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Free Our Hearts

Released August 10, 2020



The Flying Snowman

(texte francophone ci-dessous...) (nederlandstalige tekst hieronder...) (lyrics) (credits)

Some 40 years ago Pink Floyd created a rock opera about a character named Pink and his spiritual isolation from society, figuratively referred to as 'The Wall'. 'Free Our Hearts', the new song by singer-songwriter Eric Geurts strives to bring down the walls of racism in our minds and hearts. We are afraid of the unknown (other cultures) and therefore build walls of prejudice to protect ourselves. The expansive and passionate guitar solo, à la David Gilmour, is both compelling and dynamic.

Black, red, white or yellow, the same blood flows through all our veins. 'Free Our Hearts' is born out of and immersed in the spirit of the age. Black Lives Matter. All Lives Matter.

Il y a environ 40 ans, Pink Floyd créait un opéra rock dont le héros, un personnage nommé Pink s'enfonçait inexorablement dans l'isolement spirituel identifié sous le vocable... 'The Wall'.  'Free Our Hearts', la nouvelle chanson d'Eric Geurts qui en est non seulement l'auteur-compositeur mais aussi l'interprète, n'a pour ambition que de faire prendre conscience à chacun des dangers du racisme et d'en abattre à jamais les murs.

L'homme à, par nature, peur de l'inconnu, des autres cultures, de tout ce qui bouscule ses habitudes et son confort. Il croit se protéger en dressant autour de lui un mur de préjugés, mais en réalité... il s'isole.

Dans 'Free Our Hearts' le solo de guitare brûlant et passionné, hommage vibrant à David Gilmour et à l'intemporel 'Comfortably Numb', nous transporte sur les ailes du vent, à la rencontre de la différence.  

Que tu sois Noir, rouge, blanc ou jaune, n'oublie jamais que le même sang coule dans nos veines. 'Free Our Hearts' est né de et dans l'esprit du temps, là où ses racines sont profondément ancrées. Black Lives Matter.  All Lives Matter.

Zowat 40 jaar geleden maakte Pink Floyd een rockopera over een personage genaamd Pink, en diens geestelijke isolatie van de maatschappij, figuurlijk benoemd als "The Wall". Ook 'Free Our Hearts', de nieuwe song van singer-songwriter Eric Geurts wil de muren van racisme in onze geesten en harten neerhalen. We zijn bang voor de 'andere' en trekken muren op om ons te beschermen. De meeslepende gitaarsolo à la David Gilmour ademt wijdsheid en begeestering uit, als vleugels om onze vooroordelen te overstijgen.

Zwart, rood, wit of geel, door onze aderen stroomt hetzelfde bloed. 'Free Our Hearts' is ontsproten en gedrenkt in de huidige tijdsgeest. Black Lives Matter. All Lives Matter.

[verse 1]
Down (down down)
Let's break down these walls
We are one (one one)
Divided we fall
There are cultures we don't understand
but we cannot be silent
We need to make a stand
These guarded walls are keeping us apart
It's time to free our hearts

Would you mind if I wanted to know
where can we really go?
If our hearts are made of stone
If we think nothing can be done
Would you mind if I were to say
There must be another way?
than to live in captivity
Can't we embrace our diversity
and free our hearts from fear
Let's free our hearts from fear
Let's free our hearts

[verse 2]
"Breathe (breathe breathe)
I can't breathe"
"Dream (dream dream)
I have a dream"
What's the life of a man worth to you?
Does it matter if he's red, yellow, black or white?
The same blood is running through our veins
So let us break these chains

Written, recorded, mixed and produced by Eric Geurts, © 2020.

All vocals and instruments by Eric Geurts, except drums by my best friend Mark De Maeyer. Thanks Mark for being part of this adventure!

Thanks to my friends of The Bridge Belgium (www.thebridgebelgium.com) in this video: Madeleine and Arthur Mbala, Rana and Matvei Apraxine, Joyce Nell and Lyn Manatad. Thanks to Madeleine Mbala and Noemi Rojek of The Bridge Belgium for displaying their hands on the cover. Thanks to Leon van Kemenade for correcting my lyrics and to Rana Apraxine for reviewing them. And last but not least, thanks to my loving wife Lyn for always being there for me and lending me a pair of good ears, being my personal video camera(wo)man and assistant, and making the covers of the CD's!

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