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Black Flag

by Dov Hammer & Assaf Rozov



Dov Hammer & Assaf Rozov - "Black Flag"

Dov Hammer has been known for 30 years as Israel's top Blues artist. The singer/songwriter/harmonica player has played with great US Bluesmen and led his own Blues bands is thousands of shows on stages across Israel, the USA and Europe.
In "Black flag", Dov Hammer steps outside his usual playing field with a one-of a kind Americana-style song. Sparked by the "Black flag" anti –corruption protests that have raged across Israel in the past year, the song is a personal reflection and reaction to the corruption that sparked the protests, and the violent reactions that the protesters have faced
To create this special song, Hammer has joined forces with a longtime friend and collaborator, guitarist Assaf "Sweettooth" Rozov. The two met in 1990 as up-and –coming blues musicians, backing their mentor, Canadian Bluesman Ted Cooper. Besides collaborating with Hammer in several bands and as an acoustic duo, Rozov has played at the prestigious Rochester Jazz festival, as well as touring and recording with major Israeli artists such as Miki Gavrielov and the band "Knesiat hasechel"


Black Flag
Lyrics and music by Dov Hammer © October 2020

How can I play my song today
What can I say, that’s not been said
I can’t stay silent, won’t obey
I don’t play by your rules the game has changed

Black flag-
flying on the bridge tonight, I’m here to make a stand
I'm gonna blow my horn, shine a light
of hope across this land

Are those cheers that I hear
Or just white noise in my ears
Ain't it clear that a change is near
Can’t you see we’ve got no fear

Black flags-
in the streets they’re flowin’, like a human hurricane
Sticks and stones can break our bones,
but this storm can’t be contained

Like a wild wind blows, like water flows
Through cracks in a stone, it never stops or slows
Like the king’s new clothes, the truth exposed
The wicked man knows, he’ll reap just what he sowed

Black flags -
flying from north to south,
from the mountains to the shore
Beat us, cheat us, try to keep us out,
but we won’t turn back no more


released January 10, 2021
Music & lyrics : Dov Hammer

Arranged and produced by Dov Hammer & Assaf Rozov

Vocal and harmonica: Dov Hammer

Guitar & Dobro: Assaf "Sweettooth" Rozov

Drums, bass, ukulele and mandolin: Ori Beanstock

Mixed & mastered by Ori Beanstock

Cover photo and design by Dov Hammer


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Dov Hammer Israel

Dov Hammer has been at the forefront of the Blues scene in Israel for nearly 3 decades. He was the leader of "The Blues Rebels","The Daily Blues" and "CG & The Hammer". "BlueSoul" is his 9th album (including 7 with those bands). He has appeared across Europe and the USA, and shared stages with some of the greatest living Blues artists, including Joe Louis Walker, Jimmy Johnson and Lucky Peterson ... more

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