sarajevo


Released: 2005 on 'Mr Jeays'

This song is based on a true
story from the Yugoslavian civil war. In 1993 a
young couple from either side of the ethnic divide,
one a Muslim, the other a Serbian, tried to escape
from the city. Both were shot by snipers, and died
in each other's arms, their bodies lying on the
bridge where they fell for several days as the
warring factions blamed eachother. They were
dubbed the 'Romeo & Juliet of Sarajevo'.




Somewhere to the East
Where freezing winter winds blow
Behind a city wall
Call it Sarajevo
Two lovers wait together before the dawn
Behind that city wall
Trapped within the bedlam
This man and woman stand
A Serbian and a Muslim
Hiding in the shadows there
He whispers as he strokes her hair

Close your eyes my darling
Dream of days with brighter suns
Where hate will never find us
Close your eyes my darling
See the sand of distant shores
Where death is far behind us
Close your eyes my darling
And all the world will disappear
And all your fears will follow
Close your eyes sweet angel
We'll go on for evermore
And be far away tomorrow

Wait for the night to meet the day
For the light to light our way
For the light of chance to shine on us
Wait till snipers clean their guns
Or smile and turn away
Or dream of their own children
Wait for the right moment to come
Run like you've never run
Run like the hounds of hell are upon you
Wait are you afraid? Well so am I
Take my hand and we'll fly
Towards some better day

Go now run take my hand
We'll go on for evermore
Where hate will never find us
Go now run see the sand
Feel the warming of the sun
Where death is far behind us

Somewhere to the East
Where freezing winter winds blow
Beyond a city wall
Call it Sarajevo
Two lovers lie together in the mud
And beyond that city wall
Far beyond that country
Living our own lives
Sitting warm and safe we
Turn our backs on race attacks
And tell ourselves it couldn't happen here

© Philip Jeays
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