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Breathe - Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom Version Lyrics

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"That's another one that came from The Edge's corner. He had that pretty intact without our involvement. We worked on a version for a very long time which was great. But in the end they abandoned that and re-performed it. The Edge has got a little setup at home. We worked on everything collectively. Some things got a little more attention with Steve Lillywhite and the band. 'Breathe' was one of them, as was 'Crazy.'" - Daniel Lanois, Interview 2009

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