Weeping Lyrics - Josh Groban

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(feat. Ladysmith Black Mambazo)

I knew a man who lived in fear
It was huge, it was angry,
It was drawing near.
Behind his house a secret place
Was the shadow of the demon
He could never face.

He built a wall of steel and flame
And men with guns to keep it tame
Then standing back he made it plain
That the nightmare would never ever rise again
But the fear and the fire and the guns remain.

It doesn't matter now it's over anyhow
He tells the world that it's sleeping
But as the night came round
I heard its lonely sound
It wasn't roaring, it was weeping
It wasn't roaring, it was weeping.

And then one day the neighbours came
They were curious to know about the smoke and flame
They stood around outside the wall
But of course there was nothing to be heard at all
"My friends," he said, "We've reached our goal
The threat is under firm control
As long as peace and order reign
I'll be damned if I can see a reason to explain
Why the fear and the fire and the guns remain."


Say ah, say ah, say ah
Say ah, say ah, say ah

[Ladysmith's solo]

It doesn't matter now it's over anyhow
It doesn't matter now it's over anyhow


Say ah, say ah, say ah
Say ah, say ah, say ah [to end]

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Seems I'm late hearing this song, but - everyone's got an opinion, right? | Reviewer: Teri Connolly | 1/13/14

This song blew me away. Immediately it's obvious it could relate to many issues. So much pain. For me it immediately took me to the VA and all the Vietnam Vets still suffering from their experiences; still asking the Va for the benefits due them. So many Vietnam Vets who suffered have died waiting for validation and benefits from the Country they served. Mine is one who remain haunted and tortured by experiences that are as alive to him today as when they occurred in 69-71. So emotional and presented with grace and respect. Love it.

Drakensberg Boy's Choir | Reviewer: Jeremy | 11/20/10

I'm glad to see the lyrics. I downloaded the Drakensberg Boys' Choir singing it and, because they are a South African choir, I sort of guessed it had to do with apartheid and the fact that it's over but needs to be kept chained.
The Drakies are one of the best choirs in the world. If you haven't heard them, have a look on YouTube. Their African music is simply stunning.

Wow. | Reviewer: shauny-face | 5/28/09

i'm a huge josh groban fan, and i have to admit i listen to this song on repeat all the time.
i always thought the lyrics to this song had something to do with the hiding of a secret and the sadness of the harboring of it. the sadness and the pain.
i never knew it had anything to do with the apartheid, but now that i know, i have to say that it makes a lot more sense.

Okay | Reviewer: Jason Eckroate | 5/24/09

This is a good enough version- I have never listened to Mr. Groban before, but he does have quite a bit of skill. However I much prefer the version of "Weeping" done by the South African dance music group, Qkumba Zoo. They did this song on their debut album way back in 1996, and I think it is a lot more powerful than Groban's version.

Love it | Reviewer: Jess | 9/16/08

I sang this song on a music course i went on and our version was arranged by a man called dan swana who sang this infront of nelson mandela because it is about the trouble in south africa and when it was written it was kept underground incase the government found it

but it is the best gospel song ever

Deep | Reviewer: Anonymous | 7/17/08

This song is deep. I read an earlier review stating that it is about political and physical oppression; however, my own sentiments had always turned the meaning toward something kept secret. I had always thought that the man who had built the wall had a deep secret that he wished none to know, and so he caged it up in himself, for he was afraid that one day it would come roaring out into the open. Instead, the secret within him mourned because of the trouble of hiding it, and because things most desperately hidden most desperately seek to get out. Either way, it's one of the best songs I've ever heard.

AMAZING! | Reviewer: Kayle | 11/3/07

I've just listened to this recording, it is the melody is so joyous, but the lyric is so sad! The most incredible peice of music I've listened to in a long time

What a release! | Reviewer: Cathy | 7/18/07

I loved this song -as sad as it is- from the first moment I heard it and knew right away it must have been written as living lesson to anyone alone in the darkness of oppression. It touched me deeply...made me feel, made me cry, but gave me hope. Ladysmith Black Mambazo is outstanding with their deep earthy sounds-took me straight to Africa, and Josh Groban's voice from Heaven is as powerful and moving as ever! Now this is music from the heart!!!

Weeping | Reviewer: JT | 7/11/07

This song was written, recorded and released by South African (Cape Town) band Bright Blue in 1988. It is an anti-apartheid song. The man (Apartheid-time South African government) lived in fear (of the Black freedom struggle). They built a wall (hiding the truth of the oppression from the world and its own citizens) and kept telling everyone that all is ok. Check out www.weeping.info. I sincerely hope Groban that Groban understood the history and meaning behind this beautiful, yet sad, poetry.

Weeping - Josh Groban | Reviewer: Tammi | 6/27/07

A poingant song beautifully performed by one of the very few artists who could have done this song justice.

Dumb Question | Reviewer: john jopes | 6/27/07

I confess I am new to "Weeping," and I'm not certain I can identify the demon. Can someone give me a clue, please?

Weeping | Reviewer: Zinatul Iffah | 5/12/07

Weeping is a great song for everyone to known more about the reality of life... Furthermore, Josh Groban vocal does match the song requirements to make it real, not a fake song... Josh Groban's best vocal does good in every of his song... Weeping is one of the best among the best song created in 2007...

Beautiful song | Reviewer: Andre | 11/25/06

I have loved this song ever since Bright Blue wrote and recorded it. I never thought I would hear a rendition as good as the original. This version, however, does real justice to the song.

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