Strebers ”Your Blood is Worth as Much as Mine” (Punk) [Music/Track] Anti-Racism

Year: 1988
Genre: Punk
From: 7” “Mitt Blod

Racist slogans drills deep into his soul
and he thinks something is wrong
It has been so all the time he has been here
swear words as sharp as bullets from the rifles

So this is a classic Swedish Punk/Hardcore act, with Swedish lyrics. The bandname is Strebers, which translates to ”The Highfliers”. The title is ”Mitt Blod/Ditt Blod”, which then loosely translates to ”Your Blood is Worth as Much as Mine”. An outspoken anti-racist band with extremely good lyrics, and this is one of the best’. The title pretty much says it all, in short, it’s about a man growing up in a poor war infested country that escapes to build a better future in the west. Here he gets racist slurs yelled at him when walking down the streets, from the so-called civilized population of the earth.

THE BAND

Strebers was one of the most influential punk bands from, formed in the small town Strängnäs in 1985. 

Songs were conceived by drummer Johnny Rydh, who whistled melodies to guitarist Mikael “Ulke” Johansson. Johansson then in turn translated the harmonies to electric guitar. His distinctive guitar sound played a major role in Strebers’ songs, which were a mix of punk rock and Swedish folk music, while Rydh wrote most of the lyrics.

In 1992 Johnny Rydh died in a car crash in 1992, the remaining members disbanded Strebers, as they felt they could not continue under the old name without Rydh. Johansson and bassist Blomberg then formed a new punkband, Dia Psalma together with new drummer Stipen, formerly of Swedish Thrash Metalband Merciless.

Your Blood is Worth as Much as Mine (English Translation)

He’s black and lives in a poor country
only nine years old, but kills like a man
grew up with death as a playmate
it had been a long time since he had had a bite to eat

He lies full of splinters in a trench
sees himself perishing on the sea of life
but he dies proudly in the struggle for freedom
in that struggle, the effort is life

Your Blood is Worth as Much as Mine

He is black and lives in a rich country
on the way home with books in his hand
will become a doctor to help his people
become between life and death as an interpreter

Racist slogans drills deep into his soul
and he thinks something is wrong
it has been so all the time he has been here
swear words as sharp as bullets from the rifles

Ditt Blod/Mitt Blod (Original Lyrics)

Han är svart och bor i ett fattigt land
bara nio år, men dödar som en man
växte upp med döden som lekkamrat
det var länge sen han fick sig en bit mat

Han ligger full av splitter i en skyttegrav
ser sig själv gå under på livets hav
men han dör stolt i kampen för frihet
i den kampen är insatsen livet

DITT BLOD ÄR LIKA MYCKET VÄRT SOM MITT BLOD

Han är svart och bor i ett rikt land
på väg hem med böcker i sin hand
ska bli doktor för att hjälpa sitt folk
bli mellan livet och döden liksom tolk

Rasisters slagord borrar sig djupt i hans själ
och han tänker att nånting är fel
det har vart så hela tiden han vart här
glåpord lika vassa som kulor från gevär

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