1-4 Waiting


Blue Chilli

Story

Waiting is dedicated to the people suffering from AIDS, many of whom had very little chance of receiving anti-retroviral drugs in South Africa at that time. It reflects the senselessness, the futile waiting. It is  dedicated to the many thousands of AIDS orphans.  (2002)

Lyrics

I took an early taxi to the city hospital

The pain in my chest won’t go away

My legs are so heavy, my feet are so slow

And my baby will be born one of these days

I waited and waited and waited

And then the sister said “The clinic is closed for today”

I took an early taxi to the city hospital

My baby will be born one of these days

 

My baby was born, so quiet and small

The doctor did some tests and was gone

When he finally came back

He looked at me tall and said “Your baby has illness in her bones”

I waited and waited and waited

And then the doctor said “Let’s discuss what can be done”

My baby was born, so quiet and small 

But she has illness in her bones.

 

I’ve been back to the clinic many times

Sometimes I’m lucky and I get seen on that day

They told me that there’s a good medicine

But it’s hard to get, and I’d have to wait

So I waited and waited and waited

But each time they said “the medicine is not for avail”

I’ve been back to the clinic many times

But they said I would just have to wait


My dear sweetheart, his breath grew too weak

We put him to rest the other day

I can’t get up anymore, the air is too thin

And my baby’s face is hot as clay

I wait and wait, there’s lead on my eyes

And my baby my sweet little one, she has AIDS

Oh what will become of my sweet little one

When I’m no longer waiting but gone

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