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EXAMPLES OF WORLDBEAT MUSIC (EXCERPTS OF LYRICS)


"Woman Be My Country" by JOHNNY CLEGG AND SAVUKA (South Africa)

Here we stand on the edge of the day
Faces melting in the African rain
So many seasons of silent war
So many drowned before they reached the shore
Nothing is clear to me any more in this sad and lonely landscape

Woman be my country, till my country can be mine
Hide me deep inside your borders in these dark and troubled times
Remember me my innocence before I drown in a sea of lies
Woman be my country, till my country can be mine

Woman be my country, till my country can be mine
I have no flag, I sing no anthem, I no longer carry an Armalite
Bathe me in your sweet rivers, anoint me with your touch and smile
To your colours I pledge my allegiance, I lay it on the line


"Concrete Jungle" by BOB MARLEY AND THE WAILERS (Jamaica)

No sun will shine in my day to day
The high yellow rose won't come out to play
Darkness has covered my life
And has changed my day into night
Where is the love to be found?
Someone tell me
'Cos life must be somewhere to be found

Instead of concrete jungle
Where the living is hardest
Man, you got to do your best

No chains around my feet but I'm not free
I know I am bound here in captivity
I'll never know what sweet love is
I'll be always laughing like a clown
In this concrete jungle


"Suffering in the Land" by JIMMY CLIFF (Jamaica)

Ai yai yai yai ........
Suffering in the land

It is plain to see we're in a terrible situation
Nearly half of the world on the verge of starvation
And the children are crying for more education

They're building guns and bombs to set the world on fire

"Slave Driver" by BOB MARLEY AND THE WAILERS (Jamaica)

Slave driver
Your table is turned
Catch a fire
You're gonna get burnt

Everytime I hear the crack of a whip
My blood runs in me cold
I remember on a slaveship
How they brutalised our very souls
Today they say that we are free
Only to be chained in poverty
Good God, I think it's illiteracy
It's only a machine to make money

Slave driver
Your table is turned
Catch your fire
You're gonna get burnt