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RAR 78
In 1978, race relations in Britain were in crisis. The National Front was gathering power and immigrants lived in fear of violence.

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TRUE DEMOCRACY

Handworth Revolution

True Democracy
(Elektra, 1982)

Chant A Psalm

California:

Brooklyn:

Nyabinghi Style:

At Chiemsee:


Rejoice rejoice
Good tidings I bring you
Hear ye a message to you my friend
Voices cry invoke your angels
When pressure drop it cannot conquer dread no
So blow away your bluesy feeling
Spirits say take the world off you shoulder
One foot in the grave is a foolish step to take (dancer)

Who sow in tears shall reap in joy
Wise man doctrines assure your safety
No more stumbling block back stabbers get down
To the righteous revealed
The secret of the scriptures
The wicked dem portion is vanity
Disciples of Lucifer

In your hands lie your destination
The book of true life you hold the key
Mystical powers to you unfold
Seek ye the half that has never been told
Get behind me satan (in dis ya Armageddon)
I've got chant

CHORUS
Chant a psalm a day

Reach you in a vision yeh come on
Come walkies down easy street
Attract these angels in dreams and your prayers
Remember the three holy children
Remember the visions of Daniel
Remember the magic of Moses so
Dash away your bluesy feeling
Spirits say take the world off you shoulder
One foot in the grave my friend
A foolish step to take
When pressure drop it cannot conquer dread
Got to be wise yes yes in dis ya Iwa
Woe betide for the wicked
Disciples of Lucifer
Get behind me Satan (in dis ya Armageddon yeh)
I got to chant

CHORUS
Chant a psalm a day

Moses he did chant chant
Samson he did chant chant
Elijah he did chant chant
I want the whole a we fe chant chant
Solomon he did chant chant
His father King David chant chant
John the Baptist chant chant
I want the whole a we fe chant chant.

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Ravers

From 2007:


Woops outside your head
Woops outside your head
Crucial and red

When the sun goes down Me little moonshine darling
And you're in the mood for love and you feel like dancing
Rub it up Rub it up Rub it up Rub it up

Boogie to some music
Boogie to some music
Boogie to some music
Boogie to some music

Come mek we go deh in a rub a dub (stylee)
A dis ya ridim drive the whole world (wile)
Come mek we go deh in bang diddly bang (stylee)
I wanna know how you're feeling (irie)

Sounds call ravers
Got you craving for more
Sounds call ravers
Got you craving for more

Come mek we go deh in a rub a dub (stylee)
A dis ya ridim drive the whole world (wile)
Come mek we go deh in bang diddly bang (stylee)
I wanna know how you're feeling (irie)

Reggae bandwagon is the fashion that's going around
Dub masters back in town with the fashion that's going around
Didn't you hear

Woops outside your head
Woops outside your head
Crucial and red
Woops outside your head
Woops outside your head
Woops outside your head

Disco blaring through the window Ravers sounds got full control
A new day is dawning arrives without warning
Chart busting sounds to rock down the house say
Boogie to ze muzik
Boogie to ze muzik
Boogie to ze muzik
Boogie to ze muzik

Reggae bandwagon is the fashion that's going around
Reggae bandwagon is the fashion that's going around

So when the sun goes down me little moonshine darling
And you're in the mood for love and you feel like dancing
Rub it up rub it up rub it up rub it up

Sounds call ravers
Got you craving for more
Sounds call ravers
Got you craving for more

CHORUS

Come mek we go deh in a rub a dub (stylee)
A dis ya ridim drive the whole world (wile)
Come mek we go deh in bang diddly bang (stylee)
I wanna know how you're feeling (irie)

Woops outside your head
Woops outside your head
Woops outside your head
Crucial and red

Come mek we go deh in a earthman (stylee)
Come mek we go deh in bang diddly bang (stylee)
I wanna know how you're feeling (irie)
I wanna know how you're feeling (irie)

Got you craving for more
Got you craving for more
Got you craving for more
more and more, more and more, more

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Find It...Quick!

Starts with the "Intro":


I can't believe what I see
Mankind so incomplete yeh

Violence on your box at home
Shouts and screams
From your neighbours next door
Vandals prowl the dim lit streets
Muggers hide In alleys they creep
This world hatred has grown
Love fly gone out through the window
And we've got to find it

CHORUS
Somewhere somewhere
Somewhere somewhere

We got to find this love oh
Oh help us Jah above yeh come on
We got to find this love
Those in authority reject the cries of want
Those in power corrupt and weak in heart
This world don't you know that
Hatred has grown
Love fly gone out through the window
We've got to find it we got to find it
Love fly gone out through the window
We've got to find it

CHORUS
Somewhere somewhere

Love is
A golden chord that binds all commandments
Make all hearts sing

Could we be at the brink of defeat
Let truth rise and all lies die
Love has gone out through the window
We've got to find it.

CHORUS
Somewhere somewhere

We've got to find this love
Oh help us Jah above
Let the wounds of this land be healed
A time of peace a time of plenty--mankind

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A Who Responsible

The struggle goes on

Some say the earth
Will keep on turning
Dread times are near
And I'm not joking I a warning
As we continue that same old moaning
The chosen race just keep on begging yeh
And I wanna know who's responsible?
They don't give a damn no

Mother's joy turn to
Pain and hollering
Weeping for their babes and sucklings
Spirits of the innocent wandering
Sufferation everlasting
But I wanna know who's responsible?
They don't give a damn no

Oh Papa dem chest keeps on burning
Fist clench tight a grit dem teeth
And blood is boiling
The price is high yet they keep on paying
The little bundles of love
They are all missing
And I wanna know who's responsible?
They don't give a damn no

Brothers and sisters
This plight we're facing
Get involved problems to solved
Yourselves concerning
Divided we are so
One by one we are falling
The front line of the battle is hottest
Your duties calling
I demand to know who's responsible?
They don't give a damn no

Talking down south Atlanta killings
Talking down south Deptford bombings
Talking down south Azania coming

They'll cut your hearts out
And I'm not joking
Turn no blind eye brothers be willing
Yeh the front line of the battle is hottest
Your duties calling

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Worth His Weight in Gold (Rally Round)

CHORUS
Rally round the flag
Rally round the red
Gold black and green

Marcus say sir Marcus say
Red for the blood
That flowed like the river
Marcus say sir Marcus say
Green for the land Africa
Marcus say
Yellow for the gold
That they stole
Marcus say
Black for the people
It was looted from

They took us away captivity captivity
Required from us a song
Right now man say repatriate repatriate
I and I patience have now long time gone
Father's mothers sons daughters every one
Four hundred million strong
Ethiopia stretch forth her hand
Closer to God we Africans
Closer to God we can
In our hearts is Mount Zion
Now you know seek the Lion
How can we sing in a strange land
Don't want to sing in a strange land no
Liberation true democracy
One God one aim one destiny

CHORUS

Rally round the flag
Remember when we used to dress like kings
Conqueror of land conqueror of seas
Civilization far moved from caves
Oppressor man live deh
I curse that day
The day they made us slaves I say

How can we sing in a strange land
Don't want to sing in a strange land
Liberation true democracy
One God one aim one destiny

CHORUS

Rally round the flag
Red gold black and green
A bright shining star--Africa
Catch star liner right now--Africa
A history no more a mystery--Africa
Respect and authority--Africa
Climb ye the heights of humanity
Rally come rally rally come rally

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Leggo Beast


CHORUS
Leggo beast lips of flattery eyes of lust
Leggo beast she says carnal love is a must
Leggo beast feet abide not a home
Leggo beast loves to play while her husband gone

I know a lady lady of easy virtue
I know a lady lady of easy virtue
Uptown living living is all she knew
And at her door step door step
Traps she would lay for you
To lead men lead men astray
Like a vulture vulture
Lurks its prey yeh yeh I say

A rose in her hair
The pretty clothes she wears
At the passers by she winks her eye
Fools take up the offer
They say stolen waters is sweet
She has no consideration no
That's why she lies and cheat

CHORUS

Leggo beast

In the twilight of the evening
The moon shines bright
Bread is pleasant when eaten in secret
Bosom of fire must resist it
This woman is flirting this woman deceiving
This woman misleading this woman is cheating
Choose to her content and fancy
Husband's gone she hanky pankies
Husband's gone
I know a lady lady of easy vinue
Uptown laay lady of easy virtue
Leggo--Leggo--Woman you cheat too much
Leggo beast me say fe stay at your yard
Leggo beast loves to play
Loves to play while her husband's gone

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Blues Raid Dance

Muzik a bubble not looking for trouble
Some shekels fe I shenks
Just a burn up de lambs bread
Session rocking ysh!

So dem come so dem drop
From time to time dem been watching
Dem a spy with dem bad eye
(Come a raid I blues dance)
Tipped off by informers
Dem a watch who come out and come in yeh
(Come a raid I blues dance)
Yes they knew when the time would be right
Run come gate crash I party
(Come a raid I blues dance)
Raid blues dance raid I blues
(Come a raid I blues dance)
Kick off door woe I name dem call
I back against de wall a rub a daughter
(Come a raid I blues dance)
Dem a run come kill I vibe interfere with I
The pigs come to destroy Rasta cry blood
Dreadlocks cry blood

Raid blues dance
Out of darkness out of night
People screaming batons wheeling
A lot of bleeding bruised feelings

Search warrant for their outvitation
Walkie talkies reinforcements
From dem pocket dem draw handcuff
Dis yah session it rough
Every step of the way got to retaliate yeh
Fight dem back mash dem down
Vex to death dem a threat
Mek arrest kiss me neck
Raid blues dance raid I blues
A run come a run come who
Run come kill I vibe interfere with I
Pigs come to destroy Rasta cry blood
Dreadlocks cry blood

Come a come a come a come a raid
Come a kick I speaker
Come a mash up I tweeter
Come a grab up I shenks
Come a lick out I window
Come a move out I soft drink
Come a rough up the people
Come a turn off me System
Have fe give you some bitch lick
Come a smash I turntables
Come a scratch up I music
Come a drive up you meat van
Come a come a come a raid.

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Your House

Your love is a life for I
Realized that so much
When I first met you
That was some time ago oh
From then until this
Resist no no no close to you
Oh yes right from the start
Oh no no no could never part
Oh I hear from that thought

CHORUS

I wanna live in your house
I wanna live in your house
You say dry your ___ don't
Wipe that tear drops from your eyes

Was in a little situation
Came with a solution
Was a revelation to hear
Triumphant calling
Triumphant trumpets
SCAT
Spap spa da dap pap spa spa

CHORUS

I wanna live in your house
I wanna live in your house

Oh I no hear
Too much for what some say
Cause at the close of the day
They'll be so far away
But then I know
One things for certain
Came at the closing of the
Woo oh oh oh
Yes, I know one thing for certain
You'll be there you'll be there
It was you
That raise the flag above I head
Once when I was once when I was
In a little situation
Came with a solution
Was a revelation to hear
Triumphant calling
Triumphant trumpets

CHORUS

I wanna live in your house
I wanna live in your house

To make I home
To make I home yeh
I wanna live

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Man No Sober

Woooh! Man no sober
The drunkard he staggers around
The alleys of cities and towns
His sorrows he tries to drown
Solution to his problems
Can never be found
Booze is what he choose
Like a gipsy he's tipsy
He drinks too much whiskey
Like a gipsy he's tipsy
He drinks too much
A Mr Winehead stagger deh
Booze is what he choose
Watch him how topples over

CHORUS

Man no sober

In and out of discotheques
In and out of wine bars
Burnt out shell looks a wreck
Got to help him somehow oh
Greets bartenders drink firewater
Dance bossanova he topples over

CHORUS

Man no sober

With a bottle in his hand
Hangover
(Repeat)

In and out of discotheques
In and out of wine bars

CHORUS

Man no sober

From dust till dawn he
He staggers around
From dust till dawn
He drinks it all day long
Yow yow watch him how he topples over

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Dub' Marcus Say

Rally round the flag
Rally round the red
Gold black and green

Marcus say sir Marcus say
Red for the blood
That flowed like the river
Marcus say sir Marcus say
Green for the land Africa
Marcus say
Yellow for the gold
That they stole
Marcus say
Black for the people
It was looted from

They took us away captivity captivity
Required from us a song
Right now man say repatriate repatriate
I and I patience have now long time gone
Father's mothers sons daughters every one
Four hundred million strong
Ethiopia stretch forth her hand
Closer to God we Africans
Closer to God we can
In our hearts is Mount Zion
Now you know seek the Lion
How can we sing in a strange land
Don't want to sing in a strange land no
Liberation true democracy
One God one aim one destiny

CHORUS

Rally round the flag
Remember when we used to dress like kings
Conqueror of land conqueror of seas
Civilization far moved from caves
Oppressor man live deh
I curse that day
The day they made us slaves I say

How can we sing in a strange land
Don't want to sing in a strange land
Liberation true democracy
One God one aim one destiny

CHORUS

Rally round the flag
Red gold black and green
A bright shining star--Africa
Catch star liner right now--Africa
A history no more a mystery--Africa
Respect and authority--Africa
Climb ye the heights of humanity
Rally come rally rally come rally

ethiopian pattern

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