• City of Lakes (song for Bhopal)

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    All proceeds from this song go to the Sambhavna Clinic in Bhopal.
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    On December 3rd, 1984, an accident at the Union Carbide pesticide plant in Bhopal, India released over 40 tons of toxic methyl isocyanate gas, exposing hundreds of thousands of people in the shantytowns immediately surrounding the plant. Most safety systems at the plant were broken, or had been disabled as cost-saving measures. The best, accepted estimates say that 8,000-10,000 people died within the first 72 hours of the leak. It is estimated that more than 20,000 have died since the accident from gas-related illness, and another 120,000 people are estimated to have permanent injuries and chronic medical conditions that require constant healthcare. The Bhopal Disaster is widely considered the worst industrial disaster in history.
    This piece is written in memory of the victims.

    From 'The Humours of Autorickshaw':

    A wind invades your slumber at midnight
    Bringing you poisoned mists of progress
    Progress slips away in the pale moonlight
    Leaving only pain and distress

    Through the trenches, the noxious stenches
    Form the clouds of impending disaster
    Broken dreams and industrial schemes
    Render you victim to the corporate bastards

    Mothers without daughters
    Daughters without fathers
    Fathers without brothers
    Brothers without mothers
    Mothers without brothers
    Brothers without fathers
    Fathers without daughters
    Daughters without mothers

    In the city of lakes, the worst of our fears
    A nightmare flow yields a river of tears
    A pestilence, made of corporate greed
    The blindness to life makes the soul bleed

    Sister, your eyes burn with tears
    Never again shall you see morning
    Brother, you are riddled with fear
    Holding your child, who from the mouth is frothing

    The heart of India shattered
    Bodies scattered
    The fabric of society tattered
    Still, the thieves dismiss the matter
    Profit locks compassion's cage

    from The Humours of Autorickshaw, released 10 November 2013
    (Suba Sankaran/Ed Hanley; additional lyrics by Andrew Craig)
    Music and lyrics © Suba Sankaran and Ed Hanley
    Additional lyrics © 2013 Suba Sankaran/Andrew Craig/Opus Nopus Music
    Arranged by Andrew Craig and Autorickshaw
    Mixed by Dylan Bell

    Suba Sankaran: lead and background vocals
    Ed Hanley: tabla
    Rich Brown: electric bass
    Andrew Craig: synth and orchestral programming
    Adrian Eccleston: guitars
    Patrick Graham: sabar, chenggo, pandero, bongos, agogo bells, shakers, concert bass drum, shakers
    George Koller: dilruba
    Larnell Lewis: drum kit Show less
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