The Civil Wars Carry the Weight of “20 Years”

Currently on hiatus as a touring band, the Civil Wars’ new video for “20 Years” is just one more reason to hope this roots duo will sign a truce. With its delicate, pained guitar lead, the song captures the intense emotions of love and life interrupted. It’s perfect for this heartbreaking story from South Africa, chosen as the winner of an online contest. During the apartheid regime in that country, native men sometimes had no choice but to leave their families and work in mines in order to pay taxes. No women or children were allowed in the camps. Here we see one such man, and watch as 20 sad years pass before he returns home.

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