Vanna’s Blue Laces

Deze blijft één van mijn favorietjes van Daithi Rua.

Her name is Vanna Ocurn, she comes from Battambang
The shy but happy daughter of a poor rice-farming man
Her country has seen wars and droughts and famine in the past
Now an even bigger threat hides in the long grass

Every 30 minutes, a landmine kills or maims
The aftermath of war has crippled in so many ways
Vanna was so very young when she befell her fate
Now the clean-up has begun, for many much too late

Vanna’s got blue laces in both shoes now
You can almost see her walk on water
Hopelessness has faded in the dust she leaves behind
Vanna’s got blue laces, watch her fly!

Vanna got her new leg when the blue lace people came
Said they had treaty to stop landmines being made
They fought for years as hard as those who fight to walk again
One step forward two steps back, solid ground to gain

Vanna’s got blue laces in both shoes now
You can almost see her walk on water
Hopelessness has faded in the dust she leaves behind
Vanna’s got blue laces, watch her fly!

Lightening storms remind her of the night when she was young
Night time ghosts surround her but her spirit it is strong
Pain and scars may fade away but memories will stay
Landmines have to disappear forever, today

Vanna’s got blue laces in both shoes now
You can almost see her walk on water
Hopelessness has faded in the dust she leaves behind
Vanna’s got blue laces, watch her fly!

Daithi gaat deze lente trouwens opnieuw op toernee met Kadril. Zij spelen de cultuurcentra plat met “That’s All Folk”, rond filmmuziek met ‘folk’- en wereldmuziekinslag, in de meest brede betekenis van het woord. Echt een aanrader als je de kans hebt om te gaan kijken en vooral luisteren! Ik zal in elk geval van de partij zijn wanneer ze in Mechelen spelen.

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