Nelson Mandela spent 27 years in South African prisons and when he was released was asked where he'd been, and he is reported to have said, "I've been on holiday!". His clan name, Madiba, was his favorite nickname. He eventually was elected president of his country and his birthday is now an international holiday. "No Holiday for Madiba" was written in Nelson's honor, and the anti-colonial book title, "Things Fall Apart" was embedded in the lyrics as, "Things fall apart at the seams".

Lyrics

“No Holiday for Madiba”
By: Rick Landers © Landers 2019

I’m sitting here in solitaire
Flipping through a magazine
As if you might care
I open to a beauty queen
She’s got bright red hair
Dark brown eyes, just like me
What can this mean?

Got thirty days in this hole
I’m fit to be tied
Uniforms in control
My days are long and
my nights are justified
I’m sitting in No. 5
Barely alive
Seems I’m meant to survive

Falling backwards
Forever it seems
I stand my ground
Things fall apart at the seams

One man forward
Ahead of a dream
One man in chains
I think it’s time for a change

Twenty and seven years
Seems like a lifetime ago
Surrounded by my friends
And loved ones I don’t really know
Can this really be?
This young man’s now grown old
Freedom’s no longer bought and sold
Freedom’s no longer down the road

Falling backwards
Forever it seems
I stand my ground
Things fall apart at the seams

One man forward
Ahead of a dream
One man in chains
I think it’s time for a change

No holiday for Madiba
No holiday for Madiba
No holiday for Madiba
Holiday for you and me

I'm sitting here in solitaire