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    FOR SASHA
    (Words and Music by Joan Baez)

    Here by my window in Germany
    A morning bird flies close to me
    On his wing I see a yellow star
    The lights are on in the factory
    The frost is hung on the linden tree
    And I remember where we are

    And I remember the holocaust
    I remember all we lost
    The families torn and the borders crossed
    And I sing of it now for Sasha

    A young German officer lies in his bed
    Bandages from toe to head
    A prisoner of the camps draws nigh
    If you are Abel and I am Cain
    Forgive me from my bed of pain
    I know not why we die

    It was I who ordered the building burned
    The job was over and as I turned
    A father and his son
    Caught in the flames high above the ground
    From cradled arms the boy looked down
    One leap and their lives were done

    And I remember the holocaust
    I remember all we lost
    The children gone and the borders crossed
    And I sing of it now for Sasha

    You in frozen streets of Heidelberg
    Your youth unbearded takes form in words
    And the ghosts of the past are kind
    For this was your university
    The years were long but the spirits free
    And your river runs to the Rhine

    The smoke filled taverns that you once roamed
    With the discontented who'd stayed at home
    You must have whiskey or you'll die
    The beer garden under the old chateau
    Our faces now in the candle glow
    See the memories how they shine

    But you remember the holocaust
    You remember all we lost
    The families torn and the borders crossed
    And we'll sing of it now for Sasha

    © 1979 Gabriel Earl Music (ASCAP)


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