Ache

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lyrics

"this is all innocent" he reassures himself
"i break no trust being" here
then she leans over, he catches a glimpse
of that hellenistic skin underneath her cashmere
and he starts to tremble, starts to shake
starts questioning himself:
"will i crack, will i break
will i put my ring on the shelf"
he starts shifting nervously in his chair
he can't even look in her eyes
and he no longer hears what she's saying
for the tormented voice that's inside:

"don't make me, don't make me
don't make me ache for you"

once self-assured now conflicted and confused
at this point there's nothing to hide
then she brushes his shoulder with that perfumed hand
and he feels himself twisting inside
and he starts to stammer, starts to stutter
starts wishing he were dead
he can't even summon a coherent phrase from the fraying wires in his head
and he clings white-knuckled to the table
as if it were his crumbling self-control
as if it will keep him from slipping into that covetous mud in his soul

"don't make me, don't make me
don't make me ache for you"

"this is excruciating" he moans to himself
as his conscience starts leaking away
the knot in his chest is now a fiery serpent
asking "what are you willing to pay?"
and he snaps and jerks, scrambles and lunges
toward the nearest door
but the tangle of chair legs conspires to bring him
face to face with the floor
now he lies there in a crumpled pile of
humiliation and shame
she looks at him bewildered
he wishes he could simply burst in to flames
'cause nothing in his mind will
ever be the same...

credits

from Ownership, released August 1, 2008
drum kit › ian herman
bass › bakithi kumalo
bougarabou, djembe, hand percussion › joe cardello
sabar, djembe › mar gueye
soprano sax › khaya mahlangu
kora › pops mohamed
vocal harmonies › stella khumalo, faith kekana, ema
guitars, piano, djembe, synths, programming and lead vocal › ema

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Mthakathi New York, New York

WORLD MUSIC ON JET FUEL! Singer/songwriter/guitarist/producer Mthakathi (pronounced m-TAA-gaa-tee) takes the rock/world fusion movement into the realm of Safro-Rock. His music, drawn from a lifelong immersion in South African culture, is a fiery mutli-culti rock mashup with a dose of world world elements.
An innovative songsmith and arresting performer, Mthakathi is the definitive "Safro" rocker
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