After a chance encounter with a homeless man on the streets of Muizenberg about three/four years ago, I was inspired to write a song about this man’s life. The man kept reiterating that it “just takes ten seconds” for a person’s life to change. The notion stayed with me ’til about nearly two years ago, when I finally put pen to paper.
It turned out that the man was a war veteran of the Border War in Angola who had seen his best friend shot dead before his eyes. After returning to South Africa, his life never went back to what it was before he was conscripted. He lost his house and family, wife and children and ended up living under a bridge. During the encounter the man and his friends sang hymns, weeped and hugged me, all the while reiterating that in only ten seconds, it can all change. This is that man’s story. It’s one of our crowd favourites.
Artists we referenced for the track include Foo Fighters, Biffy Clyro, Death Cab for Cutie, Coldplay, Nile Rogers (Chic/Daft Punk), Mark Ronson, The Killers, Jamiroquai, The Sugarhill Gang and Mike Shinoda.
Have a listen and tell me what you think in the comments section:
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Look out for our debut EP “Vagabond Youth” which is coming soon.