Singer Nellie McKay's Blues Song for Wrongly Convicted Death Row Prisoner Troy Davis

As September 21st nears--the date set for Troy Davis's execution--lawyers, death penalty advocates, citizens groups, journalists, and public figures are pressing hard for clemency. Singer and songwriter Nellie McKay is doing what she does so brilliantly to do her part: She has written "A Song for Troy Davis" andsung it with staggering beauty, heart, and style. In I Want to Live, her recent  musical biography, McKay assumed the role of Barbara Graham, executed by gas at San Quentin in 1955, and immortalized by Susan Hayward in the 1958 film by the same name. "Barbara didn’t get a fair shake in life, but we try to give her one in our show," says McKay. Now she offers a moody blues from a man locked "in a world of doubt"  and "endless solitude". "Pretty tales may fail to tell our story," Nelllie McKay sings. But her beautiful song and face will take your breath away, hurling you from the film noir atmosphere of her video to the real life death row cell, where Troy Davis awaits his fate. Then you can write a letter to a newspaper, click on the link to the petition, and/or join a demonstration to grant clemency to the wrongfully convicted Troy Davis.

Song for Troy Davis by Nellie McKay from JFOX on Vimeo.

AlterNet / By Nora Eisenberg

Posted at September 19, 2011, 5:41am

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