The Harvest had failed

Story Behind The Song

After a visit to Africa the images and stories stayed with me

Song Description

Written in response to African poverty and migrant workers

Song Length 3:00 Genre Folk - General
Lead Vocal Male Vocal Mood Moving, Infuriated
Subject Existence, World Language English
Era 2000 and later

Lyrics

The earth was dry and cracked with pain, the sun she baked the sand.
She gave no shelter, she gave no shade, she burnt the soul of the land.
She torched the hearts of the women, who bore a hopeless child.
For the harvest had failed, the river ran dry, and the women stood and cried.

The camp was cold, the blanket thin, the blackness filled the night.
Despite the moon and the insects song and the flickering firelight.
They sat around the open fire, the past was in their eyes.
For the harvest had failed, the river ran dry, and the women stood and cried.

He planted his field of maize, with an eternal hope.
He prayed for sun, he prayed for rain, but then he couldn?t cope.
And now he?s gone, she?s left alone, she cannot work the field.
For the harvest had failed, the river ran dry, and the women stood and cried.

The women and the children here, they?re all that?s left to grow.
The men have gone, the towns are full, and they will never know,
what?s left behind are broken lives, no hope for life inside.
For the harvest had failed, the river ran dry, and the women stood and cried.

In a land of drought and hunger, it?s women and children first.
The land cries out for labour to cure the women?s thirst.
For without the seed of the working man, the land has lost it?s pride.
For the harvest had failed, the river ran dry, and the women stood and cried.

Lyrics Geoff Rodgers Music Geoff Rodgers
Producer Geoff Rodgers Publisher Geoff Rodgers
Performance Geoff Rodgers Label webfolk music ltd
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