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History Rewinds

iamtherealjohn on April 18, 2013 09:43

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We've all had our personal safety threatened. History Rewinds is about armed robbery and my feelings on closed-wall middle class life in South Africa. It's kinda a warning, too, almost like it's up to the individual to decide whether to live behind those walls and see history repeat itself or to build bridges instead. I've been writing this one for years, and it still gives me the tinglies, because of all the songs I've written, this one feels the most real, the most relevant and emotionally provocative. To me, that's what music is.

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1am, the KFC, listening to my best friend's MP3s
Backing track of empty streets, nothing that you'd read in LMG
I need hope, I need a sign

In they come, two at a time, pistols high and crystals in their eyes
They take me down, they take me blind, they take my everything they take my pride
I need hope, I need a sign of reconciliation
To ease my South African mind so shelve the selfish nation
Before we find
Shelve the selfish nation
Before we find history rewinds

You must be nuts to give a damn you must be crazy to put up a flag
But I want a neighbour not a wall, I want a way to know that I am home
I need hope, I need a sign of reconciliation
To ease my South African mind so shelve the selfish nation
Before we find
Shelve the selfish nation
Before we find history rewinds

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