Peaceable Kingdom

A song in memory of Rachel Corrie

On March 16, 2003 the twenty-three year old activist Rachel Corrie was crushed to death by an armored bulldozer in a Gaza Strip combat zone while attempting to protect the Israeli demolition of Palestinian property. As a mother I found myself grieving for her parents and wrote the lyrics to this song as a comfort to them.

My pianist and bass player Tony Shanahan wrote the music. This is a live recording from Electric Lady Studios. Thinking of the dying young all over the world. Young soldiers, young women fighting for their freedom, for their education, their voice. And also thinking of the mothers and fathers who bring them into the world, only to see them unjustly taken away.

Rachel Corrie April 10,1979-March 16, 2003
Patti Smith