Island in the Sun

I will not speak to you
from this paper.

This paper is filled with words
that come from my head.

L- I will try to speak to you with words
that come from my heart.

Many of you
out there know me.

You've cut my sugar cane
and harvested my coffee crop.

And, yet, I have not known you.
And in this, I've failed,
as I have failed in... other things.

To deny this would be
to deny truth, and...

I will speak
to you tonight only truth.

I have passed you in the fields
or in the cocoa sheds...

and you've been just a name,
or a face, or a number in a book.

And I've lived in a world
through which you moved only as... shadows...

to be feared or ignored.
I've now lived in the two worlds
of Santa Marta.

I know how they both think,
how they both feel.

I also know that
they cannot exist...

if they're cut off from each other
by suspicion and fear...

each in its own loneliness...
as no human being can exist,
in his own loneliness.

This bridge I can help you build.
I ask for your faith, your trust.
Do not deny them to me.
I'll answer any questions
from the floor.

The floor is now
open for questions.

- I have a few, Mr. Chairman.
- [Applause]