Yeah, yeah I scream...
With you on my mind so heavy and so hard
I don't know quite everything
You make me think of a better thing...
Better things to fill my day with
But they don't mean to go
Please don't be too bad with me, God
Please don't be too good...
Let some women's light, women's light
Chain my hands with me singing...

Hani Hani, come and dance for me
Whoa, whoa, sooner there
Hani Hani, come and dance for me
Only the brave
Hani Hani, come and dance for me
(feeling the night)
Hani Hani, come and dance for me
Lead me back home to life

You made Heaven turn to dirt
And dirt turn to dance on
Heaven come my way
Baby surely do
Maybe some moonlight
Maybe some, baby surely do
Maybe some moonlight
Say this say this...

Hani Hani, come and dance for me
Underneath the moonlight
Hani Hani come and dance for me

Hani Hani, come and dance for me
Come on, come on go
Hani Hani, come and dance for me
Give it back, give it back....

Oh man, I can't talk
A man was tall and once tore a piece of freedom for us all
When, then, you least expect it
Man can cut from of his own heart
For us all, that man
Don't believe it, oh yeah....
God, two men slice and dice each other up in his place
They don't believe it...
Well leave it
Leave it lying, leave it lying, leave it lying
Got me singing
Hani Hani, come and dance for me


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    Was Chris Hani direct friends with Dave? I knew the song was aobut the assassinated anti-apartheid leader, but I never knew that Dave and Chris were good friends. Maybe I just missed out on somehting. Too bad Glen Ballard had to come along and ruin this song by turning it into "Everyday." IT had so much potential as it was. I will always accept this as the "real" Everyday, not that junk Ballard produced.

    FRoguy940on May 01, 2002   Link
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    Actually, the orginal lyrics was indeed Hani hani, followed by some scats. Dave eventually found the song too disturbing for such an upbeat melody and changed hani hani to honey honey.

    Jesse3581on June 06, 2002   Link
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    great tune, this is. I've got a version of it from back in the day (back when they actually had to say "wer'e the dave matthews band...") And as dave's introing the song he says this song is a song we all wrote together one time, doin' a sound check in Vergina, and Chris Hani from South Africa, he'd just got assassinated that day. So we came up with this really happy kinda groove. It's called # 36 Then later: To celibrate his life, the life he had lived... It's straight from Dave's mouth so i'll trust this one (:

    Lissy Ratzon August 01, 2002   Link
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    somebody wrote the lyrics wrong, it is "Honey" not Hani. Im impressed that somebody knew enough to know who Hani was though. Chris Hani was Dave's friend in South Africa who was assasinated by being shot in the head. "A man was tall and once tore a piece of freedom for us all" is directed towards Hani, as he was a civil leader dedicated towards a new government in South Africa. Dave wrote this song originally with "Hani, Hani, come and dance with me", but then changed it, feeling that this song was too uplifting and happy to be about his friends death.

    DMBbartender7on April 29, 2002   Link
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    I never knew about the "hani" lyric. I always thought it was "honey". I like "honey" better, it just seems more fitting.

    millencolinDMBon June 07, 2002   Link
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    I truly love this song..makes me cry when I hear it...

    SweetUpAndDownon June 13, 2002   Link
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    yay!!! this is my favorite DMB song of all time! But don't take the lyrics to litterally because Dave changes them every time he plays the song live.

    DaDreadlockChickon June 15, 2002   Link
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    this is prolly my favorite dmb song too...i think i could die happy if i actually got to hear it live

    shealwayswearsblueon July 19, 2002   Link
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    I really do love this song. Thanks for telling me what this was all about because I was clueless to that. But I would love to know why everyone hated 'Everyday' so much? I mean, I've been a Dave Matthews Band fan for a very long time, but I definately still liked alot of the work off of the album. So Right, Fool to Think, Mother Father, Angel.. they all had great lyrics and the music might not have been the original dMb type, but it still was great. I guess its just everyones opinion, though.

    SheaTayon August 03, 2002   Link
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    I find this song to be one that is fun to sing too. Thats why i like it so much. I love driving in my car, putting in a DMB cd and singing at the top of my lungs ;) And i would also like to add that i agree with SheaTay. I like Everyday. I love how in live at Folsom Field Boulder Colorado they sing everyday and #36 together. It sounds awesome

    Amsieon March 05, 2003   Link

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