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Wade in the Water

(Pernille R. Quigg PRS/MCPS/Arr. Quigg & McCalman)

'Inspired by an article about the journalist Ilana Hammerman, an Israeli woman, who smuggled Palestinian women out of the occupied territories for them to experience a day at the seaside. For these women, some having never seen the ocean, this must have been an experience to remember. The chorus is an old spiritual of the same name, which seemed to lend itself to this song. Ironically the verses of the spiritual tell the story of the Israelites' escape out of Egypt(Exodus:14)...and so the story continues, as it twists and turns.'

See the girl with her blue jeans rolled up
Stepping into the ocean for the first time in her life,
Was it as blue as you had dreamed it would be?
In a land full of fences can you ever be free?

Wade in the water,
Wade in the water children,
Wade in the water,
God's gonna trouble the water.

See the guards as you cross the line,
A border that has split your land in sorrow and in blood,
Pretending to protect they segregate and divide,
But today on this beach you're swimming side by side.

See the sun setting on the west,
The mermaids call and cinderella leaves the ball,
Was there ever a trip to the seaside
So bravely delivered in as shameful a time?

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