Who Sang The Crossing (Osiyeza)? Johnny Clegg and Savuka

Johnny Clegg and Savuka Heat, Dust & Dreams cover art
Release information
Release Date: 1993
length: 4:57
producer: Hilton Rosenthal
mixer: Chris Lordā€Alge
recording engineer: Bobby Summerfield
flute: Eric Rigler
guitar: Mark Goldenberg
mandolin: Eric Bazilian
additional recording engineer: Sandy Solomon
tambourine: Bobby Summerfield
assistant mixer: David Betancourt
assistant engineer: Sandy Solomon
keyboard: Hilton Rosenthal
background vocals: Jackie Simley, Hilton Rosenthal and Alice Echols
electronic instruments: Hilton Rosenthal
writer: Johnny Clegg
(for Dudu)

Through all the days that eat away
at every breath that I take
through all the nights I've lain alone
in someone else's dream, awake
all the words in truth we have spoken
that the wind has blown away
it's only you that remains with me
clear as the light of day

Chorus: O Siyeza, o siyeza , sizofika webaba noma
(we are coming, we are coming, we will arrive soon)
O siyeza, o siyeza, siyagudle lomhlaba
(we are coming, we are coming, we are moving across this earth)
Siyawela lapheshaya lulezontaba ezimnyama
(we are crossing over those dark mountains)
Lapha sobheka phansi konke ukhulupheka
(where we will lay down our troubles)

A punch drunk man in a downtown bar
takes a beating without making a sound
through swollen eyes he sways and smiles
'cause noone can put him down
inside of him a boy looks up to his father
for a sign or an approving eye
oh, it's funny how those once so close and now gone
can still so affect our lives


Take me now, hold me close
don't let go, I'm coming home


CD 1
  • 1 These Days
  • 2 The Crossing (Osiyeza)
  • 3 I Can Never Be (What You Want Me to Be)
  • 4 When the System Has Fallen
  • 5 Tough Enough
  • 6 The Promise
  • 7 Inevitable Consequence of Progress
  • 8 In My African Dream
  • 9 Emotional Allegiance (Stand by Me)
  • 10 Foreign Nights (Working Dog in Babylon)
  • 11 Your Time Will Come