Who Sang The Promise? Johnny Clegg and Savuka

Johnny Clegg and Savuka Heat, Dust & Dreams cover art
Release information
Release Date: 1993
length: 4:38
producer: Hilton Rosenthal
mixer: Eric Thorngren
recording engineer: Bobby Summerfield
arranger: Bobby Summerfield
guitar family: Mark Goldenberg
percussion: Alex Acuña
mandolin: Eric Bazilian
additional recording engineer: Sandy Solomon
assistant mixer: Rob Seifert
assistant engineer: Sandy Solomon
writer: Johnny Clegg
Electric chair didn't burn a hair
and the newspaperman asked why
and while the warden explain in great detail
the newsman looked in the sky
"I'm sure!", he said, "if you look a little deeper
for something in his life
we could understand the reason why
he reached out for a knife."

Oooh! What happened to the promise?
Oooh! what happened to the one we knew?

So, onto a a train the newspaperman rode
down to the southern lands
to find out about a child long gone
turned into a lightning man.

Oooh! what happened to the promise?
Oooh! what happened to the one we knew?
Oooh! what happened to the promise?
Oooh! what happened to the heart so true.

"Some of them make it through", she said
"some of them never do, and one of them
got lost in time -- that child of mine
Oh, I loved that child of mine!"

Arriving in a country town
with a notepad in his hand
he spoke to the mother and the father
and a friend and a teacher and a preacher man
They all recalled a regular boy chewing gim
and playing in the sand
nothing could explain how he became
a lonely lightning man
And when the coffin came
on the southbound train
and the old folks shuffled by
the one they came to bury
was not very heavy, just a child lost in time


What happens to the clear blue eye
when it enters the forest?
does anybody know where the little one goes?
what happens to the child in time?

-- some of them make it through
-- some of them never do
-- some of them are lost and saved
-- some of them find their way
oooh -- hold on to the promise
we're going to make it through my baby
we're going to make it through my little darling

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