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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

BEGGAR MAN AND THE ZION DREAM

This is a song about my early days in Jamaica. It's not
recorded yet, but I had a powerful vision the other day. 
I was a long way from home on a hot, hot day. I felt sick
and I had a long, long walk... I'm not sorry,
 I'm happy that this happened.
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 BEGGARMAN AND HIS ZION DREAM
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There was a beggar man down in old St ANNE'S
  Sat on the curb, in the same spot
Broken tin cup and ancient hands
Begging for pennies  by the Bravo Club

 
Opened  car doors and bobbed his head
He begged for pennies, he begged for food 
His feet were twisted I saw when he stood up
I saw his toenails were cracked and ruined



And he raised his dirty cup
Cracked feet and a crutch
 Dried toenails, they're cracked, too
As  kids, we don't know what to do

So my sister and my sister and me 
 I was five and she was three
 We steal  statues and china dolls
Treasures that we brought and give to he


 We bring china dolls, we bring him bulla, too
For other treasures he had no use;
We break bread,  we share a prayer of peace
And a glimpse of the Zion dream


Dreaming souls sing with me
SING to see a ZION DREAM
SOUL DREAMERS, THEY SING TO SEE
SING to see the ZION DREAM

We walk   sharp coral, walk it by the sea
 I am sure that no one follows us;
 In the early morning on the Drax Hall rock
Through the bamboo grove we see the sun come up

ZION DREAM, a beggars Zion dream,
 ZION DREAM, DOES IT DAWN FOR US?
ZION DREAM, ZION DREAM
 I saw him kneel in HIS ZION DREAM

I see him kneel, throw his arms out wide,
Greets the morning like a bride;
He takes my arm and he points with me

Past where the birds fly by the beach

PAST THE TREE-TOPS, PAST THE MOUNTAINSIDE
THROUGH THE VALLEY, WAY UP HIGH
PAST  THE DAWN RISING IN THE SKY, HE SAY:
"YOU SEE  NOW? SEE, I TELL NO LIES"

ZION DREAM, ZION DREAM
SOUL DREAMERS IN THE ZION DREAM
NOW I SING HIS ZION DREAM
 THROUGH THE TREES WHERE THE SEABIRDS FLY


BRIDGE:
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 NOW I SEE, O I SEE, 
NOW I SEE, O, HIS ZION DREAM
NOW I SEE, LORD O I SEE
NOW WE DREAM THE ZION DREAM
 DREAMING SOULS ... THE ZION DREAM
 DREAMING SOULS,  SING WITH ME
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ZION DREAM, ZION DREAM
NOW I SEE HIS ZION DREAM
THE DAWN IS BREAKING, BAMBOO BY THE REEF
 DAWNING OF THE ZION DREAM

DREAMING SOULS SING WITH ME
sing with me in the zion dream
O DREAMING SOULS SING TO SEE
SINGING SOULS IN THE ZION DREAM

For the china dolls, he had no use

HE NEEDED COMFORT, HE NEEDED FOOD
WE buy FOOD ,WE BRING HIM BULLA BUNS
HE SAY A PRAYER, HOT CURB IN THE SUN

BREAKING BREAD HE SAY A PRAYER,
"O LORD A LITTLE HELP FOR WE
THE DAWN IS RISING, THE DAWN IT COMES
IS THIS THE DAWN OF MY ZION DREAM?"


I AM walking, I walk so long;
  SIT ON THE SIDEWALK  IN THE HOT SUN
SO HOT, SO HOT,  NO WATER AND,NO SHADE
NO HELP FROM ANYONE ALL THRU THE DAY


I LOOK IN THE DUST, I LOOK DOWN AT MY FEET
MY BROKEN TOENAILS, THEY LOOK JUST LIKE HE
MY TOES ARE HIS TOES, HIS FEET, MY FEET 
NOW I SEE  THE BEGGARMAN IS ME


(((((ZION DREAM, ZION DREAM
 ONE WAY TO KNOW THE ZION DREAM
CRACKING TOES AND BLEEDING FEET
 ONE WAY TO KNOW WITH THE ZION DREAM))))

   TOENAILS ARE CRACKED AND TWISTED FEET
ONE WAY TO KNOW THE ZION DREAM
NOW I KNOW HOW IT IS TO BE
BEGGAR ON THE SIDEWALK ON A  ST. ANNE'S STREET

 WHAT YOU HAVE TO GIVE, I DON'T NEED
DON'T NEED YOUR RICHES OR YOUR BELIEF
JUST  DREAMING SOULS AND A DREAM TO SING
 SING THE THE DAWN OF A ZION DREAM

SOUL DREAMERS AS THEY SING FOR THEE
DON'T NEED YOUR  RICHES, OR YOUR  BELIEF
ANCIENT  HAND ACROSS THE CENTURIES
 BROKEN FINGERS ON THE STREET

SOUL DREAMERS SING WITH ME
A REGGAE SONG  IN THE ZION DREAM
ST. ANNE CALYPSO IS THE ZION DREAM
SOUL DREAMERS THEY SING WITH ME.


                                                            (C)2014 by W.G.Milne




SING WITH REGGAE RHYTHM    (Must cut some verses)

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