How Long Must I Wait

by John Hunter Combo

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This song is available to any person or organisation wishing to use it to promote or raise funds for justice and the welfare of refugees and asylum seekers wherever they are detained..The song gives voice to the plight of Australian refugees and asylum seekers detained indefinitely till their application is decided. Any money paid for the purchase of this song will be passed on in full to the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, Melbourne. Alternatively you can donate directly at www.asrc.org.au

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How Long Must I Wait?

Seven years and counting
Locked up for no crime
The criminal is your government
Stealing my life’s time

I fled my beloved homeland
To try to save my life
Here you kill me slowly
Far from my children and wife

Would you keep a starving stranger
Hungry at your gate?
So why am I still held here
How long must I wait?

I waited in the camps
Till I could wait no more
So I paid a “people smuggler”
To bring me safe to shore

My weakness was impatience
But impatience is no crime
Any more than seeking refuge but
You torture me with time

Would you keep a starving stranger
Hungry at your gate?
So why am I still held here
How long must I wait?

Locked up, you say forever
Stateless, out of sight
Caged, unheard, uncared for
A life not lived isn’t right, and

Would you keep a starving stranger
Hungry at your gate?
So why am I still held here?
How long must I wait?
How long must a refugee wait?
How long must I wait?

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released June 22, 2020
Words & Music, vocal, guitar, harmonica - John Hunter Combo

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John Hunter Combo Melbourne, Australia

BOOK John Hunter Combo, noted Melbourne-based solo singer song writer and renowned harmonica player.
John sings his unique blues, country, ballads and humourous material with harmonica and guitar around Melbourne and Victoria. He is frequently invited to complement bands and other aritists and to provide studio harmonica in locals studios and overseas by internet connection. ... more

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