Life is a Fleeting Bird

from The Seedling (Deluxe Version) by Fruit Vendor

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Mother’s laughter is the rarest of gems
of all the stars, she’s the fairest of them
she wears her illness on the broadest of smiles
I’m unsuspecting of the pain she hides
Mother’s body is the hardest machine
it bounces back like elasticin
so when these doctors declare the sad truth
Mother’s laughter defies the proof

Know your loved ones while they live
life is a fleeting bird
she races toward the sun
the call on her flight is ending
as soon as it’s just begun

Mother’s bedside is a maze full of pills
her daily routine is to lie very still
connect her kidneys to plugs in the wall
with half my childhood in renal wards


Mother’s gravestone is overgrown
by vegetation and undergrowth
I brush the dust off from her face
Mother’s body has long decayed

I wish I knew her while she lived
‘cause life was that fleeting bird
she raced off toward the sun
the call of her flight is ending
as soon as it’s just begun
‘cause Mom was that fleeting bird
she raised up both of her sons
the call on her life was ending
the work of her hands was done


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


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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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