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Houghton Parents

from Sleep Armed by Kalahari Surfers



Should fate not cut the thread of life
they’ll waste away
in mausoleums built to last
a thousand years.
Their world seem so
secure and safe.
The servant still serves tea
on the lawn,
beneath the trees.
It taste so good.

Silverware reflects the gardener’s
Teesav suit.
For the twenty years he served the family
he’d get the boot.
Students framed
for better days.
The sporting team,
beneath the glazed
living room eyes,
seek their demise.
This neighbourhood
still feel so good.

The swimming pool
is only used at Christmas time
when the children are on holiday
from you UCT.
Pregnant, Jenny
wrote the freedom charter on her bedroom wall.
How times have changed.
But her parents still believe
the politics they see on TV.
On the patio, the maid serves tea.


from Sleep Armed, released November 11, 1988
vocals: Karin Jerg
drums : Brian Rath
brass, keyboards and co-composer: Hamish Davidson


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Kalahari Surfers South Africa

Warrick Sony is a South African composer, producer, musician and sound designer.
He is the founder and sole permanent member of the Kalahari Surfers. They made politically radical satirical music in 1980s South Africa.

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