Eddy grant – Gimme hope joanna

A dedication to a lovely collegue (guess her name) and another nice funky song to sing for your (little) guests :)


“Gimme Hope Jo’anna” is a song originally by Eddy Grant, a well-known anti-apartheid reggae anthem from the 1980s, written during the apartheid era in South Africa. The song was banned by the South African government when it was released. It reached #7 in the UK Singles Chart, becoming Grant’s first Top 10 hit for more than five years.

“Jo’anna” in the lyrics represents not only the city of Johannesburg, but also the South African Apartheid Government. Soweto is a black township near Johannesburg. The apartheid army was well-known for “sneaking across the neighbours’ borders” to fight in other countries. The archbishop is Desmond Tutu, who won the Nobel Peace Prize for his opposition to apartheid.

“She’s got supporters in high up places, Who turn their heads to the city sun” represents the unwillingness of the international community, at first, to take action against the South African government for using the Apartheid system. It is also a reference to Sun City, the South African luxury resort. “She even knows how to swing opinion, In every magazine and the journals” represents the propaganda which the media contributed which attributed to the success of the Apartheid system. (wikipedia)

Well Jo’anna she runs a country
She runs in Durban and the Transvaal
She makes a few of her people happy, oh
She don’t care about the rest at all
She’s got a system they call apartheid
It keeps a brother in a subjection
But maybe pressure will make Jo’anna see
How everybody could a live as one

(Chorus:)
Gimme hope, Jo’anna
Hope, Jo’anna
Gimme hope, Jo’anna
‘Fore the morning come
Gimme hope, Jo’anna
Hope, Jo’anna
Hope before the morning come

I hear she makes all the golden money
To buy new weapons, any shape of guns
While every mother in black Soweto fears
The killing of another son
Sneakin’ across all the neighbours’ borders
Now and again having little fun
She doesn’t care if the fun and games she play
Is dang’rous to ev’ryone

(Chorus:)
Gimme hope, Jo’anna
Gimme hope, Jo’anna
Gimme hope, Jo’anna
‘Fore the morning come
Gimme hope, Jo’anna
Gimme hope, Jo’anna
Hope before the morning come

She got supporters in high up places
Who turn their heads to the city sun
Jo’anna give them the fancy money
Oh to tempt anyone who’d come
She even knows how to swing opinion
In every magazine and the journals
For every bad move that this Jo’anna makes
They got a good explanation

(Chorus:)
Gimme hope, Jo’anna
Gimme hope, Jo’anna
Gimme hope, Jo’anna
‘Fore the morning come
Gimme hope, Jo’anna
Gimme hope, Jo’anna
Hope before the morning come

Even the preacher who works for Jesus
The Archbishop who’s a peaceful man
Together say that the freedom fighters
Will overcome the very strong
I wanna know if you’re blind Jo’anna
If you wanna hear the sound of drum
Can’t you see that the tide is turning
Oh don’t make me wait till the morning come

(Chorus:)
Do give hope, Jo’anna
Gimme hope, Jo’anna
Gimme hope, Jo’anna
‘Fore the morning come
Gimme hope, Jo’anna
Gimme hope, Jo’anna
Hope before the morning come

Gimme hope, Jo’anna
Gimme hope, Jo’anna
Gimme hope, Jo’anna
‘Fore the morning come
Gimme hope, Jo’anna
Gimme hope, Jo’anna
Hope before the morning come

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