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Third World Child

Are You Ready

Hawu! bheka mama! oye!
Hamb’ugadile! (be alert and be on guard)
I feel a river in flood in my veins
I can feel your love in my brain
It wants to dance my life
Through a hurricane
Dance the mamba across
The oshakati plain

Chorus:
Hamb’ugadile mntanami! (be alert and be on guard my child)
The world has crocodile eyes
And if you dance the
Oshakati mamba
Remember to cross yourself twice --
Are you ready

Hawu! bheka mama! oye!
Hamb’ugadile! (be alert and be on guard)
I need to sail away, escape this cage
I can see the sky and the milky way
Be my lover tonight, show me the wisdom of life
Dance the mamba, across the oshakati night

Hamb’ugadile mntanami! (be alert and be on guard my child)
The world has crocodile eyes
And if you dance the
Oshakati mamba
Remember to cross yourself twice --
Are you ready
And if you dance the
Oshakati mamba
You’ll be dancing on desert air
Like a seagull searching for the ocean
Like a lover playing solitaire

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Asimbonanga

Chorus: Asimbonanga (we have not seen him)
Asimbonang' umandela thina (we have not seen mandela)
Laph'ekhon (in the place where he is)
Laph'ehleli khona in the place where he is kept)

Oh the sea is cold and the sky is grey
Look across the island into the bay
We are all islands till comes the day
We cross the burning water

Chorus

A seagull wings across the sea
Broken silence is what I dream
Who has the words to close the distance
Between you and me

Chorus

Steve biko, victoria mxenge Neil aggett
Asimbonanga Asimbonang 'umfowethu thina (we have not seen our brother)
Laph'ekhona (in the place where he is)
Laph'wafela khona (in the place where he died)

Hey wena (hey you!)
Hey wena nawe (hey you and you as well)

Siyofika nini la' siyakhona? (when will we arrive at our destination)

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Giyani

Siyayibiz' ashambeni!
Hayi, ngane (we are calling: hey! let’s go child of)
Yamashangane! (the shangaan)

Oh the river is wide
And the water is deep
Got no money and I can’t get to sleep
Takes all my courage to look down that long road
I am going to giyani
With such a heavy load
I’ve got to:
Shintsha (change)
Qinga (strengthen myself)
Qingel’isibindi (take courage)
And don’t give up

Chorus
Oh I’m going to giyani
Siyayibiz’ as’hambeni!
As’hambeni
Oh I’m going to touch
That magic mystery
Leaving my troubles behind me

Did you hear about the mouse
That went to the cat for love
The cat said:
Mouse, I can’t be what your’e dreaming of.
You’re so lonely. you’ve got it mixed up.
You’re looking down below for what lies up above.

You’ve got to
Shintsha (change)
Qinga (strengthen myself)
Qingel’isibindi (take courage)
Don’t give up

Chorus.....

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Scatterlings of Africa

Copper sun sinking low
Scatterlings and fugitives
Hooded eyes and weary brows
Seek refuge in the night

Chorus
They are the scatterlings of africa
Each uprooted one
On the road to phelamanga
Where the world began
I love the scatterlings of africa
Each and every one
In their hearts a burning hunger
Beneath the copper sun

Ancient bones from olduvai
Echoes of the very first cry
Who made me here and why
Beneath the copper sun?
African idea
African idea
Make the future clear
Make the future clear

Chorus.....

And we are the scatterlings of africa
Both you and i
We are on the road to phelamanga
Beneath a copper sky
And we are the scatterlings of africa
On a journey to the stars
Far below, we leave forever
Dreams of what we were

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Great Heart

The world is full of strange behaviour
Every man has to be his own saviour
I know I can make it on my own if I try
But I’m searching for a great heart to stand me by
Underneath the african sky
A great heart to stand me by

Chorus:
I’m searching for the spirit of the great heart
To hold and stand me by
I’m searching for the spirit of the great heart
Under african sky
I’m searching for the spirit of the great heart
I see the fire in your eyes
I’m searching for the spirit of the great heart
That beats my name inside
Sometimes I feel that you really know me
Sometimes there’s much you can show me

There’s a highway of stars across the heavens
The whispering song of the wind in the grass
There’s the rolling thunder across the savanna
A hope and dream at the edge of the sky
And your life is a story like the wind
Your life is a story like the wind

Chorus

Guka ’mzimba (body grow old)
Sala ’nhliziyo (but heart remain behind)

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Missing

Burning tyres on the freeway
Noone in sight
Thre’s a raging calm
Across the land tonight
Voice on the radio says
Another one’s down tonight.
It don’t matter anymore
Which side he’s on.
Came to your place to see
If you’re all right
And the shadows
Danced across the stairway
Flight after flight
And I was banging at your door
But you weren’t there anymore
And the g-man stepped
Into the light and said
This is war!

Chorus
Uzogijima (you will run away)
Well I’ve got to get through
’cause I know that you are near the end
Uzogijima (you will run away)
Uzogijima kodwa (you will run away but there
Awusekho umgodi is no hole left for you to hide in)
Wokukasha
When the big wind blows
The tree falls down
But the reed just bends
You’r missing

Roadblock across my heart
And a riot in my mind
’cause I know that you are
Out there somewhere
Trying to find a place to hide
The shadow of a ruthless hand
Is hunting for your soul
And though I don’t know
Where you are
I’ll never let you go

Chorus...

And I want you to know
That as things fall apart
I’m on the road to nowhere
And you’re heavy on my heart
And I want you to know
That this state will never last
Maybe better days are coming
And we’ll make peace with the past

Chorus...

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Shadile (Ring On Her Finger)

Beyond freedom and dignity
Beyond the dying of the light
She takes me
Beyond reason and the trinity
Beyond the sun and out of sight
Oh no, uh no, oh she did it again
Oh no, uh no, she did it again

Chorus
That girl is feeling
Trapped by that ring on her finger
Ushadile (she’s married)
Some man thought he shot her down,
But he only winged her
Ushadile (she’s married)
Trapped by the ring on her finger...

Such a dangerous affinity
In such a deadly disguise
Hot summer nights and other promises
She carries in her married eyes
Oh no, uh no, oh she did it again
Oh no, uh no, she did it again

Chorus....

You just can’t get enough
So you come around here
And you do it again,
You just can’t get enough...

Chorus...

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Third World Child

Bits of songs and broken drums
Are all he could recall
So he spoke to me
In a bastard tongue
Carried on the silence of the guns

It’s been a long long time
Since they first came
And marched through our village
They taught us to forget our past
And live the future in their image

Chorus
They said
’you should learn to speak a little bit of english
Don’t be scared of a suit and tie.
Learn to walk in the dreams of the foreigner
-- I am a third world child

The outworld’s dreams are the currency
That grip the city streets
I live them out
But I have my own
Hidden somewhere deep inside of me

In between my father’s fields
And the citadels of the rule
Lies a no-man’s land which I must cross
To find my stolen jewel.

They said
’you should learn to speak a little bit of english
Maybe practise birth control
Keep away from controversial politics
So to save my third world soul

Chorus
They said
’you should learn to speak a little bit of english
Don’t be scared of a suit and tie.
Learn to walk in the dreams of the foreigner
-- I am a third world child

Wo! ilanga lobunzima
Nalo liyashona
Ukuthini asazi
Mus’ ukukhala
Mntanami

(oh! we don’t know when this sun of hardship will set.
Don’t cry, my child.)

Bits of songs and broken drums
Are all he could recall
But the future calls his name
Out loud
Carried on the violence of the guns

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Berlin Wall

Welcome to my island
But please don’t you stay too long
I wouldn’t want anyone to think
That something’s going on
Toe the line
And you’ll be fine
You’ll see another day
Don’t connect,
Don’t reflect,
Just fetch your weekly pay

Oh sister don’t you feel
What I know inside my bones
I’ll meet you on the underground
And we’ll make a call on the telephone

Chorus:
Berlin wall
Can you hear this call
For one world, one nation
Who can it be banging at my door
I can’t trust anyone anymore
I drink my beer in a state of fear
Is tyher no salvation
Wire on the gate,
Barbs of hate
To separate one nation
Around your heart
A ring of steel
I can’t get out
And I can’t get in.

One for all, and all for one
Is the way it should be
Every river I know
Is dreaming of the sea
My body feels like a prison to me
I’d like to fly and touch you
With a sacred dream
Come on, mama, don’t delay
I know you think I’m far away
I’m only looking for a sign --
Are you ready to cross the line?

Chorus....

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Don't Walk Away

Dogs in the backyard
And the flies are on the wall
Thunder and lightning
But the rain don’t ever fall
If there’s a flower in this desert
It’s your picture on my wall
Ibe dat baby I’m going to make you
Queen of all

Chorus:
This is not a movie
Not a dream
What you see is what you get
This is not a movie
It’s for real
You have to face it in the end...
The hard side of love

Don’t walk away
Don’t walk away --
I need your love
There’s nothing on the other side ---
This I say to you
One day I know we will
Free our lives.
One day I know we will
Free our lives
One day I know we’ll turn that tide.
Let the wheel turn one more time

Woke up this morning
While you were still asleep
Looked through the window
Into the empty streey
I don’t know exactly
What came over me
But now I know baby
I’m going to lay some of this world
At your feet

Chorus....

Some day, some day
Wo! yelele mama!
Yelele mama a ye!

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