[Originally written on 29 August 2010, and posted sometime afterwards, based on The Cranberries’ song Zombie.  In view of the curent strife between Israel and Gaza (in which I believe no-one has clean hands), I’m posting it again.
Like countless others (especially those of us who have both Jewish and Muslim friends/colleagues) I have been praying for peace between Israelis and Palestinians. I heard this song while looking for something else. According to Wikipedia, “Zombie is a protest song by the Irish band The Cranberries from the 1994 album No Need to Argue. The song, which laments The Troubles in Northern Ireland and in particular the killing of two children [Jonathan Ball and Tim Parry], in an IRA bombing in Warrington England, was written by Dolores O’Riordan, singer of the band.” I find this a powerful song and have given it an additional, slightly adapted last stanza.]

Another heart dies slowly
Another loved one taken
And the violence shatters silence
Were You so mistaken?

And they’ll say: this is me; this is my history.
Domine, Domine, miserere!
With their planes and their bombs
And their missiles and their guns
For homeland and for Zion they are fighting

From Your heaven, from Your heaven
Look down, look down, look down,
Down, down, down. Lord have mercy!
Split the heavens!
Come down, come down, give peace
peace, peace, peace, oh

Another mother’s empty
Heart is now at breaking
And as violence answers violence
Who will stop the aching?

It’s the same old hate since before ‘48
In their hearts, it’s the hurts they are keeping
With their planes and their bombs
And their missiles and their guns.
From your heaven, from your heaven are You seeing?

From Your heaven, from Your heaven
Look down, look  down, look down,
Down, down, down. Lord have mercy!
Split the heavens!
Come down, come down, give peace
peace, peace, peace, oh, oh, oh …

As guns fall silent I can
Hear the families weeping
As the silence falls on violence
Life is slowly seeping
And it’s all so insane, as they all die in vain
Domine, domine, miserere!
……
…….
Holy God, Holy God, You are weeping!

To view the original Cranberry song:

► 5:16
www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Ejga4kJUts
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[Based on The Cranberries’ song Zombie.     29 August 2010
Like countless others (especially those of us who have both Jewish and Muslim friends/colleagues) I have been praying for peace between Israelis and Palestinians. Yesterday I heard this song while looking for something else. According to Wikipedia, “Zombie is a protest song by the Irish band The Cranberries from the 1994 album No Need to Argue. The song, which laments The Troubles in Northern Ireland and in particular the killing of two children [Jonathan Ball and Tim Parry], in an IRA bombing in Warrington England, was written by Dolores O’Riordan, singer of the band.”  I find this a powerful song and have given it an additional, slightly adapted last verse.]

Another heart dies slowly
‘Nother loved one taken
And the violence shatters silence
Were You so mistaken?

And they’ll say: this is me; this is my history
– Domine, Domine, miserere –
With their planes and their bombs
And their missiles and their guns
For Jihad and for Zion they are fighting

From Your heaven, from Your heaven
Come down, come down, come down,
Down, down, down. Lord have mercy!
Split the heavens!
Come down, come down, give peace
peace, peace, peace

Another mother’s empty
Heart is now at breaking
As the violence conquers silence
Who will stop the aching?
It’s the same old hate since before ‘48
In their hearts, it’s the hurt they are keeping
With their planes and their bombs
And their missiles and their guns.
In your heaven, in your heaven are You weeping?

From Your heaven, from Your heaven
Come down, come down, come down,
Down, down, down. Lord have mercy!
Split the heavens!
Come down, come down, give peace
peace, peace, peace

As guns fall silent I can
Hear the families weeping
As the silence falls on violence
Life is slowly seeping
And it’s all so insane, as they all die in vain
Domine, domine, misere
……

……
Holy God, Holy God, You are weeping

Isaiah 64:1