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.
Lyrics 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
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