"East Timor" as written by Morten Harket, Havard Rem, Geir Kolbu and Henning Dahl....
Sandalwood trees are evergreen
Cut them down
Plant coffee beans
Build no schools
Construct no roads
Mark them as fools
Let ignorance rule
Leave them stranded on their island
Treat them to the tune of silence
Red is the cross that covers out shame
Every Kingdom, every land
Has it's heart in the common land
Silently the tide shifts the sand

Bury my heart on East-Timor
In coral sands
On golden shores
Buried are those
Who lived their lives
No place to hide for
Father and child
Leave them stranded on their island
Treat them to the tune of silence
We shake the hands that kill and
forgive
Every Kingdom, every land
Has its heart in the common man
Silently the tide shifts the sand

Bury my heart on East-Timor
On barren graves
Where flowers won't grow
Blooms our Red cross lovingly
This nightingale deed
So we can be free
Stranded on their island
This army of the silent
We toast our own goodwill and forget
Every kingdom, every land
Has its heart in the common man
Silently the tide shifts the sand


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"East Timor" as written by Havard Rem Morten Harket

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    My InterpretationThis song is (kind of) in the same boat as "Brodsky Tune", but is a softer song that, in my opinion, is Morten trying to call attention to the plight of the East Timorese and pledging his heartfelt sympathies for the people of the country (Bury my heart on East Timor/In coral sands/On golden shores). He also describes the treatment of the East Timorese by the occupying government (Mark them as fools/Let ignorance rule) and the public's general blind eye to the plights of the citizens (Leave them stranded on their island/Treat them to the tune of silence) in a similar vein to "Brodsky Tune".
    AkibaRedon September 19, 2017   Link

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