1001 South African Songs You Must Hear Before You Go Deaf

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Two Seconds – Henry Ate

Two Seconds – Henry Ate (A very short song)

Henry Ate, that was why he was so big. But enough about a long dead monarch. The band Henry Ate was fronted by Karma-Ann Swanepoel who was anything but big in terms of physical size, but in terms of success, she and her band were one of the biggest acts of the early naughties in South Africa.

Taken from their second album, ‘Torn And Tattered’, ‘Two Seconds’ is a beautiful song that centres around Karma’s delicately powerful vocals which are supported by a neatly strummed guitar and solid drum beat. At times, the song threatens to build into a power ballad, but never quite crosses that line.

Like the English king whose name the band punned to get their own, Henry Ate has passed into the history books and while they may not be remember some 450 years after their demise, they will certainly remain in the memory of those who enjoyed their songs, and ‘Two Seconds’ will be one of those songs that will be in that memory.

Where to find it:

Torn and Tattered – Henry Ate (2000), EMI, CDEMCJ(WI)5893

Lyrics:

Two seconds more
Need to think of some better things to say
I don’t feel myself much lately
Since the better aspects went away

Give me my two seconds more
Time enough to send a kiss your way
Don’t you go wandering
‘Cause I could show up soon any day

I hope you like the rain I sent you yesterday
Someone said they saw you dancing in it
Laughing your tears away

Give me my two seconds more
Think it over before you say it’s through
Don’t you dare forget me
‘Cause I couldn’t bear being lost to you

I hope you like the rain I sent you yesterday
Someone said they saw you dancing in it
Laughing your tears away

Two seconds more
Ever silence spent alone will do
I close my eyes and wish myself
Closer and closer I move into you
I’m coming closer and closer move into you
I’m coming closer and closer move into you

I hope you like the rain I sent you yesterday
Someone said they saw you dancing in it
Laughing your tears away

So I hope you like the rain I sent you yesterday

(Words and Music: Karma-Ann Swanepoel)

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