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Josh Groban covers SA Anti-Apartheid classic - Josh Groban covers SA Anti-Apartheid classic

2006-04-02 07:26
 

SA Rock Digest calls it "one of South Africa's greatest songs". It includes instrumental references to 'Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrica', the prayer that is now our national anthem, which at the time was a protest song.

It went to number one on national radio station 5fm - and is still played regularly.

Almost 20 years later, it's still not forgotten, and will soon be a world famous hit when top singer Josh Groban releases the cover version he's busy recording together with Ladysmith Black Mambazo. So the song is likely to make quite a few South Africans some serious money in royalties!

WEEPING

I knew a man who lived in fear
It was huge, it was angry, it was drawing near
Behind his house, a secret place
Was the shadow of the demon he could never face.

He built a wall of steel and flame
And men with guns, to keep it tame
Then standing back, he made it plain
That the nightmare would never ever rise again
But the fear and the fire and the guns remain.

It doesn't matter now
It's over anyhow
He tells the world that it's sleeping
But as the night came round
I heard its lonely sound
It wasn't roaring, it was weeping
It wasn't roaring, it was weeping.

SAX SOLO - Basil Coetzee

And then one day the neighbours came
They were curious to know about the smoke and flame
They stood around outside the wall
But of course there was nothing to be heard at all
"My friends", he said, "We've reached our goal
The threat is under firm control
As long as peace and order reign
I'll be damned if I can see a reason to explain
Why the fear and the fire and the guns remain."

It doesn't matter now
It's over anyhow
He tells the world that it's sleeping
But as the night came round
I heard its lonely sound
It wasn't roaring, it was weeping
It wasn't roaring, it was weeping.

SAX

It doesn't matter now
It's over anyhow
He tells the world that it's sleeping
But as the night came round
I heard its lonely sound
It wasn't roaring, it was weeping
It wasn't roaring, it was weeping.

Composed by Heymann/ Fox/ Cohen/ Cohen

- Jean Barker


Recorded and released by Bright Blue in 1987, "Weeping" slipped past the censors.

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