Bob Dylan, Chimes of Freedom

Voici la chanson que nous avons essayé de chanter ensemble !!

Vous pouvez acheter cette chanson (voire l’album entier) sur le site d’Amnesty International (lien) : les bénéfices de la vente de l’album en question sont intégralement reversés à Amnesty International.


Far between sundown’s finish an’ midnight’s broken toll
We ducked inside the doorway as thunder went crashing
As majestic bells of bolts struck shadows in the sounds
Seeming to be the chimes of freedom flashing
Flashing for the warriors whose strength is not to fight
Flashing for the refugees on the unarmed road of flight
An’ for each an’ ev’ry underdog soldier in the night
An’ we gazed upon the chimes of freedom flashing.

Through the city’s melted furnace, unexpectedly we watched
With faces hidden as the walls were tightening
As the echo of the wedding bells before the blowin’ rain
Dissolved into the bells of the lightning
Tolling for the rebel, tolling for the rake
Tolling for the luckless, the abandoned an’ forsaked
Tolling for the outcast, burnin’ constantly at stake
An’ we gazed upon the chimes of freedom flashing.

Through the mad mystic hammering of the wild ripping hail
The sky cracked its poems in naked wonder
That the clinging of the church bells blew far into the breeze
Leaving only bells of lightning and its thunder
Striking for the gentle, striking for the kind
Striking for the guardians and protectors of the mind
And the poet and the painter far behind his rightful time
And we gazed upon the chimes of freedom flashing.

In the wild cathedral evening the rain unraveled tales
For the disrobed faceless forms of no position
Tolling for the tongues with no place to bring their thoughts
All down in taken-for-granted situations
Tolling for the deaf an’ blind, tolling for the mute
For the mistreated, mateless mother, the mistitled prostitute
For the misdemeanor outlaw, chained an’ cheated by pursuit
And we gazed upon the chimes of freedom flashing.

Even though a cloud’s white curtain in a far-off corner flowered
An’ the hypnotic splattered mist was slowly lifting
Electric light still struck like arrows, fired but for the ones
Condemned to drift or else be kept from drifting
Tolling for the searching ones, on their speechless, seeking trail
For the lonesome hearted lovers with to personal a tale
And for each unharmful gentle soul misplaced inside a jail
And we gazed upon the chimes of freedom flashing.

Starry-eyed and laughing as I recall when we were caught
Trapped by no track of hours for they hanged suspended
As we listened one last time an’ we watched with one last look
Spellbound an’ swallowed ’til the tolling ended
Tolling for the aching whose wounds cannot be nursed
For the countless confused, accused, misused, strung-out ones an’ worse
An’ for every hung-up person in the whole wide universe
An’ we gazed upon the chimes of freedom flashing.

Debatable questions about freedom of speech

Voici une liste de questions proposés par les élèves :

  • Would it really be possible to live without freedom of speech ?
  • Could democracy exist without freedom of speech ?
  • If freedom of speech didn’t exist, could you protest against freedom of speech ?
  • Do you defend all forms of speech, such as propaganda ?
  • Don’t you think it’s important to express what you think ?
  • Is freedom of religion possible without freedom of speech ?
  • Would you really be able to vote freely without freedom of speech ?
  • How could you criticize the government if you don’t have free speech ?
  • Shouldn’t we prevent children from hearing obscenities ?
  • Does freedom of speech allow offending religious beliefs ?
  • Should we allow extremist groups to express their views ?
  • Is the development of critical thinking possible if you don’t allow ideas to be discussed ?
  • Do we have to limit freedom of speech in order to fight against racism ?

So : what do you think ?

Human Rights – Test 1

Write in your own words, don’t copy paste !

1/ What is important in these texts ? (Answer in at least 50 words for each question)

a) The Magna Carta and The Habeas Corpus Act

b) The English Bill of Rights and the US Constitution

c) The US Bill of Rights and the French Declaration

d) The Universal Declaration

2/ The history of Human Rights is a history of conflict and struggle. Illustrate that point with at least two examples.  (Answer in at least 50 words)

Webquest: Human rights timeline – some key developments

Travail en salle informatique, par groupe. Chaque groupe choisit un des textes suivants :
  • Magna Carta (1215)
  • Habeas Corpus Act (1679)
  • English Bill of Rights (1689)
  • Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen (1789)
  • United States Constitution (1788)
  • United States Bill of Rights (1791)
1°) How and why did this document come into being?
2°) Explain the significance of this document to the development of the idea of human rights.