Does anyone have or know the english lyrics for Stimela sung by Hugh Masekela on the Graceland CD & DVD?

In the mid 80's Paul Simon put together a concert tour with some very great South African musicians. Hugh Masekela sang a song Coal Train/Stimela. Does anyone know/have the english lyrics for this song?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    this is the one i got. hope it's what u wanted.

    Hugh Masekela - Stimela [Coal Train] lyrics

    There is a train that comes from Namibia and Malawi

    there is a train that comes from Zambia and Zimbabwe,

    There is a train that comes from Angola and Mozambique,

    From Lesotho, from Botswana, from Zwaziland,

    From all the hinterland of Southern and Central Africa.

    This train carries young and old, African men

    Who are conscripted to come and work on contract

    In the golden mineral mines of Johannesburg

    And its surrounding metropolis, sixteen hours or more a day

    For almost no pay.

    Deep, deep, deep down in the belly of the earth

    When they are digging and drilling that shiny mighty evasive stone,

    Or when they dish that mish mesh mush food

    into their iron plates with the iron shank.

    Or when they sit in their stinking, funky, filthy,

    Flea-ridden barracks and hostels.

    They think about the loved ones they may never see again Because they might have already been forcibly removed

    From where they last left them

    Or wantonly murdered in the dead of night

    By roving, marauding gangs of no particular origin,

    We are told. they think about their lands, their herds

    That were taken away from them

    With a gun, bomb, teargas and the cannon.

    And when they hear that Choo-Choo train

    They always curse, curse the coal train,

    The coal train that brought them to Johannesburg.

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  • Anonymous
    5 years ago

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    Does anyone have or know the english lyrics for Stimela sung by Hugh Masekela on the Graceland CD & DVD?

    In the mid 80's Paul Simon put together a concert tour with some very great South African musicians. Hugh Masekela sang a song Coal Train/Stimela. Does anyone know/have the english lyrics for this song?

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  • 1 decade ago

    Yes, so 80's paul simon simply put in a concert tour. I guess putting a concert tour's just reality

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