Jewish Indie Rocker Dedicates New ‘Refugee’ Track to Grandfather Who Fled Nazi Persecution
Jewish indie singer Ezra Furman released a song on Wednesday that he said was dedicated to his grandfather, who escaped Nazi persecution.
Furman told the website Consequence of Sound that the new track, called “The Refugee,” is his “first song entirely concerned with my Jewish background and present, a song dedicated to my grandfather who fled the Nazis, as well as to all of the refugees desperate for a home today.”
He added, “May all the wanderers find the homes they seek, and and may those with power welcome them as fellow citizens of humanity.”
Furman, a Shabbat-observant Jew, starts off the track singing about a character who is displaced from “frosty green Poland,” and asks himself, “How did this happen?” and “where am I now?” His migration to a new home involves him “sleeping in churches” and eating grass “like a goat.”
“This is the sound of the Jew who refuses to die,” sings the rocker, who does not conform to one gender.
“The Refugee” will be on Furman’s upcoming EP “Big Fugitive Life,” which is set to be released on Aug. 19.