Stephen Taberner & trio perform Like a Movie, a song for Julian Assange

On the 6th September 2020 Stephen Taberner posted this performance


Stephen Taberner   vocals, double bass, composer
Jack Fitzgerald Sice   vocals, piano 
Susie Bishop   vocals, violin
recording engineer   Nick Hendersonmixed,
filmed, and edited by Emily-Rose Sarkovaat
at Peppermint Grove Studios, Australia


like a movie
flickering in blue and grey
like a movie
you can’t take your eyes away


here’s a man in the nose of a beast
a magic camera on his eye
they’re not men he sees before him
just pixels floating by

his eyes narrow on the target
his finger is the boss
seven men go to the dust they came from
underneath his cross like a movie


and here’s a man on an aeroplane
his eyes are warm, his eyes are closed
weary from too much seeing,
from 10 years on this road

they took his son, they took his freedom
took away his space to think
they took his walls and moved them closer
they pushed him to the brink

like a movie
flickering in blue and grey
like a movie
betrayal’s only one frame away


and here’s a hawk, in front of an eagle
three colours tattooed on it’s chest
his eyes are flint, his heart is granite
cos uncle knows what’s best

there’s talk of a man who’s said too much
talk of a man who’s sealed his fate
talk of a bounty for the one who brings
his head upon a plate like a movie


and now here’s a man in a tiny cell
his tired face is gaunt and pale
he walks ten thousand steps each day
the santiago trail

his hair is white, the spider’s eyes were black
the mighty web was a thing of awe he went in deep,
he couldn’t come back
but he showed us what he saw

like a movie
flickering in blue and grey
like a movie dignity
will hold no sway

and when the dawn breaks, and the mist clears
you can watch the final scene, if you dare
one man in front of an army, all alone

and his man, what’s he going to do now?
and what about you, what are you going to do now?
are you going to sit there, and keep on watching?
cos if we all got up we could stop this movie
don’t you think it’s time we stopped this movie?

like a movie
flickering in blue and grey
like a movie
we can’t let it end this way