I became aware of Rachel’s story when I was getting involved in music making with refugees (see the Music & Resilience project), and it moved me deeply—it still does. Back in 2003 she was 23, in the Gaza Strip, standing on the way of an Israeli bulldozer, trying to prevent the demolition of Palestinian houses. She did not move, the bulldozer did not stop; and thus, she met her fate. I believe that this unfaltering determination, able to reach beyond your own self, is the ulti- mate act of faith in life, able to change the world. And so, this is a lovesong.
The album version features the recitation of two poems unrelated to Rachel’s story, but in my opinion very much related to the deeper meaning of the whole song. They were introduced in live shows to involve a singer, and they somehow inflated the song with additional sections. But I think the tenderness and further witness they bear is worth this price.