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We Are Bradford song on Youtube


English: Cartwright Hall and parts of Bradford...

English: Cartwright Hall and parts of Bradford viewed from Peel Park. Taken on Friday the 16th of October 2009. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When the racist English Defence League announced their intention of invading Bradford on Saturday, October 12, 2013, we decided to mount a multi-cultural celebration of our wonderfully diverse city.

The authorities did everything in their power to hinder us. They advised people to stay out of the city centre because it would be too dangerous.

They locked down the city, providing facilities for the EDL to rally in a street outside the main bus and railway station, blocking access for travelers and inconveniencing businesses around the street.

But our celebration went ahead, despite being described by the police and media as a “counter protest”, suggesting we were planning some kind of a confrontation with the EDL thugs.

We were addressed by a local rabbi, who pointed to the necessity of drawing a line in the sand so we did not follow the example of Germany, where a divided opposition left the way clear for the forces of fascism.

We sang together a song composed at the event:

Solo: We are Bradford
Chorus: We are Bradford
All: And we stand together as one.

Solo: We are Bradford
Chorus: We are Bradford
All: And we stand together as one.

All: We are Bradford – we are one
We are Bradford – we are one
We are Bradford – we are one.

Solo: We are Bradford
Chorus: We are Bradford
All: And we stand together as one.

Solo: We love Bradford
Chorus: We love Bradford
All: And we stand together as one.

Solo: We love Bradford
Chorus: We love Bradford
All: And we stand together as one.

All: We love Bradford – we are one
We love Bradford – we are one
We love Bradford – we are one.

Solo: We love Bradford
Chorus: We love Bradford
All: And we stand together as one.

Solo: We are hated
Chorus: We are hated
All: By the E – D – L.

Solo: We are hated
Chorus: We are hated
All: By the E – D – L.

All: The EDL can go to hell
The EDL can go to hell
The EDL can go to hell.

Solo: We are Bradford
Chorus: We are Bradford
All: And we stand together as one.

Solo: We are brothers
Chorus: We are brothers
All: And we stand together as one.

Solo: We are sisters
Chorus: We are sisters
All: And we stand together as one.

All: We are brothers and sisters – we are one
We are brothers and sisters – we are one
We are brothers and sisters – we are one.

Solo: We are Bradford
Chorus: We are Bradford
All: And we stand together as one.

Solo: We are many
Chorus: We are many
All: But they are few.

Solo: We are many
Chorus: We are many
All: But they are few.

All: We are many – they are few
We are many – they are few
We are many – they are few

Solo: We are Bradford
Chorus: We are Bradford
All: And we stand together as one.

Our tune was an adaptation of The Bird With a Leaf in Her Beak, by Geoff Skeat, a peace song from the early 1950s.

Though, technically, the song is © Copyright 2013 Karl Dallas/EMI Music, we encourage others to adapt it to their purposes, adding the names of their own towns (London, Luton, New York, etc) and creating new verses.

Please acknowledge the source in any such adaptations.

God bless. Go well, Stay well.

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