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Ex-con released same day as his hit record

Larry Joe is an ex-con with a record.  He's a reformed South African housebreaker who caught his break when he was in jail north of Cape Town.  Pop musician Aron Turest-Swartz heard him sing and offered to record Larry, in prison.  The album Crazy Life was released in December, as was Larry. 

Larry's full story re-ran on Dispatches on July 7 and 10. 

The only song on Crazy Life that's sung in his native Afrikaans is called Gentle Side, which is the only English lyric in the song.

It's his view from inside, looking out.

This was from Dispatches, the week Larry was released.

Gentle Side     

The lyrics in English: 

- Do you know where I was?
- Did you see what I did?
- Could you have believed...
- dirty old pants, a torn old shirt...
- I was on a downward path.

- I was young and immature
- I was easily misled
- I wanted to be myself, believe just what I saw
- Listen, it was almost too late!

- Have you seen my gentle side before?
- Another chance for me.
- Have you seen my gentle side before?
- Give me another chance.

- Now you know who I am
- Have you heard everything?
- Could you have believed...
- I have a dream...me and you
- I am on my way up!

- Have you seen my gentle side before?
- Another chance for me.
- Have you seen my gentle side before?
- Give me another chance
- Give me another chance.

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