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Lyr Add: Capetown

Wolfgang 16 Nov 15 - 02:10 PM
maeve 16 Nov 15 - 02:28 PM
Wolfgang 17 Nov 15 - 09:48 AM
Wolfgang 17 Nov 15 - 12:26 PM
Jim Dixon 19 Nov 15 - 12:52 AM
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Subject: Lyr Add: Capetown
From: Wolfgang
Date: 16 Nov 15 - 02:10 PM

This is my transcription of the song. I'm fairly confident that any remaining errors are minor.

What the song is about may be read here


CAPETOWN (Don Clarke) (tune: Dark woman of the glen)

The sun it shines like murder as it stares us in the face
dust beats in palls off the road-o,
the policemen they have dogs
and they're waiting by the bogs,
but we have no fear we've been this way before.

Our comrade lies in prison for the telling of the truth
the way he looks, the place that he was was born-o.
In his cell he lies in rags
near the house with all the plaques
where the minister is sipping on his tea.

Chorus: We will walk together though some of us are lame
some of us are weary, sick and sore-o.
They may throw us into jail
but we'll die before we fail.
We will walk along together to Capetown.

Last time we walked together the army shed our blood
charged with horses, laid us down with gas-o,
but we'll let all people know
we'll not run before our foe,
we will walk as long as one of us can stand.


They say that his journey will take a thousand years
some of us will die along the road-o,
but to follow on your friends
to stand up like women and men
it is better for to living on your knees.



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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Capetown
From: maeve
Date: 16 Nov 15 - 02:28 PM

Hi, Wolfgang. Thank you for your transcription. Do you have a link to hear the song?

(PS- I suspect you'll find some little errors in the last stanza.)

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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Capetown
From: Wolfgang
Date: 17 Nov 15 - 09:48 AM

Hi Maeve,

Sorry, I have no link for the song, only a tape of the Californian group "Out of the rain" titled "Song of the wage slave".

This link tells a bit about the singer Richard Adrianowicz who once was with this group.

The last verse sounds awkward, you're right. There's one sense changing typo in it: "this journey", not "his".

I'm unsure about the "follow on" in line three of the last verse. "Better for to living"? I can't hear anything else though it doesn't sound like proper grammatical English.

Line 2 of the first verse is also suboptimal.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Capetown
From: Wolfgang
Date: 17 Nov 15 - 12:26 PM

I should mention that Richard is/was "radriano" in Mudcat.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Capetown
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 19 Nov 15 - 12:52 AM

I believe I know this Don Clark. He is an editor and reporter for the Wall Street Journal, working at their San Francisco bureau. He is married to Michele Delattre. I was acquainted with them when they lived in the Twin Cities 20+ years ago and performed as members of a group called Walking on Air, along with Ross Sutter & Laura Mackenzie. I believe CAPETOWN was in their repertoire then.

Please note the correct spelling of his name: Clark.

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