Song of the Day #2,842: ‘Mandinka (Live)’ – Sinead O’Connor

sinead_mandinkaAs promised a week ago, I’m dedicating this week to the unique and extraordinary talent of Sinead O’Connor, specifically through her live performances.

Today’s clip is from O’Connor’s network television debut, on Late Night with David Letterman. Letterman had so many wonderful musical guests on his show in those early days, and right through the Late Show years.

O’Connor later delivered a memorable performance of ‘Mandinka’ (the single from her debut album The Lion and the Cobra) on the Grammys, but for some reason the producers insisted that she sing over a recorded track of the song.

Why harness such an incredible, expressive voice?

[Verse 1]
I’m dancing the seven veils
Want you to pick up my scarf
See how the black moon fades
Soon I can give you my heart

[Chorus]
I don’t know no shame
I feel no pain
I can’t see the flame
But I do know Man-din-ka
I do know Man-din-ka
I do know Man-din-ka
I do

[Verse 2]
They’re throwing it all this way
Dragging it back to the start
And they say, “See how the glass is raised?”
I have refused to take part
I told them “drink something new”
Please let me pull something through

[Outro]
Soon I can give you my heart
I swear I do
Soon I can give you my heart
I do
Mandinka
Soon I can give you my heart
Soon I can give you my heart
Soon I can give you my heart

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One thought on “Song of the Day #2,842: ‘Mandinka (Live)’ – Sinead O’Connor

  1. Dana says:

    I always found the way she sang the pre chorus of this song so compelling (“I know no shame….”)

    Looking forward to hearing more from this talented lady this week.

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