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They took us from our homes, promising that we would be back soon
And suddenly my family was forever swept away by the monsoon
My father was a doctor; he was shot before my eyes
My mother was a teacher; she was beaten by a boy about my size
They sent my brother to the fields, I never saw him again
They said I had a new brother now, and I should save all my love for him

They sing me these songs and they gave me this gun
And they said off you go, go have some fun
All these things that I've done they haunt my dreams at night
But I'm too young to stand up, and I am too weak to fight

I'm just a gear in the machine now; my future's been erased
And when I'm rusting from neglect, I'll be discarded and replaced
Now hatred is my only friend and terror and destruction are my toys
But don't hate me for what I've done - I am just a little boy

Sometimes I get lost in my dream of how everything could have been
If I had had a family, a sister to look out for me
But that was not my destiny, and I wake to a reality
That I have lost my innocence to apathy and poverty
A child is no commodity, a future can't be bought or sold
But this is no democracy, and I am only 8 years old

I'm sick of being cute and I am tired of being funny
I don't need your pity and I do not want your money
I've sold my soul but still I can't put shoes on my feet
But there is no time to rest when you sleep on the street

I'm just a gear in the machine now; my future's been erased
And when I'm rusting from neglect, I'll be discarded and replaced
Trapped within this shell might be a beautiful shining pearl
But for now I shall remain the shadow of a little girl

This is my country; it was built with my skin and bones
It's no paradise but it's the only home I know
I'm just a gear in the machine, I am just another brick in the wall
It may take some time but one day this fortress will fall

So I dream of a world in which freedom is more than a name
I dream of a world in which freedom is more than a name
I dream of a world in which freedom is more than a name
I dream of a world in which freedom is more than my name

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from Create​/​Destroy​/​Create, released March 8, 2013
Lyrics and Music: David Kochberg

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Goodnight Sunrise Toronto, Ontario

Led by the dual male-female vocal alchemy of keytarist Vanessa Vakharia and guitarist David Kochberg, Toronto rock band Goodnight Sunrise is an organized sort of chaos.  With a hard-earned reputation as an unforgettable live act through over 400 shows across Europe and North America since forming in 2011, Goodnight Sunrise reminds us that rock music isn’t a genre; it’s a community. ... more

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