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June 4 1989

THE BOY WHO DANCED WITH A TANK

Posted in: by Pete Moser on 4 June 2014
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25 years ago today... and in START AGAIN - a piece to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the UDHR written with Adrian Mitchell, we wrote this song...

THE BOY WHO DANCED WITH A TANK

It was the same old story
One boy against the State
Yes the same old story
Boy face to face with the State
The body is created by loving
But a tank's made of fear and hate

Armoured cars and heads in helmets
Rank on rank on rank on rank
The hearts of the soldiers were trembling
But the eyes of the soldiers were blank
And then they saw him swaying -
The boy who danced with a tank

The tank moved left
The boy stepped right
Paused like he was having fun
The tank moved right
The boy stepped left
Smiled at his partner down the barrel of its gun

You remember how we watched him
Dancing like a strong young tree
You remember how we watched him
Dancing like a strong young tree
We knew that for that moment
He was freer than we'll ever be

A boy danced with a tank in China
Like the flower of liberty

The tank moved left
The boy stepped right
Paused like he was having fun
The tank moved right
The boy stepped left
Smiled at his partner down the barrel of its gun