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Tout Est Pardonné


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Don't many of us constantly ask ourselves what we would have done in the darkest times instead of our ancestors, when the fascists seized power in Germany and declared the most barbaric system imaginable to be the norm? And even more real: what will we do if it comes to that again? Will we then be the cowardly fellow travellers of the haters that such a system needs to survive - or even active perpetrators? Or will we remain upright, even if everything, really everything, is taken from us?

Sophie remained upright!

"Tout est pardonné", the fourth single by alternative rock band PORTER from the album "GENOSHA", deliberately leads the listener on the wrong track with its airy musical opening.
The presumably pleasantly melancholy, almost cheerfully engaging mood of the intro is broken, countered by the lyrics that begin, the last words of the young resistance fighter Sophie Scholl, shortly before her murder by the Nazis in Hitler's Germany on 22 February 1943. Powerful words that still make you shudder today, because of her courage, her clear attitude towards an enemy as inhuman as it is overpowering, even in the face of her imminent and certain death.

This song is about courage. About remaining human in times of pure inhumanity. It is a warning in today's times, which are preparing to allow what has happened, the unimaginable, to be seen as forgettable. But it is also about the indispensable hope that can endure even in the darkest times of human existence - must endure if we all want to stand a chance against the senseless barbarism of unscrupulous dictators and their stooges. The latter are currently and blatantly dropping their masks again, in the form of influencers, parties and fact deniers. The spectrum is endless. They talk about "flyspeck" and mean 50 million deaths. They talk about remigration and mean deportation. Racism, anti-Semitism, homophobia and all varieties of chauvinism are booming again - and once again they come in the camouflage of the bourgeoisie.

Sophie Scholl believed to the end that barbarism can be overcome, that sheer evil will not outlast all time, that freedom is attainable for all.

"The time that needs you is now!" (Fjort)
The question is: What will we do, what will you do?

"May they continue what we have started."


Mob rules is a state of mind
One condition to decline
Never let the hatred rise
In your heart and in their eyes

Laws are changing
My spirit won`t hearts are free
You are not free
How could all the cowards be
In their shameful misery

Such a lovely day
I`m forced to go
But what`s life worth
If we can`t wake up a thousand

Today you`re killing us
Tomorrow it`s your turn
My last goodbye
May they continue
What we have started

Soon you`ll stand in my place
A pure heart`s life in a murder`s land
Spread the word to all the other friends
The sun still shines
Until the end


released April 5, 2024




PORTER (DE) Dortmund, Germany

PORTER • Maximum Alternative Rock from the Ruhr-Area/Germany

Melodic and powerful songs between straight rockers an progressive experiments coming along with ambitioned political lyrics against the loss of humanity and to defend the right of freedom for everyone. ... more

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