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I was never really sure if I was light or dark
because my race is an issue, it can light a spark
when I’m not really white and I’m not that black
spent all of my life trying to question that
when people try to measure if I’m one part Khoisan, one part Malay
and another part Dutch
if I don’t fit the label and it can’t be touched
then I’m stuck in the middle, don’t amount to much
when they can’t base my value on the colour of my skin
like the robot inside is malfunctioning
or the tone of my skin is a little bit different
white and the brown like an Oreo biscuit
all of my traits in the melting pot twisted
a brand new blend but yet it hasn’t been listed
“I’m really sorry bra, but I don’t mean offence
you got black man’s swag on the white man’s fence!”

Chorus
All of the tribes in every nation in my veins
and I’m the same as you
no hate can prove that love is not the native tongue I speak

I spent all of my time just to mount defence
against bullies who would tease that I’m lighter than them
but I’m wiser than then
I tried to pretend that it’s wise to blend in
life’s depending on the time we’re spending
when we’re bending to the weight of their words
our lives are ending
now I’m mending, it’s like I’m sending
a message to the world that the boy’s ascending
noise crescendoing over racial names
no longer do I feel pain ‘cause I’m ashamed of my mixed genetics
‘cause it’s so eclectic, got every single tribe in the earth connected
in the pulse of my veins and arteries, I’ve got everybody’s blood in the heart of me
God planted me in the Joshua Tree
I’m the bark of the root of the family tree

Chorus

In every homestead of the world
there are orphaned boys and girls
no identity to keep
though their dignity is free
every village of the earth
countless infants lost at birth
set their hopeless feet on rock
one inheritance unlocked

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

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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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