Immigrants - The ghost of numerus clausus

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THE GHOST OF NUMERUS CLAUSUS

It's happened before in the darkest days
When the doors had closed in the murky haze
Of the awkward silence and the disregard
I was too content and let down my guard
I was left behind on an empty plain
In a land once opened but now rearranged
They locked the doors and shuttled me away
To an unspeakable time still unexplained

I heard the taunts…I think I heard the names
Not the one my father had given me
Not the name my mother… she sang at night
They were words that saturated me in fright
They broke the glass with their iron fist
And placed my name on a blood-stained list
The fields and forests are weeping for
Every man and woman lost to an unholy war

The song followed me from an ancient land
It was taught to my neighbor by a foreign man
From the far reaches somewhere in our past
It will live beyond us to others not yet cast
How good and sweet it is when we all sit down
To chant the somber words we somehow found
The song is passing through our lips
And the harshest storm will be eclipsed by faith

I see the past and future over an invisible bridge
Back and forward to a life I deserve to live
Maybe i’ll build my city on an island so far
Where i could be free to roam and breathe the air
Where no one would tear at my beliefs
Inflict their pain or lock me way
Will the earth cry out from the underground
Will the angels herald a new and different sound

Hamden, July 2010

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Words and Music by Steve Mednick ©2011 Steven G. Mednick/Prospect Hill Words and Music. ASCAP

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Steve Mednick...has a beautiful, velvety voice and poetic songs are invariably superior quality. Steve Mednick's a songwriter without really being noticed makes the most beautiful things. He started his musical career in 2006 and now has eight albums to his name.   "Immigrants and Other Americans" was co-produced by Eddie Seville on the album has joined on guitar, harp and percussion.

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