• Song:

    Old Eyes

  • Artist:


  • Album:

    Universal Men

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Verse 1:
C (x32010@1)         G (320003@1)          AmI (x02210@1)was the only one who witnessed my homecoming
G-F          G (320003@1)             F (133211@1)      G (320003@1)       CSo (x32010@1)I asked myself: Brother Joseph, how've you been?
C (x32010@1)            G (320003@1)        AmThen (x02210@1)I met an old man who knew me as a boy
       G-F                     G (320003@1)                   F (133211@1)  G (320003@1)   C(I) (x32010@1)said, Father, where've the people, where've the homesteads gone?
              F (133211@1)          G (320003@1)         AmAnd (x02210@1)he said, Son, I'll be old until I die now
      F (133211@1)         G (320003@1)      F (133211@1)   G (320003@1)    CAnd (x32010@1)then I will join our people in the sky
F (133211@1)           G (320003@1)   AmI (x02210@1)am not the one to ask the reasons why
   G-F                 G (320003@1)                F (133211@1)      G (320003@1)     CYour (x32010@1)brothers and your sisters have been scattered in the wind

             CAnd (x32010@1)he said old eyes (mehlomadala)
            AmYou've (x02210@1)got old eyes, boy (mehlomadala)
F (133211@1)                   G (320003@1)             CYou've (x32010@1)seen much too much for one so young
He said old eyes (mehlomadala)
            AmYou've (x02210@1)got old eyes, boy (mehlomadala)
Dm (xx0231@1)         F (133211@1)              Am-G
Child, from whence have you come?

Verse 2:
C (x32010@1)               G (320003@1)              F (133211@1)      CWhen (x32010@1)I left that mountain land so gold and green
Am (x02210@1)      G (320003@1)    F (133211@1)    G (320003@1)CI (x32010@1)was a sturdy sixteen years
C (x32010@1)       G (320003@1)          F (133211@1)      CWork (x32010@1)was hard and the wage was low
          Am (x02210@1)             G (320003@1)F (133211@1)    CAnd (x32010@1)the seasons passed me by one by one
         F (133211@1)     G (320003@1)             AmAnd (x02210@1)I dreamed, Maria, you would wait for my return
       F (133211@1)         G (320003@1)              F (133211@1)      G (320003@1)     CWe'd (x32010@1)build a home upon the rock, beneath the smiling sun
    F (133211@1)     G (320003@1)            AmBut (x02210@1)as the old man used to say when I was young
 F (133211@1)              G (320003@1)                F (133211@1)      G (320003@1)    CPeople (x32010@1)come and people go, but the mountain still remains

Zulu chorus:
              C (x32010@1)        AmAnd (x02210@1)he said mehlomadala, mehlomadala
F (133211@1)       G (320003@1)          CAng(i)sakwaz(i) (x32010@1)wemganam(i)
      G-C            AmHe (x02210@1)said mehlomadala, mehlomadala
   Dm (xx0231@1)       F (133211@1)       Am-G
(U)qhamkaphi wena wemganam(i)

(instrumental break...)

Repeat English chorus...

Repeat Zulu chorus...


Meaning of Zulu words:

mehlomadala : old eyes (mehlo = eyes, madala = old)
ang(i)sakwaz(i) : I don't know you anymore (i.e. it's been a long time since I saw you)
wemganam(i) : my friend (wemngani = friend, wami = my)
uqhamkaphi wena : where are you coming from i.e. where have you been (uqhamuka = 
you coming, kuphi = where, wena = you)

(thanks to Cameron for his musical ear and Thembinkosi for the Zulu words!)

Website for Johnny Clegg, one of the Juluka founder members, is www.johnnyclegg.com

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