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DEATH Author Roy SWAFFORD Music Dominique TILLE Death sits in this little cell with me, His face is shrouded but his smile I see the time is not yet, as he will not come so readily and I will not go so easily
WELCOME TO MY WORLD Author James Aren DUCKETT Music Tenzin NGINGTHATSHANG Welcome to my world… Routine…boredom… prison food served on dirty trays… Cold… Scraps… Made up meat… Laundry dirty to exchange… who had this on? Why no bleach to clean… safety reasons… why… I may harm myself? Haven’t in 25 years on death row… why would I, now? Cantines services mob rules… no job no pay-check… How do you continue to go up on prices and expect us to buy… lough out loud… state says it cost 65 $ a day to keep me … here.. been a pleasure to be here over 9’000 day… could anyone use “580’000” ? Talk about waste… what about legal cost … what about right or wrong… what about being Innocent! Help…
“ WALK AWAY, JUST WALK AWAY” Author Darryl S. STINSKI Music Alessandro HUG The pendulum swings across, cutting my soul to pieces They say « walk away, just walk away » I’ve been walking my whole life, all I ever got: A cell in hell, in having the breath of death every second…every minute…every hour… Day …after month…becoming years… The pieces breaking down into dust to be swept up and thrown away…Forgotten The world saying « Monster…Heartless…Soulless » I am there dirty secret shame The mirror reflecting their own darkness, their own festerling pustule of a soul. They just have better masks to wear…better chains to hold the beast within… I feed mine the shadows I live in… I know my beast and accept him for what he makes us…Whole can you say the same…
No one knows 04:04
NO ONE KNOWS Author Spoon JACKSON Music Joséphine MAILLEFER No one knows you were once a dreamer With your own nest in a forever sky You leaned into my heart like a willow's shadow at dusk, full of dark love No one knows you were once a Empress, a goddess And you moved in ways none could calculate In circles none could see
Hello World 03:34
WINDOW Author Paul Anthony BROWN, inspired by Johnny Cash Music Joanne GAILLARD I look out my window today to see if I still feel I focus on the pain the only thing thats real but I remember everything. - "Hello world, how you been, good to see you now my old friend. The feelings of despair like I'm never going to see the world again what have I become my sweetest friend everyone I know goes away in the end I see your little house your little dreams faith and friends "hello world"
Enjoy life 02:02
ENJOY LIFE Author Roy SWAFFORD Music Sarah LANCMAN Enjoy life : You never know what's around the corner or down the road. Enjoy life for none of us knows what tomorrow may bring There are so many things that I wish that I would have done - and unfortunately that time has passed for me forever. So please don't let this happen to you - enjoy life and take advantage of everyday, and everything you want to do.
SCHEDULED EXECUTIONS Author Roy SWAFFORD Music Joséphine MAILLEFER Warm, love, tender, smile, family, friends, share, care, air, wind, taste, rain, enjoy, touch, secure, life.
The Rose 03:43
ROSE Author Anthony WELCH Music Félix BERGERON This rose is made of paper, a fact that’s sad but true… It’s not as pretty as the ones god made, But it’s the best that I can do. Never touched by morning- dew, these tears I hold behind my eyes, keep it watered just for you God made his for the world to see, mine was made just for you. So when you’re feelin- down or blue, as I know you often do Look upon this rose of mine, and know that I love you.
The Unknown 07:01
THE UNKNOWN Author Ronald W. CLARK, Florida Music Julien MEGROZ We live, we love, and then we die. Leaving loved ones behind to cry. Not understanding what life is about So much grieving because of doubt Skin, blood, muscle, and bone It's not death we fear, it's the unknown. A soul or form of energy What happens when it's set free? No one knows this for sure And until that day there is no cure. No cure for grieving, no cure for pain, A grave site is all in vain. For flowers they are giving Yet the grave is for the living. So few answers, so many questions. Maybe life is all, all about lessons?
MY SPIRIT & I Author Dennis Mayfield BREWER Music Guy-François Leuenberger Sitting still Inside my mind, I lock onto time. Quietness I seek Inside me is all my peace. Denied, Deprived and Unsatisfied With the outer realm I dive deep, and the deeper I go the better I am. Knowing that all what I need is with me, I take command of myself and in my own time I cool my mind, and let my spirit move me. With my spirit guiding me I come to soon embrace my goal, to be at oneness with my spirit. Created Pure! My spirit never denies me, as it is this body that comes with outer limits, that I seek daily to notice, and embrace so that I can overcome and be free. At oneness with my spirit My soul is full of joy. Once again, creativity overflows me, and at my finger tips come forth love in the forum of a melody. With every colour of a rainbow My artistic skills flow, and dance so gracefully until I have to let them go, and within a matter of time My spirit "I" express and freedom is mine ...
Humility 03:19
HUMILITY Author Demetrius HOWARD Music Tristan GIOVANOLI Everyday I breathe I am humbled to still be. Every smile I see it touches me. For much pain has humbled me. Many tears I've seen because people want peace. The humility that is whithin me comes from God, you see. The darkness and pain I see Going on around the world trembles me. My spirit and soul has no peace. My mind can't rest. No pleasureable sleep. Unrest I feel because of all the hurt and pain around me. Family broken apart, mothers and children hungry. Sick with disease, dying painfully, because the humility in caring is lost, replaced with blinded eyes of unfeeling selfish deeds. The humility in you buried within. But my humility will bring you to life.
Let me fly 03:42
LET ME FLY Author Jose BUSANET, Pennsylvania Music Renaud DELAY Do you believe in angels? Le me fly, let me fly Let me feel the wind beneath my wings Let me fly away from sorrow I hate my yesterdays So I can't promise you tomorrow I want to fly far, far away Away from hate, away from this Away from life cause I'm so sick I want to fly away, how sick am I Can't you see or hear my cries Let me fly, just let me fly Don't want to feel this pain of mine So soon I'll fly away from you So do you believe in angels? Cause I sure do!
My time 03:12
MY TIME Lyrics (extraits) Dennis Mayfield BREWER Music Dominique TILLE Deep in the late night hour, / My soul blossoms a love flower, / Seeking for what brings me peace and joy, / Consciously, I knock at the door And my subconscious welcomes me home, I shake the dust off my essence, / I shower in the bliss of peace, love and harmony, / Music fills my heart, / I desire peace
Day by day 03:08
DAY BY DAY Lyrics: Robin Lee ROW Music Joséphine MAILLEFER I wake up and feel the sun in my face Hear the birds singing, the people talking And I go to wake you for the new day, But I realize you're not there. It’s just another day without you! I go downstairs to make your favorite meal, Scrambled eggs with ham and orange juice. I call to you that breakfast is ready, But I realize you aren’t there. It’s just another day without you! I come home from work and rush in to greet you, See you run to me and throw your arms around me, And you tell about your day. But I realize you're not there. It’s just another day without you! I go to see if you took your bath, Washed behind the ears, And brush your teeth, But I realize you're not there. It’s just another without you! I will never get to comb your hair again, See your smiling on your bike, enjoy your hugs and kisses, For you're not there! It's just another day without you.


INMATES’ VOICES - Voix de Détenus, est une création musicale sur des textes de prisonniers.
Ces textes ont été écrits spécialement pour ce projet par des détenus condamnés à mort aux USA. Ils ont ensuite été sélectionnés par de jeunes compositeurs qui les ont mis en musique. Les chansons nées de cette collaboration sont interprétées par huit chanteurs romands.

Prêter voix à des prisonniers, c'est leur donner l'opportunité d'exister en dehors de leur cellule, c'est permettre à leurs mots de nous toucher.
Laissez-vous emporter par ces voix de prisonniers...


released January 16, 2017


Constance Jaermann, soprano 1
Estelle Vidon, soprano 2
Joséphine Maillefer, alto 1
Silvia Contaldo / Irene Ratti, alto 2
Bastien Masset, ténor 1
Dominique Tille, ténor 2
Alain Carron, basse 1
Florent Perdrix, basse 2


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