The Men of Rivonia

Words: Hamish Henderson / Music: trad
Lyric as sung by Dick Gaughan

They have sentenced the men of Rivonia,
(Rumbala, rumbala, rumbala)
The comrades of Nelson Mandela
(Rumbala, rumbala, rumbala)
He is buried alive on an island
(Free Mandela, Free Mandela)
He is buried alive on an island
(Free Mandela, Free Mandela)

The crime of the men of Rivonia
Was to organise farmer and miner
Against baaskap and sjambok and kiri

Verwoord feared the mind of Mandela
He was stifling the voice of Mandela
Free M'Beki, Goldberg, Sisulu

Set free the men of Rivonia
Tear down the walls of their prison
Freedom and Justice, Uhuru!

Power to the heirs of Lutuli!
The comrades of Nelson Mandela
Spear of the Nation, unbroken!


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