Waiting For The Lovers

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From The Album

This song appears on the We Can Make The World Stop album, released in August 2009 by Irregular Records.

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Lyrics

They met across the dance floor just like many other lovers
Each of them were caught within a trance
And with the nervousness of any other lover
He went to ask him for a dance
But the gang outside are clutching broken bottles
Threatened masculinity aroused
There they stand waiting for the lovers to come out

A little loving and a little bit of caring
Is all a flower really needs
Is this a testament to all the love they’re sharing
That they can grow among the weeds
But the gang outside with flick knives at the ready
In false assumption they are drowned
There they stand waiting for the lovers to come out

Give me your feather touch he said
Give me your feather touch
In each other’s arms
I can love you so much
Give me your feather touch he said
Give me your feather touch
We’re in a safe place now
And I can love you

And in their unity they’re strong within the safety
Of all the loving that surrounds
So they don’t care who’s waiting for the lovers to come out
They’ll never care who’s waiting for the lovers to come out

Story

In October 2008 the family of a teenager named Michael Causer were attending his funeral. He had been murdered in a homophobic attack in Liverpool.

A year on, another gay man, James Parkes, was set upon in Liverpool City Centre by up to 20 youths in another homophobic hate crime. He suffered horrific injuries which were initially life threatening, including multiple skull fractures, a fractured cheekbone, and a fractured eye socket.

A fortnight earlier, a gay man in London, Ian Baynham, died following an anti-gay attack that took place after he got off a bus.

A vigil in Liverpool in the aftermath of the James Parkes attack saw 1,500 take to the streets in a candlelit vigil. A march is planned through Liverpool in defiance of homophobic violence.

This song, Waiting For The Lovers, tackles the issue head on. My hope is that one  day it can be rewritten as the simple love song it should be.

Links

Michael Causer Foundation
Pictures from the James Parkes Vigil
Wiki: The Murder of Michael Causer
Guardian Report: Ian Baynham

Video

A live performance of Waiting For The Lovers at Radical Liverpool in Feb 2012.

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