PEARLS Lyrics - Sade

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Words: Sade Adu
Music: Sade Adu and Andrew Hale

There is a woman in Somalia
Scraping for pearls on the roadside
There's a force stronger than nature
Keeps her will alive
This is how she's dying
She's dying to survive
Don't know what she's made of
I would like to be that brave

She cries to the heaven above
There is a stone in my heart
She lives a life she didn't choose
And it hurts like brand-new shoes

Hurts like brand-new shoes

There is a woman in Somalia
The sun gives her no mercy
The same sky we lay under
Burns her to the bone
Long as afternoon shadows
It's gonna take her to get home
Each grain carefully wrapped up
Pearls for her little girl


She cries to the heaven above
There is a stone in my heart
She lives in a world she didn't choose
And it hurts like brand-new shoes
Hurts like brand-new shoes

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Very good and realistic song and lyrics! | Reviewer: Amy LifeStar | 6/29/12

I could relate my life and the horrific events in my life to this lady in the song, especially the elements that she lives a life she didn't choose.

Innocent human beings suffered extensively and needlessly despite the fact they tried and tried to their very best of their best, yet society and the so-called "heavenly father or star do not seem to care nor acknowledge what these innocent human beings are going through” let alone allowing them to experience authentic liberty, freedom, and dignity in life! This is violation of humanity; human life; and the human heart, mind, and soul!

The song of Pearls is one of my favorite songs from Sade.

By Amy LifeStar

Still relevant after all these years | Reviewer: Toni | 3/29/12

If I was a radio jock for a day, this track would open and close my playlist. Because sadly, its subject has never gone out of date. How sad, no, how criminal, that 18 years after Pearls came out, there are still women in the Horn of Africa so desperate to feed their family that they're reduced to picking up whatever drops off the relief trucks.

Musically I love the whole song because it shows off Sade at her best. But I especially like two moments. One is the violin that accompanies "Hallelujah", where the player has virtually got his instrument to repeat the word. Then there's the line "It hurts like brand new shoes", where Sade's trying ironically to tell the girls in the shopping malls that there's pain of a quite different magnitude out there.

Well Pearls sure made me stop, think, and donate, back in 1994. Hope it's done or will do the same for you.

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