"Shaking The Tree" as written by Peter Gabriel and Youssou N'dour....
Souma Yergon, Sou Nou Yergon, We are shakin' the tree
Souma Yergon, Sou Nou Yergon, We are shakin' the tree

Waiting your time, dreaming of a better life
Waiting your time, you're more than just a wife
You don't want to do what your mother has done
She has done
This is your life, this new life has begun
It's your day - a woman's day
It's your day - a woman's day

Turning the tide, you are on the incoming wave
Turning the tide, you know you are nobody's slave
[ 1989 version - Find your Brothers and sisters ]
[ 1990 version - Find your sisters and brothers ]
Who can hear all the truth in what you say
They can support you when you're on your way
It's your day - a woman's day
It's your day - a woman's day

Souma Yergon, Sou Nou Yergon, We are shakin' the tree
Souma Yergon, Sou Nou Yergon, We are shakin' the tree
Souma Yergon, Sou Nou Yergon, We are shakin' the tree

[ extra lyrics from 1989 12" remix ]

There's nothing to gain when there's nothing to be lost
There's nothing to gain if you stay behind and count the cost
Make the decision that you can be who you can be
You can be
Tasting the fruit come to the Liberty Tree
It's your day - a woman's day
It's your day - a woman's day

[ end of extra lyrics from 12" remix ]

Changing your ways, changing those surrounding you
Changing your ways, more than any man can do
Open your heart, show him the anger and pain, so you heal
Maybe he's looking for his womanly side, let him feel

You had to be so strong
And you do nothing wrong
Nothing wrong at all
We're gonna to break it down
We have to shake it down
Shake it all around

Souma Yergon, Sou Nou Yergon, We are shakin' the tree
Souma Yergon, Sou Nou Yergon, We are shakin' the tree
Souma Yergon, Sou Nou Yergon, We are shakin' the tree


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"Shaking the Tree" as written by Youssou N'dour Peter Gabriel

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  • +3
    General CommentIt's about womyn rights, obviusly .. but u all have to remember that this song was written by Peter Gabriel and Youssou N'dour. i disagree with the comment that said that this song talks about the christian church. i guees it refers another culture that discriminate women as a life style. sorry my mistakes, i speak spanish
    Misha4allon January 18, 2009   Link
  • +3
    My OpinionThinger, that's just hilarious. "Stop supporting the rights of women or I won't buy your albums!"

    I don't think Pete would mind if one misogynist stopped listening to his music. In fact, he'd probably be pleased. (Though no doubt he'd prefer that you change your mind and see that men and women are both worthy of self-expression and freedom.)
    DexXon March 09, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOne very important thing, which was a major part of Youssou N'Dour's contribution to this song, is the term, "Souma yergon, sou nou yergon", which means in (I think) Somali, "If we had known, if we had only known!"

    Since these words begin the song, and are repeated throughout, it's surprising to me that the lyrics shown above exclude them. Why is that, exactly?
    vizenoson November 20, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWomen's rights come to Muslim Africa (ending the tradition of female circumcision) and the world in general.

    YEAH!
    PaliSteveon September 18, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOnly one coment????????

    veery disapointed... :(
    RWaterson August 18, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentA very empowering song. Inspirational, and hopeful.
    Gabriel may be one of the most talented song writers ever.
    Major Valoron September 01, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe idea about woman rights sounds so good to me. though has anybody noticed that in peter's steam video (which is all about making love and the fruits of that love obviously) they actually catch babies falling from a tree they shake with a woman, somewhere at the end? :)
    carrotkinson April 28, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe idea about woman rights sounds so good to me. though has anybody noticed that in peter's steam video (which is all about making love and the fruits of that love obviously) they actually catch babies falling from a tree they shake with a woman, somewhere at the end? :)
    carrotkinson April 28, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"And you do nothing wrong, nothing wrong at all
    We're gonna to break it down
    We have to shake it down, shake it all around"

    I think this is a reference to the Christian Church.
    InsectOmanon September 06, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is an unusually literal song from PG, all about women's empowerment, and talking about women claiming their rights in a positive way, talking to the men in their lives and trying to grow together, rather than fighting them. This and Today I Am A Daisy by Deborah Conway are, I think, the two most positive songs about modern feminism.
    DexXon January 09, 2008   Link

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