"Mr Tembo" as written by and Damon Albarn Richard Russell....
Injili, Injili
Can I sing with you
'Bout Mr. Tembo and what he's got to do
But first I'm going back
To the ?
To find the mission
And help him with his luck

Mr. Tembo is on his way up the hill
With only this song to tell you how he feels
But to get there he will need a helping hand
It's where he is now but it wasn't what he planned

Injili, Injili
We will sing with you
Just like the T.V
In Mr. Tembo's room
Off the emphatic night
He checked in on his own
At Mkombozi Inn and
Made it his home

Mr. Tembo is on his way up the hill
With only this song to tell you how he feels
But to get there he will need a helping hand
It's where he is now but it wasn't what he planned
It's where he is now but it wasn't what he planned

Injili, Injili
We will sing to you
'Bout Mr. Tembo
And what he's going through
Gets up early
While you are still in bed
Mr. Tembo, green blanket by his head

Mr. Tembo is on his way up the hill
With only this song to tell you how he feels
But to get there he will need a helping hand
It's where he is now but it wasn't what he planned
It's where he is now but it wasn't what he planned

Hey, you keep those lions off the front of the boat!
Good god, man! Have you some cotton in your ears?!
I'm trying to run this expedition in a decent manner!

The 264 is gulf, bungalow, styles, canals, cows, haybells
Telegraph wires, pylon power
Farmhouse over chimneys still used
Stone, satellites, football, pictures, favorite flags, and lots of dogs
Neon cross on top of a block of slates on a church, not as usual

Mr. Tembo is on his way up the hill
With only this song to tell you how he feels
But to get there he will need a helping hand
It's where he is now but it wasn't what he planned
It's where he is now but it wasn't what he planned


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"Mr. Tembo" as written by Richard Russell Damon Albarn

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    Song Meaning"Tembo" is Swahili for "Elephant". This song is about a baby elephant Damon met on his trip to Tanzania. He wrote the song for his daughter.
    Nickcal444on May 02, 2014   Link
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    General CommentA song about an elephant. Metaphor? alternate meanings? = Euthanasia (in my opinion)
    thisguy04on May 16, 2014   Link

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