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The Fall of District Six

Abdoeragmaan Badir Harris

In the beginning

Happy New Year, Happy New Year
The crooning minstrels were
Chanting and singing down Hanover Street
Races of all colours were dancing to the music
in a Samba beat
It was like Fairyland
It was like Dixieland
It was like yesterday it seems
Oh Capetonians try to understand
That today District Six is just a dream

All Capetonians of different creeds went to pray
Oh Lord help District Six and its residents to stay
Correspondence of hope was sent to the “superiors”
We were helpless and in pain
The reply we received was all in vain.

In the end

We were given homes in Hanover Park
Bonteheuwel and Mitchell’s Plain
Our lifestyle changed and was never the same
The fall of District Six we all regret
Oh Lord we cried, we do forgive, but never regret

Many years went by
I look upon the barren land
The thoughts of my childhood came back to me
Oh son it’s a long story I want to tell
I bid District Six farewell.

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