Xavier Rudd & The United Nations: Flag

Xavier Rudd is an Australian singer-songwriter who recently brought together musicians from Australia, Germany, Ireland, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, and South Africa to form the band United Nations.  Their reggae song Flag leads off their latest album Nanna.

The video is built around images of white flags — the white flag of peace, not surrender.

Xavier Rudd & The United Nations: Flag. Directed & Produced by Grey Ghost. Director of Photography: Nick Rieve.

Coming with his own designs, his own style, his own awakening
He told me yes he can forgive, but he can never forget it
Weapons always close to hand, for he has seen too much hatred
Only weapon that he chooses is love, universal call now for justice
[Chorus]
And I’ll keep on waving this flag, cover my head, cover my back now
And I’ll keep on waving this flag, cover my head, cover my back now
And I’ll keep waving this flag, cover your head, cover your back now
People keep on waving this flag, cover my head, cover my back now
You know, you know, I said praise Jandamarra and the Bunuba tribe
Building the resistance with strength and pride
Said no to domination of the ancient clans
Protection of his people and his tribal lands
Healing in the tunnel at his mothers right hand
Healing in the tunnel with the spirit of the land
Precedent set for the present day
Time to stand, time to keep waving that flag
Cover my head, cover my back now
[Chorus]
And I’ll keep on waving this flag, cover my head, cover my back now
People keep on waving this flag and I’ll cover your head, and I’ll cover your back now
People keep on waving this flag, cover my head, cover my back now
Said people keep on waving this flag
People keep on waving this flag, cover my back now
(keep waving, keep on waving that flag)
Coming with my own designs, feeling strong, feeling able
Community is coming alive, loaded weapons are on the table
[Chorus]
And I’ll keep on waving this flag, cover my head, cover my back now
People keep on waving this flag, cover my head, cover my back now
People keep on waving this flag, and I’ll cover your head and I’ll cover your back now
People keep on waving this flag, cover my head, cover my back now
Said people keep on waving this flag
People keep on waving this flag, cover my back now
(keep waving, keep on waving that flag)

Read more: Xavier Rudd & The United Nations – Flag Lyrics | MetroLyrics

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Xavier Rudd will be performing in Portland on October 20.  For more on white flags in music videos, see our February 2015 post Musical White Flags.

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Author: SDM

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