Who Will Weep?

by Keith Sanford

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In 1939, the ocean liner St. Louis sailed a few miles off the coast of Florida with more than 900 Jewish refugees on board fleeing from Germany. Due to a recently enacted quota system, the United states strictly limited the number of refugees it would accept, and eventually, the ship was forced to return to Europe. Many passengers later perished in the Holocaust. (“We sang a dirge and you did not weep.”)

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Beyond a night of broken glass
The ship, St. Louis, sought to pass
A cargo fleeing certain doom
Nine-hundred souls, there is no room
Now children beg in a market place
They sing a dirge, and who will weep for grace

A quota-system law that stands
It keeps the strangers off the land
Though captain pleaded, night and day
The cursed ship was turned away
Now children beg in a market place
They sing a dirge, and who will weep for grace

Now, hear the sounds of refugees
Their songs upon the waves at sea
Just like the little children cry
To market crowds with no reply
Now children beg in a market place
They sing a dirge, and who will weep for grace

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released January 21, 2019
Words and music by Keith Sanford.

Performance includes Keith Sanford on drums, percussion, keyboard synthesizers, and vocals.

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Keith Sanford Waco, Texas

Keith Sanford, Ph.D., creator of www.ForwardFaith.org. Forward Faith is a blog of music and ideas for a progressive faith.

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