Gimme Hope Jo'anna

Eddy Grant

Gimme Hope Jo'anna (Original Version)

Well Jo'anna she runs a country
She runs in Durban (1) and the Transvaal (2)
She makes a few of her people happy, oh
She don't care about the rest at all

She's got a system they call Apartheid
It keeps a brother in a subjection
But maybe pressure will make Jo'anna see
How everybody could a live as one, oh

Gimme hope, Jo'anna
Hope, Jo'anna
Gimme hope, Jo'anna
'Fore the morning come
Gimme hope, Jo'anna
Hope, Jo'anna
Hope before the morning come

I hear she makes all the golden money
To buy new weapons, any shape of guns
While every mother in black Soweto (3) fears
The killing of another son

Sneakin' across all the neighbours' borders
Now and again having little fun
She doesn't care if the fun and games she play
Is dang'rous to everyone


She's got supporters in high up places
Who turn their heads to the city sun
Jo'anna give them the fancy money
Oh to tempt anyone who'd come

She even knows how to swing opinion
In every magazine and the journals
For every bad move that this Jo'anna makes
They got a good explanation, oh


Even the preacher who works for Jesus
The Archbishop who's a peaceful man
Together say that the freedom fighters
Will overcome the very strong

I wanna know if you're blind Jo'anna
If you wanna hear the sound of drums
Can't you see that the tide is turning
Oh don't make me wait till the morning come, oh

Chorus x3


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