Saturday, May 24, 2008

Buffy Sainte Marie & Jimmy Santiago Baca at UNM

From NM Culture -  Perfect for a beautiful Albuquerque evening!

2 UNM Free Summer Sunset Lectures

June 7th, 7:00 p.m.
UNM Student Union Ballroom, Main Campus, Albuquerque
Singer, educator, activist
Buffy Sainte-Marie: "A Multimedia Life"

Universal Soldier, written "in the basement of The Purple Onion coffee house in Toronto in the early sixties" is about "individual responsibility for war and how the old feudal thinking kills us all."
He's five feet two and he's six feet four
He fights with missiles and with spears
He's all of 31 and he's only 17
He's been a soldier for a thousand years

He's a Catholic, a Hindu, an atheist, a Jain,
a Buddhist and a Baptist and a Jew
and he knows he shouldn't kill
and he knows he always will
kill you for me my friend and me for you

And he's fighting for Canada,
he's fighting for France,
he's fighting for the USA,
and he's fighting for the Russians
and he's fighting for Japan,
and he thinks we'll put an end to war this way

And he's fighting for Democracy
and fighting for the Reds
He says it's for the peace of all
He's the one who must decide
who's to live and who's to die
and he never sees the writing on the walls

But without him how would Hitler have
condemned him at Dachau
Without him Caesar would have stood alone
He's the one who gives his body
as a weapon to a war
and without him all this killing can't go on

He's the universal soldier and he
really is to blame
His orders come from far away no more
They come from him, and you, and me
and brothers can't you see
this is not the way we put an end to war.

July 12th, 7:00 p.m.
UNM Student Union Ballroom A, Main Campus, Albuquerque
Poet, author, screenwriter
Jimmy Santiago Baca: The Power of Poetry on My Life"
When Life
Is cut close, blades and bones,
And the stench of sewers is everywhere,
Blood-sloshed floors,
And guards count the dead
With the blink of an eyelid, then hurry home
To supper and love, what saves us
From going mad is to carry a vacant stare
And a quiet half-dead dream.

More Baca poems


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