The Guardian June 14, 2000


We're for Reconciliation
Melody: John Brown's Body (Solidarity Forever)
Words: Cathy Bloch (Sydney Trade Union Choir*)


Verse 1

We are walking here together
To help build a better life
For the children of the future
Children black and children white,
We must start by saying sorry
That's the way to get it right
For together we are strong.

Chorus 1

We're for reconciliation
We're for reconciliation
We're for reconciliation
For together we are strong.

Verse 2

From the history of this nation
We must learn of what was done
To the people caring for the land
Since Dreamtime first began
We say now's the time for justice
Now's the time to take a stand
for together we are strong.

Chorus 2

We're for reconciliation
We're for reconciliation
To the stolen Generations
We say sorry from our hearts

Chorus 1 (repeat)

We're for reconciliation
We're for reconciliation
We're for reconciliation
For together we are strong.

*The Sydney Trade Union Choir was formed almost ten years ago as a way of supporting the trade union movement and keeping alive the ideals of social justice and equity through song. They are part of a network of union choirs throughout Australia. If you are interested in joining or having the choir sing for you, contact Paula Bloch 61-2-9665 0559 or Silvia Salisbury 61-2-9790 0280.

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