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I have been working on these tunes for years. Some of them (Easy Street, for instance) go back to the 70's. I recently reconnected with the amazing Frog - Mark T Jordan, currently on tour with Van Morrison - who was one of the original members of the Edison Electric Band. It was truly wonderful to w
 
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Let the People Be
Lyrics
as i look at your face
i see the burning hunger
and i watch as the children cry for help
i walk through a city
of pain and affliction
and i step over bodies that lie where they fell
i can't turn away
but i can't make it right
all i can do is pray
for a better time

let the people be happy today
let the people be well fed tonight
let the people be let the people be free
let the people be yeah yeah
let the people be healthy tomorrow
let the people be full of love
let the people be let the people be free
let the people be yeah yeah

the birthplace of man
is the birthplace of music
a drum and a song is the only defense
and the enemy comes
with guns and guided missiles
and they leave you with nothin
but memories of violence
i can't turn away
but i can't make it right
all i can do is pray
for the children tonight

in the kingdom of man
is a war of attrition
it's a fight for survival in a crowded world
and all i can do
is stand here with tears in my eyes
i sing my little song and watch africa lose
i can't turn away
but i can't make it right
all i can do is pray
for the children tonight

let the people be happy today
let the people be well fed tonight
let the people be let the people be free
let the people be yeah yeah
let the people be healthy tomorrow
let the people be full of love
let the people be let the people be free
let the people be yeah yeah
Description
Short Song Description:
A South African groove with a gospel flavor in the chorus, the song contrasts the economic and political nightmares in Africa with the richness and joy of its music. The song offers hope in the face of overwhelming obstacles.
Credits
Lyric Credits: Joshua Rice
Music Credits: Joshua Rice
Producer Credits: Joshua Rice
Publisher Credits: Joshua Rice
Performance Credits: Joshua Rice
Label Credits: Joshua Rice
Metadata
Song Length: 5:21
Primary Genre: World-African
Secondary Genre: World-World Beat
Tempo / Feel: Medium (111 - 130)
Lead Vocal: Male Vocal
Subject Matter 1: Determination
Subject Matter 2: World
Mood 1: Cheerful
Mood 2: Outraged
Similar Artist 1: Paul Simon
Language: English
Era: 2000 and later