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Song title: Sun city

(Steven Van Zandt) by Steven Van Zandt Blue Midnight Music, 1985

Sun city

We're rockers and rappers united and strong
We're here to talk about South Africa we don't like what's going on
It's time for some justice it's time for the truth
We've realized there's only one thing we can do

I ain't gonna play Sun City

Relocation to phony homelands
Separation of families I can't understand
23 million can't vote because they're black
We're stabbing our brothers and sisters in the back

I ain't gonna play Sun City

Our government tells us we're doing all we can
Constructive Engagement is Ronald Reagan's plan
Meanwhile people are dying and giving up hope
This quiet diplomacy ain't nothing but a joke

I ain't gonna play Sun City

Boputhuswana is far away
But we know it's in South Africa no matter what they say
You can't buy me I don't care what you pay
Don't ask me Sun City because I ain't gonna play

I ain't gonna play Sun City

It's time to accept our responsibility
Freedom is a privilege nobody rides for free
Look around the world baby it can't be denied
Why are we always on the wrong side

I ain't gonna play Sun City

Relocation to phony homelands
Separation of families I can't understand
23 million can't vote because they're black
We're stabbing our brothers and sisters in the back


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This song has never been published on any official release.

Very few performances of this songs are known (to me, at least!):
 - 21/08/1987 Stone Pony, Asbury Park,NJ ,USA during the 1987 "Bar tour"
 - 08/10/1987 The Ritz, New York,NY ,USA during the 1987 "Bar tour"
 - 29/01/2014 Bellville Velodrome, Cape Town ,South Africa during the High Hopes tour

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First known live performance: 21/08/1987 Stone Pony, Asbury Park,NJ ,USA
Last known live performance: 29/01/2014 Bellville Velodrome, Cape Town ,South Africa

Song 'history':


Played during the '1987 bar tour', which is the name under which I group the 1987 shows Bruce played with various small bands, or guesting, in small NJ clubs.
Played once in the whole High Hopes tour (29/01/2014 Bellville Velodrome, Cape Town ,South Africa)
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