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This is a rephrasing of something I heard an elder Afghan man say in a focus group I was a part of facilitating. The man had been an accomplished writer and professor in Afghanistan when the Soviets invaded. In the US he was just another war refugee, and yet, he says "I'm not one to complain." This song is meant to be about the resiliency of the human spirit, which astounds me.


Everyone's got their sad story
It's not that God doesn't love me

They took my job
They took my child
My wife, my father, everything
And all the while it was raining in Kabul

I am nothing
I am no one
But I'm not one to complain

When I came . . .
The spirit transcends all the pain


from There Is No Reason Here (There is only a persistent feeling that we ought to look closely and love deeply), released November 19, 2009
music & lyrics by annie bacon

annie bacon - all vocals, electric guitar, ukulele, harmonium
Ihor Pacholuk - drums
Ryan Lukas - upright bass
Brendan Jones - trumpet



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