The Song Lives On 2011
John Bently, UK
|John Bently: Liver
& Lights Scriptorium, London, UK
Contained in my three books is a song that continues to live on
even though the original singers have been silenced....
Varying slightly in each of the three books, the text of the
song is approximately 100 words in constant mutation, that
must change slightly, sometimes by just one word, every time the
song is written down or sung.
I started writing the text in 1995, on hearing of the execution
in Nigeria of the writer Ken Saro Wiva.
As the project grew, it became more generally about the issue of
Freedom of Speech. The first 100 versions of the text were originally
published as Liver & Lights No 23. 100 Books in 1999. As long
as there are oppressors and innocent victims, this song will continue
to be written and sung, metamorphosing eternally out of the
reach of tyrannical censors...