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Episode #10: On My Way Home – An Immigrant’s Lament

Scattershot Symphony – The Music of Peter Link
A Podcast


Episode #10
On My Way Home – An Immigrant’s Lament

On My Way Home – An Immigrant’s Lament is a newly released song written, produced and performed by Peter Link.

The issues of immigration today are as perplexing a problem as many of the most challenging issues that we, as the human race, face.  Why? Because at the heart of the Immigration problem lies one of our fundamental truths or principles that we all must live by — the Golden Rule:

“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

The song is one man’s story of his journey as an Immigrant to America. The song was also made into a music video by videographer, Skye Malone.  In this episode Peter both discusses the evolution of the song and also interviews Skye detailing his creative process in the making of the video.

Watch the video on Vimeo and on YouTube.

Listen to the Podcast:


On My Way Home – An Immigrant’s Lament
Playlist

Listen to samples, view lyrics and click through to download. Thanks for listening!

  • Title: On My Way Home
  • Artist: Peter Link
  • Composer: Peter Link
  • Lyricist: Peter Link
  • Duration:
    06:34
  • Sample:
  • Lyrics:

    On My Way Home
    Music and Lyrics by Peter Link

    [Enter a man, either Middle Eastern or North African, dressed in an expensive subtly pinstriped suit, white dress shirt, no tie. He’s elegant and from all manner looks to have been a most successful business man, however his suit is filthy, perhaps torn, his shirt has been on his back for days and is dirty and stained, and a rough stubble completes his unshaven presence.]

    Look at this face
    Look at these dirty clothes
    Look at these worn out shoes
    Ah yes, I'm one of those

    Just look at this face
    Look at these filthy clothes
    Look at these worn out shoes

    I come to you by land, by sea
    On foot, I come
    By raft, I come
    A refugee
    I seek your asylum
    A cup of your kindness
    I come from a place of nothing but blindness

    I run for my life
    A flight into exile
    A fugitive from the heart of darkness
    My lot in life, yes, a refugee
    My future, so far, unknown
    I live in a chaos that spans the world

    I look to find my family
    I search to find the man I used to be

    I know so well this road of desperation
    I carry what little hope that's left
    In my frail imagination

    And I carry my past life
    In this pack up on my back
    I carry my past life
    In a sack

    With all that I've worked for
    Gone
    All that I've fought for
    Gone
    And all that I've lived for
    Gone

    Here am I
    A man of no place
    Lost out here in space
    But on my way home

    Look at these hands
    So sad what this life can bring
    Look at these wasted hands
    These hands that have built such things

    And look in this heart
    This heart of a worthwhile man
    Look at this broken heart

    I offer you a man of dignity
    A fruitful life I’ve lived
    But now, a refugee
    I seek your asylum
    I seek your compliance
    I beg you renounce your thoughts of defiance

    What I’ve left behind …
    A life of such promise
    A family with its long traditions
    But along the way, yes, I’ve let them go
    My future, so far, unknown
    To live now in peace is my only need

    Each night before I sleep I ask
    What wrong I must have done that brought me here

    I cannot find the answer to this question
    I carry this damning pain of guilt
    Like a rancorous obsession

    And so I run from my past life
    Yeah, from one to the next
    Confused and disheartened
    So perplexed …

    And all that I've loved now
    Gone
    And all of my dreams now
    Gone
    My life as I knew it
    Gone

    Here am I
    A man of no place
    Lost out here in space
    But on my way home

    Afghanistan
    Somalia
    Iraq
    Sudan

    I come to you, a man
    Trying to stay alive
    Trying my best to survive
    While I’m on my way home
    I’m goin’ home
    Lookin’ for a new home
    Yes I’m on my way home

    Yeah I’m goin’ home
    I’m goin’ home
    Ooh I’m goin’ home
    Aaaaahhhhh
    I’m goin’ home

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