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In 1978, race relations in Britain were in crisis. The National Front was gathering power and immigrants lived in fear of violence.

But that year also saw the birth of a campaign - Rock Against Racism (RAR) - aimed at halting the tide of hatred with music - a grassroots movement culminating in a march across London and an open-air concert in the East End. The campaign involved groups like The Clash, Steel Pulse, Buzzcocks, X-Ray Spex, The Ruts, and others, staging concerts with an anti-racist theme, in order to discourage young people from embracing racist views.

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BABYLON THE BANDIT

Babylon the Bandit

Babylon the Bandit
(Elektra, 1985)

Save Black Music

They tricked us with trinkets and beads
And tricked us right into slavery
Traditional customs
Crafts and arts
They put in their museums
Oh people don't you see the plot...yeh
To take all we've got

CHORUS
Got to save Black music
Fight to save sweet music now
Got to save Black music now

Le the music flow, oh Lord

We've paid that price so many times
Comes to claimin' dues we're the first in line
Freedom songs echoed these plantations
I and I survive
To this present time
Oh people don't you see the plot
To take all we've got

CHORUS
Got to save Black music
Fight to save sweet music now
Got to save Black music now

Music sweet music ha ha ha
It no funny

Through our sprits came
Reggae Jazz Funk and Blues
Music the food of life
So don't just stand there
And let them take your share
They claim that fame
And give you not a care

We walk those streets
Without a dime
Play hid and seek
The pie in the sky

CHORUS
Got to save Black music
Fight to save sweet music now
Got to save Black music now

Here me when I say
Gather round come get strong
Help I sing this freedom song
Save Black music now
Keep it in control now
Never let it go now
Keep it in control now

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Not King James Version



CHORUS
A dis ya version
A no King James version
Cause out of Africa
Came the Garden of Eden

Hidden from me I was never told
Ancient prophets black and gold
Like Daniel, King David and Abraham
Israel were all black men
I don't wanna lose you

Japhet tried his best to erase
The godly parts we played
I says he came and took
And never mention in his book... so

CHORUS
A dis ya version
A no King James version
Cause out of Africa
Came the Garden of Eden

In Esau's chapter of history
So little mention of you and me
We rulers of kingdoms and dynasties
Explored this Earth for centuries
I don't wanna lose ya
Phoenicians, Egyptians and the Moors
Built civilisation, that's for sure
Creators of the alphabet
While the West illiterate..yeh

CHORUS
A dis ya version
A no King James version
Cause out of Africa
Came the Garden of Eden

African heritage
I don't wanna lose ya
Oh, no

Slavery came and took its toll
In the name of John Bull Dog
Said we turned our backs on God
Lost the powers that we had
Now our backs against the wall
Ask ourselves about the fall
Rise rise rise
Hold on to your culture

CHORUS
A dis ya version
A no King James version
Cause out of Africa
Came the Garden of Eden

I don't wanna lose ya
I don't wanna lose ya
Never let them fool you

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School Boy's Crush (Jail Bait)

CHORUS
I've got a crush on my
School Teacher
I've got a crush on my
School Teacher

Here I am
With a book and a pen in my hand
Surrounded by confusion
When she passed by my desk
I'm like a nervous wreck
Lapsing concentration

You don't know how I feel
No you don't know
Beauty makes me
Beauty makes me weak

You don't know how I feel
No you don't know
Girl I love to
Girl I love to squeeze

CHORUS
I've got a crush on my
School Teacher
I've got a crush on my
School Teacher

You don't know how I feel
No you don't know
Beauty makes me
Beauty makes me weak

You don't know how I feel
No you don't know
Girl I love to
Girl I love to squeeze..Heh

CHORUS
I've got a crush on my
School Teacher
I've got a crush on my
School Teacher

A school boy's crush for
A teacher he loves so much
So much for me to bear
Children laugh and
It echoes around the class
The last to know is Teacher

You don't talk of cradle snatching
I don't care who is watching
Beauty makes me weak at the knees...Yeh
She's the girl
That I'm longing to squeeze
Girl I love to

CHORUS
I've got a crush on my
School Teacher
I've got a crush on my
School Teacher

Love don't know what's right from wrong
Gave you my love
You turned away
Cause your love don't know
What's right from wrong
I gave you my love
You turned away
Cause your love don't know

Age is just a number
And your love don't know
What's right from wrong

Age is just a number
And your love don't know
What's right from wrong

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Sugar Daddy

So you like to tease the fellas
And getting someone jealous
But I know
All those games and tricks
Your kind of girl is vicious
Whose heart you crush
You don't seem to care

One ambition
To marry a millionaire

Someone...there to wine and dine you
And give...rings all decked with diamonds
Kind of...money talking romance
Jet set...vacation to the islands

Best things in life
I say they don't come free

CHORUS
You're looking for a sugar daddy
You don't mind if he's ugly
He's got lots of money
He will be your dandy candy

Don't take long
For you to get your way
Where's there's cash
You're like a bird of prey
Cause you demand
An expensive taste
Don't get what you want
So you act outrageous
Whose heart you crush
You don't seem to care

One ambition
To marry a millionaire

Someone...there to wine and dine you
And give...rings all decked with diamonds, yeh
That kind of...money talkin romance
Jet set...vacation to the islands

Best things in life
I say they don't come free

CHORUS
You're looking for a sugar daddy
You don't mind if he's ugly
He's got lots of money
He will be your dandy candy

RAPPERS DELIGHT
Watch her now
She loves to pose in fancy clothes
And make the guys all stare
Who's got no cash, ain't got no chance
She want's a millionaire

A candy-coated rich man
She don't give a damn if it's Frankenstein
Or the thing from outer space
A chauffeur-driven limousine
Seems more to be her style
If you can't provide that kind if life
You just ain't worth her while

Cos she's hooked on money love
Suga, suga., suga (Repeat - fade out)
Kick that habit
We know the system
Is one big jive
We've got to fight to stay alive
Brother man is hooked on drugs
Sisters hooked on selling love
The good God knows how they survive
We're living in a bubble
Full of troubles

Dope is destroying my fellow man
Warriors are weeping
For a nation
Who shall hold the children's hand
And lead them to the Promised Land
Please come forward and take command

CHORUS
Kick that habit
Don't push your luck
It's suicide now
(With a dose too much)
You're poppin pills
Shooting injection
Powdered nose
(The wrong direction)

Enough of the youth dem out there
Turn to crime
They've been down for the longest time
Some can't face the pains of life
So take a trip to the high and blind
We're living in a bubble
Full of troubles
And they're waiting for our brains to burst
Things are getting from bad to worse

CHORUS
Kick that habit
Don't push your luck
It's suicide now
(With a dose too much)
You're poppin pills
Shooting injection
Powdered nose
(The wrong direction)

Ooh, we're living in a bubble
Full of troubles
Who shall hold the children's hand
And lead them to the Promised Land
Ooh, were living in a bubble

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Blessed is the Man

Blessed Is The Man That Walketh Not
In The Council Of The Ungodly

His mercy endureth forever
To turn my back on JAH
I will never never
By great wisdom he raised up the land
Above the waters
Yes, a him alone
Do the greatest wonder

CHORUS
Blessed is the man that trod
In the ways of God
Never turn my back on
Never turn my back on JAH

Some a boast in chariots
Some a boast in bigger shots
JAH RASTAFARI he forget me not...no
Some a boast in idols
Cast in silver and gold
I boast in the Lord
The servant of the poor Now

CHORUS
Blessed is the man that trod
In the ways of God
Never turn my back on
Never turn my back on JAH

Spirit, Spirit

Oh, we who hunger and thirst after righteousness

By great wisdom
He raised up the land above the waters
The sunlight to rule us by day
Yeh, eh
And he gave man dominion
To rule every wonderful creature
The moon and stars
To guide us by night

CHORUS
Blessed is the man that trod
In the ways of God
Never turn my back on
Never turn my back on JAH

Spirit, Spirit, can you feel his spirit

His mercy endureth forever and ever
The first and the last
Alpha omega
Shall always be my friend
From the beginning to the end...woo
H.I.M. a humble lion
He shall trample the dragon

CHORUS
Blessed is the man that trod
In the ways of God
Never turn my back on
Never turn my back on JAH

Who hunger and thirst after rightousness
I blessed in his heart for his humbleness
Woo na na woo nana woo na na woo

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Love Walks Out

What's wrong
Wrong with you, my sweet
You used to smile
But kind of lately
You now giving me that cold shoulder
I get the message that
You don't want to be bothered

Lipstick on my collar
(She knew I had another)
She found her phone number
(Found out we were lovers)

CHORUS
Love walks through that door
Love once rich now poor
Love is gone for sure

Love walks through that door
Love once rich now poor

Now it's no secret
Though I do regret
The moments we once shared
Were heights of happiness
Now there's no need to
(harmony unison)
No need to run and hide
I've passed the danger zone
Of dressing up in Disguise

Lipstick on my collar
(She knew I had another)
She found her phone number
(Found out we were lovers)

CHORUS (twice)

Love walks through that door
Love once rich now poor

BRIDGE

I know that it's no secret
Love walks through that door
Love once rich now poor

Ad Lib & Fade

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Don't be Afraid

I gave my pledge to you
And I never forget
The good times and the bad times
And even some regrets

Time has passed and we both knew
That there comes a time to change
And tough we're not together
Our love it still remains

So don't be afraid to say
What you need to tell me
Cause maybe it's love that will work
This time around
It's easy for you to see

I lay my head on your shoulder
And my heart skips a beat
We've got to find love and make it last
Don't you know...
Don't think about defeat

So don't be afraid to try
Because it's a game where the strong
Do have to dwell
And maybe you'll find yourself
The future's waiting... who can tell

The future's waiting... who can tell
The future's waiting... who can tell

So don't be afraid to try
Because it's a game... where the strong
Do have to dwell
And maybe you'll find yourself
The future's waiting... who can tell

She me love, this yah feeling
Said this love, it's appealing
She me treasure this yah loving feeling

Seh me love, this yah feeling
Said this love, it's appealing
And it's gonna stay with me

Stick around
Settle down
You and me together
Love can be found

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Babylon the Bandit

FEEL LIKE
I feel like a gunslinger
Just a wait just a wait just a wait
Waiting to pull trigger
I'm so eager
With my itchy finger
Just can't wait a just can't wait
I can't wait to chase

CHORUS
Babylon the Bandit
Dash him in a bottomless pit, yeh
Babylon
Dash him way in a de pit now

Coming from a den of scavengers
Out they come to steal
To rape the Earth of its beauty
The truth must be revealed
Bring forth Liberation Posse
The chase must now begin
Fire to all downpressors
Death is the wages of sin

CHORUS
Babylon the Bandit
Dash him in a bottomless pit, yeh
Babylon the Bandit
Dash him way in a de pit now
Babylon the Bandit
Dash him in a bottomless pit, yeh
Babylon
Dash him way in a de pit now

Coming from a den of scavengers
Out they come to steal
To rape the Earth of its beauty
The truth must be revealed
Bring forth Liberation Posse
The chase must now begin
Fire to all downpressors
Death is the wages of sin

CHORUS
Babylon the Bandit
Dash him in a bottomless pit, yeh
Babylon
Dash him way in a de pit now
Babylon the Bandit
Dash him in a bottomless pit, yeh
Babylon
Dash him way in a
De bottomless pit, yeh

Their words were smoother than butter
War was in their hearts
Their words were like the softest oil
They made a lie sound real
Watch out
Whip it!

CHORUS
Babylon the Bandit
Dash him in a bottomless pit, yeh
Babylon
Dash him way in a de pit now

Babylon time has caught up on you
Babylon Rasta prophecy true

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