On choices and Sade’s “Pearls”

Thursday, 16 January was Helen Folasade Adu’s birthday. All around social media people were talking about how awesome she looks at 54 years young. I saw in concert about 3 years ago she is ageless. Here is a recent photo of the Nigerian-English songbird.

Helen Folasade Adu

As with all musicians, the conversation invariably turned to favorite songs from Sade. Her career spans decades with many songs that still sound fresh today. But my favorite remains “Pearls.” It’s hauntingly beautiful and the lyrics are hearth wrenching.

Take a look & listen and let me know what your think of this gym.

“Pearls”

There is a woman in Somalia
Scraping for pearls on the roadside
There’s a force stronger than nature
Keeps her will alive
That’s how she’s dying
She’s dying to survive
Don’t know what she’s made of
I would like to be that brave
She cries to the heaven above
There is a stone in my heart
She lives a life she didn’t choose
And it hurts like brand-new shoes

Hurts like brand-new shoes

There is a woman in Somalia
The sun gives her no mercy
The same sky we lay under
Burns her to the bone
Long as afternoon shadows
It’s gonna take her to get home
Each grain carefully wrapped up
Pearls for her little girl

Hallelujah
Hallelujah

She cries to the heaven above
There is a stone in my heart
She lives a life she didn’t choose
And it hurts like brand-new shoes

Many of us live in worlds of our own choosing, whether that me physical or mental space. This song reminds me, where ever I am physically or mentally it is of my own choosing unlike the “woman in Somalia” or many other parts of the world where women’s choices are curtailed or dictated to them by a system they neither create or uphold.

Choose wisely my friends.

Littlefoot

PS India Arie did a version of “Pearls” that I love as well.

Check it out.

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