Mattafix Memories Of Soweto

Memories of,

Memories of Soweto.

Sing whoa,

From London to Soweto,

A street soul in the ghetto.

Back from the West Indies,

When I’m in the city let my mind echo,

Memories of Soweto.

And anywhere that we go,

I’m letting you know,

The walk of a Street Soul.

Look man,

I was born there.

I mean bred there.

I mean without the bread.

Viva was all I had.

The people sang Amandla and the streets were red.

Liberation was a dream that we never had.

As I took a back seat on my mumma’s back,

And I looked over the shoulder and saw the hurt.

Mumma let me kill this song for you,

After all this years this is Uhuru.

I stepped off a jet plane I’m in S.A once again,

With the faces of change and the feelings’ the same.

And the lines on my hands are as free as this land.

But it wasn’t always so,

Still reminds me of home.

Mumma let me kill this song for you,

After all this years this is Uhuru

Sing whoa

Sing whoa

Sing yeah.

What our memories in times of,

Inspired I exemplify.

Mattafix Passer By

She said no words when I chose to stand away…

In the background of my mind when the sun rose I chose the shade…

Never wanted, never needed all the priceless things to say…

But I know that time alone was overdue…I know time alone was overdue, overdue…

At times rock stone is the only bed that’s made

So I have the faith come what will,

Come what may…

Passer by in pain

She read those words that I chose to throw her way…

And the times they were laden with hesitation that I made…

And if you’re ever my endeavour once again then I’ll be changed…

But I know that it ain’t so my hope refrains…My hope refrains, rafrains.

At times rock stone is the only bed that’s made

So I have the faith come what will,

Come what may…

Passer by in pain

At times rock stone is the only bed that’s made

So I have the faith come what will,

Come what may…

And when I rise alone

It don’t feel the same

So I have the faith come what will,

Come what may…

Passer by in pain

Mattafix Separate Ways

So strange and vast the space between us,

I never knew of Mars and Venus until now,

I… thought whole world revolved around us…

You and I with paint and canvas, words and standards,

And yet, somehow, it never came to pass,

So broad were the shoulders that lift and carry others,

And so narrow were the minds of lovers,

And we were like the fables, lifted from the pages of the Middle Ages,

But what was our has faded,

Still, we turn gazes into paintings and feelings into words and phrases,

So strange and vast, the space between the present and the past,

Tell me what you want is it what your said and what you mean?

We were feeling daze when first we heard the phrase,

Go out separate ways…

Go out separate ways…

Go out separate ways…

Mattafix Angel On My Shoulder

You cannot be certain,

You cannot be sure.

All those times that I took for granted left me wanting more.

Now that I’ve awoken,

I’m ready to adore

Though my heart is broken I’m wiser than before.

Won’t somebody tell me where is love?

I know when I see her face,

She will soon replace the pain that I’ve uncovered.

Where is Love?

And why does it hurt so much?

And will I measure up if I get to hold her?

The angel on my shoulder.

You can be disheartened,

Made a fool again.

You can’t see the future,

And who knows how this ends.

Now I hear you calling,

The dance has just begun.

Head and heals I’m falling are you gonna be the one?

Won’t somebody tell me where is love?

I know when I see her face,

She will soon replace the pain that I’ve uncovered.

Where is Love?

And why does it hurt so much?

And will I measure up if I get to hold her?

The angel on my shoulder.

Tell dem already but we tell dem again.

Tell dem already but we tell dem again,

How she left me and she gaan her way.

She left me and she gaan her way.

Tell dem already but we tell dem again.

Tell dem already but we tell dem again,

How she left me and she gaan her way.

She left me and she gaan her way.

Won’t somebody tell me where is love?

I know when I see her face,

She will soon replace the pain that I’ve uncovered.

Where is Love?

And why does it hurt so much?

And will I measure up if I get to hold her?

The angel on my shoulder.

She left me and she gaan her way.

She left me and she gaan her way.

The angel on my shoulder.

She left me and she gaan her way.

She left me and she gaan her way.

Mattafix Older

All I wanted was to

Live without the

Middleman

All you needed was a

Chance to say, “I told you so”

When you’re cold and

Battered all you want

Is to know you matter

To someone

I had to throw away all

The plans we made and

Now these days

With marks against my

Shoulders I feel like

I’m older than I am

All I want right now

Is to be my own child.

Do you think it makes

Me a better man just

Mo know I can be

Alone a while?

I had to throw away

All the plans we made

And now these days

With marks against my shoulders I feel like

I’m older than I am

Mattafix Living Darfur

See the nation through the people’s eyes,

See tears that flow like rivers from the skies.

Where it seems there are only borderlines

Where others turn and sigh,

You shall rise [x2]

There’s disaster in your past

Boundaries in your path

What do you desire when lift you higher?

You don’t have to be extraordinary, just forgiving

Those who never heard your cries,

You shall rise [x2]

And look toward the skies.

Where others fail, you prevail in time.

You shall rise.

(You may never know,

If you lay low, lay low) [x4]

You shall rise [x3]

Sooner or later we must try… Living

(You may never know,

If you lay low, lay low) [x4]

See the nation through the people’s eyes,

See tears that flow like rivers from the skies.

Where it seems there are only borderlines

Where others turn and sigh,

You shall rise [x4]

(You may never know,

If you lay low, lay low) [4x]

Sooner or later we must try… Living

Mattafix Cool Down The Pace

Went to a dance last Saturday night.

I was feeling tipsy and the mood was right.

Sight a little daughter and ah step in a de corner.

Cause I feel like dancing all night.

But I told her,

Cool down the pace for me little woman.

Your dubbin it too fast for me.

Cool down the pace for me little woman.

That’s not how it should be.

I told her to try.

I don’t know why.

She keep on trying but she can’t.

And so she do it how she want.

And so I told her,

Cool down the pace for me little woman.

Your dubbin it too fast for me.

Cool down the pace for me little woman.

That’s not how it should be.

And I told her,

Cool down, cool down.

I told her,

Cool down, cool down.

Went to a dance last Saturday night.

I was feeling tipsy and the mood was right.

Sight a little daughter and ah step in a de corner.

Cause I feel like dancing all night.

And so I told her,

Cool down the pace for me little woman.

Your dubbin it too fast for me.

Cool down the pace for me little woman.

That’s not how it should be.

She said she would try.

She just don’t know why.

She keep on trying but she can’t.

And so she do it how she want.

And so I told her,

Cool down the pace for me little woman.

Your dubbin it too fast for me.

Cool down the pace for me little woman.

That’s not how it should be.

And I told her,

Cool down, cool down.

I told her,

Cool down, cool down.

Cool down, cool down.

She said she would try.

I don’t know why.

She keep on trying but she can’t.

And so she do it how she want.

But I told her,

Cool down the pace for me little woman.

Your dubbin it too fast for me.

Cool down the pace for me little woman.

That’s not how it should be.

Cool down the pace for me little woman.

Your dubbin it too fast for me.

Cool down the pace for me little woman.

That’s not how it should be.

Mattafix Shake Your Limbs

Shake ya limbs to da rhythms hymns and poems

mek we know where we going shake ya limbs to da

rhythms hymns and poems shake ya limbs to da

rhythms hymns and poems mek we know where we going

shake ya limbs to da rhythms hymns and poems

work it out and they say they’re

trying to work it out but they don’t know

just how or why and it really seems preordained

and my friends are far away and I wonder if they’re ok

and I wonder if the times have changed

and I thought that I saw your face

are you safe shake ya limbs to da

rhythms hymns and poems mek we know where we going

shake ya limbs to da rhythms hymns and poems

from the beginning there was war and sinning

and it seems like nothing has changed

bombs are dropping on iraq and lebanon

it’s like vietnam all over again days ago a bredrin that I know

tell me dat he cyan tek no more bombs are dropping

on iraq and lebanon and everywhere

it seems like war and they say they’re

trying to work it out but they don’t know

just how or why and it really seems preordained

and my friends are far away and I wonder if they’re ok

and I wonder if the times have changed

and I thought that I saw your face

are you safe from now on

I’m not fighting fair it’s guerilla warface

it’s been 400 years of my people’s tears

I’m like shaka with a hungry spear

asilwe ke ng’fikile ke mina ng’uqhaqha ‘maqinso

ubaba ung’biza ucath’impi ubhambhatha ka manciza

lo ongijoja ngomkhonto once a slave and now a brave

I got my army in the cave asilwe ke ng’fikile ke

and they say they’re trying to work it out

but they don’t know just how or why

and it really seems preordained and my friends are far away

and I wonder if they’re ok and I wonder

if the times have changed and I thought

that I saw your face are you safe

and they say they’re trying to work it out

but they don’t know just how or why

and it really seems preordained and my friends are far away

and I wonder if they’re ok and I wonder

if the times have changed and I thought

that I saw your face are you safe

shake ya limbs to da rhythms hymns and poems

mek we know where we going shake ya limbs to da

rhythms hymns and poems shake ya limbs to da

rhythms hymns and poems mek we know where we going

shake ya limbs to da rhythms hymns and poems

I don’t wanna see you fail I don’t wanna see you

hurt at all see you fail I don’t wanna see you fail

I don’t wanna see you hurt at all see you fail

Mattafix Gangster Blues

I, I know it’s only time

Only time until

You pull the job that kills

You say you’ll never do it again,

But you know you will

Call your boys who know the drill

It pains me to see how you get your thrill

Now time will prove

Now you have to choose

If life’s the game you lose

By taking one last chance and falling to the gangsta blues…

I, I heard them people say

You’re in high demand

Well, badness will follow badman…

You know you only do it son cause you know you can,

Another drive, another gram

Well think of your family, understand

Now time will prove

Now you have to choose

If life’s the game you lose

By taking one last chance and falling…

You know it’s true,

Life can be so cruel,

Time won’t wait for you

And I don’t want my friend a victim

Of the gangster blues…

Bad man and bad John from all bout

Rock it out

Me draw for me spliff not the cocaine, me lef it out

Babylon ah watch me run big tings from long time, time, time, ey yeah

Burning, hustling,

Smuggling, planting

Ah bare weed me deal wid and me nah touch, the hard ting

Soon done ya chattin when de war start fi happen right now.

Now time will prove

Now you have to choose

If life’s the game you loose

By taking one last chance and falling to the gangsta blues…

Mattafix Big City Life

Big city life,

Me try forget by,

Pressure nah ease up no matter how hard me try.

Big city life,

Here my heart have no base,

And right now Babylon deep on me case.

People in a show,

All lined in a row.

We just push on by,

Its funny,

How hard we try.

Take a moment to relax.

Before you do anything rash.

Don’t you wanna know me?

Be a friend of mine.

I’ll share some wisdom with you.

Don’t you ever get lonely,

From time to time

Don’t let the system get you down

[Chorus]

Soon our work is done,

All of us one by one.

Still we live our lives,

As if all this stuff survives.

I take a moment to relax,

Before I do anything rash.

[Bridge]

The Linguist across the seas and the oceans,

A permanent Itinerant is what I’ve chosen.

I find myself in big city prison, arisen from the vision of man kind.

Designed, to keep me discreetly neatly in the corner,

You’ll find me with the flora and the fauna and the hardship.

Back a yard is where my heart is still I find it hard to depart this big city life.

[Chorus]