside you
Yes the women are moving in Faroh and Kabul
And the women are moving in Canberra

You are not alone we're singing with you
We hear your voice Hey that's our song too
All around the earth the women are humming
And the song of the Spring is rising

If they hurt you, Malalai they will not kill your voice
You're a song of the women in every place
They can cut the flower, but they can never stop the Spring
The buds are opening in our gardens too

Every day in every year
We will remember our harmonies
Daughters, sisters, mothers, grandmothers, aunties
Calling up the voice of the Spring with you.

Every day in every year
We remember that love has a voice
that is mightier than war, stronger than death
We sing it for your people and for you, Malalai.

Open the doors of the chambers of your hearts
Open your minds to our song
We sing for peace through the power of love
Hear the wisdom of women hear our song

 


Words and music by Glenda Cloughley (written for Malalai Joya, Afghan parliamentarian and speaker at the UNIFEM Lunch, 9 March 2007 in Canberra

 

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