Saya Tidak Bersalah!

Saya Tidak Bersalah is the name of a song by Tara Hack about Schapelle Corby and her imprisonment in Bali on charges of drug smuggling. The words are the last Schapelle spoke in court before the judges handed down their totally over the top sentence of twenty years

I cannot admit to a crime I did not commit. And to the judges, my life at the moment is in your hands, but I would prefer if my life was in your hearts….And your Honour, I ask of you to show compassion, to find me innocent, to send me home. Saya tidak bersalah (“I am not guilty”, in Indonesian).

The song which attacks the sentence and the perceived lack of public support has been well received by the US entertainment media and has been uploaded to YouTube. You can see it here.

Some of the lyrics are:

“She touched down, she didn’t get far/ she got framed in Denpasar/ she planned to stay at a fine hotel, but her stay in Bali turned into hell/ take two weeks on a fine vacation, spend nine hours in interrogation/ a one-way ticket straight to heaven, she won’t get out until she’s 47.”

Regardless of where you stand on the topic of Schapelle’s guilt or innocence, I think the song has been crafted really well and does stands in its own right – regardless of the lyrics. Actually, I was unable to understand many of the words because of my shonky hearing so I think I *can* say I like it because of what it is, rather than what it’s about. 🙂

Source: New York Songbird’s Lament for Schapelle.


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