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This was a post from the old Ning TLE that I figured was worth carrying forward.  Originally posted on March 21, 2011.

 

"I was trying to find something in my library that was upbeat and "springy" and I landed on these songs by Johnny Clegg.  Great Heart has always been a favorite of mine, and it struck me today that parts of it and Cruel, Crazy, Beautiful World could be re-imagined in an Essence-Personality context.  There's something about African-inspired rhythms and timbres, as well as music fusions, that I find fascinating, so these are a treasured part of my collection.

Elaine also mentioned it is Human Rights Day in South Africa, so it seemed fitting to share."
 

 

 

Another version that I like; Great Heart charity performance by various artists:
 

 

The world is full of strange behaviour
Every man has to be his own saviour
I know I can make it on my own if I try
But I'm searching for a Great Heart to stand me by
Underneath the African sky
A Great Heart to stand me by

I'm searching for the spirit of the Great Heart
To hold and keep me by
I'm searching for the spirit of the Great Heart
Under African sky
Sometimes I feel that you really know me
Sometimes there's so much you can show me

There's a highway of stars across the heavens
The whispering song of the wind in the grass
There's the rolling thunder across the savanna
A hope and dream at the edge of the sky
And your life is a story like the wind
Your life is a story like the wind

I'm searching for the spirit of the Great Heart
To hold and stand me by
I'm searching for the spirit of the Great Heart
Under African sky
I'm searching for the spirit of the Great Heart
I see the fire in your eyes
I'm searching for the spirit of the Great Heart
That beats my name inside
Sometimes I feel that you really know me
Sometimes there's so much you can show me

I'm searching for the spirit of the Great Heart
Guga 'mzimba (body grow old)
Sala 'nhliziyo (but heart remain behind)
I'm searching for the spirit of the Great Heart
Guga 'mzimba (body grow old)
Sala 'nhliziyo (but heart remain behind)

I'm searching for the spirit of the Great Heart
To hold and keep me by
I'm searching for the spirit of the Great Heart
Under African skies.

 

 

Cruel Crazy Beautiful World (written by Johnny Clegg for his child).

 

You got to wash with the crocodile in the river

You got to swim with the sharks in the sea
You got to live with the crooked politician
Trust those things that you can never see
Ayeye

You got to trust your lover when you go away,
Keep on believing tomorrow brings a better day.
Sometimes you smile while you're crying inside,
Just once you'll turn away while the truth is shining bright.
Ayeye

It's a cruel, crazy, beautiful world
Every day you wake up I hope it's under a blue sky.
It's a cruel, crazy, beautiful world
One day when you wake up I will have to say goodbye
Just say goodbye -- It's your world so live in it!

Say Goodbye. It's your world so live in it!

Beyond the door, strange cruel beautiful years are waiting for you
It kills me to know you won't escape loneliness,
Maybe you'll lose hope too
Ayeye

It's a cruel, crazy, beautiful world
Every time you wake up I hope it's a blue, blue sky.
It's a cruel, crazy, beautiful world
One day when you wake up I will have to say goodbye
Say goodbye -- It's your world so live in it!

Goodbye. It's your world so live in it!

When I hold your small body close to mine
I feel weak and strong at the same time
So few years to give you wings to fly
Show you stars to guide your ship by

 

It's a cruel, crazy, beautiful world
Every day you wake up I hope it's a blue, blue sky.
It's a cruel, crazy, beautiful world
One day when you wake up I will have to say goodbye
Say goodbye -- It's your world so live in it!

 

It's your world so live in it!

Edited by Eric
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