Posted by Adam J. Schokora on Monday, March 3, 2008 at 5:27 PM
Never ceasing to draw attention, Bjork closed the show with a 2nd encore performance of "Declare Independence" – a rousing power-to-the people anthem containing such lyrics as: "Declare independence!" "Don't let them do that to you!" "Start your own currency!" "Make your own stamp" "Protect your language" "Make your own flag!" "Raise your flag!"...etc. [lyrics]
You can imagine where this might be going.
At the end of the song, just before walking off stage, Bjork left the crowd with two words: "Tibet.....Tibet"......fully audible, in English.
"Declare Independence" was originally written with the Faroe Islands and Greenland in mind, not Tibet.
Your correspondent hasn't been able to find a reliable video clip of this yet; however, I can attest to it happening because I was there.
A few quotable gems (translated):
"If she was yelling free Shanghai, that would be great! Free Shanghai! Free Shanghai!"
It's unlikely Bjork will be performing again in China any time soon, if ever. Bravo.
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