“We Are All Africans” a song by David Boast

Jan 27, 2015

Written by David Boast and Phil Varnavides
Played and produced by Paul Miles of Select Studios
Very special thanks to David Clement-Horton

 

 

Lyrics:

Watching smoke obscuring the sun/I love this place/Old London Town

And the Thames flowing colour of lead/Shimmering reflections/Of worn out pubs I love the best

Then I had to blink and look again/A fiery sky replaced autumnal rain/King of the jungle mighty lion

Pushing the grime from the horizon/was I losing my mind?/Or remembering a very distant time

 

Cos we are all Africans/Humanity it started there/There’s a chromosome in all of us

One that we all share/With an old African lady/Her name is Chromosome Eve

She is the reason/That I live and breathe/So I raise my glass and toast her

And I hope you follow me/If we can all remember her/We will all stay free

 

See the world spinning through outer space/Getting smaller each day/As science gathers in pace

Galaxies more than fine grains of sand/Are they harbouring life?/Do we fit in their plans?

Than I had to stop and think again/Whatever’s out there beyond our domain/Asteroids hurtling towards us

Aliens, will they come to crush us?/But then my thoughts became crystal clear/As I realised we have nothing to fear

 

Cos we are all Africans/Humanity it started there/There’s a chromosome in all of us

One that we all share/With an old African lady/Her name is Chromosome Eve

She is the reason/That I live and breathe/So I raise my glass and toast her

And I hope you follow me/If we can all remember her/We will all stay free

12 comments on ““We Are All Africans” a song by David Boast

  • Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!

    There’s a chromosome in all of us One that we all share/With an old
    African lady/Her name is Chromosome Eve She is the reason/That I live
    and breathe/So I raise my glass and toast her

    …me to. 🙂



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  • Good try. But I want creatives to develop unmistakably non-religious art. I can easily imagine the likes of Westboro taking this tune and just substituting their own lyrics? Just add the acoustic guitar and the tamborine.

    It’s like that Tim Muchin guy too: his song about the pope was so profoundly dull, just a tirade of swearing to childishly let off steam as if that could be even remotely cathartic: No pre-frontal cortex in it, just amygdala popping, nothing really ennobleing about it?

    I know I’m probably being grumpy and asking a lot and probably get flamed by fans. It’s my age, but cmon lets make summut they can’t just copy and hijack? Alas all art maybe hijackable and the only thing that isn’t is science. Please – Is all art to be but propaganda concealed?



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  • Cairsley Jan 31, 2015 at 4:55 pm

    Chromosome Eve.

    Now there is a felicitous name to hold up against the claims of Gaia and the Virgin Mary.

    The evolutionary bottlenecks did create “Mitochondrial Eve” and Y-chromosomal Adam, but they probably lived tens of thousands of years apart.



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    Cairsley says:

    Of course, Alan, these names are based on precise genetic findings, but they can also have a salutary cultural effect as eponyms in our understanding of ourselves in terms of our ancestry. Because of the cultural importance of such terms as ‘mitochondrial Eve’ and ‘Y-chromosomal Adam’, they need to be made familiar to every student, certainly by secondary school level, and not just to some of those who choose to study biology. Concepts like these are a much-needed counterweight to the influence of the many cultures that divide our societies at present. The intriguing beauty of the eponyms mentioned here is that they refer quite precisely to real individuals, unlike the traditional eponyms that may well not refer to anyone at all. What I liked about the name Chromosome Eve was its poetic efficacy in impressing upon the hearer the fact that we humans all belong to one great tribe. Poetry and song probably move more people to accept viewpoints than does rational discourse, sad to say — something Christians have known well since antiquity.



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  • Actually, we are all really more Arabs than anything, the first real flourishing point of the hapla groups exiting Africa. Had we not been able to cross the desert during a climactic window when the Sahara desert was green, we’d all still be Neanderthals. And, hey, let’s not forget Neanderthals… without interbreeding with them, we wouldn’t have gained the genetics to withstand disease outside of Africa.



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