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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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

Rox keke

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
Sounds of music
Were ringing round my grandmother's door
I said take this child,
From township of mufulo
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



All comments from YouTube:

gregorheinrich

The way Paul looks at Miriam: sheer admiration and joy of being able to sing this song with this grand lady of south african music

Christine Tookey

I thought this, but my husband says he was making sure that he matched her word for word.....( he’s a singer) .....A fabulous rendition of a fabulous song👏👏👏

TheBurbyGirl

They sang so naturally together.

silver588

@Gino Oechler He was just undressing her...probably, even didn't even knew her name.

Alan Horowitz

Of course he did. Anyone with a soul would do nothing different!

Thithi Sodi

Only if all husbands were looking at their wifes the way Paul Simon is looking at Miriam, the divorce word was gona be non existence, and it was gona be removed from the dictionary. Such admiration is amazing 🙂🙂

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steven durrant

People.may not be aware of how ground-breaking this album was at the time. Many in Europe and the US has never given South African music a second thought. It advanced world music in leaps and bounds.

Arild R-Trosberg

YESS, stuck out totally !! I think many, even didnt realise how good this album was. It was just pleasant. Today , at least myself how original it was and exellent.

Spaulding T. Bear

How did it change anything other than aware of another kind of music? (I grew up on Simon and Garfunkel, so, yeah. I remember this is a major album in our history. I don't, however, see anyone giving South African music or its music a second thought now.)

Francis Tshabalala

Both Paul and Miriam deserve to be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. This album IS a classic. Anyone out there with me....?

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