Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters has made available a new recording of the protest song “We Shall Overcome.”
Posted June 3 to YouTube, the video is a call for the end of the blockade of Gaza.
Waters is seen in the video singing and playing acoustic guitar. Lead guitar is played by G.E. Smith, with drums by Thor Jonsson, neither of whom are seen in the video.
Waters explains his motivation by referencing the freedom march to Gaza this winter. “The would be Freedom Marchers wanted to peacefully draw attention to the predicament of the Palestinian population of Gaza. The Egyptian government, (funded to the tune of $2.1 billion a year, by us, the U.S. tax payers), would not allow the marchers to approach Gaza,” he writes.
“I was moved, in the circumstances, to record a new version of ‘We Shall Overcome.’ It seems appropriate.”