from by Ro Halfhide



A song about the mindless boredom of being broke and without a job in Africa. I wrote it before all the revolutions there, but it seems very striking.


Patriot, oh patriot
There's a heart on fire
Oh weekend patriot
So much left to desire
How I'd love to move around
Roam from town to town
But weekend patriot, you're still around

With your left hand carrying a knot
And your right hand carrying a flag
Look at all the things you forgot
Now there's no way to bring them back

Did you care for the beast that you killed?
Did you look it straight in the eye?
If you didn't, the I know you never will
Find the truth in each part of a lie


It's just half a day from Timbuktu
If you go as the crow flies
But lately, there ain't too many crows
So going there is not very wise

Now my teachers they tell me to learn
They never tell me to teach
I'm just a cigarette for them to burn
I'd rather spend my day at the beach

Now if you have a dream, then you're a rebel
If you have a heart, then you're not a man
Be the cigarette, light the fuse
Don't wait for others to say when



from Louise, released October 24, 2011
Ro Halfhide: music, words, vocals, guitar
Dion Oudejans: percussion
M-JO: percussion


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Ro Halfhide Amsterdam, Netherlands

The Dutch/Surinamese Ro Halfhide is a singer-songwriter and producer from Amsterdam who sings in the tradition of singers like Paul Simon, Ben Harper and crooners like Gene Kelley. He played in 2008 at the Eurosonic Noorderslag Festival. On stage he’ll be playing with a double bass player or solo. ... more

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