DELIWE

 

Deliwe can you see the clouds rolling in
The wind in the north has changed and it blows your way
Whatever will you do when the rain starts to fall
Will you join the swallows and fly away
To the citadels of Europe across the sea


Deliwe would you go away without me?
Deliwe would you love me, would you leave me?
Would you leave this land that's green where your home straddles the earth
Leave the winds and the blessing of the bushland?

 

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You are a child of Africa, you are a wilderness
You are a jungle juniper, you are a flame lily
And as you walk in a foreign land, the songs of a road gang ring
Oh how they sing
And that melody will haunt your days like falling autumn leaves

 

The bees are buzzing in your honey mouth
And I have drawn the water from your well
The deep rushing down while the night birds call
And the waters wash me on the inside
Wisps of the willow fall from your hair
Dreams and leaves of sorrow bequeath to you
By the deeds of your fathers hidden from your view
But in the north the thunderclouds would judge you
But you will always be a child of Africa, always wilderness
And the sorrow that stirs your heart inside is the dust of the regiments
But one day the skies will clear and eagles fly above those you left behind
Oh Deliwe won't you stay a while with me

 

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Oh bless this water bless this land, give us food to eat
Let our herds span the hills, let them graze in peace
If soldiers march across our fields, give them eyes to see
The children singing in the sand, songs in the north wind
And we will praise your name
We will praise your name

And one day the skies will clear and eagles fly above those you left behind
Oh Deliwe won't you stay a while with me

 

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