Gimme Hope Jo'anna by Eddy Grant

Gimme Hope Jo'anna is a song originally by Eddy Grant. This page provides information about the song and links to the lyrics and the official video.

Joanna Give me hope by Eddy Grant


Beginner and intermediate students.

Facts about the song

  • Song: Gimme Hope Jo'anna
  • Album: File Under Rock
  • Date of release: 1988
  • Genre: Reggae
  • Lenght of the song: 3 minutes and 47 seconds.
  • Writer: Eddy Grant
  • Produced by: Eddy Grant

Interesting information about the song

The song is a well-known anti-apartheid reggae anthem from the 1980s, written during the apartheid era in South Africa. The song was banned by the South African government when it was released, but was widely played in South Africa nonetheless.

The video

The Video

The lyrics

Full lyrics of this song

Language points

The song includes many interesting language points:

Eexpressions that may be useful to students:

  • She got supporters in high up places
    Who turn their heads to the city sun
  • She runs in Durban and the Transvaal
    She makes a few of her people happy, oh
    She don't care about the rest at all
    She's got a system they call apartheid
    It keeps a brother in a subjection

Source: Wikipedia

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