We're all the same underneath

Fiona Christensen

Grahamstown, South Africa

Artist's Description

This is another piece inspired by Dear Reader… :)
When i was young we had to make posters for art that were decorated to describe us. I took a flight eye cover and stuck a black persons eye and then a white persons eye on top to show how unified i was! so when springcleaning we discovered this. i ripped off the mask and took pics as it reminded me of this wonderful song that represents how in South Africa we are all the same, all African… Its a beautiful song that is so true singing a white persons sentiments towards the black population.

The Same

Land, land of my birth
Are you my mother
Or am I an orphan?

Where, where do I belong?
Will I find a place in this world
Or forever just wander around?

Southern hemisphere
How did I end up here?
I have nowhere to go
This is the only home that I know
Such a great divide
Between you and I
How i wish it would go
I live in a place in my mind

No, I don’t listen to Kwaito, wasn’t born in Soweto
I don’t understand you
But I want you to know

Same, we’re both the same
We share the same heart
We’re made of the same parts

Please don’t look at me that way
I already live with the guilt that I own
From my forefather’s past
Does this land belong to the tribes who engraved Her stones with stories of old?
They’re long gone you know
Now this is our home

I want to strip you down to the core
Take off your shirt, hat, shoes and trousers
Erase my head, all the books that I’ve read
The language I speak, the customs you keep
Keep on going right down to the heart
To the pain that is yours, the pain that is ours
Tell you it’s all going to be alright
Is it going to be alright?

Heal, can you heal?
Heal, oh, can you heal?
Heal, oh, mother, can you heal?
Or am I an orphan?
Forever a stranger here

Same, we’re both the same
We share the same heart
We’re made of the same parts

(And no, its not a teenager ninja turtle impression Shoaib!)

This is only the song, not the music video

Youtube:video_http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZ87RvDDISY

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