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Stof – Klopjag

Stof – Klopjag (Dust this one off)

Stof - Klopjag

Stof – Klopjag

Drawing group members from Parys, Pretoria, Kempton Park and Bronkhorstspruit, Klopjag is a six piece band that has been around the music scene in South Africa since 2002. Singing in Afrikaans, they didn’t really fit in with the blues movement of Albert Frost, Valiant Swart et al. Neither did they go plough the lighter, pure pop furrow that Steve Hofmeyr and Theuns Jordaan did.  Rather they are sort of a cross between REM and Neil Young with Afrikaans lyrics.

‘Stof’ finds them leaning more to the REM side of their influences, but a good smattering of harmonica shows their Neil Young side. The vocals are more traditional sounding than Young’s wail, but you can find an edge of the angst that Young has perfected, in Klopjag.

Like a number of South African songs, the Karoo and travelling through it seems to have been the inspiration. Although this is not a typical ‘driving’ tune, one can certainly imagine it being played as you cruise through that famous desert. It does rather encapsulate the openness and loneliness of the place.

Where to find it:
Klopjag – 5 (2007), Harthor Records


Live version:


Ek verruil toe my das vir ‘n verrypas en ek pak my tas
Daar was bloed op die snare, daar was sweet in jou hare
Daar was stof
Daar was stof op my skoene en die myle tussen jou en my
Die myle gly verby soos ons verder ry. Ek word weer vaak
maar ek’s besig om die kode van die langpad te kraak.
En daar was stof op ons wiele en die myle tussen jou en…

Baby, as ek verbyry, (moet jy smile) vir my as jy saam wil ry.
Baby, soos daai keer in die Karoo waai die stof weer in my oë
En ek soek vir jou, en ek soek… (‘vir my’ in ander verse)

Nog een klein botteltjie Shampoo
Nog een roadhouse se koffie om te proe, met stof
Pasop vir as jy dalk hier in Klaarstroom stop
Want hier hou die paaie en die petrol op

En was jy ook al bang dat jou stof hier bly hang
Dat jou stof hier bly hang?

Koor : (skreeu vir my)

Terug op op my stoep is dit die pad wat my weer roep,
Life on the road?
As ek my das weer vou, dan word alles weer net stof
Dan word alles weer net stof

Koor : (wys jou been vir my)

So baby as jy verbyry vat my saam
Vat my saam, vat my

(Words & music – J Opperman en M Pretorius)

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