"African Night Flight" as written by Brian Eno and David Bowie....
African nightmare one-time Mormon
More men fall in Hullabaloo men
I slide to the nearest bar
Undermine chairman I went too far
Bent on a windfall rent a sony
Wonder how the dollar went down
Gotta get a word to Elizabeth's father
Hey no, he wished me well

Seemed like another day
I could fly into the eye of god on high

His burning eye will see me through
One of these days, one of these days
Gotta get a word through one of these days

Asanti habari habari habari
Asanti nabana nabana nabana

Getting in mood for a Mombassa night flight
Pushing my luck, gonna fly like a mad thing
Bare strip takeoff skimming over Rhino
Born in slumber less than peace
Struggle with a child whose screaming dreaming
Drowned by the props all steely sunshine
Sick of you, sick of me
Lust for the free life
Quashed and maimed
Like a valuable loved one
Left unnamed

Seemed like another day
I could fly into the eye of god on high

Seemed like another day
I could fly into the eye of god on high

Over the bushland over the trees
Wise like Orangutan that was me

His burning eye will see me through
One of these days, one of these days
Gotta get a word through one of these days

His burning eye will see me through
One of these days, one of these days
Gotta get a word through one of these days

Asanti habari habari habari
Asanti nabana nabana nabana


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"African Night Flight" as written by Brian Eno David Bowie

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  • +2
    General Comment LOVE this tune! The tribal beats and Bowie's beautiful voice doing that fast-chanting thing.
    Yes, it was about the trip to Kenya that The Gentleman took with his then-small son. The "screaming dreaming child" was presumably little Zowie. Don't know who Elizabeth was though unless Mister Bowie was cheating on Angie (who was then Mrs. Bowie);)
    CuteSparkinaon September 29, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentBowie and his son had gone on a trip to Africa and he got part of the inspiration for this song. Also, he told Eno that he liked the idea of "talking fast." Kind of like rapping but not the same. He did this so well!
    davidbowiefan1on September 14, 2007   Link
  • -4
    General Commentyeh 1st
    Dressed2Depresson April 19, 2006   Link

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