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Cradle Of Civilisation

This song is by Lowkey and appears on the album Soundtrack To The Struggle (2011).

If my mother got angry or frustrated with me, she'd say,
"Oyshked helwa el houria",
And the basic translation of that is:
"Oh, how beautiful is freedom".
But where is freedom?

Oyshked helwa el houria
Oyshked helwa el houria
Oyshked helwa el houria
Oyshked helwa el houria
Close my eyes, I can still hear my Ummi say it

This is for Baghdad, the place of my mothers birth.
The Cradle of Civilization, for what it's worth.
The land I've never the seen, culture I've never known,
Iraq is in my heart, my blood, my flesh and bones.
The air I've never breathed, fragrance I've never smelled,
The pride I never had, the nationality that I never felt.
Saddam was bad, are the Americans even more so?
They made me grow like I was missing part of my torso,
But I never picked up a grenade in my garden.
I never saw people I love die starving.
I never saw my family die through many years of sanctions,
While the ruler's family lived in palaces and mansions.
I never had a family member kidnapped for a ransom.
I never lost a friend to violence that was random.
Bombings, occupation, torture, intimidation,
A million dead people doesn't equal liberation.

Forget division based on ethnicity or religion,
Whether your Sunni, Shia, Kurdish or Christian.
Pain is just pain if a person is missing,
We all deserve a life in this earth that we live in.
Are there enough words that can say?
How deeply Baghdad is burning today.
It's not about pity, hand outs, or sympathy,
It's about pride, respect, honour and dignity.
Babies being born with deformities from Uranium.
Those babies aren't just Iraqi, they're Mesopotamian.
What I view on the news is making me shiver,
Because I look at the victims and see the same face in the mirror.
This system of division makes it harder for you and me.
If peace is a question, the only answer is unity.
So many dreams, about a place that I've never seen,
The place my family had to leave in the 70′s.

It rains white phosphorus in Fallujah,
This is for those that won't live to see the future.
Sorry that I wasn't there,
Sorry that I couldn't help,
I'm sorry for every tear,
I'm sorry you've been put through hell.
I still I feel like an immigrant,
Englishman amongst Arabs, and an Arab amongst Englishmen.
Like I said they never gave me the culture,
But they did give me Kubbad, Haleb, Hakaka, and Dolma.
Ana isme Kareem,
Wa ohmre talatha wa ishreen,
Umi min Baghdad, wa abuya min Dover,
And that's the combination I carry on my shoulders.
Still I rep, till my death,
Till they kill and seal my flesh,
From now all the way back to Gilgamesh.
Such a villianized and criticized nation,
You will always be the Cradle of Civilization.

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