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Eddy Grant – Gimme Hope Jo’Anna – 1988

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    Well Jo’anna she runs a country
    She runs in Durban and the Transvaal
    She makes a few of her people happy, oh
    She don’t care about the rest at all
    She’s got a system they call apartheid
    It keeps a brother in a subjection
    But maybe pressure can make Jo’anna see
    How everybody could a live as one

    Gimme hope, Jo’anna
    Hope, Jo’anna
    Gimme hope, Jo’anna
    ‘Fore the morning come
    Gimme hope, Jo’anna
    Hope, Jo’anna
    Hope before the morning come

    I hear she make all the golden money
    To buy new weapons, any shape of guns
    While every mother in black Soweto fears
    The killing of another son
    Sneakin’ across all the neighbors’ borders
    Now and again having little fun
    She doesn’t care if the fun and games she play
    Is dangerous to everyone

    She’s got supporters in high up places
    Who turn their heads to the city sun
    Jo’anna give them the fancy money
    Oh to tempt anyone who’d come
    She even knows how to swing opinion
    In every magazine and the journals
    For every bad move that this Jo’anna makes
    They got a good explanation

    Even the preacher who works for Jesus
    The Archbishop who’s a peaceful man
    Together say that the freedom fighters
    Will overcome the very strong
    I want to know if you’re blind Jo’anna
    If you want to hear the sound of drums
    Can’t you see that the tide is turning
    Oh don’t make me wait till the morning come