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"They printed out the lyrics 'Monday morning, eighteen years of dawning/I said how long' as 'Monday morning, knitting years of gold' — which is much better!" — Bono, describing a foreign translation of his "Out Of Control" lyrics

Breathe - Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom Version Lyrics

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18th of July on the banks of a not-well-known river
I started a journey to where I am now
A troubled soul, trouble maker
Guided by the drums of my creator
Towards a rhythm and rhyme
A melody line of a song called freedom
Which, once heard, will never leave your head

We are people born of sound
The songs are in our eyes
Gonna wear them like a crown

Walk out into the street
Sing your heart out
This love, it can’t be beat
We’re neither down or out
There's nothing you have that I need
While I can breathe
Breathe

All those who stood together
Fist in air, now know this
That real division is not a scar on the land
But in the heart of every man, who began
As a kiss, not to resist a knotted fist
Now an open hand, an open face, an open page
When history might rewrite its rage

And the life you get to live
Is the one you give away
To forget who to forgive
Is a good thing

Walk out into the street
Sing your heart out
This love will not be beat
Neither down or out
There's nothing you have that I need
While I can breathe
Breathe
Not while I can breathe

Walk out into the street
Sing your heart out
This love will not be beat
Neither down or out
There's nothing you have that I need
While I can breathe
Breathe
Not while I can breathe

Rolihlahla, Rolihlahla, Rolihlahla, Rolihlahla