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To Let a Stranger Die

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This song comes from the heart, and it's been a long time - almost 2 years - in the making. When I was 12, my parents has spent so much money on me putting me through music school, we ended up in terrible debt and after a horrific previous ordeal with renting out our house, decided to sell. At the same time, my father was offered a job in the UAE, from a British company he'd previously worked for, and so with the offer of accommodation and living expenses covered, we headed out on an Emirates flight in the afternoon on the 27th December 2007.

I was just 12 at the time, so when I arrived, I experienced my first proper jetlag headache (passed by around 3pm the next day!), but most importantly, over the coming weeks, I experienced customer service that I had never encountered before, and neither had my parents. It was unparallelled politeness, perfect etiquette. It was too good to be true. And exactly that, it was..

When I was 18, I became increasingly aware of the slave labour in country, and finally that summer when I was just 8 months into my degree, I decided enough was enough, and set my sights on leaving the horrible country that was the UAE. Oh, how they somehow managed to miss the despicable labour camps, tortured homeworkers and corrupt wasta-driven families that get away with murder. Literally.
Having lived in that country for almost 6 years, I can honestly say that the terrible promotional videos secretly sum up everything about Dubai that's wrong with it - how blind it is to the injustices and inhuman practices that it's built on. And some may say "all cities are built on blood, sweat and tears. But does that mean that today, in modern society, when we all know better, continuing corrupted, hidden-away ideals of the very same mistreatments is still acceptable?

I think not.

And so I started writing this song when I arrived back home in the UK - I couldn't have told anyone about it when I was over there, lest I end up face down in a bush somewhere, the subject of an "inconclusive internal investigation", of which there were far too many of to be comfortable.

So I hope that even though my voice may not be perfect, it starts something of a realisation that what is supposed to be the most luxurious place in the world, is in fact the most horrific.
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Lyrics
Verse 1

White skies, black ties,
Gold cars, cheap lies.
White sand, don't last.
Big town, red past.

They tell you that it's alright.
And hope that you just shut your eyes.
You look around, and see your friends,
They see themselves and just pretend,


Bridge

But when the sun goes down
And the stars come out
He cries himself to sleep.


Chorus

How can you turn the other way,
And pretend that you can't see the pain that you're living off?
Another life, is a still a life.
And only killers stand by
And let a stranger die.


Verse 2

Long days, fast nights.
No play, no rights.
Look down, don't stare.
He'll see you over there.

They said you'd send your money home.
And buy a life for your folks.
But there's no money now you're here.
And now they think you've disappeared.


Bridge

And when the sun goes down
And the stars come out
He cries himself to sleep.


Chorus

How can you turn the other way,
And pretend that you can't see the pain that you're living off?
Another life, is a still a life.
Only killers stand by.
How can you turn the other way,
And pretend that you can't see the pain that you're living off?
Another life, is a still a life.
And only killers stand by
And let a stranger die.
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Uploaded: Apr 05, 2015 - 07:41:49 PM
Last Updated: Mar 25, 2017 - 05:15:55 PM Last Played: Sep 19, 2017 - 09:41:50 AM
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Comments
DWL said 900 days ago (April 6th, 2015)
What can I say Nahum?
Quite brilliant! Really impressive writing and performance.

Lyrics are excellent and the song is very good indeed.

Excellent production as I'd expect from you.

I've heard a lot about the UAE and it was never a place I would want to go. This rather reinforces my feelings.

Thanks for the insight.

Cheers

Dick

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XMaramena said 900 days ago (April 6th, 2015)
thanks
dick. It might not be the best singing, but it hits hard on home for me. Thanks for listening and sharing :)
hackneybloke said 900 days ago (April 6th, 2015)
hi nahum
more lyric metaphor - less bludgeoning. the returning piano riff needs some gentle embroidery to keep it fresh each time it comes back. you allude to it later but i'd have it sooner.
the construction is perfection, particularly the anthemic chorus. you're so up on a higher level and i can't imagine it will be too long before you're making zillions as a pro recording artist (if that's what interests you).
well done.
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hackneybloke said 900 days ago (April 6th, 2015)
more
just listened again. the double chorus at the end. you suggest it's going to sail higher but it only takes off a few inches. more chanting harmony and bigger orchestra.....to make a starker contrast with the returning riff in the outro.
the chorus is unbelievably commercially catchy.
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XMaramena said 900 days ago (April 6th, 2015)
thanks
for commenting - not sure if the last part is criticism or compliment, I'll take it as the latter :) Thanks for taking a listen, if things go well then this'll only be the "temp track" of this song.
davajonah said 900 days ago (April 6th, 2015)
Nahum
This is simply wonderful. Brilliantly poignant motif and a wonderful lyrics. A song that really deserves exposure, obviously because of the subject, but not least because it's so very well put together.

You are a man with a lot of talent, but also a conscience. A rare thing in this world. Kudos.
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davajonah said 900 days ago (April 6th, 2015)
MacJams....
I faved once, but it's come up three times somehow. Oh well, maybe it deserves three faves!
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davajonah said 900 days ago (April 6th, 2015)
I agree
with Julian, btw. The chorus is horribly catchy! It's going to be my earworm for the next few days...
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XMaramena said 900 days ago (April 6th, 2015)
three
faves it is then, I won't complain! :)

Thanks for listening, hopefully it won't be an earworm for too long! :P
XMaramena said 900 days ago (April 6th, 2015)
god
I wish I'd pocketed out those breaths more! Oh well, it seems to be doing okay :)
lengold said 900 days ago (April 6th, 2015)
Absolutely
Brilliant Nahum. Very majestic.
You really shouldn't be so down on your vocals - I think they sound refreshingly honest and actually quite infectious. Really enjoyed this track.
Cheers
Len

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XMaramena said 895 days ago (April 10th, 2015)
thanks len
glad you enjoyed it :)
Narad said 900 days ago (April 6th, 2015)
To Let a Stranger Die
Beautiful and moving work ! Kudos ! :)
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XMaramena said 895 days ago (April 10th, 2015)
narad
thank you :)
awigze said 899 days ago (April 6th, 2015)
significant work
Blessings to you my friend. I am sorry you had to go thru this and am glad you are home again... Thank you for making me more aware of injustices there. I had heard things and wondered about the abuse of power there... such a lost opportunity for a better world. Take care.. The song is great.
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grah3am said 899 days ago (April 6th, 2015)
Harrowing
Much more deserving of commercial success than most of the radio fodder. One of the best I've heard on MJ, and you know that's saying a lot.
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PeterB7858 said 898 days ago (April 7th, 2015)
To Let a Stranger Die
Subtle, sophisticated lyrics that have great emotional impact. I like your vocal work, too. Great use of light and shade in the arrangement. The chorus is a fine counterpoint to the understated verses. Really good song, Nahum. You need to consider doing more lyric/vocal songs. Thanks, Peter.
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davisamerica said 894 days ago (April 11th, 2015)
Really brilliant
lyrics and production. Very nice tune. Took three re starts on the iPhone to play thru on my way home but oh so worth it. Would have gladly downloaded.
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rok41 said 890 days ago (April 16th, 2015)
Stranger
Really well written and produced. Performances are excellent. Your musicianship is stellar and your compositional skill shines through on this wonderful song. Excellent.
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magnatone said 890 days ago (April 16th, 2015)
Let a Stranger Die
Nahum this is fabulous!
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say said 871 days ago (May 5th, 2015)
Replay for the fifth time...
I could listen to this all day...it's amazing! This is a very touching story & great song.. thankyou so much for sharing this do you know paddler? this song reminds me of him & his music especially when you sing '& let strangers die'..he has many different types of music & you're always going to get a surprise. I am so glad to hear you again & see you are posting here, music can change lives- and give life!
Hickling_Stan said 6 days ago (September 16th, 2017)
catching up
Nahum prompted by your proximity I thought I'd check out some more of your work. This is absolutely wonderful on so many levels. Downloaded for further listening. Cheers Mark
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