Mobile library

VERSE

Our story starts at the Macedonian border

Two volunteers, Ester and Laura

There’s a refugee camp here

And in the toxic atmosphere

Their degrees in development

Didn’t seem relevant


The borders closed and no one knows

People got no place to go so

They get no relocation

Got no motivation

Not even access to books or communication

What could make them… smile?


CHORUS

Mobile library

Breaking through bureaucratic bullshit

Mobile library

Just solo and independent


VERSE

Fund raising got the girls a mini-van

Turned into a library with a handyman

Kitted it with Wifi and tables and chairs

Donations arrived from Saudi and Dubai

Soon they had books in Farcy, French and Arabic

Urdu, English, Kurdish and Greek


Harry Potter cast his spell upon Akmed

Ali escaped with Agatha Christie

Malcolm Gladwell helped Hussan

To see How Little Things Make a Difference

While Mohammed was rejected, just sat in his chair

Until he read Slumdog Millionaire


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And when the snow was falling

C

the tents were freezing

F                                                           C

Dan Brown helped keep people warm

Am

While Callon from Camaroon

F

Who’d come on foot to get there

G

Walked to Freedom with Nelson Mandela


It was a simple idea that people will never forget

Access to books and the internet

The van keeps moving but it’s a daily struggle

They have to park outside the camps

Stopped by police, for disturbing the peace

There are no happy endings in the story of Greece


CHORUS

Mobile library

Rising above reality

Mobile library

Changing lives one book at a time, yeah


VERSE

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Once the cream of Syrian society

F

Now impoverished refugees

C

Cos only they could afford the ferry

Am

Now doctors, pharmacists and lawyers

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Are living in tents

F

Looked after by students

G

While smuggler’s kids get their homes as presents


C

But there’s more irony when they land on the beach

F

€20,000 euros waiting for each

C

Not that it’s ever really meant for them

Am                  F                                  C

It’s there to pay for the entire system


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Cause the UN guys

F

Need the best four wheel drives

G

And who knows where the money for the NGOs goes!


C

And it’s the new Greek graduates

Am

Who get the rest of the revenue

F

Getting their breakthrough

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With the EU

F

You don’t hear anymore about the Greek crisis

G                                                     C

It’s been solved by Assad and Isis


OUTRO

Mobile library

Bordered bodies but minds free

Mobile sanctuary

Taking literature, literally


Mobile missionary

Independent, voluntary

Mobile emissary

Giving back, dignity





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