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In an African Passageway

This song is by Jimi Mbaye and appears on the album Dakar Heart (1997).

The world we knew is all changed now
Our lives simply not what they were
My mind, once numb, is awake at last
And my soul is beginning to stir
All around me a million throats sing
The unfastened songs of our dreams
"In the mind of age dwells the hope of youth"
Life never is just what it seems

We know what you want for us, Papa
We know what you want us to do
We know what you want for us, Papa
We know and we look out for you

In Wolof:
Yow yaak mana yem
Domou Adama la gnou
Naka nga mana takaweedi ma teukkoo
Gni ngui djeul sougnou khel
Sougnou khalat djokh seytane
Te dougnou dougnou dougal loudoul si fitna ak thiono

Nagnou gnaan ci yala mi mana sopi nit man koo defar
Mou weulbati sougnou khel
Deupeule sougnou khol
Sougnou ko defe
Dina gnou jubo
Te sou bouba
Fitna yi wagne kou

You're a man just like me, friend
How can you dispute what I say?
Why do we so often play into the hands of
The evil that stands in our way?
Is it to thicken the plot of a tale
A tale that is mankind's to tell?
Is it to guarantee once and for all
That we descend straight into hell?

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