Living With The Lies

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This is the song that Julie Belmas apparently felt that I wrote about her after she made misleading statements in court during a sentencing appeal. The statements she made implied that she would have left Direct Action long before the arrest, but she was afraid that someone in the group might harm her if she tried to. I was shocked that she had become willing to portray her friends as thugs in order to save her own skin and I ended what was left of our relationship at that point.

Ironically, the song was actually about a group of prisoners that I used to sit with in the Matsqui cafeteria at meal times, who took great pleasure in mocking my belief that Julie and I would somehow pull through the prison experience with our relationship intact. They were total cynics who had come to believe that humans were only motivated by the most base desires. Consequently, they were nasty and dismissive towards ideas about love and political change.

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from Coming Home, released December 2, 2014

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Gerry Hannah British Columbia

Many people may know of Gerry Hannah through his 25 year on again/off again involvement with the seminal Vancouver punk rock band the Subhumans. Others may know of him through his brief involvement with an urban guerilla group known as Direct Action (aka the Squamish Five). But all along, Gerry has also been playing guitar, singing and writing folk/rock songs behind the scenes. ... more

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