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Weeping
by Qkumba Zoo

I knew a man who lived in fear.
It was huge, it was angry it was drawing near.
Behind his house, a secret place
Was the shadow of the demon he could never face.
He built a wall of steel and flame
And men with guns to keep it tame.
Then standing back he made it plain
That the nightmare would never ever rise again.
But the fear the fire and the guns remained.
It doesn't matter now. It's over anyhow.
He tells the world that it's sleeping.
But as the night came round I heard it slowly sound.
It wasn't roaring, it was weeping.
And then one day the neighbors came.
They were curious to know about the smoke and flame.
They stood around outside the wall,
But of course there was nothing to be heard at all.
"My friends," he said, "we've reached our goal,
The threat is under firm control.
As long as peace and order reign,
I'll be damned if I can see a reason to explain,
Why the fear and the fire and the guns remained."
It doesn't matter now. It's over anyhow.
He tells the world that it's sleeping.
But as the night came round I heard it slowly sound.
It wasn't roaring, it was weeping.
Is there a light, can you feel the light shine?
I think I've find a way through...
I know things have changed but the fear remained in me
Till I touched the light in you.
Say it's over now, it doesn't matter now.
He tells the world that it's sleeping.
But as the night came round I heard it slowly sound.
It wasn't roaring, it was weeping...

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Odins Joke

Discovered this group while in Italy in 1997. Love the music and still listen to it today. So sad to not get more from them as they really were good. Was in South Africa in 2010 and finally understood what this song was about. My American perspective of Apartheid was basically black vs white. In SA I learned it was so much more than that simplistic view. Was feeling privilege to visit SA and see/learn about the beautiful and rich country. So much promise there for their future too!

Cave Fatuum

I saw the video for "The Child Inside" on a demo disk playing in a video store in the early 90's. I bought the cd that day. That very cd is in my car cd player as I write this. She has an amazing voice.

Kathleen Murphy

"It wasn't roaring....
it was weeping..... "

Jesse Lambert

Arkansas too!

lardo444

i love their sound. too bad they never made it big. anybody know what they are doing now? i know they broke up a long time ago. but what happened to them???

Throngdorr Mighty

@Christopher Allen- U know the reason?

Christopher Allen

One of them recently committed suicide...very sad...

Andrew Knapp

Nice cover of the Bright Blue hit, but prefer the original.

Liana Kritzinger

I completely get what you're saying and agree about the relevance to different situations, but this song is about P.W. Botha, in particular, according to the original writer and performer. You can read about it on the "Weeping" website.

iamjohngalt

Funny you mentioned that. When I first heard this song, I thought of George W. Bush and the "demon" was the "weapons of mass destruction" and the "wall of steel and flame" was the Iraq War, "My friends... we've reached our goal" was him next to the "Mission Accomplished" Banner.


Now a few years later and more politically moderate, I think of politicians and big government in general, how they try to justify heavy-handed police state or military activity, but the person turned out to be innocent, just "weeping" the whole time. It reminds me of how governments can become tyrannical from too much power. "I'll be damned if I have to justify the existence of all these intelligence agencies and FBI raids, if you're innocent you have nothing to hide" while they spy on innocent people for political reasons.

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