Elias
Dispatch Lyrics


Nah jay su atwanei kwa, tie asu fahdah dah hay
Nah jay su atwanei kwa, tie asu fahdah dah hay
Tie asu fahdah dah hay, fahdah dah hay
Tie asu fahdah dah hay, fahdah dah hay

Nah jay su atwanei kwa, tie asu fahdah dah hay
Nah jay su atwanei kwa, tie asu fahdah dah hay
Tie asu fahdah dah hay, fahdah dah hay
Tie asu fahdah dah hay, fahdah dah hay
Coz e wah he, coz e wah he, mah ka simba
Airay, da ka simba kanamah ka simba oh
Da kah simba, da kah simba
Da ka simba kanamah ka simba oh

You raise your head, beat the sun
But your boys they lie, so close to you
Do you dare get up? And wake the two

Oh Elias, I see you there, at work in the daytime do you think you could,
answer all the questions of the world
In just one word, I think you could.

If you die will i get word that you're gone
Or will i hear it in passing conversation
Will i stop short and, fall to the ground
Distance is short when your hand carries what your eye found

Hold my hand just one more time, to see if you're really gonna meet me
Hold my hand just one more time, to see if you're really gonna meet me

Honest and Manuel well you know, they're at school now
Getting the chance that, their father's never seen
See what's beyond, section 17
And in 10 years, when you look back at your boys
well you know they've grown, way taller than the tallest sugar cane in the field

If you die will i get word that you're gone
Or will i hear it in passing conversation
Will i stop short and, fall to the ground
Distance is short when your hand carries what your eye found

Hold my hand just one more time, to see if you're really gonna meet me
Hold my hand just one more time
Hold my hand just one more time
Hold my hand just one more time, to see if you're really gonna meet meee.

And I see your wife, she stands, stooped over by the fire outside
And I see your boys, and when they look up, you know i think they've got their mother's eyes
Cause she looks so proud, she looks so happy, she looks so proud, she looks so happy, yeaahhh

If you die will i get word that you're gone
Or will i hear it in passing conversation
Will i stop short and, fall to the ground
Distance is short when your hand carries what your eye found

Hold my hand just one more time, to see if you're really gonna meet me
Hold my hand just one more time, to see if you're really gonna meet me

Hold my hand just one more tiiiime (Aya, Aya, Ayaahah)
Hold my hand ,one more time (Aya, Aya, Ayaahah)
Dayah ya ya, yah yah yah, yah yah yah (Aya, Aya, Ayaahaha)

Hold my hand just one more time, to see if you're really gonna meet me
Hold my hand just one more time, to see if you're really gonna meet me

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

akk4lifex2yo

Honest and Manuel, well you know, they're at school now
Given the chance that their father's never seen
To see whats beyond Section 17
And in ten years, when you look back at your boys
Well you know they've grown way taller
Than the tallest sugar cane in the field


so so good



All comments from YouTube:

Bart Durant

Elias is a man from Zimbabwe who a member of Dispatch, met while visiting Zimbabwe . Elias, along with his wife and 2 sons Honest, and Manuel, live in Sector 17, one of Zimbabwe's most heavily HIV/AIDS infected areas. Chad wrote the song about them after he left Zimbabwe. He promised to write letters to Elias, but Import/Export laws prevented the letters form getting to the family. Soon after he got word that Elias, Manuel and Honest are alive and well. IF U DIDNT LIKE THIS SONG U WILL NOW

Julian Aherrera

Thank you for this.

travis tags

That is an interesting story as I have always loved this song

Slawtune81

I knew part of this story, but not all of it. Thank you. This album changed my life some 20 years ago. Dispatch (One Fell Swoop at the time) spoke to me at the same time NY Culture made me love music as expression. And here I am, reflecting on seeing Dispatch at Shelburne Museum in 2018. After working and knowing Chad, Dispatch, and all our friends. After meeting New York's finest musicians. Shout out to Wu. Many bands keep me present. Dispatch proves they always will.

Brandon Seagert

Bart Durant Thank you, sir.

Ryan Adam

This is why my second son is named Elias. Much love. Thank for all the help along this path called life

Sung Yul Taylor

THIS IS REAL MUSIC RIGHT HERE. MILLIONS more need to get on Dispatch.

Cicely Sawin

Yaaaasssss brotha!

Pete Daley

Sung Yul Taylor Ok. I'll make some calls.

Parker Kraft

When you guys played this live, i seriously lost it. Thank you, being an independent musician isn't easy, but you guys make it easier! Keep It Up!!! Your biggest fan P K Thunder

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