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I saw you standing at the signal
Where you had just begun to sing
From an old and sordid hymnal
I saw it tearing at the seams
I knew you’d hidden all your treasure
Beneath some makeshift canopy
I learnt to never really measure
A man by the shoes worn on his feet

I never knew that you had been a soldier
I never knew that you had been a king
I never knew that you had been all over
It just takes 10 seconds...

They say that you had seen Angola
Through the rifle and a lens
They told me you had been a rover
Before that bullet took your friend
That you had even had a family
Before the border war began
But you’d awoken to a bad dream
You couldn’t get them back again

I never knew that you had been a soldier
I never knew that you had been a king
I never knew that you had been all over
It just takes 10 seconds...
In 10 seconds you had been a soldier
In 10 seconds you had been a king
In 10 seconds you had been all over
It just takes 10 seconds...

It took a tiny iron soldier in an aimless war
It took a thousand nameless faces, add to that a thousand more
It took another husband from his wife, another father from his child
Another man out on the street because he bordered in the wild
Then he was captured by the liquor, downing litre after litre
He drank neater by the dozen, got addicted to Four Cousins
Now it’s cannabis and meth, it’s how he wound up in this mess
Got confounded in duress from the post-traumatic stress

And now you live under the street lights
Bought the protection of a bridge
You live a million different new lives
From the one you used to live
But no-one ever sees the heartbreak
‘cause on the corner you still sing
But even I can hear your heart rate
It’s the rhythm of a king

I never knew that you had been a soldier
I never knew that you had been a king
I never knew that you had been all over
It just takes 10 seconds...
In 10 seconds you had been a soldier
In 10 seconds you had been a king
In 10 seconds you had been all over
It just takes 10 seconds...

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from The Seedling (Deluxe Version), released February 26, 2020
Written by J. Prinsloo

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Fruit Vendor Cape Town, South Africa

Fruit Vendor is an eclectic Afropop music project from Cape Town, South Africa that fuses elements of ghoema, maskandi, funk, hip hop, RnB, rock and jazz – altogether held together by authentic, meaningful lyrics and a distinct and colourful live show. It’s their mission to share their musical fruit as far and as wide as possible.

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