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Johnny Clegg – The Crossing lyrics

Through all the days that eat away
At every breath that I take
Through all the nights I've lain alone
In someone else's dream, awake
All the words in truth we have spoken
That the wind has blown away
It's only you that remains with me
Clear as the light of day

Chorus: O Siyeza, o siyeza, sizofika webaba noma
(we are coming, we are coming, we will arrive soon)
O siyeza, o siyeza, siyagudle lomhlaba
(we are coming, we are coming, we are moving across this earth)
Siyawela lapheshaya lulezontaba ezimnyama
(we are crossing over those dark mountains)
Lapha sobheka phansi konke ukhulupheka
(where we will lay down our troubles)

A punch drunk man in a downtown bar
Takes a beating without making a sound
Through swollen eyes he sways and smiles
'cause noone can put him down
Inside of him a boy looks up to his father
For a sign or an approving eye
Oh, it's funny how those once so close and now gone
Can still so affect our lives


Take me now, don't let go
Hold me close, I'm coming home


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    This song is about the death of Johnny Clegg's close friend, Dudu Ndlovu, who was killed in a dark ally in Natal. He was one of Johnny Clegg's closest friends and his dancing partner for years. The song is about all of the mangled emotions he felt when he heard about the death of his friend.
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    There is no limit to the level of suffering we will put ourselves through, to be in the realms of the greatest. Whether aware or not. Thus, be they friends, family or ancestors, their approval is paramount and has a drive so strong that no matter what, we will join them wherever they are!
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