Thank You for Hearing Me: The Definitive Sinéad O'Connor Discography

“Baby, Let Me Buy You a Drink”

Composed by John Waters/Tommy Moran

1 version

4:58

Wells for Zoë: Water for Life various artists album

Lyrics

(Source: as heard)

Umoza Cultural Dance Troupe:
(chanting)
Sinéad:
I walked barefoot,
I wore hand-me-downs,
I near died of drought,
But now I fear to drown.
I, too, was a slave,
I was told to die,
I was locked into history,
Before I learned to fly.
First, you showed me how to dance, I fear.
Then you taught me how to feel, I think.
Then you saved me from myself, I says,
Baby, let me buy you a drink.
Baby, let me buy you a drink.
I ran with the hare
And stalked with the hound.
I stared at my shoes
While you were lying bound.
I once was a thief,
One who stole of your soul.
Now I've come to rectify
Before I get too old.
First, you showed me how to dance, I fear.
Then you taught me how to feel, I think.
Then you saved me from myself, I says,
Baby, let me buy you a drink.
Baby, let me buy you a drink.
Umoza Cultural Dance Troupe:
(chanting)
Sinéad:
Water is a fire,
Water isn't wet.
Water is a higher power,
Water never forgets.
And there's been too much sorrow,
There's been so much wrong.
But water has the healing power,
Water, soft and strong.
Let me buy you a drink.
Baby, let me buy you a drink.
Baby,
Baby.
Umoza Cultural Dance Troupe:
(chanting)
Sinéad:
Let me buy you a drink.

Notes

Liner notes

This song was written by John Waters and Tommy Moran. John is deeply involved with the W4Z [Wells for Zoë] work and has visited Malawi with the Coynes. Steve Cooney produced the track which also includes singing from the Umoza Cultural Dance Troupe which was recorded in Mzuzu.

(Source: Wells for Zoë: Water for Life)

Umoza Cultural Dance Troupe (source)

Musicians

(Source: Wells for Zoë: Water for Life)

Sinéad O'Connor vocals
Liam Ó Maonlaí backing vocals
Steve Cooney guitars, kalimba, Hammond organ
Tommy Moran bass
Conor Murray drums
Odhrán Ó Casaide violins
Umoza Cultural Dance Troupe choir vocals

Credits

Recorded at Cauldron Studios, Dublin, Ireland and St. John of God's, Mzuzu, Malawi (Umoza Cultural Dance Troupe). Engineered by Ciarán Byrne, assisted by Michael Manning. Umoza Cultural Dance Troupe recorded by John Dunford. Mixed by Ciarán Byrne and Steve Cooney at Cauldron Studios. Produced by Steve Cooney.

Sinéad O'Connor appears courtesy of Rubyworks/KOCH Entertainment. Liam Ó Maonlaí appears courtesy of Rian Records.

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