You are one side
And I am on the other
Are we divided?

You are one side
I am on the other
Are we divided?
Why can't we live together
There are no rights
This isn't your decision
We need to talk of changing things
But no one wants to listen
It doesn't have to be like that
It doesn't have to be like that
It doesn't have to be like that

A heart on the inside
The same as any other
Are we divided?
Someone always has to suffer
We are broken
There's no one left to change it
Is that the way it has to be?
Why can't we rearrange it?
It doesn't have to be like that
(One against one)
It doesn't have to be like that
(One against one)
It doesn't have to be like that

What is the secret
In calling me a brother?
Are we divided?
Always one against the other
We are strong now
Put down the ammunition
For what we know is right
Is gonna breakdown this division
It doesn't have to be like that
(One against one)
It doesn't have to be like that
(One against one)
It doesn't have to be like that
(One against one)
(One against one)
It doesn't have to be like that

You are one side
And I am on the other
Are we divided?


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    General Commentwhere is the african spoken section? I love this song,it has that big drum sound.Great stuff.I have the Maxi single of this,its cool.
    Razormasticatoron April 15, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis song is about aparthied in Africa.. hence the spoken Swahili bit. The best I've been able to find to explain the spoken bit:

    Alava mo ja na me me limbaniango limbaniago [come stay with me]
    Zimbabwe abo naga na me me limbaniango limbaniago [come lie with me]
    Alava mo ja na me me limbaniango limbaniago [come stay with me]
    Zimbabwe abo naga na me me limbaniango limbaniago [come lie with me]
    ratfuckeron September 21, 2004   Link
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    General CommentIt's irritating that Paul Simon got all the press when Erasure clearly did just as much to help end apartheid.

    Next time I'm with my African friends, we're going to have an Erasure session.
    JakeBrookmanon August 22, 2013   Link

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