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Among These Stars (Black Lives Matter) (Single)

by Bella Hardy

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100% of profits from this song will be donated to Black Lives Matter: blacklivesmatter.com.
This is a bandcamp only release.

"In 2016 I was sight-seeing in New York. A Black Lives Matter group were holding a protest in Grand Central Terminal, and I learnt the incredibly awful story of Aiyana Stanley-Jones. I won't recount it here, it's very easy to find online. It is a very upsetting story. I wrote this almost immediately, and for me it is a very upsetting song.

"I see inherent racism; I know that I'm part of it and that horrifies me. I apologise for not voicing this song sooner"

Bella Hardy, June 3rd 2020

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Among These Stars (Black Lives Matter)
Bella Hardy

In Grand Central I raised my fist, because
black lives matter
And I looked up at that green ceiling with its
painted heavens looking down
And I thought of our brief time among these stars

Among these stars, among these stars,
where black lives matter
Among these stars, among these burning stars

I thought of fluorescent constellations, from when
young lives mattered
Stuck so neatly to my ceiling, safe to
shine down on my childhood dreams
And I thought of our brief time among these stars

Among these stars, among these stars,
where black lives matter
Among these stars, among these burning stars

I wondered if Aiyana Jones was dreaming
Or lying wide awake and staring at her ceiling
When a shell made fire of that bed
and a bullet found her tiny head
To put an end to her brief time among these stars

Among these stars, among these stars,
where black lives matter
Among these stars, among these burning stars

In Grand Central I raised my fist, because
black lives matter
And I was shamed by the hypocrisy of
what we do and do not see
And the choices that we make among these stars

Among these stars, among these stars,
where black lives matter
Among these stars, among these burning stars

Among these stars, among these stars,
where black lives matter
Among these stars, among these burning stars

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released June 3, 2020
Written by Bella Hardy
Recorded at home by Bella Hardy, June 2020

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Bella Hardy UK

“Brit folk's finest” Mojo Magazine • “Enduringly seductive” The Telegraph • “A fine, no-nonsense interpreter of traditional music and an excellent songwriter” The Guardian • “An aura of sophisti-cation that will win over listeners who never set foot in a folk club” The Sunday Times • “…a shining star in the folk scene’s firmament” fRoots Magazine • “A triumph of folk art-pop” Songlines Magazine ... more

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