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The Cape-to-Cairo Railway would have traversed the entire African continent, along the line of the British colonies. This plan was initiated at the end of the 19th century, under the direction of business magnate Cecil Rhodes, in the attempt to connect adjacent African possessions in a continuous line.

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Johannesburg's skyline clusters tourists much like insects
Johannesburg's skyline's such a sad way to go
Cecil watches the stars much like tourists
Johannesburg's skyline's such a limiting show.

And so we go
all the way to Cairo,
steady as we go,
holding out my family
like we did long ago.
A long way to go.

Back in England we all legislate like fossils.
Back in England, our queen never says no.
Why would you stick around to scuff your feet on forest floors?
When industry can make your continent all uniform through desert and snow.

Until we go
slash the way to Cairo
through the ice and snow
fighting for my country
like my parents long ago.
A long way to go.

Mombasa's skyline used to be not much to look at,
Mombasa's skyline's now got factories galore.
You spiteful savage people,
look at all we gave you.
As soon as we hit Egypt,
you'll have a road to explore.

For now we go
marching forth to Cairo,
hang on as you go,
making the world rotate
like we did long ago.
Like we did long ago.
Like we did long ago.
A long way to go.

credits

from Jekyll Electric Effect, released August 30, 2014
Hayden Arp- Electronics
Ruby Froom- Lead Vocals
Caroline Kuhn- Vocals
Julian Korzeniowsky- Vocoder
Zoë Madonna- Accordion
Kirk Pearson- Electronics, Mandolin, Guitars, Clarinet, Keyboards, Percussion, Cello, Programming
Yuri Popkowitz- Violin
James Vitz-Wong- Bass

Composed and lyricized by Kirk Pearson
Orchestrated by Kirk Pearson and Julian Korzeniowsky
Produced by Kirk Pearson, Hayden Arp, and Julian Korzeniowsky

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Kirk Pearson New York

Electronic noisemaker/
sound collector/
aural storyteller/that kid you kinda knew in high school.

Most importantly, composer of electronic music and player of mandolins. Studier at Oberlin Conservatory.

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