Never Forget – Single

Date of release: 11 Jul, 2011

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  1. Never Forget

    Oh when you smile
    It makes me smile
    When you cry
    I can’t help but cry

    Sarajevo
    It’s you I long for
    How you suffered silently
    Throughout the ages

    I cried for you
    I’d die for you
    I carry you in my heart
    Sarajevo

    Don’t live in fear
    Nor in regret
    You should forgive
    But never forget

    Trans. Bosnian Lyrics
    Through the pearl of cities, put to fire and sword,
    May the rivers of life now start to flow.
    It is fate: the tear has learned to know,
    On this day the pain and sorrow
    Should hide no more.
    This is the moment of remembrance
    A prayer to the heavens
    A call to each and every heart,
    Be forgiving; pave the way to Light,
    My Sarajevo

    I cried for you
    I’d die for you
    How you suffered
    Sarajevo

    Written & composed by Sami Yusuf by Sami Yusuf
    Recorded Live alongside the Sarajevo Philharmonic Orchestra at the Sarajevo National Stadium
    Bosnian lyrics by Nihad Sladic

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“Never Forget” is dedicated to the victims of the Srebrenica genocide and their families. This track is a live recording with the Sarajevo Philharmonic Orchestra filmed at the Sarajevo National Stadium.

The following is an excerpt from Sami Yusuf’s blog entry dated 11th July, 2011

Bosnia has witnessed many atrocities throughout her history. Yet she keeps forgiving and forgetting…” These compelling words of a Bosnian friend struck a chord within: You should forgive, but NEVER FORGET.

I can never forget the genocide that took place in Bosnia some 16 years ago. I have tried, through my own humble efforts, to be vocal about it throughout the years. However, it saddens me beyond words to admit that not many know about Europe’s worst war crime since World War II. It is my hope and wish that this small initiative helps in educating people about the reality and the truth, the truth of the genocide committed in Srebrenica (Bosnia – Herzegovina) 1995.

This atrocious ethnic cleansing should be taught as a part of every school curriculum, just as we are taught about the Holocaust against the Jews. I believe that through our collective efforts we can make it happen so that, God-willing, we never relive such days.

Bosnia is truly beautiful. Sarajevo, even more. Her people, forgiving. Forgiving shall only be a virtue if they never forget, when we never forget.

Hvala and God bless you all.

Trans. Bosnian Lyrics (Written and translated by Nihad Sladic)

Through the pearl of cities, put to fire and sword,

May the rivers of life now start to flow.

It is fate: the tear has learned to know,

On this day the pain and sorrow

Should hide no more.

This is the moment of remembrance

A prayer to the heavens

A call to each and every heart,

Be forgiving; pave the way to Light,

My Sarajevo

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