Caught in a life

There is this Norwegian group called Donkeyboy. Don’t ask me why they have chosen this kind of a name. The name is not important, but their lyrics are. Sometimes when I walk from my home in Mar Elias to Shatila, I put music on my ear. It makes me relax when new songs are falling in to my mind. Music is like magic. It touches my soul with its melodies and lyrics. It helps me describing things when my words are few.

My time in Lebanon is to try to understand the living situation for Palestinians. It’s a hard work and it makes a lot of thinking. There are so many thoughts circling around in my head. The thoughts are many, but sometimes I feel that the words are few. This text is from a song called Caught in a Life. This is in some ways how I experience the situation of Palestinians here in Lebanon.

Today there are about 260 000 Palestinians living in Lebanon as refugees. Their grandparents were forced to leave their homes and houses in Palestine because of war between them and Israel in 1948. Since that time, generations have been born as refugees in Lebanon without any rights to work or by a home. As a result of that, most of them are living in refugee camps, where life goes on. If you take a walk in Shatila a Tuesday morning, you will see and experience an everyday life. Men are building houses or selling mobiles in local shops. Mothers are following their kids to school or buying vegetables for dinner. In the evening ladies are visiting each other, talking about clothes and shoes, diets and food, as they are pimping on their argile and drinking sweet tea. Life goes on. Their children grow older and marry. A building will have another apartment at the top of it. Parents become grandparents and another refugee is born. They have one big problem: They are caught in the life.

Caught In A Life

I’m caught in a life
Now I can’t get out
There’s money enough
But it don’t work out

So what can I say?
What can I do?
I’m running in circles, save me
It’s holding me down
What about you?

What can I say?
I’m caught in a life
I’m running in circles, save me
It’s holding me down
What about you?
I’m caught in a life

From now
The streets will burn
Look, my feet caught fire now
The downsides I have learned

And I
Will break this spell, maybe
I am the wizard now
Living is my plan

But, if we
Live by a plan
Can we collide?
Collide again

So what can I say?
I’m caught in a life
I’m running in circles, save me
It’s holding me down
What about you?
I’m caught in a life

So what can I say?
I’m caught in a life
I’m running in circles, save me
It’s holding me down
What about you?

So what can I say?
I’m caught in a life
I’m running in circles, save me
It’s holding me down
What about you?
(Lyrics: Donkeyboy)

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