Tag Archives: nyt

What the fox learned from the prophet.

I’ve been a fan of K’naan for a couple years now and was heartened to read that he is cognizant of the change in his music that in the last year that didn’t quite turn me sour to him but gave me reservation.   Best lines in his NYT editorial:

“The fox, they say, once had an elegant walk, for which the other animals loved him. One day, he saw a prophet striding along and decided to improve on what was already beautiful. He set out walking but could not match the prophet’s gait. Worse, he forgot his own. So he was left with the unremarkable way the fox walks today”

and

“If this was censorship, I thought, it was a new kind — one I had to do to myself. The label wasn’t telling me what to do. No, it was just giving me choices and information, about my audience — 15-year-old American girls, mostly, who knew little of Somalia. How much better to sing them songs about Americans.”

Sample of lyrics of K’naan when he was a fox:
LYRICS:

Picture the morning taste and devour
We rise early pace up the hour
Streets is bustling hustling their heart out
You can’t have the sweet with no sour

Spices herbs the sweet scent of flower
We came out precisely the hour
Clouds disappear the sun shows the power
No chance of a probable shower

I fell in love with my neighbors daughter
I wanted to protect and support her
Never mind I’m just 12 and a quarter
I had dreams beyond our border.

Is it true when they say all you need is just love,
Is it true
What about those who have loved
Only to find that it’s taken away
And why do they say that the children have rights to be free
To be free
What about those who I’ve known
Whose memory still lives inside of me.

Fatima,
What did the Young Man say
Before he stole you away
On that fateful day Fatima
Fatima,
Did he know your name
Or the plans we made,
To go to New York City, Fatima

And after school we studied the lessons
I ask God to slow down the seconds
He does the opposite that’s what I’m guessing
I better chill and count my own blessings

Fatima, Fatima what is the matter
How come you ain’t come up the ladder
So we can be like there’s no tomorrow
Damn you gonna make me wait until tomorrow

She spoke Arabic and Swahili
She’d say Upendo (Swahili for love) Anta Habibi (Arabic for, you are my love/dearest friend)
You so bright, you shine like my TV
Then one day she never came to meet me

Is it true when they say all you need is just love,
Is it true
What about those who have loved
Only to find that it’s taken away
And why do they say that the children have rights to be free
To be free
What about those who I’ve known
Whose memory still lives inside of me.

Fatima,
What did the Young Man say
Before he stole you away
On that fateful day Fatima
Fatima,
Did he know your name
Or the plans we made,
To go to New York City, Fatima
Fatima,
What did the Young Man say
Before he stole you away
On that fateful day Fatima
Fatima,
Did he know your name
Or the plans we made,
To go to New York City, Fatima

If beauty was in the eyes of beholder
how come everyone hushed when she walked by
How come girls would look just to scold her
How come the angel wanted to hold her?

Fatima, Fatima I’m in America
I make rhymes and I make them delicate
You would have liked the parks in Connecticut
You would have said I’m working too hard again.

Damn you shooter, Damn you the building
Whose walls hid the blood she was spilling
Damn you Country so good at killing
Damn you feeling, for persevering

Is it true when they say all you need is just love,
Is it true
What about those who have loved
Only to find that it’s taken away
And why do they say that the children have rights to be free
To be free
What about those who I’ve known
Whose memory still lives inside of me.

Fatima,
What did the Gun Man Say
before he took you away on that fateful day
Fatima
Did he know your name, or the plans we made
To go to New York City

Fatima,
What did the Gun Man Say
before he took you away on that fateful day
Fatima
Did he know your name, or the plans we made
To go to New York City

Fatima..

(Spoken)
Now I just want to make it clear, I don’t want you to shed a tear.
Because this here, is a celebration, We’re not mourning, We’re celebrating
Yeah
So baby don’t cry, Please don’t let the tears fall
So don’t cry..

Sample of ‘Is there Anybody Out there with (Nelly ’15 year old American girl anthem singing’ Furtado)

[Nelly furtado]
i don’t wanna be left
in this war tonight
am i alone in this fight?
is anybody out there?
don’t wanna be left left in this world behind
say you’ll run to my side

[k’naan]
something ’bout Mary
never won a pageant
never felt pretty
never looked like Cameron
Diaz was her last name
always been abandoned
keep your head up
baby girl this is your anthem

there goes Hannah
showin’ off her banner
rocking that crown
make them boys go bananas
when you’re insecure about yourself
it’s a fact

you can point a finger
but there’s three pointing back
i can see her crying out, yeah
is there anybody out there?

she’s really counting on your love
still struggling uphill
but you act like you don’t care
right now she could really use a shoulder
hanging onto the edge til it’s over
she’s crying for your love tonight
loneliest heart to survive, she said

[Nelly furtado]
i don’t wanna be left
in this war tonight
am i alone in this fight?
is anybody out there?
don’t wanna be left left in this world behind
say you’ll run to my side
is anybody out there? yeah, yeah, yeah
is anybody out there?
(somebody, anybody)

[k’naan]
his name was Adam
when his mom had him
dad was a phantom never took a look at him
grew up mad and antisocial
hated outdoors, always in playing madden
Adam was lonely
drugs were the only
way out of his own life
[From: http://www.elyrics.net%5D

now he’s slowly losing his fire
close to retire
with one last hope he puts his arms up higher
i can see him crying out, yeah
is anybody out there?

he’s really counting on your love
still struggling uphill
but you act like you don’t care
right now he could really use a shoulder
hanging onto the edge til it’s over
he’s crying for your love tonight
loneliest heart to survive, he said

[Nelly furtado]
i don’t wanna be left
in this war tonight
am i alone in this fight?
is anybody out there?
don’t wanna be left left in this world behind
say you’ll run to my side
is anybody out there?

[bridge]
if you feel the way i feel
like you’ve been talking to yourself
well this one’s for everyone who’s felt invisible
lonely in a crowded room
searching for someone like you
can’t do it all alone (no one can baby)
can’t do it all alone (no one should baby)
is anybody out there?
(somebody, anybody)
is anybody out there?
i’m right here for your
is anybody out there?

[outro]
i don’t wanna be left
in this war tonight
am i alone in this fight?
is anybody out there?
don’t wanna be left left in this world behind
say you’ll run to my side
is anybody out there? yeah, yeah, yeah
i don’t wanna do it all alone
i need your love to take me home
no one said you should be all alone
i’m right here
i’m right here
is anybody out there?

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized