Yashimbawula! (the watchman's fire is burning) What happened to the diamonds in your eyes, What happened to the hunger for the day's chase? What happened to the electric smile That danced across your face We used to talk about changing the world Now all you want to do is change your name Come on baby don't surrender now to the empty heart of these days. We used to talk so deep into the night You had the heart of a wild horse running You bared your soul to me and we both knew these days were coming Chorus: These days -- blood in the heavens These days -- fire and ice These days -- burning streets and visions These days -- of the loveless child Yashimbawula! You were the reason I came here You will always be the one I am looking for I can't stand to see the way these days are pushing you against the wall Got to get up, got to move out Face the tide beyond the door Outside there's a whole world changing We can't stand here, trapped inside Let's step out and test the weazther Hang on baby, it's going to ge a rough ride thru' Chorus These days -- searching for a vision These days -- gun metal blue These days -- changing my religion These days -- heartless and cruel say the words and fill my sails I will love you through the coming gale we'll get through the darkest heart of these days "It's killing time" Who will watch the watchers? Who will keep the keepers? Who will love the lovers -- could you? Chorus....
(for Dudu) Through all the days that eat away at every breath that I take through all the nights I've lain alone in someone else's dream, awake all the words in truth we have spoken that the wind has blown away it's only you that remains with me clear as the light of day Chorus: O Siyeza, o siyeza , sizofika webaba noma (we are coming, we are coming, we will arrive soon) O siyeza, o siyeza, siyagudle lomhlaba (we are coming, we are coming, we are moving across this earth) Siyawela lapheshaya lulezontaba ezimnyama (we are crossing over those dark mountains) Lapha sobheka phansi konke ukhulupheka (where we will lay down our troubles) A punch drunk man in a downtown bar takes a beating without making a sound through swollen eyes he sways and smiles 'cause noone can put him down inside of him a boy looks up to his father for a sign or an approving eye oh, it's funny how those once so close and now gone can still so affect our lives Chorus Take me now, hold me close don't let go, I'm coming home Chorus
Shooting star across my sky I wanted to keep you in my heaven "I will be anything you want!" I said "I will live into your dream just to see you smile" "Be my baby -- I'll be your crusade your clown-lover, renegade I'll be anything you want if it will make you stay" -- oh but it could never be that way cause: Chorus: I can never be what you want I can never be what you want me to be The great pretender inside your head a king wearing someone else's crown sacrificed who I am so that this heart could be fed I spend so much time keeping myself underground You know I love you but I am shaking inside I know I'm not going to leave here alive 'cause: Chorus: I can never be what you want I can never be what you want me to be I have sailed this impossible ocean I have sailed this crazy sea I can never be what you want, whatever you want me to be There is a spirit rising against what I have become I have to come out and choose to stay our make my run I'm slowly dying, I have to make a stand I'm coming home, you'll have to take me for what I am Chorus Be? I can never be! I can never be what you want! I can never be what you want me to be!
Sweat in the heat for days on end waiting for you to come again to hear the words spill from your lips "the system has fallen" Mass action on the radio like a great river ebbs and flows carrying us to the final close when the system has fallen I know that you are tired and weary seen too much to believe any more but we have to keep moving down that long road if we want to reach that far shore. Chorus: We're on our way home to find our freedom and I'm on my way home to find you my friend where we can stand in the light of the people and breathe life into the land again. Siyathemba, siyathemba kuwena nkosi Sizo fika ema khaya [We are still hoping and we still believe we wil reach our final destination] Hey! You! if you dance in the shadows the shadows will cover you and paralyse all the hope in your eyes that you'll need to bring you shining through Could you believe that I am your brother? could you believe that I am your friend? and although I don't speak the language you speak we could be closer than you have ever dreamt. Chorus.... Ngizobeka phansi uku zondana kwami [I will put down my hatred] Ngizobeka phansi izenzo zegazi [I will lay down my acts of revenge] Ngizoxolelana nezitha zami wemadoda [I will forgive my enemies] Sizofika emakhaya [and will reach our homes] I'm on my way, on my way, on my way to find you my friend.
LOMHLABA UNZIMA, LOMHLABA [this world is a harsh place, this world] Picture the end of a cycle here's the fire from heaven There's a tired planeet closing down no more news at eleven somewhere the last of a species has died somewhere a child is born when I hold you, I tremble inside can we ride out the storm? Are you tough enough -- can you take the strain? Are you tough enough -- to walk in the burning rain Are you tough enough -- can you take the change? Are you tough enough -- baby just say! Chorus: Into the heart of the human dream into a strange new world remember me under the Tree of Man where I first heard your words gonna make it through, I can feel it What we need is a miracle what we need is some time what we need is an angel of Mercy in this life Are you tough enough -- can you take the heat? Are you tough enough -- to walk in the burning street Are you tough enough -- can you take the change Are you tough enough -- baby just say! Chorus... There's your mama and your papa waving good-bye in the cold moonlight in their eyes the confusion of a world gone by and you hold me tightly as we step out into the morning light and I know you are thinking that for something to be born somthing has to die. Chorus... Vele vele we mama kunjalo [It is true, it's obvious. Mama, it is just as you say].
Electric chair didn't burn a hair and the newspaperman asked why and while the warden explain in great detail the newsman looked in the sky "I'm sure!", he said, "if you look a little deeper for something in his life we could understand the reason why he reached out for a knife." Oooh! What happened to the promise? Oooh! what happened to the one we knew? So, onto a a train the newspaperman rode down to the southern lands to find out about a child long gone turned into a lightning man. Chorus: Oooh! what happened to the promise? Oooh! what happened to the one we knew? Oooh! what happened to the promise? Oooh! what happened to the heart so true. "Some of them make it through", she said "some of them never do, and one of them got lost in time -- that child of mine Oh, I loved that child of mine!" Arriving in a country town with a notepad in his hand he spoke to the mother and the father and a friend and a teacher and a preacher man They all recalled a regular boy chewing gim and playing in the sand nothing could explain how he became a lonely lightning man And when the coffin came on the southbound train and the old folks shuffled by the one they came to bury was not very heavy, just a child lost in time Chorus What happens to the clear blue eye when it enters the forest? does anybody know where the little one goes? what happens to the child in time? -- some of them make it through -- some of them never do -- some of them are lost and saved -- some of them find their way oooh -- hold on to the promise we're going to make it through my baby we're going to make it through my little darling
Chopper standing in the clearing, fuelled and ready to ride Captain in the doorway, telling us to step inside last minute check, all weapons set parachute and right sight going to drop in on the jungle and grease some stone age tribe The 'sarge jokes about taking out the last link to his troubled past as we hit the canopy. I feel a shadow across my heart Chorus: Inevitable Consequence of Progress -- is what he said to me inevitable Consequence of Progress -- in the judgement of history inevitable Consequence of Progress -- going to change your destiny And I felt the sun, sun, sun, the Son, Son, Son going down on me The pilot pulled the chopper around and we got into position we made all the right moves and there wasn't any real opposition Crazy tribesmen shooting arrows at the 'ship overhead Such a wierd spectacle the 'sarge he smiled and he said "There's a new world coming and there ain't no place for them-- Don't feel sad son for what history has condemned." Inevitable Consequence of Progress -- is what he said to me inevitable Consequence of Progress -- in the judgement of history inevitable Consequence of Progress -- going to change your destiny And I felt the sun, sun, sun, the Son, Son, Son had gone down on me Bridge: I've been waiting for the clouds to clear I've been waiting for the dawn I've been waiting for the fear to subside and for the sun to make me warm again "Live and let live" -- step into real life, step into the lifeline boy
Something broke the place where the rain is bornb something stole the promise from the light of dawn people, people were everywhere struggling to get their share honest cruelty in the eyes of the innocent squeezing one more harvest from this tired earth they call to you, but the wind just blows away their words didn't believe in miracles, didn't believe you'd come didn't see any reason to carry on Chorus: But in my African Dream, you touched my face raised up my children and gave them grace in my African Dream you wiped away my tears and whispered the promise of a thousand years Children with eyes like souls ready to fly looking at me -- for some kind of sacred sign who will teach the young, the names of the ancient ones who will tell them from whence they come I have no answer, don't even have a prayer All I can do is close my eyes and hope that you will be thre In my African Dream you blessed the rain let me stand proud, eased the pain, you raised me up, gave me love, filled my cup. Old man sits in the shade of the thorn treee he says "these thorns are all that are true life is suffering, suffering is life, be happy with the small things that come to you They will come to you, come to you." Chorus
I don't want to be a tourist in your heart I don't want to visit someone else's ruins Don't want a day trip to the feelings in the dark Don't want a quick-fix honeymoon Bridge: We need: emotional allegiance, devotional love a living promise like in the story of RAM Chorus: Raghupati raghava raja Ram Patite pavana Sita Ram Stand be me -- feel the sun Emotional allegiance -- divine love There's a change in the weather and a hole in the sky snow in the summer and the rivers run dry who will guard your fragile dreams of rain when your heart is tired of daytrippers and nobody stays.... Bridge: We need: emotional allegiance, devotional love a living promise like in the story of RAM Chorus...
(for Jenny) I'm a working alien in a land of heat and stone a casulaty of an economic war that took me away from home. It's the politics of money and power It's the hope that we can build a future in world getting smaller everywhere Bridge: I can hear a siren in the workyard another shift and I'll be closer to you I'm a working dog in Babylon and only your love can get me through Chorus: Foreign nights -- took you away from me Foreign nights -- are not where I belong Foreign nights -- filled with dust and dreams Foreign nights -- trapped me in Babylon AS long as I keep moving I know I will be all right cause if I stop to think I'll drown and sink in the sea of foreign nights I've got to keep my hands busy got to keep pushing through got to learn to deal with this time away from you Bridge: I can hear a siren in the workyard another shift and I'll be closer to you I'm a working dog in Babylon and only your love can get me through Chorus.... Quiet moments in the dark are hardest to face the sun goes down but not the pain I want to be with you all the time I want to be with you, to be with you all my life I'm going to have to get through... foreign nights.
Your time will come WAQAMB' AMANGA MUS' UKUQAMB' AMANGA [you were lying, do not tell lies] WANGI QAMBELA AMANGA UFUNA UKUNGILAHLISA ITHEMBA LAMI WEMAME! [You told lies, trying to mislead me, so that I would give up my faith and hope.] WASHO NJALO! WATHI IKUSASA LETHU SELIMNYAMA HAWU WASI QAMBELA AMANGA [that is what you said -- you said that our future is hopeless, our tomorrow is bleak, you were lying, trying to mislead us] NGEKE SIVUMA -- NGEKE SILAHLA ITEMBA [No can do! we will never relinquish our faith] Chorus: KUZULONGA UKUTHI NINI? ASAZI! [Everything will be all right -- It's just when this will be, we cannot know] KUZOLONGA WENA 'MNGANE WAMI [Everything will come right, I tell you friend]] MASUKU LAHLA ITHEMBA LAKHO [Do not throw away your hope] MINA NGAPHA WENA NGAPHA SIZOYI BAMBA [Me holding on one side, you holding on the other side together we will pull through] THINA NAWE, THINA NAWE [you and me, you and me] UMOYA WAMI ONAKELE [my spirits are down] WENA WEMTAKA ANTIE HAWU WANGI SHAYISA UVALO [I say to you child of my aunt, you have caused me great fear] WASHO NJALO! WATHI IKUSASA LETHU SELIMNYAMA HAWU WASI QAMBELA AMANGA [You told lies, trying to mislead me, so that I would give up my faith and hope.] WASHO NJALO! WATHI IKUSASA LETHU SELIMNYAMA HAWU WASI QAMBELA AMANGA [that is what you said -- you said that our future is hopeless, our tomorrow is bleak, you were lying, trying to mislead us] NGEKE SIVUMA -- NGEKE SILAHLA ITEMBA [No can do! we will never relinquish our faith] Chorus: KUZULONGA UKUTHI NINI? ASAZI! [Everything will be all right -- It's just when this will be, we cannot know] KUZOLONGA WENA 'MNGANE WAMI [Everything will come right, I tell you friend] KUZOLONGA 'MNGANE WAMI NGIYAKUTSHELA [It will be all right my friend, I'm telling you] WOZA WESIBINDI! UYAPHILISA UYABULALA [come true courage, for it is you who gives life and takes it away MINA NGAPHA -- WENA NGAPHA SIZOYIBAMBA [me on this side, you on the other, we will hold it together] UNGALALLELI LAW' AMANGA 'MNGANE WAMI [don't listen to the lies of my compatriot] OH SIZOBAHLULA THINA NAWA [we will be victorious in the end, just you and me] OH THINA NAMA [just you and me] I saw the Berlin Wall fall I saw Mandela walk free I saw a dream whose time has come Change my history -- so keep on dreaming Deam on dreamer, dreamer In the best of times and in the worst of times gotta keep looking at the skyline not at a hole in the road Your time will come, sister, your time will come nobody's gonna rush history, we have to ease it along -- just ease it along
All songs written by Johnny Clegg
All songs copyright (C) 1991 by HRBV Music (ASCAP)