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Violet Gibson (Remember my Name)

by Lewis Burner

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Violet Gibson was an Irish woman who attempted to assassinate Benito Mussolini in 1926. She was released without charge but spent the rest of her life in a psychiatric hospital in England. Born into a wealthy family, she converted to Catholicism and became an ardent anti-fascist.



With a rock in my fist and revolver in hand
I set out to change the world
But my plan it went wrong and for thirty damn years
My story it was never heard.

On April 7th 1926
I took to the street with a problem to fix
And if I hadn't misfired, I'd have shot through his head
For the only good fascist is one laying dead.

But it wasn't to be and they locked me away
For the rest of my life until my dying day
For I took to the street with one aim in mind
To Kill Mussolini the king of the blind.

I shot out to kill but my aim was not true
I blasted his nose 'cuz the bastard did move
I shot once again but my gun it misfired
But I'm grateful to God for the plan he inspired.

I am Violet Gibson, remember my name.

They locked me away without pardon or grace
When fascism failed they kept me in place
For 30 long years they deemed me insane
But I am Violet Gibson, remember my name.


released January 2, 2024
Written and performed by Lewis 'Burner' Pugh


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Lewis Burner Leeds, UK

Lewis 'Burner' Pugh is an artist from Leeds influenced by everything from bluegrass and country through to skiffle and punk. Brought up on bluegrass and folk music, he plays traditional music and his own songs which are often political. He also plays with The Burner Band. 

'Bullets For Bread', his third solo album, is due for release on Shed Load Records early 2024.
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