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WHY? ©

Jim McRobert
Edinburgh, Scotland
2005

Why are there no flies on your face
(Choir) Why------why
Why do they crawl over mine
(Choir) Why------why, why, why, why
Why don't you have a belly like me
(Choir) Why------why
Why don't you queue in the line
(Choir) Why------why, why, why, why
(Choir) Oh, Oh, Africa why

Why aren't you scarred by bullets and knives
(Choir) Why------why
Why aren't you scared all the time
(Choir) Why------why, why, why, why
Why aren't you starving and dying of thirst
(Choir) Why------why
Why aren't you faced with this crime
(Choir) Why------why, why, why, why
(Choir) Oh, Oh, Africa why

Why don't you answer our plea for help
(Choir) Why------why
Why have you not done the long walk
(Choir) Why------why, why, why, why
Why don't you stop them from shooting at us
(Choir) Why------why
Why do you argue and talk
(Choir) Why------why, why, why, why
(Choir) Oh, Oh, Africa why

Why do we die in this deserted land
(Choir) Why------why
Why is it all so, so bare
(Choir) Why------why, why, why, why
Why when you say you'll help us
(Choir) Why------why
Why do you do so little to care
(Choir) Why------why, why, why, why
(Choir) Oh, Oh, Africa why

Why can't I find my family and friends
(Choir) Why------why
Why is none that I know
(Choir) Why------why, why, why, why
Why do they bury thousands day after day
(Choir) Why------why
I'm sure it's the place where I'll go
(Choir) Why------why, why, why, why
(Choir) Oh, Oh, Africa why
(Solo) Oh, oh, please hear my plea and tell me----this child of Africa - Why.


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