The Other Side Lyrics

Lucky Dube

Lucky Dube - The Other Side Lyrics

Number In The Book
No glove, no love
You've been hearing this so many times
don't you think it's time
to be a little more responsible
too many people die these days, oh
if you read the papers, check out the news
the numbers are there

every number, represents a human being
who was a father, who was a mother
a son or a daughter of this land... oh
you don't make the commitment but your body does
even if you're dead silent

chorus
you are here today, tomorrow you are gone
you don't wanna be another number in the book (x3)

in the shadows of the night
a lady from the street corner talks to a customer
money exchanges hands
that's the formality and she says
no glove, no love
you can pay me well, but it ain't worth my life
too many people die these days
if you read the papers, check out the news
the numbers are there

every number, represents a human being
who was a father, who was a mother
a son or a daughter of this land... oh
it ain't worth my life... oh

The Other Side
His name is Jackson
He lives in Jamaica
Every morning he comes down to the docks to watch the ships come and go
he's been here too long
mental slavery has not touched him one bit
he still knows his history, he knows where he comes from
that is why he believes the ocean can give him answers
about the very very far home
that he's never been to. All his life he says
I wish I was home, I wish I was in Africa (x2)
I have seen his world
I've seen the other world. I have nothing to say
I put my coat on my shoulders
as I walked away, I heard myself sing

chorus
The grass is greener on the other side
til you get there and see it for yourself (x3)

His name is Themba
He lives in Soweto
every morning he goes to the airport to watch the planes come and go
He has changed his African name to a western one
cause he doesn't know how it hurts to have a name
you can't be proud of. He hopes that one day
one of these birds of the sky can take him away
to a very very far land
running away from the very roots
that so many black people in the world
are wanting to come back. A place they call home
they wish they were home
they wish they were in Africa (x2)
I live in his world, I've seen the other world
I got nothing to say
I put my coat on my shoulders
as I walked away, I heard myself sing

Ding Ding Licky Licky Licky Bong
It seems like it only happened yesterday
now that I think about it
tears cannot bring you joy
but joy can bring you tears
even though I cry today
I will not hide it
It is for a different reason - joy
that is why I'll shout it out
for the world to hear
I say hello, hello happiness
Oh Jah, thank you
for another day, I say

Chorus
Ding ding licky licky licky bong (x3)

another tear drop falls
but I don't care
I took a wrong turn in life before
but I've paid my dues
objects in the rear view mirror
they appear closer than they are
if you don't talk the talk
don't walk the walk
if you won't please, don't tease
another lesson learned
I'm gonna shout it out again
hello, hello happiness
Oh God, thank you
for another chance
there is no future in the past
so shout it out...

Cool Down
They've been married for seventeen years
But you can see she don't trust him at all
and you can see she don't believe he's not cheating
you can't blame the poor girl
he's been a busy man
all his life, like the rest of us
one day she caught him with another girl
he said it was his mother
she caught him with another one
he said it was his sister
he's in deep water again
I don't know what he's gonna say today
but I won't be surprised
if he gets out of this one
like the other ones
cause I know, he's the Houdini
of cheaters, hear him now when he says

chorus
cool down baby, everything is under control
It doesn't matter where I get my appetite, I always eat at home (x2)

They've been married for seventeen years
but you can see he don't trust her at all
and you can see he don't believe she's not cheating
you can't blame the poor man
she's been a busy girl
all her life, like the rest of us
one day he caught her with another man
she said it was her father
he caught her with another one
she said it was her brother
I believe it is true
bird of a feather fly together
she has learned from the master
I wasn't surprised at all when I heard her say-ey

Family Ties
Ever since they were born
she was worried about their friends
even when they turned twenty five
she was worried about the company they'd keep
one day it was three in the morning
the door bell rang
she got up in a sweat
blue lights flashing everywhere
the boys in blue standing at the door
the look on their faces scared her enough
before they told her what she was always afraid of

chorus
do you know where your son/daughter is tonight
I'm afraid they won't be coming home tonight

ever since she was brought to this home
she's been cursing every woman with a child
she says they brought to this world the curse
that have stained the good name of mankind
one day it was three in the morning
the guard came running to tell us she's gone
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