BALOBESHAYI

African Women Voices

Day two: Violence Behind the Wall

For the second of the 16 days of activism to fight gender-based violence, I want to share a simple but effective song. Written and performed by Tracy Chapman, Behind the Wall, possibly tell the story of many women as well as men.
For more on the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence feel free to visit World Pulse and Take Back the Tech!

Last night I heard the screaming
Loud voices behind the wall
Another sleepless night for me
It won’t do no good to call
The police
Always come late
If they come at all

Last night I heard the screaming
Loud voices behind the wall
Another sleepless night for me
It won’t do no good to call
The police
Always come late
If they come at all

And when they arrive
They say they can’t interfere
With domestic affairs
Between a man and his wife
And as they walk out the door
The tears well up in her eyes

Last night I heard the screaming
Then a silence that chilled my soul
Prayed that I was dreaming
When I saw the ambulance in the road

And the policeman said
“I’m here to keep the peace.
Will the crowd disperse?
I think we all could use some sleep.”

Last night I heard the screaming
Loud voices behind the wall
Another sleepless night for me
It won’t do no good to call
The police
Always come late

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