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The Great Betrayal (Rojava)

by Les Thomas

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A song in support of Rojava and the Kurdish people in the wake of Trump's sudden withdrawal from north-eastern Syria and Turkey's subsequent invasion.

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The tanks rolled into Rojava this morning
The last of the US forces have pulled out
The Kurds who fought off ISIS face a bitter crisis
And Turkish guns are aiming for a rout

Left alone with no friends but the mountains
Invasion plans green-lighted by DC
They’ve past their used by date, abandoned to their fate
Hanging by the thread of destiny

The great betrayal, it cannot be forgiven
Don’t let the Kurds be cut down after all
Stand beside the heroes of Rojava
Don’t turn your eyes away, don’t let them fall

All they ever wanted was a homeland
Before crude lines were painted on the map
So they’ve always had to fight, take on much greater might
Seems empire games have caught them in a trap

Militias, we know just what you fight for
Women’s rights and true democracy
We won’t let your dreams be crushed, bombed into the dust
Your struggle won’t be lost to history

The great betrayal, it cannot be forgiven
Don’t let the Kurds be cut down after all
Stand beside the heroes of Rojava
Don’t turn your eyes away, don’t let them fall

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released November 1, 2019
Written, performed and produced by Les Thomas
Backing vocals by Ruth Hazelton
Piano by Lachlan Dorse

Mixed by Christopher Sprake at Christopher Sprake Productions, Alphington, Victoria, Australia.

Mastered By Adam Dempsey at Deluxe Mastering, Brunswick, Victoria, Australia.

Special thanks to Soheyla Majedi, Penny Larkins and Justin Bernasconi.

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Les Thomas Melbourne, Australia

Les Thomas is a Melbourne singer-songwriter and storyteller, known for his compelling lyrics, catchy melodies and engaging live performances.

“Les Thomas makes me want to be a better person . . . he’s a bloody good singer-songwriter.”
— Timber and Steel

"It's people like Les Thomas that keep the origins of folk forefathers alive and true." — Lauren Duiker, The Orange Press
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