Last week the New York Daily News gave us this cringe-worthy lede on its Nelson Mandela coverage:
The lion of South Africa sleeps forever tonight.
Ah yes, “The Lion Sleeps Tonight,” a South African song from 1939, which became internationally famous after its lyrics were turned into gibberish by white American folkies and whose original writer died in poverty, never having seen a dime in royalties. But, you know ... Africa.
Then on CBS this morning, this happened:
Here we have a song described by its own writer as “a white boy is trying to write a song on Africa, but since he's never been there, he can only tell what he's seen on TV or remembers in the past."
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