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
Chorus: Asimbonanga (We have not seen him) Asimbonang' uMandela thina (We have not seen Mandela) Laph'ekhona (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)
Siyayibiz' as'hambeni! 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.....
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
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)
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....
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...
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
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....
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!
All songs written by Johnny Clegg
(Giyana written with V Mabuso)
All titles published by Sweet 'n Sour Songs Ltd.
(C) H.R. Music - BMI 1986 and 1986