You're Just Like Me

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This song is about the frustrating need people have to label others who are forced to leave their homes and seek a better or safer life. Immigrant, refugee, economic migrant? Labels that mask real people with real lives, loves and values. I had in mind the aftermath of the Yugoslavian war in the 90s but it could equally apply to any number of conflicts and crises before and since.

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I was a teacher, I was happy in my job
Educating youngsters was all I cared about
Then the men of hate reduced our school to ruin
Now half the kids are dead and the rest are on the run

Don't call me anything,
I didn't want to leave my home, friends or family
Don't call me anything,
This is all I have now can't you see
Don't call me anything,
You're just like me
You're just like me, you're just like me, you're just like me
You're just like me, you're just like me, oh can't you see

I was a doctor, I was happy in my job
Looking after sick folk was all I cared about
Then the men of hate raised our city to the ground
The mass of dead and dying was more than I could stand

Chorus

You're just like me, you're just like me, you're just like me
You're just like me, you're just like me, oh can't you see

I was a musician, I was happy in my job
Folk would come and listen it was all I cared about
Now the men of hate they say that music it is evil
Now I can't live on but hope my music always will

Chorus

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from You've Changed, released April 23, 2016

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