"7 seconds" as written by Neneh Cherry, Cameron Andrew Mcvey, Youssou N'dour, Jonathan Peter Sharp and Joern-uwe Fahrenkrog-petersen....
Boul ma sene, boul ma guiss madi re nga fokni mane
Khamouma li neka thi sama souf ak thi guinaw
Beugouma kouma khol oaldine yaw li neka si yaw
Mo ne si man, li ne si mane moye dilene diapale

Roughneck and rudeness,
We should be using, on the ones who practice wicked charms
For the sword and the stone
Bad to the bone
Battle is not over
Even when it's won
And when a child is born into this world
It has no concept
Of the tone the skin it's living in
It's not a second

7 seconds away
Just as long as I stay
I'll be waiting
It's not a second
7 seconds away
Just as long as I stay
I'll be waiting
I'll be waiting
I'll be waiting

J'assume les raisons qui nous poussent de changer tout,
J'aimerais qu'on oublie leur couleur pour qu'ils esperent
Beaucoup de sentiments de race qui font qu'ils desesperent
Je veux les portes grandements ouvertes,
Des amis pour parler de leur peine, de leur joie
Pour qu'ils leur filent des infos qui ne divisent pas
Changer

7 seconds away
Just as long as I stay
I'll be waiting
It's not a second
7 seconds away
Just as long as I stay
I'll be waiting
I'll be waiting
I'll be waiting

And when a child is born into this world
It has no concept
Of the tone the skin it's living in
And there's a million voices
And there's a million voices
To tell you what she should be thinking
So you better sober up for just a second

7 seconds away
Just as long as I stay
I'll be waiting
It's not a second
7 seconds away
Just as long as I stay
I'll be waiting
It's not a second
7 seconds away
Just as long as I stay
I'll be waiting

It's not a second
7 seconds away
Just as long as I stay
I'll be waiting
It's not a second
7 seconds away
Just as long as I stay
I'll be waiting


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"7 Seconds" as written by Jonathan Sharp Cameron Mcvey

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    General CommentCan someone PLEASE explain what this song is about? I'm wondering for years now;-)
    Non July 08, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhat I wanna know is what Youssou N'Dour is saying! Can anyone translate beacuse I've forgotton all of my French, and don't know the other language from the first verse!

    I think the song has something to do with prejudice - but that's all I can say for now until I know what the other stuff means :]
    butterflykiss84on August 29, 2002   Link
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    General Commentit certainly about prejudice as butterflykiss said .. when she says that a child has no concept of the tone the skin is living in i think she means that kids dont really pay attention to the race until s/he is told to make such discrimination ... im not sure, but i do know this is a great universal song, a classic that has accompanied me since im a little girl, and the sound of it is just amazing....
    skylarpomon May 04, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti think this is the song roughly translated..im not sure tho so dun take my word for it-

    Don' see me from a distance
    Don't look at my smile
    And think that I don't know
    What's under and beheind me
    I don't want you to look at me and think
    What's in you is me
    What's in me is to help them

    I assume the reasons that push us to change everything
    I would like us to forget about their color
    So they can be optimistic
    Too many views on rave that make them desperate
    Let's leave the doors wide open
    So they can talk about theit pain and joy
    Then we can give them information
    That will bring us all together

    Chorus:
    It's not a second
    7 seconds away
    Just as long as I stay
    I'll be waiting

    Nothing can move us, we should be moving
    From the ones who practice wicked charms
    For the son and the stone
    Bad to the bone
    Man is not evil, even when it's born

    And when a child is born into this world
    It has no concept
    The tone the skin is living in

    Chorus

    There's a million voices
    There's a million voices
    To tell you what she should be thionking
    So you better sober up for a second
    mop_32on May 14, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOk. So it's about prejudice. But to me, the million dollar question is 'What is the significance of 7 seconds'? What happens in 7 seconds?
    Leeton July 14, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOK - it doesn't quite fit, but I believe that it's based on the fact that a child dies, somewhere in the world, every 7 seconds. (a child in Africa dies every 3 seconds)

    It could be the song is bemoaning the fact that a lot of people don't care because the majority of these people will be black, or maybe there is prejudice both ways as they can be white or black. Maybe it is shouting about some of the reasons behind why these children die, sure some would be to do with hunger or malnutrition, some to do with terminal disease, wherever they live. Some children still die as 'human sacrifices' or abuse. Maybe it is shouting about all of the reasons that they die and we should 'sober up' and do something about it.
    honestfion August 25, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis is the french translation so mop 32 was pretty close-j'assume les raisons qui nous poussent de changer tout,
    I assume the resons that lead us to change everything,

    -J'aimerais qu'on oublie leur couleur pour qu'ils esperent
    I wish we could forget their color so they can hope

    -Beaucoup de sentiments de races qui font qu'ils desesperent
    lots of feelings for races which make them lose hope (despair)

    -Je veux les deux mains ouvertes,
    I want the two hands opened,

    -Des amis pour parler de leur peine, de leur joie
    (and) friends to talk about their life penalty, about their joy


    -Pour qu'ils leur filent des infos qui ne divisent pas
    so they can give'em infos that do not divide(scatter)

    -Changer
    change

    This so poetic and dramatic and i also think the 7 seconds is about a child's life being lost but i don't know for certain. Loved this song at live 8 when Yossou N'dour did it with Dido, it is truly amazing live!
    gladius1010on November 06, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe second paragraph sung by D'Nour is obviously French. But what of the first? Is it 'Senegalese'? Or some kind of patois French? I remember hearing of a song which used some made-up, hybrid language- this wouldn't be it... would it?
    Sabliciouson May 23, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI don't hear this in the song:

    "Pour qu'ils leur filent des infos qui ne divisent pas"

    and neither

    "Je veux les portes grandements ouvertes"

    but I can hear clearly "Je veux les deux mains ouvertes" as gladius1010 said.
    mon April 05, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think the first verse is Wolof.
    deltasunlighton June 18, 2008   Link

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