Campaigning Videos

Whilst we’re more online than in person, I’ve been putting together the occasional campaigning video to virtually bring together many voices for change. Many of these have been with members of Protest in Harmony and the Campaign Choirs Network. I’ll collate them here as they appear.

Welcome Home

This song was written by members of the Maryhill Integration Network’s Joyous Choir to celebrate the solidarity shown in Kenmure Street on May 13th 2021. You are invited to add your voice, but please submit pictures, video and audio by midnight on Tuesday May 18th so that we can get the video out as quickly as possible. I’ll edit it all together on Wednesday 19th. You can send stuff to me at singlouderthanguns@gmail.com.

The chant that inspired this song was “These are our neighbours, let them go.”

We are asking you to record or video yourself saying ‘welcome home’ in any language or dialect that feels right for you. You can email a voice recording from your phone to the above address.

You can submit video, audio or pictures (or all three). This video teaches the parts, and the audio tracks to sing along with for recording are below. If you’d like to film or record yourself singing along, please wear headphones and sing along with the tracks below. The lyrics of the song are also printed below. If you would like to contribute a picture of yourself holding a placard with a word or phrase from the song, that would be lovely too. If you want to add some clapping or another instrument playing along, please feel free.

If you are recording singing or instruments, you can do it with a computer, tablet or phone, but make sure you put the microphone far enough away from you that the recording won’t distort. Wear headphones to listen to the track you are singing along with. If you are singing and you stand a metre and a half away from your phone that should be fine. Please also check that there is very little background noise – recording in a cupboard is ideal, or a room with lots of soft furnishings in – please don’t record in a large or tiled room as the reverb is difficult to manage in the mix. Thank you!

Section A, parts 1 & 2 – repeat whole thing 6 times:

These are our neighbours, these are our friends, these are our neighbours, these are our friends.

Section A, Part 1:

Section A, Part 2:

Section A, parts 3 & 4 – repeat whole thing 6 times:

Let them go, let them free, let them stay, let them be. 

Section A, Part 3:

Section A, Part 4:

Section B, all parts – repeat whole thing twice:

People are people, let’s open our hearts,

We’re stronger together,  don’t keep us apart

No borders, no barriers. No borders, no barriers.

Welcome home, welcome home.

(2nd time – repeat welcome home total of 13 times)

Section B, High:

Section B, Mid:

Section B, Low:

Lyric Sheet PDF

These are our neighbours, let them go,

These are our friends, let them free,

These are our neighbours, let them stay,

These are our friends, let them be. 

People are people, let’s open our hearts,

We’re stronger together,  don’t keep us apart,

No borders, no barriers,

No borders, no barriers,

Welcome Home,

Welcome Home.

Women of Scotland

Kathy Galloway’s beautiful Women of Scotland words, made into a video for International Women’s Day 2021. What an amazing bunch of women!

ICAN Can-Can

Here we are celebrating the entry into force of the UN Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons on January 22nd 2021, singing and dancing our anti-nuclear version of the Can-Can. Learn more about the Treaty: www.icanw.org/

O Come All Ye Faithful (Palestine)

iCAN Ban That Bomb!

The Nuclear Ban Treaty got it’s 50th ratified signatory on October 25th 2020, and came into force on January 22nd 2021. This is a wee video of some Edinburgh celebrations following the announcement! Learn more about the Treaty: www.icanw.org/

If you want to sing this song, you can find the lyrics and score here:

October 2020

Sisters Not Strangers

#SistersNotStrangers is a campaign led by refugee and asylum-seeking women to build solidarity for women who have come to the UK to seek safety but have instead been made destitute. You can find more information about the campaign here. This song is in support of this campaign – please sing it, share it, and use it to urge people to support this campaign. If anyone wants to sing this song, the score and parts are here:

Huge thanks to all who shared a picture for the Sisters Not Strangers video – please do share far and wide – and please share the link to this page, where you can find a draft letter to send to your MP: https://www.sistersnotstrangers.com/actnow

October, 2020

Never Doubt

This video was put together in support of real climate action, and to remind us that we are many. Quote from Margaret Mead, music written by Polly Bolton.

September 2020

Hiroshima Song

Made for the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima. ‘Hiroshima Song’ was written by a survivor of the bombing of Hiroshima. It translates as “It is important that we tell the children what happened at Hiroshima and Nagasaki so that it never happens again.”

“We remember the victims of the dawn of the nuclear weapons age in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and we honour the survivors who seek the sunset of that age by pledging to join them in their fight to ban and eliminate nuclear weapons.” Add your voice to this pledge and help us pressure governments to sign up to the global ban on nuclear weapons here: https://rise.icanw.org/

August 2020