Watch Roger Waters Cover “The Right to Live in Peace”
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He Revised The Lyrics A Bit
Roger Waters covered “The Right to Live in Peace” – a 1971 folk song by Chilean singer-songwriter Victor Jara which was used as the anthem of the Chilean protests in 2019. Waters said, “This is for the people of Santiago & Quito & Jaffa & Rio & La Paz & New York & Baghdad & Budapest and everywhere else the man means us harm.” He edited a bit of the lyrics and included world leaders like President Donald Trump.
Victor Jara was tortured and murdered by dictator Augusto Pinochet in 1973. In the wake of the musician’s death who was deemed a martyr, his song became a powerful memento to Chileans. Thus, it comes as no surprise that Waters would eventually record his own rendition of the track.
The former Pink Floyd frontman never shied away from voicing his dismay and disappointment at Trump. Following his concert film’s screening, Us + Them in New York, Waters participated in a Q&A session where he referred to Trump as “a man who has failed at fucking everything in his life except becoming the biggest … tyrant and mass murderer and mass destroyer of everything that any of us might love or cherish in the whole [world], only because he has the power.”
Because of the coronavirus pandemic, Waters was forced to move his “This Is Not a Drill Tour” to 2021.