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Ray Price – Softly And Tenderly Lyrics

Softly and tenderly Jesus is calling
Calling for you and for me
See on the portal he’s waiting and watching
Watching for you and for me. (Why should we tarry when Jesus is pleading)
Pleading for you and for me
(Why should we linger and heed not his calling)
Calling for you and for me. Come home, come home
Ye who are weary come home
Earnestly, tenderly Jesus is calling
Calling, oh sinner, come home. Come home, come home
Ye who are weary come home
Earnestly, tenderly Jesus is calling
Calling, oh sinner, come home…

Bonez Mc – Roadrunner Lyrics

(Roadrunner)
(Miep-miep)
(Roadrunner)
Unter Strom wie der Roadrunner
Alle runter auf den Boden, wenn er losballert
Pack ‘ne halbe Scheibe Käse auf mein’ Toast, dada
Und scheffel Kohle für mein’ Großvater (Wo-ah-oh)
Unter Strom wie der Roadrunner
Alle runter auf den Boden, wenn er losballert
Pack ‘ne halbe Scheibe Käse auf mein’ Toast, dada
Und scheffel Kohle für mein’ Großvater (Wo-ah-oh)
Die Polizei ist neidisch auf mein’ Schlitten
Weiber nur am Schreien, wir unterschreiben auf ihren Titten
Hab doch noch ‘n dicken Batzen, Scheine unterm Kissen (Ja)
Und ‘ne halbe Automatik-Knarre, keiner kann mich ficken (Heh)
Sie sagen: „Lass die Schlampen und die Drogen bleiben"
Baller um die fünfzig Schlampen in die Wohnung ein
Bunker hundertfünfzig Gramm an meinem Hosenbein (Okay)
Überdosis aufm Todesschein (Wo-ah-oh)
Unter Strom wie der Roadrunner
Alle runter auf den Boden, wenn er losballert
Pack ‘ne halbe Scheibe Käse auf mein’ Toast, dada
Und scheffel Kohle für mein’ Großvater (Wo-ah-oh)
Unter Strom wie der Roadrunner
Alle runter auf den Boden, wenn er losballert
Pack ‘ne halbe Scheibe Käse auf mein’ Toast, dada
Und scheffel Kohle für mein’ Großvater
Steige ausm Auto – Outfit der Hammer (Haha)
Saugeile Kauleiste, brauch keine Klammer (Fresh)
Brauch auch kein Haus, aber kauf eins für Mama
Heh, und rauch Marihuana (Bonez)
Hundert Sachen aufm Zettel, wenn ich aufsteh
Und die Schlampe nur am Meckern, wenn ich rausgeh
‘Ne fette Kette, euer Ghetto ist mein Laufsteg
Könnte besser gar nicht aussehen (Wo-ah-oh)
Unter Strom wie der Roadrunner
Alle runter auf den Boden, wenn er losballert
Pack ‘ne halbe Scheibe Käse auf mein’ Toast, dada
Und scheffel Kohle für mein’ Großvater (Wo-ah-oh)
Unter Strom wie der Roadrunner
Alle runter auf den Boden, wenn er losballert
Pack ‘ne halbe Scheibe Käse auf mein’ Toast, dada
Und scheffel Kohle für mein’ Großvater (Wo-ah-oh)
Bringts kein Para, machts kein’ Sinn für mich
Jeden Tag auf der Jagd nach dem Dollar
Unterm Strich gibts Kalaschnikow ins Gesicht
Fahr du mal Fahrrad, ich geb Gas auf mei’m Roller
Und jeder von euch weiß, Qualität hat sein’ Preis
Also, wozu diskutieren, weil du kaufst doch eh
Heute geht alles so leicht, jeden Tag: „Thug Life"
Für den neuen S-Coupé und kein’ Haus am See
(Roadrunner)
(Miep-miep)
(Roadrunner)
(Miep-miep)
(Miep-miep)
(Yeah)
(Miep-miep)

Fokofpolisiekar – Oop Vir Misinterpretasie Lyrics

Net die skoon word vermoor
Net die sag kry seer
Net die jonk glo
Soos wat net die jonk van hart kan glo
Elke jaar gaan vinniger verby
Daar is geen konstantes nie
My ideaal is net ‘n skadu teen die muur
Kunsmatig of nie
Dis my kennis, my vuur
Alhoewel mens nooit kan seker wees oor enige iets nie
My skoene is deur vroue slawe in die verre-ooste gemaak
Dis nie my skuld nie
My korttermyn geheue verval
Tersiere opvoeding nietig verklaar
Dis nie my skuld nie
Net die skoon word vermoor
Net die sag kry seer
Net die jonk glo
Soos wat net die jonk van hart kan glo
Elke jaar gaan vinniger verby
Moet nie bekommer nie
Jou verbeelding spring jou voor
Dit was nog altyd so
‘n mens kan baie praat
Tog sukkel om sin te maak
Almal weet perspektief
Is nie ‘n speelding nie
My vriende se bediendes het hulle met liefde groot gemaak
Dis nie my skuld nie
Ek herinner myself aan my pa
Hulle moes grens toe gaan
Dis nie my skuld nie
Net die skoon word vermoor
Net die sag kry seer
Net die jonk glo
Soos wat net die jonk van hart kan glo

Five Finger Death Punch – Scar Tissue Lyrics

[Verse 1]
You ripped my heart out and you threw it away
Torn away, threw away, ripped away
Been   pushing   buttons since the   day that we met
All the pain,   it’s a shame, you’re insane
[Pre-Chorus]
Infectious, I bleed you out
So precious, you’re empty
[Chorus]
You’re always saving face and hiding behind love
There’s nothing left to say, just look what we’ve become
Scar tissue
[Verse 2]
You run in circles and you plant f*cking lies
Escalate all the hate you create
There’s just no limit, you’re so quick to defend
Fabricate, medicate, isolate
[Pre-Chorus]
Infectious, I bleed you out
So precious, you’re empty
[Chorus]
You’re always saving face and hiding behind love
There’s nothing left to say, just look what we’ve become
Scar tissue
[Instrumental Break]
[Chorus]
You’re always saving face and hiding behind love
There’s nothing left to say, just look what we’ve become
Scar tissue

Ella Mae Morse – Rip Van Winkle Lyrics

Seven thousand three hundred days
Is a long long time to sleep
But
Rip Van Winkle
Slept for twenty long years then he woke one day
Rift red hair had turned to grey
Rip Van Winkle
Hurried back into town but to his dismay
Rip’s hometown had start to flay
He found to his surprise a thing called swing was king
And he liked it
He opened up his eyes
And drip Rip got hip
Rip Van Winkle
Sprinkled speddled away and shared his bid
Rip’s the rain since he reappeared
And if you want to swing and jive
At the age of ninety-five
Start counting sheep and sleep like Rip Van Winkle
[Instrumental Break]
He found to his surprise a thing called swing was king
And he liked it
He opened up his eyes
And drip Rip got hip
Rip rip Van Winkle
Sprinkled speddled away and he shared his bid
Rip’s the rain since he reappeared
So if you want to swing and jive
At the age of ninety-five
Start counting sheep and sleep like Rip van Winkle
Oh be a drip
Get hip, take a tip
From Rip Van Winkle

Gilbert & Sullivan – When The Foe-man Bares His Steel Lyrics

We uncomfortable feel
Ta-ran, ta-ran! For when thre-
tened with
Emeutes
Ta-ra, ta-ra
Ta-ra, tara
And your heart
Is in your boots
Ta-ran ta-ra! Ta-ran, ta-ran, ta-ran, ta-ran! [EDITH, MABEL, CHORUS OF GIRLS, & SARGENT]
They go, they go! Then why this delay? Die and ev’ry Cornish daughter,
With her tears your grave shall water,
Go ye heroes, go and die! Ta-ran ta-ran! Calculated men to cheer
Ta-ran ta-ran! [CHORUS OF GIRLS]
Go to glory and the grave! Ta-ran, ta-ran, ta-ran, ta-ran! Ta-ran, ta-ra,
Ta-ran, ta-ra,
Ta-ran, ta-ra,
Ta-ra, ta-ra,
Ta-ran, ta-ra,
Ta-ra, ta-ra,
Ta-run, ta-ra,
Ta-run, ta-ra,
Ta -ran, ta-ra,
Ta-ra, ta-ran,
Ra!  
Ye shall live in
 
Song and story,
Go to
immortality! [CHORUS OF GIRLS]
Yes perhaps it would be wise
Not to carp or criticism
For it’s very evident
These attentions are well meant! All right, we go![SARGENT & SOLDIERS]
Yes, forward on the foe
Yes, forward on the foe[EDITH, MABEL, FREDERIC & GIRLS]
Yes,
forward on the foe
[FREDERIC]
Yes, but you don’t go! Tho’ ye die
 
In combat gory
ye shall live
in song
and story;
Go to
immortality![CHORUS OF GIRLS]
Go
 
Ye
He-
roes
Go to
glory
Ye
Shall
Ye
Shall
Live in
Story
Go to
Death
And go
To slaugh-
ter;
Die and
Every
Cornish
Daughter
With her
Tears
Your grave
Shall water! Go to death and go to slaughter! [FREDERIC & SARGENT & CHORUS OF SOLDIERS]
Away, away! Go ye heroes, go and die! Who are going to meet their fate
In a highly nervous state!  
Go to death
 
And go
To slaughter
 
Die and ev’ry
Cornish daughter
With her tears
Your grave
Shall water
 
Go ye heroes
Go and die! For your foes are fierce and ruthless;
False, unmerciful, and ruthless;
Young and tender, old and toothless
All in vain their mercy crave! Go, ye
Heroes
Go and die! [SARGENT]
We observe too great a stress
On the risks that on us press,
And of reference a lack
To a chance of coming back,
Still perhaps it would be wise
Not to carp or criticism
For it’s very evident
These attentions are well meant! Ra! Ta-ran, ta-ran, ta-ran, ta-ran!  
Go ye heroes
 
Go to
immortality! [SARGENT & CHORUS OF POLICEMEN]
Ta-ran, ta-ran, ta-ran, ta-ran! Ra! Ra! Yes, yes, we go! Ta-ra, ta-ra,
Ta-ra, ta-ra,
Ta-ran, ta-ra![EDITH & MABEL]
Go, ye heroes
 
Go to glory! Ta-ran, ta-ran, ta-ran, ta-ran! [SARGENT, CHORUS OF POLICEMEN]
Though to us it’s evident
Ta-ran, ta-ran, ta-ran, ta-ran! [SARGENT, CHORUS OF POLICEMEN]
When the foeman bares his steel
Ta-ran, ta-ran, ta-ran, ta-ran!  
Though ye die
In combat gory! Is   to slap our chest and sing:
[SARGENT & CHORUS OF POLICEMEN]
Ta-ran   ta-ran! [MABEL]
Go, ye heroes, go to glory,
Though ye die in combat gory! There is nothing
Brings it round
Like the trumpets
Martial sound
Like the trumpets
Martial sound! And your heart is in your boots
Ta-ran, ta-ran! Ta-ran ta-ran! There is nothing brings it round
Like the tumpent’s marshal sound
Like the trumpet’s marshal sound!  
Go ye heroes
 
Go to
immortality! Ye shall live in song and story,
Go to immortality! Ta-ran, ta-ran, ta-ran, ta-ran!  
Go ye heroes
 
Go to
Immortality! Ra!  
Go ye heroes
 
Go to
Immortality! And we find
The wisest thing,
Ta-ran, ta-ra
Ta-ran, ta-ra
Is to slap our
Chests and sing
Ta-ran ta-ra! Yes, forward on the foe (yes forward on the foe)
[FREDERIC]
Yes, but you don’t go![EDITH, MABEL, FREDERIC & GIRLS]
At last they go
At last they go
At last they go[SARGENT & SOLDIERS]
We go, we
Go, we go,
We go
[FREDERIC, MABEL, EDITH, SARGENT GIRLS & SOLDIERS]
At last they, really, really go! [CHORUS OF GIRLS]
Go ye heroes, go and die! Such expressions don’t appear
Ta-ran, ta-ran, ta-ran, ta-ran! [SARGENT, CHORUS OF POLICEMEN]
For when threatened with emeutes
Ta-ran, ta-ran, ta-ran, ta-ran! Ta-ran, ta-ran, ta-ran, ta-ran
Ta-ran, ta-ran
Still to us it’s evident
These attentions are well meant
Ta-ran, ta-ran, ta-ran, ta-ran
Ta-ran, ta-ran
[EDITH]
Go and do your best endeavor
And before all links we sever
We will say farewell forever,
Go to glory and the grave! Then do not stay! Tho’ ye die
 
In combat gory
ye shall live
in song
and story;
Go to
immortality! Ta-ran, ta-ran, ta-ran, ta-ran! Ra! These attentions are well meant
Ta-ran ta-ran! Ra! These pirates slay! Ran, ran, ta-ran, ta-ran! [CHORUS OF SOLDIERS]
Yes, it’s very evident,
These attentions are well meant,
Evident,
Yes, will meant,
Evident,
Ah, yes, well meant![SARGENT & CHORUS OF SOLDIERS]
When the foeman
Bears his steel
Ta-ran, ta-ran
Ta-ran, ta-ran
We uncomfort-
able feel,
Ta-ran, ta-ra! And we find the   wisest   thing
Ta-ran ta-ran, taran-taran!

Pete Lesperance – Say You Will Lyrics

My eyes are closed
Within my mind I still can feel your skin
Those memories seem so faint so thin
You don’t believe
You close the door and never took the time
You never once could let me in
All the time
All the pain
Torn apart too far to see my way
I can’t live without you mine
Say you will
Say you will
Shine on me for one more day
Say you will
Just say you will
Love what you betray
It’s all a lie
We shouldn’t be ashamed to live out loud
To suffocate in doubt
You have to set me free
It’s you I can’t escape the things you did to me
It’s all that I can see
All the time
All the pain
Torn apart too far to see my way
I can’t live without you mine
Say you will
Say you will
Shine on me for one more day
Say you will
Just say you will
Love what you betray
Just say you will
Say you will
Shine on me for one more day
Say you will
Just say you will
Say you will
Is it me
Is it me
Am I not what you expected me to be
Did I fall
Lose it all
Did you think I’d let you do that to me
You can try
You can cry
But it won’t erase what has happened to me
I can’t live
I can’t give
I can’t say I will I will I will
I will

7liwa – La Street Lyrics

YONII]
[Intro : YONII, 7liwa w tag]
Qelbi 7zin, qelbi 7zin, Lucry
f*ck la rue, f*ck la street
f*ck la rue, f*ck la street
[Refrain : YONII]
f*ck la rue, f*ck la street
Hab’ alles gesetzt und hab’ alles verspielt
f*ck la rue, f*ck la street
f*ck la rue
f*ck la rue, f*ck la street
Hab’ alles gesetzt und hab’ alles verspielt
f*ck la rue, f*ck la street
f*ck la rue
[Couplet 1 : YONII]
Ein trauriges Herz steht vor meiner Tür (Tür)
Mutter ist krank, weil Bruder ist krank, ich frag’ mich, wofür
Mein Verstand sagt zu meinem Herz: „Bleib tranquille!“
Stecke fest in der Action, Gott will mich testen
Weise Männer haben mir gesagt: „Nimm Geschäfte nie nach Haus!“
Ich versuche die Gedanken zu verdrängen, doch sie kommen immer wieder raus
Ich wollte das nie, doch sie spielten mit den Euros vor meinen Augen
Und nahmen mir den Glauben
[Refrain : YONII]
f*ck la rue, f*ck la street
Hab’ alles gesetzt und hab’ alles verspielt
f*ck la rue, f*ck la street
f*ck la rue
[Couplet 2 : 7liwa]
Ketret lhemm ka tde77ek, l7yat zidi herrini
Ka nchuf mezyan, l7yat zidi werrini
Kull sba7 ngul gha nmut, njemti gha tti7 men lili
Kull ma kbert, mmi zidi wessini
Ra, ra paranoya wcham
Voyage l l’paradis, ghadi f la RAM
Ra, ra paranoïa wcham
7sebt machakili, ka tsawi 3erram
Khoya, la vengeance nchallah, nchallah
7lemt b lghorba, gelt l destin dyali “thella”
Ne7ss agogo, lgit zzher dyali ki salla3
Klina l3sa, ntgheddaw b crêpes Nutella
f*ck la rue, f*ck la street
f*ck la rue, f*ck la street
[Refrain : YONII]
f*ck la rue, f*ck la street
Hab’ alles gesetzt und hab’ alles verspielt
f*ck la rue, f*ck la street
f*ck la rue
f*ck la rue, f*ck la street
Hab’ alles gesetzt und hab’ alles verspielt
f*ck la rue, f*ck la street
f*ck la rue [Paroles de “La Street” feat.

Nadia Reid – I Come Home To You Lyrics

[Verse 1]
We see things in a different light
I’m looking outward into the night
I wanted to be like you
Take me home, smoke me out
[Chorus]
I come home to you
I come home
[Verse 2]
My dreams were full last night
Full of what we would could have been
I have visions in my head of
The people that I have known
[Chorus]
I come home to you
I come home
I come home to you
I come home
[Bridge]
Oh Mary, oh David, [?]
Nothing better than moving on and pushing through
[Chorus]
I come home to you
I come home
I come home to you
I come home
[Verse 1]
We see things in a different light
I’m looking outward into the night
I wanted to be like you
Take me home, smoke me out

Yung Bans – Dolo Lyrics

[Intro]
Jay Storm already told you we got the bands in our pants
Bitch, I’m ridin’ dolo
Yeah, bitch, I’m ridin’ dolo (Bans)
Yeah, ayy
Money so long
Money so long
So long
[Chorus]
Dolo, dolo, dolo, dolo
Dolo, dolo, dolo, dolo
Dolo, dolo, dolo, dolo
Dolo, dolo, dolo, dolo
Dolo, dolo, dolo, dolo
Dolo, dolo, dolo, dolo
Dolo, dolo, dolo, dolo
Dolo, dolo, dolo, dolo
[Verse]
Bitch, I’m ridin’ dolo, ayy, pull up in a stolo, ayy
Diamonds in my chain different colors like Crayola, ayy
I can’t f*ck this bitch if she come in with the odor, ayy
Pull up and you know I got the supercharged motor, ayy
Bitch, it’s Yung Bans, young nigga, I got older
Bitch, I’m juggin’ with the pack, bitch, I’m juggin’ for the sack
If a nigga pull up on me, then he better have my cash
If a nigga ain’t got my cash, then you know I’m on the gas, yeah
Race track, ayy, moving very fast
Nigga gotta come in first, bitch, I can’t come in last
Bitch, I really do this shit, I can’t be nothin’ like my dad
Huh, yeah, that nigga sittin’ on his ass (Yeah, yeah)
And bitch I’m dolo
Pull up, geeked up, movin’ slow-mo
Pour a four up, then pour four more
f*cked your bitch ’cause she a ho-ho
Ho-ho, hold up, pull up, roll up
Good gas, smoke up, on your poster
Your bitch she wanna f*ck me ’cause she know a nigga glowed up
Yeah that nigga- (Yeah, ayy)
[Chorus]
Dolo, dolo, dolo, dolo
Dolo, dolo, dolo, dolo
Dolo, dolo, dolo, dolo
Dolo, dolo, dolo, dolo
Dolo, dolo, dolo, dolo
Dolo, dolo, dolo, dolo
Dolo, dolo, dolo, dolo
Dolo, dolo, dolo, dolo

Eels – You Are The Shining Light Lyrics

[Outro]
Yes sir
Now, smile
Feels good, right? That’s more like it [Chorus]
Come on baby now don’t quit the show
I know you love a good fight
In your darkest night of the soul (Guess what?)
You are the shining light (Come on!)
[Verse 2]
Bounce back, you always do
From some pretty rough nights
In the tunnel you’re minin’ through
You are the shining light (Let’s go)
I’m right here
I’m comin’ with you
[Bridge]
I can’t handle it
You’re making me mad
You know it’s just not right
You don’t know how beautiful you are
And you are the shining light (Hello)
Come on, dummy
Get a clue
[Chorus]
Come on baby now don’t quit the show
You know you love a good fight
In the darkest night of the soul (Give it up!)
You are the shining light
[Verse 4]
Take it with you everywhere you go
Turn it on and make it bright
Ain’t no reason to quit the show
When you are the shining light!

Example – Sick & Twisted Lyrics

I got a condition
It won’t go away
I love new addiciotn
Oh won’t you make my day
So long she keeps me wide awake
Oh god guess I took the bait
I don’t need to listen
To anything they say
The apple was forbidden
And don’t I love the taste
So long she keeps me wide awake
Oh god guess I took the bait
And if you’re listenin’ in the distance
You are the darkness to my light by deffinition
And if you’re listenin’ in the distance
You got that sick and twisted love that I’ve been missin’
(You got that sick… sick and twisted twisted)
(You got that sick… sick and twisted twisted)
You got that sick and twisted love that I’ve been missin’ (sick and twisted…)
I fell like I’m trippin’
Every single day
You stuck inside my system
And leading me astray
So long she keeps me wide awake
Oh god guess I took the bait
And if you’re listenin’ in the distance
You are the darkness to my light by deffinition
And if you’re listenin’ in the distance
You got that sick and twisted love that I’ve been missin’
(You got that sick… sick and twisted twisted)
(You got that sick… sick and twisted twisted)
You got that sick and twisted love that I’ve been missin’ (sick and twisted…)
My addiction, more ambition, new religion
I wanna tell you you’re everything I’ve been missin’
I didn’t know how much I really needed fixin’
You got that sick and twisted love that I’ve been missin’
(You got that sick… sick and twisted twisted)
(You got that sick… sick and twisted twisted)
(You got that sick… sick and twisted twisted)
You got that sick and twisted love that I’ve been missin’

Ella Henderson – Hold On Me Lyrics

Three years from now
I pictured us in that house that I dreamed of with you
Look at us now, I’m packing my things
Now memories are just empty rooms
I thought that I could be a little bit stronger
But it’s killing me, you’re so hard to leave
I tell myself just another night longer with you
It hurts inside for me to walk away
And I’ve tried, but you still got a hold on me
I’ve always lost a love anyway
But I thought that we could do it differently
Now everything I say, and everything I do
Don’t matter ’cause it all comes back to you
It hurts inside for me to walk away
And I’ve tried, but you still got a hold on me
It’s been awhile since that day I dried up all the waterfalls I cried
And I’m gonna out, Saturday night with my friends
But you’re still on my mind
I thought that I would be a little bit stronger
But it’s killing me, you’re so hard to leave
I tell myself just another day longer without you
It hurts inside for me to walk away
And I’ve tried, but you still got a hold on me
I’ve always lost a love anyway
But I thought that we could do it differently
Now everything I say, and everything I do
Don’t matter ’cause it all comes back to you
It hurts inside for me to walk away
And I’ve tried, but you still got a hold on me, oh woah
Got a hold on me
It hurts inside for me to walk away
And I’ve tried, but you still got a hold on me
I’ve always lost a love anyway
But I thought that you could be the remedy
Now everything I say, and everything I do
Don’t matter ’cause it all comes back to you
It hurts inside for me to walk away
And I’ve tried, but you still got a hold on me
Three years from now
I pictured us in that house that I dreamed of with you
Look at us now, I’m packing my things
Now memories are just empty rooms

Estelle – Lights Out Lyrics

What would you do? (I wanna, oh, oh, I wanna)
Yeah, I wanna be
(I wanna, oh, oh, I wanna)
‘Cause I wanna be
I wanna, I wanna, I wanna
I wanna, I wanna, I wanna
I wanna
I wanna Not tryna pressure
But before I give this to you
You got to be true, yeah
I’ll give you one more try
I’ll give you one more time
Because I can’t deny
Your love, your love, your love
Yeah
I wanna be, wanna be where you are
Right now
I wanna be, wanna be where you are
With the lights out
I wanna be, wanna be where you are
Right now
I wanna be, wanna be where you are
‘Cause there ain’t no question
That my door is open for you
I wanna be the one you run to yeah
Hey
Call it obsession
But my body’s calling for you
I’ve fallen for you
I’ll give it one more try
I’ll give it one more time
Because I can’t deny
Your love, your love, your love
I wanna be, wanna be where you are
Right now
I wanna be, wanna be where you are
With the lights out
I wanna be, wanna be where you are
Right now
I wanna be, wanna be where you are
Don’t you wanna be? Don’t you wanna be? Listen, I try to question
What would you do for love?

James Bambu – Lowkey Lyrics

Keep it lowkey
Nobody has to know
No, you don’t show
Just count the days, they’ll never have   to   know
Above my window
I   keep your picture right next to   the stars
You got that glow
A mother’s gleam, you’re about to   birth   a   child
Keep it lowkey
We   don’t know what   could happen, but we’re fine
Cause she’ll be a queen
And we’ll make it thru this crazy space & time, oh
We’ll make it through this crazy space and time
We’ll make it through
Will you trust me
Will she make it
Can we beat this
Be strong for me
Won’t you trust me
Will we make it
Can we beat this
Be strong for me
I keep you right next to the stars, oh baby
So you can know just who you are, yea

Bruno Major – Old Fashioned Lyrics

[Verse 1]
I know it’s not very cool
Standing here, serenading like a fool
But I don’t care
I’ll gladly be a fool for you
[Verse 2]
I know the idea isn’t new
To fall in love with someone on first view
But I don’t care
I think I’ll fall in love with you
[Chorus]
I’ll put on my Sunday best
You pick out your favourite dress
I’ll take you somewhere new
I’ll be old-fashioned for you
[Verse 3]
It’s a cliché or so I’m told
To give your jacket up to someone when it’s cold
But I don’t care
I don’t mind the midnight air
Oh, oh
[Bridge]
I’ll walk you home, to your front door
I’ll say farewell until the morning calls
I’ll be smiling a bigger smile than before
[Chorus]
I’ll put on my Sunday best
You pick out your favourite dress
And I’ll take you somewhere new
I’ll put on my Sunday best
You pick out your favourite dress
I’ll take you somewhere new
I’ll be old fashioned for you
Old fashioned for you

How Latin American slums are leading the fight against COVID-19

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Loading… Lopes about the situation in Mare.Nossas is helping community groups in Rio’s favelas to set up crowdfunding campaigns to raise money to combat COVID-19.In late April, the nonprofit and other local groups hosted a live streamed concert featuring popular Brazilian musicians – many born and bred in the favelas.The concert, with over 8 million online views, raised about $50,000 to buy and deliver food parcels and hygiene kits to Rio’s favela residents, said Ms. Cuevas set up a program with support from a private donor to feed the homeless and other vulnerable groups, serving about 240 meals a week since the start of April.The shelter for trans sex workers that she runs in the city’s north is also feeding neighbors affected by the pandemic, giving out nearly 80 meals a day, according to the United Nations.”As trans women, we know how to love and to love our neighbor,” said Ms. you have a perfect environment for transmission,” said Federico Costa, an infectious disease expert and professor at Brazil’s Federal University of Bahia.In the poor neighborhoods of Argentina’s capital Buenos Aires, for example, COVID-19 infection rates are nearly 30% higher than in other parts of the city, government figures show.In Brazil, where Johns Hopkins University has reported more than 22,000 COVID-19 deaths – leading the WHO to label the country the latest coronavirus hotspot – about 15 million people live in favelas.”It’s 140,000 people in just over four kilometers [about 2 1/2 miles] … nothing significant is being done by the state,” said Alessandra Orofino, head of the Brazilian nonprofit Nossas, which works in favelas and creates technology tools for social movements.A spokesman for Brazil’s health ministry did not reply to a request for comment.With limited access to sanitation and millions of people crammed together in close quarters, Latin American slums are especially vulnerable to the pandemic, health experts say.”In those places where you have high human density, and you have overcrowding … Solano.”If six people already live here, another person can, too. Another big job-loss wave looms: state and city workersThe respiratory disease is spreading quickly through the region, claiming the lives of more than 31,000 people and infecting more than 570,000, according to a tally by the World Health Organization (WHO).Across Latin America and the Caribbean, about 113 million people – nearly 1 in 5 – live in slums, where health experts say COVID-19 infection rates tend to be higher due to poor nutrition, cramped housing, and ill health.But many slum dwellers say they have received little or no government aid to help them cope with the economic and health fallout, leaving them to fend for themselves and community leaders to fill the gaps.”It’s a very tragic situation right now … Slums dwellers, aware of the increased risks of spreading the coronavirus in tight quarters like Prazeres, are working together to find solutions. Two for each of the area’s 140,000 slum residents.The women – the majority of whom lost their jobs to the coronavirus pandemic – watched videos on how to make face masks, and are being paid above the market rate, said Andreza Lopes, who coordinates the project for the nonprofit Redes da Mare.”Almost half of the women in Mare are financially responsible for their homes,” Ms. How Latin American slums are leading the fight against COVID-19

Slum dwellers have received little or no government aid during the coronavirus so communities are coming together to help the most vulnerable. It’s just that we don’t have the time to wait for the state to do something.”Since the start of the outbreak, some governments in the region have been delivering food parcels and cash payments to vulnerable communities.Colombia has allocated $120 million to help three million informal economy workers, while in Argentina the government has announced low-income workers would receive a one-time payment of $147.Chile has announced emergency cash transfers that will reach about 4.5 million people, and the Dominican Republic has allocated cash payments to 1.5 million families.Meanwhile, Argentina, Ecuador, and Colombia have banned utility shut-offs for tenants defaulting on payment during the pandemic, and in Peru low-income homes were told they could postpone payment of utility bills.But many slum dwellers say that’s not enough.Street vendors and other informal workers who have lost their jobs due to lockdown measures have taken to the streets in several cities, including in Bogota in Colombia and the Chilean capital Santiago, to demand government help.After a deadly police raid in a Rio favela earlier this month, residents complained that the government was offering little aid to contain the pandemic but was still engaging in violent police operations.As residents and activists call for more state aid, they are also tapping into neighborhood networks to reach out to the people most in need.As Mexican officials began urging people to stay home in March to contain the outbreak, HIV-positive transgender activist Kenya Cuevas saw that many homeless people and drug users in downtown Mexico City were going hungry.”It annoyed me. Cuevas. how do you social distance in this context?” asked Ms. Ricardo Moraes/Reuters

A girl walks along "Graffitti Way" in the Prazeres slum of Rio de Janeiro March 24, 2014. May 26, 2020

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Rio de Janeiro, Bogota, and Mexico City
Huddled over sewing machines in their cramped homes in Mare, a sprawling complex of favelas in Rio de Janeiro, about 50 women are on a mission to make 280,000 free face masks within the next two months. Lopes said over the phone, adding that the project is backed by three Brazilian banks. “Now they are very happy, and grateful to be working on something that has a higher purpose.”The project is one of dozens of initiatives taking place in shanty towns across the region – from Brazil to Venezuela, Colombia to Mexico – as poor communities come together to help the most vulnerable during the pandemic.Latin America is emerging as the new epicenter of the novel coronavirus outbreak. So, I decided I’d better do something,” she said in a phone interview.Ms. “We have always had that quality.”City officials said in a March press conference that 90% of Mexico City’s more than 480 soup kitchens remain open and the government is doing mobile medical checkups in areas with high numbers of homeless people.In Bogota’s southern hillside slums, among the hardest hit are Venezuelan migrants who rely on daily cash-in-hand earnings as street sellers.Unable to make an income during Colombia’s strict coronavirus lockdown, many have been relying on their support networks of fellow migrants, who keep in touch on Facebook and WhatsApp.When Venezuelan Milsen Solano heard that one of her neighbors, an unemployed young migrant, got kicked out of his flat in April, she took him in to live with her and her family in their small apartment in downtown Bogota.”He doesn’t have the money to pay his rent,” said Ms. A mask-making initiative is one of dozens of projects across shanty towns from Brazil to Venezuela, Colombia to Mexico. You have to help when you can.” Orofino, the head of Nossas.”Favelas have built resilience over time and are now deploying that,” she said.”We don’t think by any means that this crowdfunding and self-organizing is going to halt COVID-19.

How a DIY nation has made it this far

“We didn’t have help, so we were forced to develop our own homegrown system.”  

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Hassan Mohamed Ali, Somaliland’s Minister of Planning and National Development, says Somaliland’s lack of international recognition has been a blessing in disguise for its development. Gaheir, of the Center for Policy Analysis. Osman, the deputy for foreign affairs. In each case, Garoodi organized funds from its members abroad – first via a Yahoo group, and later, on the chat messaging platform WhatsApp.The set-up is intentionally simple, says Abdiasis Geddi, Garoodi’s secretary and an accountant who lives near Boston. For three decades, Somaliland has been locked out of a club that confers countries’ ultimate necessities: diplomatic legitimacy, and with it, money. And then, for the next 18 years, they also paid the salaries of the teachers who worked there. “We didn’t have help [from the global community], so we were forced to develop our own homegrown system,” he says. Ali, the minister of planning and national development. By comparison, the World Bank estimates that there are only three recognized countries– Tonga, Kyrgyzstan, and Haiti – where remittances account for 30% or more of GDP. Some governments, including the Trump administration, are arguing for steep cuts to aid spending. Major aid organizations often fund Somaliland via their Somalia projects, quietly navigating the politics on both sides. Garoodi organized and paid for parts of this road using money raised from the diaspora, a common funding model here. His nation, which peeled off from Somalia during its civil war in 1991, is unrecognized but stable; poor but peaceful. Might it even thrive?Plan versus realitySomaliland didn’t exactly intend to go it alone. Ali knows that Somaliland’s anonymity also gives it certain advantages. But it’s naive to say we’d rather be poor and independent,” says Jama Musse Jama, a commentator and organizer of the Hargeisa International Book Fair. We have our government. When residents returned in the 1990s, its primary school was crumpled tin roofs and piles of rubble. The roads in and out of the village were gashes of dirt, which turned to muddy sinkholes whenever it rained.And so the community turned to relatives in London and Boston and Abu Dhabi, asking for help rebuilding what they had lost.In 2000, a group of Salahley residents and their relatives abroad formed a small organization, which they called Garoodi for the name of a livestock-grazing area near the village.Garoodi rebuilt the L-shaped concrete school, and installed a dormitory so that children of nomadic families could stop missing half the year. “So we wanted it to be different for our children.”

That leaves Somaliland deeply impoverished. In the eyes of most of the world, Somaliland is an autonomous region of Somalia. Flung across a diaspora that stretched from neighboring Ethiopia to the United States, the Middle East, and Australia, Somalilanders began to return home.   That is the trouble with being the minister of planning and national development for a country that technically doesn’t exist. For the rest of the world, meanwhile, the argument is even simpler: Somalia says Somaliland is part of it. Hussein says. Yet it also poses a question: What if a poor country was left to develop on its own, without the world’s help? We have our independence. Without a doubt, being unacknowledged has cost the territory during its crucial early years. “Everyone has an interest behind the money they give.”   But Somaliland’s story offers up another possible model. Donors abroad can see what’s happening in Somaliland in real time – from cellphone photos of flooded roads, collapsed roofs, or shriveled crops – and send money directly to the organization’s bank account.This means that unlike larger aid groups, Garoodi can respond to a disaster within days, or sometimes hours.“A lot of international aid is wasted on things we don’t need,” says Mr. And you can’t run a country on national pride.”To get beyond its current impasse, he says, Somaliland needs international recognition. It has somehow cobbled together a functioning state, with a democratic government, international borders, and its own currency and passport. Its government estimates that in 2017, gross domestic product was about $675 per person, which would make it among the 15 poorest countries in the world. The current deputy minister of foreign affairs, Liban Yousuf Osman, was among them. Might it even thrive?“The world turned away from us and ultimately it was a blessing,” says Hassan Mohamed Ali, minister of planning and national development. Ryan Lenora Brown/The Christian Science Monitor

Children study in Salahley, near the Somaliland capital of Hargeisa. If recognized, the nation could apply for World Bank loans. “The world turned away from us and ultimately it was a blessing,” says Mr. “The diaspora knows the country much better than aid organizations.”Garoodi charges its members in the diaspora a small annual fee, and does occasional funding drives for specific projects.“In Somaliland, after people start a project with their own initiative, then sometimes government comes in to assist further on,” Mr. Ali. “That means that the citizens were the ones in charge of building their country from the start. We depend on them,” says Mr. That would unlock World Bank and IMF funding, as well as much larger donations from other countries – and a place in the global community of nations.The nation, he says, has reached a pivot point. But without international recognition, it has been locked out of most foreign aid, and remains deeply impoverished.Yet it’s also stable and peaceful. The road construction project is now being assisted by government as well.But there are also major limitations to relying on personal charity for development.For one, it depends on strong ties to the diaspora, something that Mr. Geddi says becomes more difficult with each passing year, as emigrants die and their children, who have spent their lives abroad, take over as breadwinners.And perhaps most importantly, much like foreign aid funders, Somaliland’s diaspora has things it likes to fund – and things it doesn’t.“Most diaspora aid goes to very non-controversial projects, orphanages, schools, and wells,” says Ms. “We are touching the ceiling of what we can do with our current funding. They opened glossy blue-windowed storefronts, reconstructed neighborhoods, erected new mosques.“Immediately after the war there was no aid, no foreign investment,” says Guleid Ahmed Jama, a lawyer and founder of the Human Rights Center, a Hargeisa-based human rights watchdog. The school was constructed by an NGO called Garoodi, which receives money directly from Somalilanders in the diaspora. “Growing up, education conditions were very difficult for us,” says Mustafa Ismail Jama, the school’s principal. Most people don’t even know where to find you. The government in Mogadishu had violently suppressed the region’s fight for autonomy in the late 1980s; estimates of how many people were killed range as high as 200,000. That trend seems all but sure to continue, now that developed countries are focusing their resources on COVID-19 crises at home.While Somaliland goes it alone,   neighboring Somalia offers a stark illustration of a world where foreign assistance falls short, often seeming driven as much by donors’ interests as locals’ needs. “It’s much harder if you want money to end something like domestic violence, or support human rights.”And that, she says, puts real limitations on how far Somaliland can develop on its own.“Of course when money comes from the outside, it complicates things. Its economy relies heavily on the black-headed sheep roaming its streets and scrubby countryside. “There’s no free lunch in this world,” says Sa’ad Mohamed Abdi Gedo, director of the Diaspora Department at Somaliland’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The only thing we don’t have is the world’s acknowledgement.”Turn to the “uncle abroad”In the center of Hargeisa, in a plaza where men while away hours drinking earthy camel milk tea and chewing thick bundles of khat, a local narcotic, and taxis idle waiting for customers, stands an old Somali fighter plane mounted on a tall pedestal. In the case of the school, for instance, government now pays teachers’ salaries. There was no functioning hospital. It was their money, their investment.”There was just one hitch: The rest of the world refused to acknowledge Somaliland’s existence.There are many reasons, but they boil down to one: “The world today is extremely afraid of countries breaking in two,” says Maria Gaheir, co-founder of the Center for Policy Analysis, a Hargeisa-based think tank focused on democracy and human rights. When it declared independence from Somalia in 1991, its leaders thought international recognition would soon follow.They quickly proved themselves in all the ways poor countries were “supposed to.” They held democratic elections; disarmed rebel groups still roaming the countryside; and set up a government that collected taxes, patrolled the borders, and printed its own currency.And they built it all, quite literally, from rubble. Gedo, of the diaspora department. “The diaspora knows our struggles, so their aid is more than money. What if a poor country was left to develop on its own, without the world’s help? The school was constructed by an NGO called Garoodi, which receives money from the diaspora. But since then, the world – bolstered by international bodies like the United Nations – has been nearly unified in its opposition to the formation of new states. Like many communities, Salahley was leveled by the war.   After the school came the hospital, and after the hospital, the road to town. Hargeisa, Somaliland
Hassan Mohamed Ali is asked the same question about his homeland so often that he has it printed on the back of his business card. But your uncle abroad will never abandon you.”The proverbial “uncle abroad” has been responsible for much of Somaliland’s development over the last three decades, says Yousef Hussein, who leads a small nongovernmental organization called Garoodi, which supports a village near Hargeisa called Salahley.That’s possible in large part because Somali society puts strong emphasis on a person’s ties to others, and particularly to extended community networks called clans.“In the West, you buy insurance,” he says. One of the world’s largest money transfer services, WorldRemit, was founded by a Somalilander, and a dozen different companies advertise their services on billboards across the capital, as ubiquitous as a New York Starbucks.“Here remittances are much more important than foreign aid. A Somaliland development fund channels money from the British, Danish, and Dutch governments.But even adjusted for population – Somalia has about three times the population of Somaliland   – the $150 million a year in total aid to Somaliland is a fraction of the $2 billion allocated to Somalia in 2018.As a result, its beige countryside is remarkably empty of the handwritten, rusting signboards from international charities that stand at attention in villages across Africa, announcing another successful project to dig wells, fund schools, or supply hospitals.To fill that gap, Somaliland has leaned heavily on its diaspora.Remittances account for more than half the GDP, according to a 2012 United Nations estimate. Some Western governments, including the Trump administration, are arguing for steep cuts to aid spending. )

By Ryan Lenora Brown
Staff writer
@ryanlenorabrown

Where, and what, is Somaliland?The first question is easier: it’s in the Horn of Africa. Could it manage? Because Somaliland doesn’t technically exist, it can’t get loans for big development projects from financial institutions like the International Monetary Fund. And because of Somalia’s strategic location in the Gulf of Aden, other countries are inclined to respect its wishes.And so Somaliland carries on, “a reality in every aspect except recognition,” says Mr. With international organizations, you never know when the funding will end. Only five have been recognized in the last 25 years. That means they don’t remember a time before the nation’s independence, or the horrific violence its older residents endured. It sends a doctor from Hargeisa to see hospital patients three times a week. May 26, 2020

Two ways to read the story

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Deep Read ( 9 Min. He was just 5 years old when his family returned to Hargeisa in 1991, and remembers it through the eyes of a child: a “city of stumps” and “ghost houses,” where he and his friends played elaborate games of hide and seek, trying to avoid the land mines still inside.But slowly, it was rebuilt. “Here our clan is our insurance policy.”

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Yousef Hussein, chair of the Somaliland NGO Garoodi, waves to a worker building a road between the capital, Hargeisa, and Salahley, 50 miles south. Another big job-loss wave looms: state and city workersBut today the global system is in disrepute, with once taken-for-granted norms shaken by rising nationalism, go-it-alone leaders, and now a worldwide pandemic.   But Mr. “We have our territory. In the eyes of Somaliland’s residents, though, it’s a country: a democracy with its own currency and passport. Three decades ago, in the midst of Somalia’s civil war, Somaliland declared independence. It could benefit from bilateral aid agreements, and take a seat at the United Nations. And the global system that could grant Somaliland recognition is itself in trouble, with once taken-for-granted norms shaken by rising nationalism, go-it-alone leaders, and now a worldwide pandemic. More than 70% of Somalilanders are under age 30, according to World Health Organization estimates. The second is trickier. It can’t sign bilateral aid agreements – the kinds that exist between two countries – because it isn’t, according to most of the world, a country at all. Most of its capital city was destroyed as Somalia’s president, Siad Barre, tried to bomb the north of his country into submission.Some 750,000 Somalilanders fled their homes during the war. That seems poised to continue, as COVID-19 crises demand more attention at home.Somaliland’s approach has major limitations. But for leaders of self-declared states that yearn for global recognition, the path to self-sufficiency looks very different. Part 8 in our global series “Navigating Uncertainty.”

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During a break between classes, children play in the courtyard of the primary school in Salahley, a village near the Somaliland capital of Hargeisa.  

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In Africa, the argument against recognizing Somaliland is that it will open the floodgates, encouraging secessionist groups from Senegal to Tanzania to make their own cases for independence. Could it manage? Although pumped full of foreign aid, foreign expertise, and foreign guns, Somalia’s government can barely control its capital city. Loading… Thirty years ago, this plane was part of the fleet that bombed Hargeisa into submission.Today, it hovers above a city that, since then, has managed something few other countries in the region have: peace. (Picture a typical sheep whose head has been dipped in a pot of ink.) Those are exported by the millions to Saudi Arabia during the annual Hajj pilgrimage.Some money still squeaks in. How a DIY nation has made it this far

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“Going it alone” may mean one thing to nationalist leaders aiming to buck the international status quo. And for that alone, many Somalilanders argue, they deserve the world’s recognition.But the value would also be deeply practical. Powerful militias govern much of its territory, and the country is near the bottom of global rankings for almost every measure of the quality of life.While most experts find that   aid does boost growth, it also creates powerful entanglements and obligations from which poorer countries struggle to free themselves. The last big wave of new countries in the world came with the break-up of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s. “Where in the world is Somaliland?” the text reads, beside a map showing the location of the self-declared state in the Horn of Africa.
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We also need development.”Nusmila Lohani contributed reporting from Boston, and Asma Dhamac contributed reporting from Hargeisa. “But for young people, peace is all they know, and what they’re saying now is that it’s not enough. “My brother was killed in front of me during the war, so I know the price of peace,” Mr. Jama says. We also need jobs.

Show Of Hands – Ied – Science Or Nature Lyrics

A sniper on the rooftop gently calibrates his sights
A passing stranger in the crowd steps into his light
That well-known face could be you as the focus sharpens into view
The moment comes, the aim is true, and he fades into the night
Science or nature
Scattering spores and seeds
Before my maker
I’ll get down on my knees
Have you an answer? And if I disarm you
Will you let me be? There’s something underneath my skin no-one can detect
It’s time to detonate within with maximum effect
Lying in some secret place, without warning, without trace
The planets and the stars align and wires will just connect
Science or nature
Scattering spores and seeds
Before my maker
I’ll get down on my knees
Have you an answer? Or another IED? A driver in the darkness nods his head and starts to yawn
We’ve both been on this journey since the day that we were born
Two lives on a single track, a plus and minus now attract
Intersecting on my map an hour before the dawn
Science or nature
Scattering spores and seeds
Before my maker
I’ll get down on my knees
Have you an answer? And if I disarm you
Will you let me be? Or another IED? And if I disarm you
Will you let me be? Or another IED?

Dropkick – Giving Way Lyrics

[Verse 1]
You came far behind
I should know you better now
But I don’t
Seeing what I fight
If I   learn   what you found   already
But I won’t
[Chorus]
It’s kicking off again   but I will not say it twice
For you say it   to   me   thrice
Everyday, there’s no   sign you’re giving   way
[Verse 2]
Think it remains unclear
I should change my point of view
If I could
No way I know all the tricks
I can’t find my way back through
I knew I should
[Chorus]
It’s kicking off again but I will not say it twice
For you say it to me thrice
Everyday, there’s no sign you’re giving way
[Bridge]
But I want what I’d say
I would walk right away
But I want what I’d say
I could make time today
But I want what I’d say
I would walk right away
But I want what I’d say
I could make time today
[Instrumental Outro]