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Open Up Your Mind

“We all hope and we all try, we all long for something fair / but if all you sow’s convention, so you reap.” A song by Pieter van der Paverd, set to the music of Graham Nash’s ‘Chicago’.

Pieter performed this song at the Manifestival solidarity concert organised by Personne n’est illégal – Luxembourg in front of the Findel detention centre in June 2013, and a year later during Make Music, Not Borders, an open-mic concert to welcome the March for Freedom after their border crossing into the village of Schengen. The refrain remains the same. “We can change the world, rearrange the world…”


Open Up Your Mind
(based on “Chicago” by Graham Nash)

So your life is full of fear and of anger and despair
and the path of good intentions, ‘s very steep
We all hope and we all try, we all long for something fair
but if all you sow’s convention, so you reap

They said change the world, rearrange the world
‘Twas dying – to get better

All our differences make it oh so hard to see
but they are just the trees, not the wood
We are bound and we are blessed by our similarities,
by the knowledge that we share of what is good

We should change the world, rearrange the world
Keep trying (‘cause) justice and fairness and freedom
Trying – is all that we really ever need
Trying – we could have such a good life
Trying – hatred and prejudice who needs them
Open up your mind

Somehow people must be free, I hope the day comes soon
let us all challenge convention, hard and deep
From the bottom of the ocean, to the mountains of the moon
make that path of good intentions a promise that we’ll keep

We can change …

During the 'Manifestival', June 2013. Photo © Carole Reckinger

During the ‘Manifestival’ in front of the Findel detention centre, June 2013. Photo © Carole Reckinger



Pieter van der Paverd is a Luxembourg-based singer-songwriter, whose recent material consists mainly of tongue-in-cheek comments on everyday life, in the form of parodies such as this one: Luxembourgish Weather.

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