"Haiti" as written by Win Butler, Regine Chassagne, Tim Kingsbury, Richard R Parry and William Butler....
Haiti, mon pays
Wounded mother I'll never see
Ma famille set me free
Throw my ashes into the sea

Mes cousins jamais nés
Hantent les nuits de Duvalier
Rien n'arrête nos espirits
Guns can't kill what soldiers can't see

In the forest we are hiding
Unmarked graves where flowers grow
Hear the soldiers angry yelling
In the river we will go

Tous les morts-nés forment une armée
Soon we will reclaim the earth
All the tears and all the bodies
Bring about our second birth

Haiti, never free
N'aie pas peur de sonner l'alarme
Tes enfants sont partis
In those days their blood was still warm


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"Haïti" as written by Win Butler William Butler

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    General CommentTranslation aka does this help? :
    Haiti, my country, wounded mother I'll never see. My family set me free. Throw my ashes into the sea. My cousins, never born, haunt the nights of Duvalier. Nothing stops our spirits. Guns can't kill what soldiers can' t see. In the forest we are hiding, unmarked graves where flowers grow. Hear the soldiers angry yelling, in the river we will go. All the still-born children form an army, soon we will reclaim the earth. All the tears and all the bodies bring about our second birth. Haiti, never free, I'm (?) not afraid to sound alarm. Your children left, in those days their blood was still warm.

    Sorry if I got some parts wrong.
    zebrashashaon December 27, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOh, also, incase you are wondering who Duvalier is, think of an opressive brutal dictator regime of Haiti and you'll get a good start.
    zebrashashaon December 27, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThe translation to the last verse goes like this:
    Haiti, never free,
    don't be affraid to sound the alarm
    your children are gone
    in those days their blood was still warm.
    PhoenixInFlameson January 06, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentit fits because the cd is all about their lives, and questions and experiences, this was part of Régine Chassagne's life. <3
    xiaohoaon January 26, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti_love_camp -- music is art, art is subjective..

    Enjoy your trip.
    Matty Dubson December 20, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"Well, I myself have been to Haiti and this song really only looks at the negatives! The people there are some of the nicest and happiest people you'll meet. I went down there last Apriul to help build a school and I'm going again this april!! Super excited!"

    Perhaps if you had been there while the Duveliers were ruling and your family was hunted down and killed by their secret police, you would have somewhat more mixed feelings about Haiti.
    tuviaon December 15, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentClearly, this is about all of the unborn children killed under Duvalier's regime hiding in the rivers and jungles of Haiti, in spirit form, waiting until they've absorbed enough souls to become allpowerful. At that point, they plan to arise as a vengeful army of undead Haitian children and conquer the earth.
    tuviaon October 16, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think the contrast between the mood of the music and the mood of the lyrics actually correspond with the country of Haiti itself. While it may seem like a peaceful tropical place, it's actually plagued with these deathly problems that are almost unexpected, or covered up by the characteristics of the land.
    Skylingon October 08, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentMan, I was just nonchalantly listening to Funeral and realized this song was called Haiti and the words struck me(I know a little French). It's pretty eerie how a lot of it fits the tragedy that has struck there recently. It made me very sad and I hope the country's same spirit that prevailed then will once again. <3
    jessieagogoon January 14, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentCan't stop listening to this. Heartbreaking.
    dthetreeon January 16, 2010   Link

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