"Lorenzo" as written by and Phil/odone Collins....
Once upon a time I made a lion roar
He was sleeping in the sunbeams on the old zoo floor.
I had gone to see the park where my papa used to play,
It's called called Villa Borghese and it's on the way
To East Africa.

Down on Grand Comoro Island, where I grew past four,
I could swim and fish and snorkel on the ocean floor,
And the wind laughed, and the wind laughed through the trees as if to say,
Here's a child who'll want the world to go his way
In East Africa, in East Africa.

Suddenly for me the world turned upside down
Far from my friends the lions and the dolphins came this awful sound.

Dark shadows, sounds of thunder raging over me,
Came this monster called 'A-dre-no-leu-ko-dys-tro-phy'
Where's my East Africa?

Well they said, they said, they said (the ones who know it all)
They said from now on for you there will be no more standing tall,
So I took my parents' hands, I lifted my head to say
I'll just have to be a hero, there's no other way!
Back to East Africa
Back to East Africa
Back to East Africa
Come with me I'm going back, going back to East Africa.


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"Lorenzo" as written by Phil Collins Michaela Odone

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    General CommentThis song is about a young man lorenzo Odone who was diagnosed with adrenoleukodystrophy ALD at the age of 5. Adrenoleukodystrophy is a genetic disorder in which the myelin sheath the fat around nerve cells is destroyed causing severe disability and death usually within 2 years. Told by doctors that he wouldn't live past the age of 7, his parents Augusto and Michaela Odone wouldn't hear of it so they invented a therapee of sorts called lorenzo's Oil. The song tells about his life. lorenzo's story is also told in the 1992 movie Lorenzo's oil. Lorenzo died at age 30 due to complications of adrenoleukodystrophy.
    lauren54on February 07, 2012   Link

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