Martyn Joseph is a performer like no other: Shades of Springsteen, John Mayer, Bruce Cockburn and Dave Matthews there may be - but he stands in his own right, built on a reputation for giving what thousands have described as the best live music experience of their lives delivering his "songs of lyrical intelligence" according to BBC Radio 2's Bob Harris.


January 25, 2010 3:27 pm

Five Sisters – Exclusive download- 2010

fivesistersRead Martyn`s diary entry of 31st December 2008 for the inspiration behind this moving and compelling song of a father in Gaza who lost five precious daughters when an Israeli rocket, aimed at a building next door, destroyed their home.

Below are two versions of the song, the first a full version and the second a stripped back acoustic version.
Five Sisters
Five Sisters Acoustic

This is not the place for vengeance
Not a place for battle cries
This is no rally it’s a funeral
For five sisters lives

Every day I watched them growing
In the night I watched them breathe
But it only takes a second
Five sisters gone

We walk we breathe we are not animals
Though you treat us like we are
I never fired a rocket sir at anyone
But you may have pushed too far

The propaganda of the leaders
Making speeches heads held high
I want them standing by this graveside
Where five sisters lie

Every day…

Take away a mans water
Build upon his land
Raise a mighty wall around him
What is it you don’t understand?

Make his children walk in squalor
With only night stars for a view
Then the rage within that helplessness
One day comes back at you

Every day….

But this is not the place for vengeance
Not a place for battle cries
This is n o rally it’s a funeral
For five sisters lives

One day I’ll buy a rocket
And I will aim it at the sky
Celebrate in the light of a thousand colours
I pray, peace and justice in our time

For five sisters
Too late for my five daughters

For five sisters
Too late for my five daughter


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3 Comments

  • This is an extraordinary song that carries within the lyrics and the music, the horror of this incident – sadly not altogether unique – but also the grace as shown by the man whose life was torn apart at the loss of his little ones. This song never fails to move me beyond words. A wonderful example of Martyn’s rare ability to capture and exhibit SO much within a song, and to take the listener to the place where they are faced with a situation in such a way few others can achieve, through this or any other medium.

  • My friend Stuart Broomfield gave me this site for which I am immensely grateful. Very moving. Can I add the lyrics + alink to my own blog?

  • admin says:

    Sure Richard, As long as you credit Martyn that’s fine.