Special AKA: Free Nelson Mandela

No better time to re-listen to one of the best artistic performances meant to resist the legacy of racial oppression.

Abagond

Remarks:

I am reposting this song in honour of Nelson Mandela’s death. In 1984 this song went to #9 in its native Britain and #1 in New Zealand. It was “immensely popular” in Africa, according to the Wikipedia. It did not chart in America, where I first heard it in 1985.

Lyrics:

Free Nelson Mandela
Free free
Free free free Nelson Mandela

Free Nelson Mandela

Twenty-one years in captivity
His shoes too small to fit his feet
His body abused but his mind is still free
Are you so blind that you cannot see I say

CHORUS:
Free Nelson Mandela
I’m begging you
Free Nelson Mandela

He pleaded the causes of the ANC
Only one man in a large army
Are you so blind that you cannot see
Are you so deaf that you cannot hear his plea

CHORUS.

Twenty-one years in captivity
Are you so blind that you…

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