Well Jo'anna she runs a country She runs in Durban and the Transvaal She makes a few of her people happy, oh She don't care about the rest at all She's got a system they call apartheid It keeps a brother in a subjection But maybe pressure can make Jo'anna see How everybody could a live as one
Gimme hope, Jo'anna Hope, Jo'anna Gimme hope, Jo'anna 'Fore the morning come Gimme hope, Jo'anna Hope, Jo'anna Hope before the morning come
I hear she make all the golden money To buy new weapons, any shape of guns While every mother in black Soweto fears The killing of another son Sneakin' across all the neighbors' borders Now and again having little fun She doesn't care if the fun and games she play Is dangerous to everyone
She's got supporters in high up places Who turn their heads to the city sun Jo'anna give them the fancy money Oh to tempt anyone who'd come She even knows how to swing opinion In every magazine and the journals For every bad move that this Jo'anna makes They got a good explanation
Even the preacher who works for Jesus The Archbishop who's a peaceful man Together say that the freedom fighters Will overcome the very strong I want to know if you're blind Jo'anna If you want to hear the sound of drums Can't you see that the tide is turning Oh don't make me wait till the morning come
Writer/s: G Brand, Eddy Grant, Bert Klein
Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
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Derek from Boston To the fellow who said this was about Johan Vorster. I grew up in SA with this song and presumed it meant Jo’burg. Never considered BJ who was prez in the 70s but this song is from 88.
Eugene Louw from Eindhoven/cape TownThe song text (and the sheet music link on this page) originally says "don't make me wait till the MOURNING come" and not morning! Big difference and quite a powerful statement
Jeff from East LondonSteve it is in fact Johannesburg. The man said it so himself in an interview I listened to.
Bmn from Hisuan, ArgentinaSteve from Cape Town: you're wrong. Vorster's term as PM ended in 1978, ten years before this song was released.
Steve from Cape Town, South AfricaThe reference to Jo'anna, is not to Johannesburg. That would make no sense. It did not run the country nor did it have apartheid. In fact Johannesburg opposed apartheid. The Johanna referred to Johan Vorster, the Prime Minister at the time. I suppose it turned him feminine to conceal the true target otherwise the song would never be heard in South Africa. I think it was banned on the state radio anyway. The reason it was banned was because the authorities saw the real message perfectly clearly. That was also why it was popular, apart from the fact that it was a good tune and well performed.
Husnain from Karachi, PakistanEddy Grant was in a band called "The Equals" in te UK in the 60's. Their one big hit was "Baby Come Back" of 1968
Matt from Pinetown, South AfricaThe song was immensely popular in South Africa and is to this day. Especially among the Afrikaner communities, who often failed to see the message of the song. They do now.
Alan from Edinburgh, ScotlandThe Archbishop referred to in the song is Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the first black African to attain the position of Archbishop of Cape Town, which position is considered the head of the Anglican Church in southern Africa.