• Luke Slott - One Hundred Thousand Veils

    'One Hundred Thousand Veils' was written by Luke Slott to mark International Human Rights Day (10th December). The song focuses on the deteriorating human rights situation in the Islamic Republic of Iran, specifically the plight of the Bahá'í community, Iran's largest religious minority, who are being systematically deprived of some of the most basic human rights, including the right to higher education. 'One Hundred Thousand Veils' is taken from Luke's 2012 EP 'The Light of Unity'


    Come down
    and walk these roads around
    the city of Tehran
    where seven candles burn

    Follow me
    all you who claim to be
    possessed of charity
    down to the Crimson Sea

    One hundred thousand veils have covered the sun
    and darkest clouds have blocked and blackened the blue sky

    Did you hear the fate
    of those who educate
    who even in the grave
    find no respite from hate?

    Have you seen the youth
    who gave their lives for truth,
    that girl who kissed the noose
    and welcomed all abuse?

    One hundred thousand suns have fallen to earth
    with blasts that block the ears from hearing the new song.
    One hundred thousand veils have covered the truth
    How many mothers’ cries are lost in the tumult?

    There is no war to fight
    you have no sacred right
    no holy book to cite
    to make these wrongs seem right

    Does it so offend
    to want this world to mend,
    to walk in hope to the end
    and see each man a friend?

    Come down
    and walk these roads around
    the cities of Iran
    which boast so much to man.


    released 21 April 2012
    Words and music by Luke Slott

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