The Mighty High and Dry, group portrait

I was Living Here (2018)

Directors: Ajani Jeffries & Alan Murphy
Film run time: 4 min.
Style: music video
Year: 2018
Performed by: the band, The Mighty High and Dry

This short film will precede all 2018 Witness Palestine presentations at The Little Theatre.

The Mighty High & Dry’s song, “I Was Living Here”, points to the intersectionality of oppression (and subsequent activism) of three seemingly separate populations.  The band’s Alan Murphy was inspired to begin writing the song when he heard stories of his church friends’ trip to Israel and Palestine with the Presbyterian Church (USA).


Give me back my country
Give me back my land
Give me back my dignity
And try to understand
Something more than money
Something more than fear
Long before you ruled this place
I was living here

‘Soulful Rochester rockers The Mighty High and Dry have struck a nerve on its new single, “I Was Living Here.” With guest vocals by Brian Lindsay and Danielle Ponder, each weighing in on a verse, the band addresses nascent issues like the Dakota Access Pipeline and Black Lives Matter. Despite the subjects’ frustrations, it proves good music can confront bad times — and that good music should confront bad times.’ – Frank DeBlase, City Newspaper