"Mandinka" as written by and Sinead O'connor....
I'm dancing the seven veils
Want you to pick up my scarf
See how the black moon fades
Soon I can give you my heart

I don't know no shame
I feel no pain
I can't see the flame
But I do know Man-din-ka
I do know Man-din-ka
I do know Man-din-ka
I do

They're throwing it all this way
Dragging it back to the start
And they say, "See how the glass is raised?"
I have refused to take part
I told them "drink something new"
Please let me pull something through

I don't know no shame
I feel no pain
I can't
I don't know no shame
I feel no pain
I can't see the flame

But I do know Man-din-ka
I do know Man-din-ka
I do know Man-din-ka
I do
I do
I do
I say I do
Soon I can give you my heart
I swear I do
Soon I can give you my heart

I do
Mandinka
Soon I can give you my heart
Soon I can give you my heart


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"Mandinka" as written by Sinead O'connor

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    General CommentMandinka is a African tribal reference. Raising a glass is a ritual toast of celebration. Doing the dance of the seven veils is a sexual ritual that indicates women are ready for romance/sex. This song is about how she is ready to "give her heart" to someone not just with her body but with her soul. This is a coming of age song for Sinead.
    pianocomposeron March 28, 2008   Link
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    My InterpretationThe song really is more about the entrapments of coming of age and the problems that come associated with it. The Mandinka people of western Africa had at one time a nice, prosperous empire there. However, from about the mid 16th century to the abolition of slavery in 1865 in the USA, the Mandinka were herded up and taken as slaves more than any other ethnic group in Africa.
    In addition, when a Mandinka person comes of age, they are expected to go through a ritual known as kankurang. This ritual involves cutting the genitalia, both on men and women. She doesn't want to do this; that's why She "refused to take part."
    quampon March 22, 2015   Link

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