Song Name: They told me this is Africa

Songwriter: Helen Mottee

Copyright: 1998

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Lyrics:

AFRICAN SUN POURED DOWN LIKE RAIN UPON MY SKIN
THE DOOR TO CHANGE KICKED OPEN
AND I STUMBLED IN
TRADED IN THE FREEWAY
AND THE SMELL OF THE SALT-SEA AIR
LEARNT TO WALK THE RED-DUST ROAD OVER THERE
OVER THERE

AND THEY TOLD ME THIS IS AFRICA
THEY TOLD ME THIS IS AFRICA
AND THEY SAID THAT THIS IS HOW IT'S DONE
LIMOUSINES AND BEGGARS
CRIES OF PEACE BEHIND THE POINTED GUN

AFRICAN SONG FLOWED DOWN IN A RIVER OF HOPE AND TEARS
AND THE CHILDREN SMILED AT ME
SHELTERED BY THEIR YEARS
AND THE PEOPLE WROTE THEIR DREAMS
IN SHADES OF BLACK AND WHITE
NO BERLIN WALL WAS MADE TO FALL
ACROSS THE LINE BETWEEN DAY AND NIGHT

AND THEY TOLD ME THIS IS AFRICA…….

AFRICAN JOURNEY BROUGHT ME HALF A UNIVERSE AWAY
AS I STEPPED INTO THE NIGHT IN BOMBAY
A THOUSAND FINGERS CLUTCHED MY HANDS
AND BEGGED TO WALK WITH ME
SOMEONE THREW SOME PENNIES DOWN AND SAID
"HEY, JUST LET IT BE'

AND THEY TOLD ME THIS IS INDIA

AFRICAN SUN CAME DOWN, BLED ITS COLOURS ACROSS THE SKY
I LOOKED OUT ON THE RED DUST ROAD
AND SAID GOODBYE
THEN THE SILENCE THAT HELD ME
WAS BROKEN LIKE A TOY
AS A CITY FELL IN FLAMES
AND THE GUN REACHED FOR THE BOY

AND THEY TOLD ME THIS IS BOSNIA……