How can I turn away
Brother/Sister go dancing
Through my head
Human as to human
The future is no place
To place your better days

Cry freedom cry
From a crowd 10,000 wide
Hope laid upon hope
That this crowd will not subside
Let this flag burn to dust
And a new a fair design be raised
While we wait head in hands
Hands in prayer
And fall into a dreamless sleep again
And we wave our hands

Hands and feet are all alike
But gold between divide us
Hands and feet are all alike
But fear between divide us
All slip away

There was a window and by it stood
A mirror in which
He could see himself
He thought of something
Something he had never had but hoped would come along
Cry freedom, cry
From deep inside
Where we are all confined
While we wave hands in fire
Wave our hands

Hands and feet are all alike
But gold between divide us
Hands and feet are all alike
But fear between divide us,
Slip away
In this room stood a little child
And in this room this little child
She would remain
Until someone might decide
To dance this little child
Across this hall
Into a cold, dark, space
Where she might never trace her way across this crooked mile
Across this crooked page
Cry freedom, cry
From deep inside where
We are all confined
Till we wave our hands

How can I turn away
Brother/Sister go dancing
Through my head
Human as to human
The future is no place
To place your better days

Hands and feet are all alike
But gold between divide us
Hands and feet are all alike
But fear between divide us
Hands and feet are all alike
Hear what I say
Hear what I say
Oh, so be it

How can I turn away
Brother/Sister go dancing
Through my head
Human as to human
The future is no place
To place your better days


Lyrics submitted by Demau Senae

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    General CommentYes, this is a high quality song that is very relaxing. Good sh**.
    There is a good movie you all should see.. its called "Cry Freedom"... Got Denzel Washington in it.
    And read the book "Cry, the beloved country" by Alan Paton. It helps to understand this song.

    "How can I turn away
    Brother/Sister go dancing
    Through my head
    Human as to human"
    We're all brothers and sisters and humans in this universe, so we might as well stop discrimination, racism.. and hate.

    "The future is no place
    To place your better days "
    That verse means forget the damn future, do something about it NOW. Good thing apartheid is gone, but people still hate each other in the world. :(

    ...and thats all I have to say about that.
    SongMeaningson March 13, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is awesome
    mgoblue03on January 25, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis one is about the apartheid that went on in Dave's birth country of South Africa.
    violetzebrason February 04, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThe song is about the greed of america splitting us apart, that we believe in freedom but it should be a united freedom...the songs intention is to bring us together, hes trying to say that we are all brothers and sisters, not only as a country but as a human race, that we are one in the same and that we should rejoice in eachother rather than in ourselves
    buddy3032on May 07, 2002   Link
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    General Comment"The future is no place to place your better days" - You can't put it any better than that! A late friend of mine used this quote all the time. I didn't realize how true this is until after he died. Don't let your life pass you by!
    Kahok@heart10on June 28, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti don't really like dave matthews band, but i respect them. this is the only song i like its really soothing
    save_your_momson September 05, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLive in the present, live for the day and don't worry about what tomorrow brings. In response to lolita02569 it does sound real familiar to Pig, never thought about that.
    UNCWDMBfanon March 09, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI think this songs sayin were all alike regardless of race wealth or whatever it might be and that we must look past those things and see whats inside a person. Also when daves sings "Let this flag burn to dust and a new a fair design be raised" i think hes sayin that this counrty talks so much about freedom and equality but yet its still so far from it and i think hes sayin we should learn to look past the outside apperence of a person and look at the inside of a person. But yea and also this is one of my all time fav dave songs
    dmb19864uon April 23, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI think this songs sayin were all alike regardless of race wealth or whatever it might be and that we must look past those things and see whats inside a person. Also when daves sings "Let this flag burn to dust and a new a fair design be raised" i think hes sayin that this counrty talks so much about freedom and equality but yet its still so far from it and i think hes sayin we should learn to look past the outside apperence of a person and look at the inside of a person. But yea and also this is one of my all time fav dave songs
    dmb19864uon April 23, 2003   Link
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    General CommentThe beauty of this song is that it was origionally intended to be about the aparthied in South Africa, but it can also apply to everything. Especially in these times when our differences are so small yet pointed out so severely. The other message that this song, along with many other of DMB's songs, conveys is that now is the time to make everything right and do everything you can because the future one might plan to do something in may not exist. We coild go at any minute, and our lives will be a waste of discrimination and separation based on all the wrong things.
    xXtheLisaTheoryXxon April 24, 2003   Link

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