Wawundithembisile (You Promised Me)

Updated: Oct 14

By The One Who Sings

Lyrics and translation




WAWUNDITHEMBISILE - You Promised Me


2: WAWUNDITHEMBISILE


Weh Mariah 

Khawundive

Xa ndikhala

Undinike ithemba ndingenalo


Ndinqwenela ukudibana 

Emhlabeni

Z’undikhumbule xa ndiphambi kwakho 

Enyameni


Undisule ngezandla ezingcwele

Iinyembezi zam 

Undisekelele 

Ubuso bakho undibonise

Njengoko wawundithembisile


Wawundithembisile


Xa ndicinga ngobomi bam

Ngemihlola

Ndilusana olubomvu 

Ndisakhula 

Wawuphina weh Mariah

ndiyintlekisa?

Ndiphakathi kwamadabi emimoya?


Ndibomvu ligazi elingcwele

Intliziyo yam ilihlwili

Ubuso bakho buguqukile 

Nangona wawundithembisile


Wawundithembisile 


Wawuvale amehlo

Bexovula umzimba wam

Wawuvale iindlebe 

kude kuwe izikhalo zam

Khawuvule umlomo

Thethelel’ umphefumlo

Wam 


Umphefumlo wam


Weh Mariah… 

Khawundive 

Xa ndikhala

Undinike ithemba ndingenalo 

Ndinqwenela ukudibana 

Ezulwini 

Z’undikhumbule xa ndiphambi kwakho

Ngaloo mini 



Wawundithembisile English Translation from the Xhosa language 

Wawundithembisile = You Promised Me 


Dear Maria... 

Please hear me when I cry? 


Give me hope where I have none 


I wish to meet you 

On the earth 

Remember me when Im stood before you 

In the flesh 


Wash off with your holy hands 

My tears ... and bless me 


Show me your face 

Just as you promised me you would 


You promised me 


When I think back

To terrible truths unfolding in my life and me: 

A growing baby child ... 


I wonder: 

Where were you Maria 

When I was a laughing stock?

Swaying in the midst of the blowing winds?

Red with holy blood 

My heart a bloody mess 

Your face turned away 

Even though you promised me... 


You promised me. 


You closed your eyes 

As they kneaded my body with their blows 

You closed your ears:

Far from you my cries 

Please open your mouth 

Speak for my spirit 

My spirit 


Dear Maria 

Please hear me when I cry 

Give me hope where I have none 


I wish to Meet you in Heaven

Please remember me when I’m stood before you 

On that day. 



by The One Who Sings

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