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Lyr Req: Botswanna / Botswana (John Stewart)

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GUEST,Robroy 23 Feb 09 - 12:51 AM
Jim Dixon 24 Feb 09 - 12:33 PM
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Subject: Lyr Req: Botswana- John Stewart
From: GUEST,Robroy
Date: 23 Feb 09 - 12:51 AM

Does anyone have the lyrics for the song Botswana by John Stewart. Many thanks in advance


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Subject: Lyr Add: BOTSWANNA (John Stewart)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 24 Feb 09 - 12:33 PM

I found these lyrics at http://www.sonic.net/~roadman/bloodnotes/linerquiz/quiz03/answer3.htm.


BOTSWANNA [sic]
John Stewart

Oh, I live in California. I can look out at the ocean
On the silver blue Pacific. It is always there to see,
But I'm so busy working that I don't have time to see it,
But it's the knowing that it's there that means lot to me.

And it makes it hard, when I close my eyes,
When I can see the pictures taken at Botswanna—
The pictures of the children with the flies in their eyes.

And those with all the money, they are having nervous breakdowns,
And they're always taking pills to make them feel the otherwise.
Well, how could I ever stumble or complain that things aren't going right?
How could I ever fail to see rainbows in the skies?

And it makes it hard, when I close my eyes,
Because I can see the pictures taken at Botswanna—
The pictures of the children with the flies in their eyes.

Oh, faith it is a fire, and it's fanned by the winds of thanks.
I am worried of our numbers, and I'm worried of our ranks,
As we fire up the Porsches, fighting to survive,
And we look for valet parking out on Rodeo Drive.

And it makes it hard. I wonder if God cries
When he sees the pictures taken at Botswanna—
The pictures of the children with the flies in their eyes.

And I'm not my brother's keeper, for I do not have the power,
As if part of some great game that they play on the other side;
Because it's all I can do to just keep myself together.
Still, I see the faces in the blue Pacific tide.

And it makes it hard, when I close my eyes,
And I can see the pictures taken at Botswanna—
The pictures of the children with the flies in their eyes.

Is it not for us to wonder? Is it not for us to question?
Is it not for us to cry out? This cannot be denied;
For we are but a family without walls, but we have waters,
And every face you see, it is you and it is I.

And it makes it hard, when you close your eyes,
And you can see the pictures taken at Botswanna—
The pictures of the children, yeah, the pictures of the children
With the flies in their eyes.

[Recorded by John Stewart on "Punch the Big Guy," 1987.]


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Botswana- John Stewart
From: GUEST
Date: 24 Feb 09 - 01:24 PM

Thanks very much Jim


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Botswanna / Botswana (John Stewart)
From: GUEST,Kevin
Date: 20 Aug 09 - 02:01 PM

Does anyone know what, if anything, the female vocalist is saying?

Thanks in advance!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Botswanna / Botswana (John Stewart)
From: 12-stringer
Date: 20 Aug 09 - 08:23 PM

I don't know the song, myself, but maybe it's the words in this set of lyrics (with guitar chords) at the John Stewart Lyrics Database:

Ohhhhh(C/E)hh, (G/D)credo domi-(C)no,
(F)Ohhhhh(C/E)hh, (G/D)credo dom-i-(C)no.


http://www.californiabloodlines.com/displaytab.lasso?-KeyValue=228&-Token.Action=Search%20Records

Remove everything after ".com" to access the main page of the database. It comprises virtually the entire work of a man I consider God's nephew.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Botswanna / Botswana (John Stewart)
From: katlaughing
Date: 20 Aug 09 - 11:24 PM

There's a nice tribute to him with this song on youtube.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Botswanna / Botswana (John Stewart)
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 21 Aug 09 - 05:09 PM

Here's the Botswana national anthem on youtube

And here are the words, in Setswana with two English translations

Great stuff.


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