1Giant Leap  lyrics

 

My Culture
The way you dream
Ma Africa
Braided Hair + dt. Übersetzung
Passion
Daphne
All Alone
Racing Away
Ta Moko

 

 

 

My Culture  

(Bridgeman/Catto/Jazz/Williams/Butler) 

Vocals: Maxi Jazz (UK) / Robbie Williams (UK) 

  

Maxi’s Jazz 

When I look back over the years at the things that brought tears to my eyes 

Papa said we have to be wise to live long lives 

Now I recognize what my father said before he died 

Vocalize things I’ve left unsaid 

Left my spirit unfed for too long 

I’m coming home to my family where I can be strong 

Be who I plan to be within me my ancestry giving me continuity 

Would it be remiss to continue in this way would you rather I quit 

Come with that other shit making people’s hips sway 

Lip service I pay but I’m nervous 

I pray for all the mothers who get no sleep 

Like a lifeline I write rhymes ‘cos my compassion is deep 

For the people who fashioned me my soul to keep 

And this is who I happen to be 

And if I don’t see that I’m strong then I won’t be 

  

This is what my daddy told me 

I wished he’d ‘a hold me a little more than he did 

But he taught me my culture and how to live positive 

I never wanna shame the blood in my veins 

And bring pain to my sweet grandfather’s face 

In his resting place I make haste to learn and not waste 

Everything my forefathers earned in tears 

For My Culture 

 

Fall back again, 

Crawl from the water, 

Water to air, 

You’re on you’re feet again….you’re feet again

 

  Robbie Williams 

Hello dad – remember me, 

I’m the man you thought I’d never be 

I’m the boy who you reduced to tears, 

Dad I been lonely for 27 years 

Yeah that’s right – my names Rob, 

I’m the one who landed the popstars job 

I’m the one who you told look don’t touch 

I’m the kid who wouldn’t amount to much 

  

I believe in the senses sight and sound 

I have always been too loud 

Won’t you help me drown it out 

  

I’m what I feel  

And what I’m feeling is surreal 

I’m a mass of spinning wheels 

Always digging in my heels 

  

…now I’ve got the faith to…

chorus

 

Maxi Jazz 

 Lace up your boots we’re going back to the roots 

Speaking to my ghetto youths freak freaking for loot 

And nice things better check what your future brings 

It’s now and your forefathers for the know how 

Go now into  the world without hatred 

Use your head 

If the needle is wise be the thread 

And weave ancestral wisdom yours by birth 

Spreading the Lord’s word over this broad earth 

 

Maxi & Robbie 

This is what my daddy told me 

I wished he’d ‘a hold me a little more than he did 

But he taught me my culture and how to live positive 

I never wanna shame the blood in my veins 

And bring pain to my sweet grandfather’s face 

In his resting place I make haste to learn and not waste 

Everything my forefathers earned in tears for 

My Culture 

  

 

   

 

 

 

The Way You Dream

Bridgeman/Catto /Stipe 

Vocals: Asha Bhosle (India) / Whiri Mako Black (New Zealand / Micheal Stripe (USA) 

 

 

Spoken word:  

Only Silence remains because I have to listen to him, 

I have to listen to the silence. I have to experience him

Asha Bhosle

karmany evaadhikaraste ma phalesu kadacana

ma karma phala hetur bhur ma te sango’stv akarmani

paritranaya sadhunam vinasaya ca duskrtam

dharma samsthapanarthaya sambhavami yuge yuge

 

translation:

You have Adhikara (ability, choice) over your respective duty only, 

but no control or claim over the results. 

The fruits of work should not be your motive. 

You should never be inactive.

Whenever there is a decline of Dharma (world order) and the rise of Adharma, 

O Arjuna, then I appear (or manifest myself). 

I appear from time to time for protecting the good, 

for transforming the wicked, and for establishing Dharma, the world order.

(thanks to charoo. if you want to read a more detailed translation and comments  

click here)

 

  Fall over myself don’t mean to interupt 

I was miles away 

Things I forgot are the footstools of God. 

That’s how I behaved 

I frighten myself and folded my hand as you talked to god. 

I love the way you dream. (x9)

  

Even my most base complaint my sweet, my aims were lower 

And even though all my restraint my sweet my aim was clumsy. 

And even if there’s only one thing I want for you…..I want for you. 

  

I love the way you dream (x3)

I love, love the way you dream 

I love the way you love the way 

Even if there’s only one thing I want for you, I want for you…

I love the way you love the way you dream, one for me one for you, one for me, 

one for you...

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ma Africa  

(Bridgeman/Catto/Mahotella Queens/Ulali) 

Vocals: Mahotella Queens (S.Africa) / Ulali (USA) 

 

Mahotella Queens translation:

 

It's my turn the short division

I'm the light that shines and guides the young

I eat before I start

but I'm not going to finish now

 

What's the problem? It's in a person

It's in a person... in the world

I'm warning you, that's the truth

 

What's the problem? It's in a person

It's in a person....in the world

I'm warning you, I'm warning you

 

It's in a person, it's in a person

I'm warning you, I'm warning you

it's the truth

 

 

Africa land for preachers gold 

Land for everybody – young and old 

The place that holds for some bright future, 

but for others the future tend to torture 

Maaaaaa Africa. 

  

What went wrong with your brains? 

You kill each other you destroy human dignity 

People of Africa lets stand together 

and make it the land of hope! 

  

I want to tell everybody about myself. 

   

   

     

  

  

  

Braided Hair 

zur deutschen Übersetzung

  (Bridgeman/Catto/Speech/Cherry/Ulali) 

Vocals: Speech (USA) / Ulali (USA) 

Additional Vocals: Neneh Cherry (UK) 

 Spoken words:

Yeah, you know we was talking earlier and I was, 

I was telling you, I was talking about life. 

I feel like life is really just like braided hair 

coz it sort of like twists, you know about braiding? 

It like twists you know, three strands twist together, 

ultimately you get to where you gonna get to  

  

From the same dirt from the heels of my ancestors, 

The naked rose in the fields where the pain festered. 

I wonder where the hole came from in the beats of my heart 

made me yearn for the drum 

  

It’s the same place where the crosses burn 

The same place where the loss was earned  

It's the place where the floss was yearned 

Gold teeth, that bling, ice on the ring, baby sugar, YO. 

  

We all got things that hang on our back 

Things that make us cool things that make us wack, 

Things that make us mad, things we wish we never had …done 

But they’re just of things that make us real 

Not the maps that guide where we go from here 

The road twists in braids like hair, until we all get there . 

  

I like that I don't know some mysteries, 

Ancient things and beginnings 

Excited about the day when I don’t have to hear all the theories, 

My scalp needs some grease. 

  

In the same place where the cross is burned  

The same place where the loss was earned 

The only way we all can learn is 

if we have these braids with the twist and turns. 

  

So we all got things that hang on our back 

Things that make us cool things that make us wack, 

Things that make us mad, things we wish we never had …done 

But the just of things that make us real 

Not the maps that guide where we go from here 

The road twists in braids like hair, until we all get there . 

  

Neneh Cherry

Walking in the race of life, looking for my own pace. 

always wanted to, but I have too,  

Sometimes feeling like I've bitten off much more than I can chew. 

But the wind goes through my hair and lifts me up with ease, 

Not a crease, hair full of grease no embracing me. 

It's you I see. 

I am you, and you are me, I see, yeah 

  

Chant 

  

I am you, and you are me, I see, yeah 

  

We might survive as brothers  

Or perish here as fools 

So place your bets, don't bet too soon 

Yeah you might find me in another feels like someone you once knew 

You know that face, yeah we all do  

  

(braided hair, braided braid hair) 

  

We might survive as brothers  

Or perish here as fools 

So place your bets, don't bet too soon 

Yeah you might find me in another feels like someone you once knew 

You know that face, yeah we all do  

  

(braided hair, braided braid hair) 

  

We might survive as brothers  

Or perish here as fools 

So place your bets, don't bet too soon 

Yeah you might find me in another feels like someone you once knew 

You know that face, yeah we all do  

 

   

   

 

 

 

Passion 

(Bridgeman/Catto/Franti) 

Vocals: Baligashma Xylopphone Group (Uganda) / 

Vocalists from Kayelitsha (S. Africa) 

 

 

Last night I went to sleep as a child. 

Only to wake up this morning to find I was a man. 

In my hands I discovered the tools and the rage of my father, 

And in my heart I found the love and fears of our mother. 

Confrontation between in the night and day. 

  

The land of the sea. 

The fine, the air the scared and the profound. 

The holy and the unholy, the focused and the miss directed. 

The bullet and the flesh. 

The mind and the spirit and the sound when you hear it. 

The presser  and the resistor, the brother and the sister. 

  

We are not walking with the ghosts of the dead. 

We are alive with the spirits of our passion. 

 

   

   

 

   

     

Daphne 

  (Bridgeman/Catto/Mahotella Queens/Reader) 

Vocals: Eddi Reader (UK) / Mahotella Queens (S. Africa) / 

Pops Mohamed (S. Africa) / Revetti Sakalkar (India) / Yeye (Ghana) 

  

Spoken words:

Music is to me proof of the existence of god, 

it is so extraordinarily full of magic and in tough times of my life 

I can listen to music and it makes such a difference. 

  

 

Come play a while, come dance and sing, come fall and raise,

Become kings and queens, for all we are is beautiful. 

You and me are the only ones.  

  

Come play a while, come dance and sing, come fall and raise, 

Become kings and queens, for all we are is beautiful. 

You and me are the only ones. 

 

  

   

   

  

  

  

All Alone 

  (Bridgeman/Catto/Mahotella Queens) 

Vocals: Duncan and the Mahotella Queens (S. Africa) 

  

 

If you stay or if you go, I won’t try, I won’t hope, 

Cause if you stay, or if you go, if you stay, or if you go, 

I won’t try, I won’t hope. 

Cause if you stay or if you go, 

I won’t try and I won’t hide…. Cause if you stay. 

  

 

Spoken words: 

Despair, depression, feeling abandoned, 

lonely, worthless, frustrated, worried, doubting, 

vulnerable, forgetful, loosing self confidence, heavy, irritable, fear of the future, 

obsessed with possessions, meaningless, 

friendliness, fear of being penny less, no one to touch, 

loss of physiological power because there is change a foot. 

  

Be with the change and at the same moment 

cultivate enquinimaty, spaciousness, emptiness, awareness and clarity 

may it be so. 

 

  

  

  

    

  

  

Racing Away 

  (Bridgeman/Catto/Thompson/Philips/Andy) 

Vocals: Kaolin Thompson (S. Africa) / Grant Lee Philips (USA) / Horace Andy (UK) 

 

 

Spoken words:

TV is enough, 

is providing artificial friends and relatives to lonely people, 

What it is, is, recurrent families, same friends and relatives come back 

week after week after week after week, 

And they are wittier and they are better looking and much more interesting and they are richer

 than your real friends and relatives 

 

 

Where is the love from that where’s it gone? 

Where is the love for humanity? 

Where’s it gone? 

The love for the children, respect for the elders, where’s it gone? 

Where’s it gone? 

  

I wanna know, I wanna know , I wanna know, 

I wanna know, I wanna know, I wanna know 

when will they get it right? 

 

Rest in the city

praise for the nightfall

Rain washed my memory

Time climb my great wall

Please don’t desert me

Not in the forest

Grace where I trespass

Calling my goddess

 

Where is the love from that where’s it gone? 

Where is the love for humanity? 

Where’s it gone? 

  

I wanna know, I wanna know, I wanna know 

I wanna know, I wanna know, I wanna know 

I wanna know, I wanna know, I wanna know 

 

Sleep my grandfather

Dream of great quiet

Merely a flash between

Words and blue silence

Gentle this hour

Great is the highway

Brave are these cowards

Racing racing racing racing away

Racing away

 

 

Ta Moko

  (Bridgeman/Catto/Black) 

Vocals: Whirimako Black (Auckland, New Zealand)

Duduk: Levon Minassien (Marseilles, Frances)

 

Whirimako Black sang through her book of traditional poetry and prayer.

 

"The song expresses feelings of grief, anger and empowerment, and is based on murder, rape and plunder that happened to a particular tribe. It's such a powerful song it lets me get my voice into the kind of areas that wouldn't be possible singing one of today's songs. It's gut-wrenching, deeply emotional stuff, all about acknowledging the pain that goes with the fight for self determination, and the fact that we've survived that pain. I think every person feels that to some extent, not just indigenous people but everyone." (Whirimako Black)