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Under African Skies
Paul Simon Lyrics


Joseph's face was black as night
The pale yellow moon shone in his eyes
His path was marked
By the stars in the Southern Hemisphere
And he walked his days
Under African skies

This is the story of how we begin to remember
This is the powerful pulsing of love in the vein
After the dream of falling and calling your name out
These are the roots of rhythm
And the roots of rhythm remain

In early memory
Mission music
Was ringing 'round my nursery door
I said take this child, Lord
From Tucson Arizona
Give her the wings to fly through harmony
And she won't bother you no more

This is the story of how we begin to remember
This is the powerful pulsing of love in the vein
After the dream of falling and calling your name out
These are the roots of rhythm
And the roots of rhythm remain

Joseph's face was as black as the night
And the pale yellow moon shone in his eyes
His path was marked
By the stars in the Southern Hemisphere
And he walked the length of his days
Under African skies

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Written by: PAUL SIMON

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LYRICS

Joseph's face was black as night
The pale yellow moon shone in his eyes
His path was marked
By the stars in the southern hemisphere
And he walked his days
Under African skies

[Chorus]
This is the story of how we begin to remember
This is the powerful pulsing of love in the vein
After the dream of falling and calling your name out
These are the roots of rhythm and the roots of rhythm remain

In early memory
Mission music
Was ringing 'round my nursery door
I said take this child, Lord
From Tucson, Arizona
Give her the wings to fly through harmony
And she won't bother you no more

[Chorus]

Joseph's face was as black as the night
And the pale yellow moon shone in his eyes
His path was marked
By the stars in the southern hemisphere
And he walked the length of his days
Under African skies



Danthelandyachtfan79

Joseph's face was black as night
The pale yellow moon shone in his eyes
His path was marked
By the stars in the Southern Hemisphere
And he walked his days
Under African skies

This is the story of how we begin to remember
This is the powerful pulsing of love in the vein
After the dream of falling and calling your name out
These are the roots of rhythm
And the roots of rhythm remain

In early memory, mission music
Was ringing 'round my nursery door
I said take this child, Lord
From Tucson, Arizona
Give her the wings to fly through harmony
And she won't bother you no more

This is the story of how we begin to remember
This is the powerful pulsing of love in the vein
After the dream of falling and calling your name out
These are the roots of rhythm
And the roots of rhythm remain

Joseph's face was black as night
And the pale yellow moon shone in his eyes
His path was marked
By the stars in the Southern Hemisphere
And he walked the length of his days
Under African skies



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Dave Van Vlerah

This is, in my opinion, one of the greatest albums recorded during my lifetime. Paul is a genius lyricist, an amazing vocalist, and the African vibe just always speaks to my most primal sensibilities. I'm so glad that he said f the haters and made this album in the midst of the anti-apartheid movement. This isn't exploitation, it is pure genius, and my life is better for its existence.

John T

Everything above plus genius engineering and mixing.

Peter Williams

@Dave Van Vlerah Peace & Love indeed - while I'm on the subject of Graceland and in answer to some of the critics who have called Simon unoriginal and a bit of a magpie , well all Art is borrowed from somewhere , every Masterpiece whether a picture , a film or in this case a piece of Music has been influenced by that which came before , Rembrandt was influenced by Van Honthorst [ via Carravaggio ] , by Van Dyck , Rubens etc , Tarantino has been heavily influenced by Kubrick , Jean Luc Godard , Sergio Leone , Toshiya Fujita etc etc - it's how Paul Simon interpreted Los Lobos , Cajun and the South African music he listened to before penning Graceland that matters .
I looked up Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums and was astonished to read that Graceland only warranted a No 71 - absolutely crazy and totally unjustified - I'd put it in the Top 20 Greatest Ever Album no problem - there isn't a dud on it , I'd go further in that it should be studied in school in as to how to become a Genius Lyricist -
All the Joys of Life to you , Dave [ and everyone else here ] .

Dave Van Vlerah

@Peter Williams This brought a smile to my heart. Peace and love, brother

Peter Williams

Absolutely , Dave - Graceland is the most perfect album I have ever heard in my lifetime [ I'm 64 now ] , it's inspirational - I can still remember buying it back in 1986 [ the year our first child was born ] - there isn't a song on it that can be called imperfect , each and every one is a work of genius , this was Paul Simon's ' Magnum Opus ' , his greatest work - there's a lot going on and ok the music may be too complicated for some [ smiles ] but in time I'm certain they'll come to appreciate it once they've grown tired of bubblegum .

Path

@Dave Van Vlerah Nah. Most overrated album of all time by one of the most overrated musicians of all time. If you want to know what an underrated album sounds like go check out "Skylarking" by XTC.

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Oliver White

Linda Ronstadt's voice is incomparable. Just like Paul Simon's songwriting talent.

JockOfAges

@Cameron Walker You should Google the amount of times Michael Jackson did backing vocals on loads of different songs, literally dozens. You should Google it for the list.

Cameron Walker

@JockOfAges Me either, what a great fact!

Thorne Parke

I love the melody she sings for "his path was marked by the stars in the southern hemisphere". Beautifully complimentary.

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