Morning on the Line

by Paul Clingman

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This is an historic and now rare album - the first in English in South Africa to feature all the songs written by the artist. "Song for Jesse Owens" was particularly important given the institutionalised discrimination that was the foundation of the apartheid society that existed at the time. All the tracks are culled from the original vinyl record. There are twelve tracks on the album, and they will be all soon become available, together with the cover art.

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released January 30, 2016

All songs were written by Paul Clingman, and feature him on guitar and vocals,and backed some of South Africa's top session musicians at the time.

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Paul Clingman South Africa

I am Paul Clingman, singer-songwriter, artist and author based in South Africa. I was a pioneer in the development of African crossover music. My songs spring from the life of South Africa but echo at the wider horizon.

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Track Name: Song for Jesse Owens
Song for Jesse Owens
Words and music (p) © Paul Clingman (SAMRO) 1973

Jesse, oh how you played the game
Jesse was the fire inside the flame
Jesse, you won out just the same
Jesse is more than a name

Taken from your home to a distant place
Never looking right or left, just thinking of the race
Knowing that the winning was all inside your heart
You were always first to finish and always last to start

Jesse, oh how you played the game
Jesse was the fire inside the flame
Jesse, you won out just the same
Jesse is more than a name

Moving through those millions like a bullet from a gun
Knocking down false statues every time you won
Spelling out your victory like clouds spell certain rain
You had everything to lose and the world so much to gain

Jesse, oh how you played the game
Jesse was the fire inside the flame
Jesse, you won out just the same
Jesse is more than a name

Standing high and straight and strong and crowned with a laurel wreath
You were walking high above although you knelt beneath
Smiling soft for strangers and conquering their land
You shook their hearts with victory thought they would not shake your hand

Jesse, oh how you played the game
Jesse was the fire inside the flame
Jesse, you won out just the same
Jesse is more than a name

Time has gone the world’s grown old in only thirty years
Though you smiled still men have had to cry such bitter tears
Still we try to stand up high and straight and strong as you
And remain alone and human is all we have to do

Jesse, oh how you played the game
Jesse was the fire inside the flame
Jesse, you won out just the same
Jesse is more than a name