Under African Skies Lyrics - Paul Simon

Paul Simon Graceland cover art
Credits
publisher: ©Universal Music Publishing Group
writers: Paul Simon
release date: 1986-8-29
genres: Jazz Rock Funk / Soul Pop Folk, World, & Country
styles: Folk Rock/Pop Rock/Afrobeat/Funk/African/Zydeco/Rhythm & Blues
length: 3:38
producer: Paul Simon
vocal: Paul Simon and Linda Ronstadt
engineer: Roy Halee
guitar: Chikapa “Ray” Phiri, Paul Simon and Adrian Belew
additional arranger: Chikapa “Ray” Phiri
percussion: Ralph MacDonald
drums (drum set): Isaac Mtshali
bass guitar: Bakithi Kumalo
assistant engineer: Mark Cobrin and Steven Strassman
composer: Paul Simon
lyricist: Paul Simon
Joseph's face was black as night
The pale yellow moon shone in his eyes
His path was marked
By the stars in the Southern Hemisphere
And he walked his days
Under African skies

This is the story of how we begin to remember
This is the powerful pulsing of love in the vein
After the dream of falling and calling your name out
These are the roots of rhythm
And the roots of rhythm remain

In early memory
Mission music
Was ringing 'round my nursery door
I said take this child, Lord
From Tucson Arizona
Give her the wings to fly through harmony
And she won't bother you no more

This is the story of how we begin to remember
This is the powerful pulsing of love in the vein
After the dream of falling and calling your name out
These are the roots of rhythm
And the roots of rhythm remain

Joseph's face was as black as the night
And the pale yellow moon shone in his eyes
His path was marked
By the stars in the Southern Hemisphere
And he walked the length of his days
Under African skies



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Tracklist
12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 The Boy in the Bubble
  • 2 Graceland
  • 3 I Know What I Know
  • 4 Gumboots
  • 5 Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes
  • 6 You Can Call Me Al
  • 7 Under African Skies
  • 8 Homeless
  • 9 Crazy Love, Vol. II
  • 10 That Was Your Mother
  • 11 All Around the World or The Myth of Fingerprints