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Street Fighting Years
(1989)

Street Fightning Years

1. Street Fighting Years
2. Soul Crying Out
3. Wall Of Love
4. This Is Your Land
5. Take A Step Back
6. Kick It In
7. Let It All Come Down
8. Mandela Day
9. Belfast Child
10. Biko
11. When Spirits Rise

 


 

Street Fighting Years

Chased you out of this world, didn't mean to stop
I turned around and suddenly you where gone
Like some bird from paradise, the fire and ice
We turned around and suddenly you where gone, gone, gone
And now summer burns a hole inside and years are golden once again
My thoughts return to you my dear young friend

Oh come this way
Will you look down this way
I go down on the street
Where the wild wind's blowing
Here comes a hurricane

I say come down this way
Will you look down this way
I need you tonight
I need you around me

I'm looking through the windows
And my mind goes in a whirl
Well there's a multitude of candles
Burning in the windows of this world
I'm looking at the colours
Checking out the straights
I'm counting out the numbers
Will tomorrow never change?

Still I hear you and I love you
And I'll follow you elsewhere
And I'll remember this occasion
I'll remember being aware

'Cause we've got panic in the evening
We've got fall-out in the streets
And I hear you and I follow you
And I'll call out and I'll say
That I can hear your sister call out
And I hear her call your name
They're calling sweet surrender
And things won't be the same
And don't you think that I don't care
And don't you think that I don't know
And don't you hear them calling out
In a place not far from here

And I hear big wheels are turning
Some things are not to fear
They say this is the time and place
They call street fighting years

And I hear great wheels are turning
And I tell you not to fear
They say this is the time and place
They call street fighting years

And I love you, I look for you
And I walk to you, I walk to you
And I hear big wheels are turning
Is there no way out of here?
They'll be calling out tomorrow

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Soul Crying Out

Listen to the rhythm
Listen to the beat
It has a cold wind blowing
Up through the street
Soul crying out
People crying out

In through the valleys
In through the streets
Feel the whole world moving
Underneath our feet
Something's going on
I said what is going wrong

I feel them coming
So close behind
Sister says, we're next in line
The man he says, that's OK
And the Government says you're gonna pay, pay, pay
And you pay
Still you pay

It's just a soul crying out
It's just the people crying out
It's the land crying out
And I can hear you crying out

And I say, I don't know
Maybe I don't care
What I know is
I gotta get out of here
And I'm going
Going any day
Some sweet day
Some sweet day
I gotta find a way

I can hear the lovers, whisper in the street
See a crowd has gathered underneath the heat
I hear what they say
But I don't believe what they say

I see the woman, with tears in her eyes
I hear the baby, calling in the night
Something on the bed, was it something she said
Hell this is not right
What goes on through the night

I hear her coming, all in my mind
Sweet common love, so hard to find
Someone said, man that's sa
And the people walk by, cos they're so blind

And you pay
Still you pay

It's just a soul crying out
Just the people crying out
It's the earth crying out
And I can hear you crying out
And I can feel you crying out

And I say, I don't know
Maybe I don't care
All I know is, I gotta get out of here
And I'm going, going any way
Do you know, some place to go
I'm getting out of here

Where will I find some peace of mind
I'm getting out of here

I come walking to you
I come singing to you
Some sweet day
I'm gonna walk away
I'm gonna walk away

It's just the soul crying out
It's just the land crying out
It's just the children crying out
All the babies crying out

Any way, some sweet day
I'm gonna walk away
Turn away

It's just the soul crying out
It's just the land crying out

I wanna hear
I want you here
Some sweet day

Just a soul crying out
Of a land crying out anyway
When you say
Some sweet day...

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Wall Of Love

Ooh great wall of love, build me a great wall of love
When the blind man sings about the peaceful things
You shout that it's not good enough

Ah we wait till daylight hours
Waiting for a sign from you
Golden temples concrete towers
Building mansions on the hillside next to you
In the city souls awaken bodies shaking
Oh pull me up let me see the view
And to the hungry in the gutter
We've deprived them bread and butter
Always not enough
No not enough

Great wall of love, build me a great wall of love
When the blind man sings about the peaceful things
You shout that it's still not enough.

Ah well it's not the sound of ghosts I hear
It's the devil with his chainsaw
And I'll be running through the ghettos
Through the townships of Soweto
Always not enough
No not enough

Brothers missing, babies kissing
And the thing that got to you
Burning never turning next to you

Ooh great wall of love
Build me a great wall of love
When the blind man sings about the peaceful things
You shout that it's still not enough

So listen to me darling
They've got worries they've got troubles on their mind
And when you hear them reaching out
They're reaching out for something they can't find

Oh I believe one great day the rain will come
And wash this mess away
Oh I believe one great day the rain will come

They've got silver and diamonds
They've got paradise around them
They've got blue skies so clear
They've got their prisoner in a wagon
While the children chase the dragon
And the free bird files so clear
It files away
Fly fly fly away
Fly away
Oh you fly away

And may your sweet lips sing to me
Let the bells ring wherever freedom be
One babe is born and another one dies
There's people making love tonight
People making love tonight
Ah people making love tonight
People making love
People making love tonight
People making love
I can hear them reaching out
I can hear them reaching out
I can hear them reaching out
I can hear them reaching out

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This Is Your Land

This is your land
It's the way it was planned
Sky to the sea, something to see
Old ancient town, to the old people ground
I wanna know, something to go
This is your land, laid out in your hand
This is your land
Wherever I go, way down here I know
This is your land

Oh churches and steeples, big city people
I wanna know something to hold
Walk down the track, to the old railroad track
I wanna leave something to see
This is your land, laid out in your hand
This is your land
Wherever I go, way down here I know
This is your land

Money can't buy me
Money can't buy me
I've got time
Time is on my side

You don't know what you've got till the whole thing's gone
The days are dark and the road is long

And when you walk away, the hope is gone
Tell me what is right, and what is wrong

Is this the way it was planned
This is your land, take it in your hand
This is your land
Wherever I go, way down here I know
This is your land, take it in your hand
This is your land
Wherever I go, way down here I know
This is your land

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Take A Step Back

Go tell it on the mountain
Like it burst forth like a fountain
Try to shake the deep foundations of this land
High up on lover's land
They got hotel rooms so grand
And no one here knows what goes behind closed doors

Take a step back to the middle of the track
Don't you know it's rumoured all around
Says you know it's come to town
Come on and take a step back to the middle of the track
'Cos the rumours are around said you're coming back to town

And with every little lie
You come and never blink an eye
You know you've got yourself all tied up
When you're around
I've got the modern world behind me
Like a needle in a haystack find me
They build you up and then they're going to burn you down

So take a step back to the middle of the track
The rumours all around
Said you're coming back to me
Come on and take a step back to the middle of the track
Says you know it's going upside, you know what's going down

I'm haunted by the wanderer deep inside
Wanted by
Haunted by
I'm haunted by the wanderer that's deep in my soul

Gonna look back to the middle of the track
And you know it's going upside
Le, le, da, le
Telling me
Ah ha, uh hu

Ooh look back to the middle of the track
And you know it's going upside
Telling me...

Don't tell me it's a bad dream
Don't tell me it's not what it seems
Don't tell me pretty soon you know

Gotta stop the roller coaster
Gotta make the most of it
Gonna pull you down

Gotta make the most of it
Better cool it down

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Kick It In

Love gives me poetry
Stays up all night and puts a curse on me
Oh anything you want
Turn around and I'll take you there
I know it's going to be
Take your shackles off o' me
This city's gone, I'm gone over there

Kick it in, kick it in
Build it up and burn it down again
Kick it in, kick it in
Burn down to the ground
Kick it in, kick it in
Tell me about this place you've been
I don't want it there's a fever going around

Take a walk down town
See what's going on
If you want to find a hidden key
There's nothing here on me
Any city, anywhere
Any colour I don't care
You belong to me
And that's the way it's gonna be

Kick it in, kick it in

Yeah kick it in, kick it in
Raise it up and let it live again
Feel your body shake and take off
You can lie but keep it in
Keep me down here wondering
So what's it going to be
Come on in
I like the shape you're in
You keep me wondering, wondering, wondering

Eyes upon you black and brown
Spread your love all over town
Give me fire, body heat
Say hello to me
I want to go anywhere
Any colour I don't care
Don't believe in all you see
And don't get caught

Kick it in, kick it in
Tell me about this love you've been
Kick it in, kick it in
Turn this life around
Kick it in, kick it in
Shake the ghosts from deep within
Close the door down
Don't let the demons in

Kick it in, kick it in
I only want to be your friend
Put your hands in my hand
And take off with me

Listen baby, I'm going home
I'm going home
I'm going home
Come on walk with me

Cause I know what I see
Kick it in
Kick it in, kick it in
Tell me 'bout the place you're in
I've got a new gold dream
I'm moving on, I'm moving on
You're moving on, you're moving on
You're moving on, yeah
Kick it in, kick it in
I'm moving on

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Let It All Come Down

So let it all come, let it all come down
Let it all come, let it all come down
Sweet tears roll like a river from your eyes
Get close let's sleep tonight

When you wake there's a new day dawning
When you wake there's a cold wind blowing
When day breaks there's a light shines through

I'm still here with you when the morning comes
I need you with me when the day begins

Oh let it all come, let it all come down
Why don't you let it all come, let it all come down

All is in control, love is on the open road
Make me want to live, you make me want to die

When you wake there's a new day dawning
When you wake there's a cold wind blowing
When day breaks there's a light shining through

Oh let it all come, let it all come down

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Mandela Day

It was 25 years they take that man away
Now the freedom moves in closer every day
Wipe the tears down from your saddened eyes
They say Mandela's free so step outside

Oh oh oh oh Mandela day
Oh oh oh oh Mandela's free

It was 25 years ago this very day
Held behind four walls all through night and day
Still the children know the story of that man
And I know what's going on right through your land

25 years ago
Na na na na Mandela day
Oh oh oh Mandela's free

If the tears are flowing wipe them from your face
I can feel his heartbeat moving deep inside
It was 25 years they took that man away
And now the world come down say Nelson Mandela's free

Oh oh oh oh Mandela's free

The rising suns sets Mandela on his way
It's been 25 years around this very day
From the one outside to the ones inside we say
Oh oh oh oh Mandela's free
Oh oh oh set Mandela free

Na na na na Mandela day
Na na na na Mandela's free

25 years ago
What's going on
And we know what's going on
Cos we know what's going on

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Belfast Child

When my love said to me
Meet me down by the gallow tree
For it's sad news I bring
About this old town and all that it's offering
Some say troubles abound
Some day soon they're gonna pull the old town down

One day we'll return here,
When the Belfast Child sings again

Brothers sisters where are you now
As I look for you right through the crowd
All my life here I've spent
With my faith in God the Church and the Government
But there's sadness abound
Some day soon they're gonna pull the old town down

One day we'll return here,
When the Belfast Child sings again
When the Belfast Child sings again

Some come back Billy, won't you come on home
Come back Mary, you've been away so long
The streets are empty, and your mother's gone
The girls are crying, it's been oh so long
And your father's calling, come on home
Won't you come on home, won't you come on home

ome back people, you've been gone a while
And the war is raging, in the Emerald Isle
That's flesh and blood man, that's flesh and blood
All the girls are crying but all's not lost

The streets are empty, the streets are cold
Won't you come on home, won't you come on home

The streets are empty
Life goes on

One day we'll return here
When the Belfast Child sings again
When the Belfast Child sings again

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Biko

September '77
Port Elizabeth weather fine
It was business as usual
In police room 619
Oh Biko, Biko, because Biko
Oh Biko, Biko, because Biko
Hiromija, Hiromija
The man is dead, the man is dead

When I try to sleep at night
I can only dream in red
The outside world is black and white
With only one colour dead
Oh Biko, Biko, because Biko
Oh Biko, Biko, because Biko
Hiromija, Hiromija
The man is dead, the man is dead

You can blow out a candle
But you can never blow out a fire
Once the flames begin to catch
The wind will blow it higher
Oh Biko, Biko, because Biko
Oh Biko, Biko, because Biko
Hiromija, Hiromija
The man is dead, the man is dead

And the eyes of the world are watching you now
They're watching you now, watching you now
Watching you now, watching you now
They're watching you now
You gotta waken up, you gotta face up
I think you gotta open up

The eyes of the world are watching you now
You gotta waken up, you gotta face up
You know you can never turn away
Never turn away

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When Spirits Rise

Instrumental

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