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Boy Is A Nation

  • Allan Taylor

    How long, mayibuye Africa
    How long, mayibuye Africa
    How long, mayibuye Africa
    How long, mayibuye Africa

    'Boy' is a nation with fire in its soul
    Tired of living in one stinking hole
    Townships of cardboard, paper and tin
    Nothing to lose but to win

    'Boy' feeds his family, does what he's told
    Digging for diamonds, mining for gold
    Emptying garbage, cleaning the street
    Nothing to wear on his feet

    Two weeks a year he goes home to his wife
    Planting his seed, continuing life
    Building the numbers, filling the line
    It's only a matter of time

    When man is denied a piece of his land
    Violence comes by unspoken command
    One piece of land to nurture and farm
    One piece of land for a home

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  • [1991:] 'Mayibuye Africa' literally means 'Let Africa come back'. It is a Zulu term commonly used as a freedom chant in the townships of South Africa. (Notes Allan Taylor, 'Out of Time')

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