GAZA – THUGS & FALLEN PEECEKEEPERS

SoldierThere are brutal thugs on both sides of the conflict in Gaza, but two photographs taken during one of the ceasefires highlight the difference between the Israeli and Palestinian experience of the carnage.

The photograph taken in Israel showed sunbathers back on the beaches, enjoying the weather. The photograph from Gaza showed a woman picking through the body parts and rubble of what had once been her home and neighbourhood.

I’m afraid the scope of death and destruction in Gaza has turned the phrase “Israel Defense Forces” into an oxymoron. They have always been proficient at killing their enemies. They now excel at making new ones.

And where does Canada, that once proud nation of peacekeepers, stand in all this? We offer helmets and vests to the Ukraine to protect their soldiers, but shrug at the horrific deaths and injuries of thousands of unarmed, innocent Palestinian civilians.

It seems Mr. Harper only considers it injustice if it happens to people who fit his personal religious and moral code. How far we have fallen.

CANADA SENDING MILITARY EQUIPMENT TO UKRAINE

Way to go Canada – that’s how you escalate a situation! We used to send peace-keepers; Harper prefers weapons. (Canada dropped hundreds of 500-pound bombs on Libya. Which is now quite a mess, by the way.)
RCMP
This is starting with helmets and vests, apparently. (I bet the Palestinians could have used some of those in Israel’s latest bloody invasion. In fact, ‘Israel Defense Forces’ is now about as oxymoronic as you can get.)

But just as Harper’s simplistic good guy-bad guy view of the world would have gotten us into Iraq, he’s jumping into the Ukraine way before all the facts are known. Oh Canada, indeed.

More here: It Begins: Canada To Send Military Equipment To Ukraine

DON'T YOU DARE LET GO

FALLEN
DON’T YOU DARE LET GO

Lyrics

DON’T YOU DARE LET GO

She was the one who broke my heart
But I am the fool who walked away
On that day, so long ago
She wasn’t proud of what she’d done
But I was too weak for honesty
On that day, so long ago
We had the kind of love that ages like fine wine
If you have a love like that
Then fight to hold the line
Don’t let go
Oh no, son
Don’t you dare let go
Don’t let go

They had been married five good years
And weathered every single storm
Sent their way, ‘til that day
Standing angry, toe-to-toe
Hurtful words and wounded pride
In their way, on that day
Never thinking in that moment love could die
Feeling nothing when you touch
So you decide to let go
I know how
You feel yourself let go
You just let go

They had forgotten I was there
So I spoke a gentle word
To my son, on that day
He turned with anger in his eyes
But I knew the deepest fear inside
Of my son, on that day
He let me lead him from the room so she could cry
And I knew the time had come
To tell him of the time
I let go, oh Lord how,
How I just let go
I just let go

I said, “She was the one who broke my heart
But I am the fool who walked away
On that day, so long ago
She wasn’t proud of what she’d done
But your mother never tried to hide
What’d gone on, and on that day
She took a chance that I was worthy of her love
If you have a woman who would offer you as much
Don’t let go
Oh no, son
Don’t you dare let go
Don’t let go”

©2008 Van Clayton Powel

FALLEN (If Only I'd Known) – female

WHEN I'M WITH YOU
FALLEN (If Only I’d Known)

*Songwriting take with female vocalist

*Pre-production version, male.

Lyrics

FALLEN (If Only I’d Known)

Little more
Just a little more
Let me dream you’re by my side
Don’t wake me

Mi amore
Let me dream a little more
Only place I feel alive

No, I can’t believe how far
I can’t believe how far
How far I’ve fallen
Since I let you go

No, I can’t believe how far
I can’t believe how far
How far I’ve fallen
If only I’d known

Mi amore
I’d say, “Mi amore”
And you’d reach for me that way
It breaks me

Mi amore
Can’t look back there anymore
Cause it takes my hope away

No, I can’t believe how far
I can’t believe how far
How far I’ve fallen
Since I let you go

No, I can’t believe how far
I can’t believe how far
How far I’ve fallen If only I’d known

©2013 Van Clayton Powel

YOU DON'T NEED ME

WHEN I'M WITH YOU
YOU DON’T NEED ME

Lyrics

YOU DON’T NEED ME

When the pain comes
You can fight the tears
When the love runs
I’ve seen you hide your fears
No, you don’t need me
But I’ll still be there

If the sky fell
Think you could push it back
Yes, in a dark hell
You’d be a shining path
No, you don’t need me
But I’ll still be there

You might be all alone
And swear that no one cares
You might be tired of being strong
You might be feeling cold
But no one’s there
So wrap your arms around this song

And I’ll be there
Help to soothe the pain
Tell you I care
Time and time again
No, you don’t need me
But I’ll still be there

You might be all alone
And swear that no one cares
You might be tired of being strong
You might be feeling cold
But no one’s there
So wrap your arms around this song

And I’ll be there
Help to soothe the pain
Tell you I care
Time and time and time again
No, you don’t need me
But I’ll still be there

©1988 Van Clayton Powel

BEST OF TIMES

WHEN I'M WITH YOU
BEST OF TIMES

Lyrics

BEST OF TIMES

These are the best of times
Yeah, these are the best of times
Well it’s in the air, the signs are clear,
Yeah, the stars are all aligned

These are the best of times
Take your hands inside of mine
And I feel a love from ages past
That’s pulled us back
Into the best of times

Ancient caravans of silk and spices
You smile at me and melt the desert sun
Andalusian moonlight catches two young lovers
We watch them kiss
And dream our chance will come

Now these are the best of times
These are the best of times
When I lie with you I feel the truth
Running up and own my spine

That we’ve waited for these times
Such an elegant design
Sacred lines of pure geometry
Pull you and me
Into the best of times

In the best of times
There’s a gravity that lovers know
And it pulls upon the heart and soul
Best of times, best of times
You can feel that lover’s gravity, oh yeah

In the court of kings with knights and ladies dancing
I feel your eyes from far across the room
Seems I fall for you in every single lifetime
But now I know it might have been too soon

‘Cause these are the best of times
These are the best of times
When I lie with you I feel the truth
Running up and down my spine

That we’ve waited for these times
Not a doubt within my mind
This love will go on endlessly
Pulling you and me
Into the best of times

Yeah, the best of times
There’s a gravity that lovers know
And it pulls upon the heart and soul
Best of times, best of times
You can feel that lover’s gravity

It’s a love that goes on endlessly
And it’s got ahold of you and me
There’s a gravity that lovers know
And it pulls upon the heart and soul
Best of times, best of times

©2012 Van Clayton Powel

TIME TICKS AWAY

WHEN I'M WITH YOU
TIME TICKS AWAY

Lyrics

TIME TICKS AWAY

I have felt tomorrow
Slowly let me go
Broken in the darkness
All alone

And I have fought the sorrow
So deep, like mothers for lost sons
Knowing I will never, never
Get home

But time ticks away
And now I can say
That all of those battles
Brought the best out of me

Yeah, time ticks away
And now that I look backwards
And gaze upon the path that is me
I know that my battles
Show me all I can be

Well I have watched the mirror
Impatient for some change
Just waiting for my saviour
To arrive

Yes, I have chased salvation
So deep, running from my pain
Now I find my saviours
Inside

Yes time ticks away
And now I can say
That all of those battles
Brought the best out of me

Yeah, time ticks away
And now that I look backwards
And gaze upon the path that is me
I know that my battles
Show me all I can be
Yeah, all of my battles
Show me all I can be
All of those battles
Brought the best out of me

©2012 Van Clayton Powel