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[3rd Place] Mental Fiends

Updated: Oct 18, 2023



Artist: Lizwe Nyanga

Age: 24 Country: Zimbabwe


(INTRO)

My heart returns to my home

My thoughts are....

I wish I knew


(CHORUS)

I have thoughts that I want to settle (uhuh)

If they come back, I won't sleep (uhuh)

If they come back, I won't be at peace (uhooh)

If they come back, I won't sleep (huh)


I have thoughts that I want to settle

(I have thoughts that I want to settle, brother)

If they come back, I won't sleep

(I won't sleep, brother)

If they come back, I won't be at peace (uhuh)

If they come back, I won't sleep (uhooh)


(1st VERSE)

Since we were growing up, we were told to be quiet

Keep your troubles hidden in your heart

Life is like a difficult drum

But today, it was me


We were told that if you speak, you can be misunderstood by your brother

If you speak, they may say you are betraying your family

If you speak, they may accuse you of being a troublemaker

You are the hardship I have witnessed

If it's bothering me today, ah


That's when we turn to drugs (to drugs, to drugs)

Then we start to appear as rebellious youth (rebellious youth, rebellious youth)

Because I'm trying to find an outlet,

for all the things I never said to you when I wanted to!


You left me with an aunt (aunt)

And it affected my well-being

The things she did to me (to me ahh ahh huuh)


(CHORUS)

I have thoughts that I want to settle (uhuh)

If they come back, I won't sleep (uhuh)

If they come back, I won't be at peace (uhooh)

If they come back, I won't sleep (huh)


I have thoughts that I want to settle

(I have thoughts that I want to settle, brother)

If they come back, I won't sleep

(I won't sleep, brother)

If they come back, I won't be at peace (uhuh)

If they come back, I won't sleep (uhooh)


(2nd VERSE)

We all have our demons, thoughts we can't escape

They mentally consume us and lead to distress

Depression, anxiety became our enemies

Feeding on traumas that we can't erase


Let's talk to each other

Let's promote mental health

Let's unite and put an end to suicides

When I'm alone, I feel burdened

I'm really tired of not being in control of myself

Of my thoughts, my well-being, above everything I love

I just need my mental health

Yeah!


(CHORUS)

I have thoughts that I want to settle (uhuh)

If they come back, I won't sleep (uhuh)

If they come back, I won't be at peace (uhooh)

If they come back, I won't sleep (huh)


I have thoughts that I want to settle

(I have thoughts that I want to settle, brother)

If they come back, I won't sleep

(I won't sleep, brother)

If they come back, I won't be at peace (uhuh)

If they come back, I won't sleep (uhooh)


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