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



Daniel Cronan

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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Oliver White

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

Paul Strecher

@JockOfAges - Linda, too. She worked with just about everyone over the years.
A talent beyond measure.

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.

JockOfAges

Had no idea that was Linda Ronstadt doing backing vocals. 👍 Thanks for that, that's a little bit of knowledge added to my arsenal.✌

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DeLyla Person

AFRICA: "THESE ARE THE ROOTS OF RHYTHM AND THE ROOTS OF RHYTHM REMAIN".
Great lyrics, harmony, musicianship, writing,.................

Dennis Stadelman

agreed. all encompassing musical greatness

zigner

The part from the song "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" is a tribute to Linda Ronstadt as that is where she was born and lived a good part of her life.

Paul Johnson

At 2:19 to 2:38 Linda sings three notes on this and they might just be the three most perfect notes in history.

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