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Bury One's Head

from Ten Steps by Max ZT and Dan Whitehouse



Dan: I wrote this lyric after seeing the  chaotic and desperate scenes unfolding at Kabul airport in August last year - after it became clear the Afghan government had collapsed and the Taliban was assuming control of Kabul. I don't want this terrible event to be forgotten and it felt crucial to document the emotion of the human tragedy.
Videos emerged online showing Afghans clinging to the outside of a US military plane as it took off - defining images’ of Western intervention, that would send shockwaves across the world.The song is written from the perspective of the pilot - I asked myself what would have been going through their head? This skilled person who had once dreamed of flying an airplane, being free, now forced to carry out a lethal act.


Departure procedure
we are departing Kabul
to remain in the traffic pattern
we will fly straight ahead
engaging auto pilot
once stable above 400 ft agm…altitude
Remove himself from it all
sat drinking coffee
as the world turned black
clinging to the moving aircraft
desperate crowds
bury one’s head in the long cold night
running alongside
as the engines whirr
I verify we are taking off from runway 27
Final and the runway is clear
Lights, strobes and landing lights on
I will now taxi into the runway
trapped in the landing gear
nothing further I can do
but whistle in the wind
I need your hand upon my side
I need you dancing
I need your hand upon my side
I need you dancing
I need your hand
clinging to the moving aircraft
bury one’s head
clinging to the moving aircraft


from Ten Steps, released September 8, 2023
Written and Produced by Max ZT (ASCAP) & Dan Whitehouse (PRS / MCPS)

Lyrics by Dan Whitehouse

Mixed by Max ZT

Mastered by Mark Freegard

Dan Whitehouse - Vocals, Guitars, recorded in Yokohama, Japan

Max ZT - Hammered Dulcimer, Percussion, Synthesizers, recorded in New York, USA

Art & Design – Martin Hyde
Photos - Peter James Millson 

dan-whitehouse.com & maxzt.com 
P+C Max ZT & Dan Whitehouse 2023
WTK006 Want To Know Records


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