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Jim Dixon Lyr Add: Capetown (Don Clark) (8) Lyr Add: CAPETOWN (Don Clark/Walking on Air) 18 Jun 20

You can hear this recording at YouTube or at Blackberry Way Records. My transcription below. I have boldfaced the words that are different from the transcription above.

Words by Don Clark, music trad. "Bean Dubh an Ghleanna" ("Dark Woman of the Glen")*
As recorded by Walking on Air** on "Music of Ireland, Scotland and Beyond" (1984)***

1. The sun it shines like murder as it stares us in the face.
The dust it beats in clouds off the road-o.
The policemen they have dogs
And they're waiting by the bogs,
But we have no fear; we've been this way before.

CHORUS: Oh, we will walk together though some of us are lame
Some of us are weary, sick and sore-o.
They may throw us into jail,
But we'll die before we fail.
We will walk along together to Capetown.

2. Our comrade lies in prison for the telling of the truth,
The way he looks, the place that he was was born-o.
In his cell he lies in rags
Near the house with all the flags
Where the minister is sipping on his tea. CHORUS

3. Last time we walked together, the army shed our blood,
Charged with horses, laid us down with gas-o,
But we let all people know
We'll not run before our foe;
We will walk as long as one of us can stand. CHORUS

4. They tell us that this journey will take a thousand years;
Some of us will die along the road-o,
But to fall among your friends,
To stand up like women and men,
It is better far than living on your knees. CHORUS TWICE

* I have given the tune credit as it appears at Blackberry Way Records (which presumably came from Don Clark) but frankly, I don't hear much resemblance between "Capetown" and "Bean Dubh an Ghleanna."

** Walking on Air consisted of Don Clark, Michele Delattre, Ross Sutter & Laura Mackenzie. The group is defunct now but they had a reunion concert in St. Paul a couple of years ago.

*** The album has recently been remastered and reissued by Blackberry Way Records but it was recorded in 1984.

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