PJ Harvey – Shaker Aamar

It’s been about two years since PJ Harvey has released any new music. In her return to music, PJ decided to go the political route with this protest song Shaker Aamar. This song is named after a Guantanamo Bay inmate that has been imprisoned since 2002, but never charged with a crime. Shaker was for release in 2007 and 2009, but is still in jail. Listen and learn about Shaker’s struggle in prison by checking out the song and also reading the lyrics below.

Shaker Aamar Lryics

“No water for three days.
I cannot sleep, or stay awake.

Four months hunger strike.
Am I dead, or am I alive?

With metal tubes we are force fed.
I honestly wish I was dead.

Strapped in the restraining chair.
Shaker Aamer, your friend.”

In Camp 5, eleven years.
Never charged. Six years cleared.

“They took away my one note pad,
and then refused to give it back.

I can’t think straight, I write, then stop.
Your friend Shaker Aamer. Lost.

The guards just do what they’re told,
the doctors just do what they’re told.

Like an old car I’m rusting away.
Your friend, Shaker. Guantanamo Bay.”

Don’t Forget