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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.

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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VEX

Babylon the Bandit

VEX
(MCA, 1994)

Bootstraps

Forward ever
Backward never
Stick together
And last forever


The race is not for the swift but
For those who endure
We've been tried and tested
And know the score

CHORUS

So pick up your bootstraps and backside
We moving forward no backslide
Wow now, wow now

Stop your fighting back away back biting
Let's unite now
Not dividing

These are things that I can't stand
Says we're acting like crabs in a can now
Nuff a fe we youth dem turn to
Drugs and crime
Come lets save the rest cause we are
Loosing time now

CHORUS

So pick up your bootstraps and backside
We moving forward no backslide

We moving forward
We moving forward Heh!
We moving forward no backslide
Wow now, Wow now

REBEL RAP

CHORUS
So pick up your bootstraps and backside
We moving forward no backslide

Are you ready for this message
Seize the time to be progressive
Take you stance now and be counted
It's now or never

Blessed are those who are struggling
Inna JAH name
Iniquity workers bow their
Heads in shame yeh

CHORUS
So pick up your bootstraps and backside
We moving forward no backslide

We moving forward
We moving forward Heh
We moving forward no backslide
Wow now, Wow now

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Back To My Roots

Woe Na Na Na
Hey Yeh Yeh Oh Yeh
This is to whom it may concern
Raggamuffin rastaman return
Says we all got a lesson to learn
This is the reason that

I'm back to my roots
Back to my roots
I'm back to my roots

We took that commercial road
Searching for some fame and gold
And gained the whole wide world
And almost lost our souls

Some say we should have lead the way
Take it over from Bob Marley
Got brainwashed by the system yeah
What a heavy price we paid

It's time to go back
The way we was
Reggae Raggamuffin rub-a-dub
Back to my roots
Back to my roots
Back to my roots
There ain't no turning back
We pon de culture track

Some a seh that we gone soft
Whatever happened to the pulse so hard
They use to take a militant stance
Now all we're hearing is a song and a dance

Well we tried all the pop and jive
To keep the band and the music alive
So here's my promise to everyone
I'll serve the sufferers from this day on

It's time to go back to the way we was
Reggae Raggamuffin rub-a-dub

Back to my roots
Back to my roots

It's time to go back to the way we was
Reggae Raggamuffin rub-a-dub

Back to my roots
Back to my roots

This is to whom it may concern
Raggamuffin rastaman return
Says we all got a lesson to learn
Help I and I mek babylon burn yah!
Back to my roots
There ain't no turning back
We pon de culture track

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Islands Unite

Wo oh now
Unite all the islands unite
And fight the wicked dem out a sight

First world your bomb is sticking
Dirty deeds and politricking
A whore's A whore, A witch is a witch
Answer to your name Elizabitch

Third world its time for switching
Watch how the tables are turning
We must abandon the sinking ship
So here's your chance don't make it slip

Christopher Columbus and a captain Hook
Pirates of the ocean glorified
Written in your books
They never knew that this ya music
Would help us find our way
It's the source I say that makes us one
Pumping through our veins

Independence is what we crave for
So leave our riches alone
Don't wanna be your footstool cause you rule
With your heart of stone
Don't want corruption to lead us
And keep the masses poor
Now prophecy must fulfil
Pon babylon the whore

You take the commonwealth and make the common poor
Your tables are turned cause we know the score
We gonna scrap your script and flip your ship
No more lashes from the massa's whip
The bomb a tick, a cause panic and when it hit
Your world will smash to bits
Bit by bit, bit by bit
Woe no no na yeah
Unite and fight

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Better Days

Uptight everything is all right
Outta sight it's all right
There's light at the end of the tunnel
Pay at the end of the day
Thanks that me don't have to grumble
Goodness is coming our way
It's all right it's all right
It's all right it's all right

I do remember
I do recall
The magic moments when we stood so tall
A nation to be respected
A nation full of pride
So shake the bluesy feeling
That is hurting you inside
Hurting you inside

CHORUS
There's better days ahead for us
You need not fret nor worry
Oh yes this time around my friend
I'm sure you won't be sorry

They say how the future
Is guided by your past
Through trials and tribulation
Yes we were meant to last
So hold on to your hope and dreams
For all that it's worth
Cause I know the day will come
When the meek shall inherit the world

Yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah
If you uptight
Everything's all right
Outta sight
It's all right
They'll be better days don't you worry
A positive way you won't be sorry

It's all right it's all right

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In My life

Reasons why it's you and I.......hey!

Restless dreams and sleepless nights
You were there to hold me tight
Cause I'm so glad you're in my life
Never felt this way before
This addiction need no cure
Your kisses leave me wanting more
Cause I'm so glad you are in my life

In my life, in my life, in my life
Life life life Wow
I need you, you need me

Hmm! Intense and pure
Makes me scream and shout for more
Cause you're the one that I adore
Cause I'm so glad you're in my life
Ecstasy I must confess
Wrapped up in your tenderness
There's no doubt your heaven sent
Cause I'm so glad you're in my life

You, don't you know I've got to have you?
In my heart today

In my life in my life
Life life life life
Hear the words I say make me feel this way
Yes I need your uplifting for my soul
You you you
I'm so glad you're in my life
No more long and lonely nights
Oh I'm so glad you're here to stay
You can put your fears away

Cause I'm losing all control
Lifting up my soul
Make my spirit move
Got me in this groove

In a my in a my in my
In a my
An ease one two three
Simple A B C
Call it doe ray me
Make my spirit free

In a my an a my life
I'm so glad you're in my life
No more long and lonely nights
I'm so glad you're here to stay
You can put your fears away
Yeah
I'm so glad you're here to stay

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Endangered Species

A slack we slack, it's keeping us back
A slack we slack, no time fe dat, oh wee
Destruction of the black civilization
Let me tell you this

Cause every time I raise my weary hand
I see desolation and I feel despair
Watching my nation going down the drain
Going around as if they just don't care

Still in the streets looking for justice
Losing our life a very heavy price to pay
Lift up your voice and shout for equal rights
They're killing us out, oh yes from day to day

Don't touch the coke nor the crack
That de kind a drug just a keep you back
Watch de gang and de gun
That dey kind a life just a keep we down
Go to school and learn the rule
Let me tell you something, education rule
Got to earn self respect
A good things a come through blood and sweat

Cannot all born fi live a prison
To live by the gun is only suicide
So when wise men speak you better listen
Never too late to take some sound advice
The nation's strength is in the family now
A house that's divided, no can never stand
Brothers take up responsibility
Lead all your children with your precious hand

Destruction of the black civilization
Endangered species don't you know
Destruction of the black civilization
Sho way wa ba da yeah

Don't touch the coke not the crack
That de kind a drug just a keep you back
Watch de gang and de gun
That kind a life just a keep you down
Go to school and learn the rule
Let me tell you something education rule
Got to earn self respect
A good things a come through blood and sweat

Destruction of the black civilization

ethiopian pattern

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New World Order

I'm in an angry mood yeah
Got an attitude, oh yeah
Things are overflowing
In dis ya melting pot
Justice has been stolen
From the have nots

I've come to a conclusion
It's time for a revolution
It's the only solution
That brings about a change yeah
I've lost all my patience
Pressured by this violence
I refuse to be silent
And buckle up in pain

Things are overflowing
In dis ya melting pot
Justice has been stolen
From the have nots

In dis ya New World Order
Well dem totally out of order
New World Order
Say dem totally out of order
Oh yeah oh wow wow

So much exploitation
Upon the third world nation
You've appointed yourself
The policeman of the world
Talking about lifting sanctions
For your satisfaction
Robbed of our silver and gold
Our diamonds and our pearls

You go a dat man country
Make war and kick him out
Oh it's the same old story
Bun down the great white house
Woe woe

Change, yes we want change
I'm in an angry mood
Got to rearrange
I've got an attitude
Yes we want change
Oh I'm so VEX now

Chase dem out
Kick dem down, drive them way out of town
This ya rebel time is now
This ya people nah go bow

Mess up and out of order
Mash up and out of order
Bruk up and out of order
Muck up and out of order

Totally, overly, utterly facety
All that gwaan
We know dem a folly order
Totally out of order

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X Resurrection

Malcolm X
Malcolm X
Born in imaha Nebraska
May 19 year 25
Was the son of a Garvey teacher
We will keep his name alice
Youthful years were full of adventure
Drifted to a life of crime
In jail he learned to be our leader
Thank God he was released on time

Spoke out gainst Jim Crows in justice
And never turned the other cheek
There's no room for non violent protest
Yes these words were what he preached
Taught us bout Pan Africanism
To put my people back on their feet
Take what's ours robbed by the system
He said by any means

CHORUS
Let Malcolm live through us
Black liberation is a must
Let Malcolm live through us
Black liberation is a must

They have tried to rid his name
From history books and magazines
They even tried to criticise
His greatness and philosophy
Against all kinds of exploitation
For all of us he bore the pain
We won't let him be forgotten
No he did not die in vain

Put away the misconception
That he came to teach us hate
So wake up from your sleep and slumber
Wake up before its too late
We need to resurrect that spirit
A lease of life the people need
To fight resistance from the system
He said by any means

CHORUS
Let Malcolm live through us
Black liberation is a must
Let Malcolm live through us
Black liberation is a must

By any means by any means
By any means necessary

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Whirlwind Romance

Pretty lady standing there
I'm telling you that you're looking fair
Cause I've got my eyes on you
I can tell by the way you stare
Romance is in the air
The words I say are true

Never in my wildest dreams
I've ever know a love so real
The changes that you put me through
So tell me baby can you feel
A love that's come to heal
Yes I'm head over heels in

CHORUS
This whirlwind romance
Just give me a chance
This whirlwind romance
Just give me a chance

Can you feel it
Can you feel it feel it feel it
Can you feel it
Can you feel it feel it feel it

There's no place I'd rather be
Than to have you right here next to me
We will rock the whole night through
I'm living out my fantasy
Love is my destiny
There's only room for two

I'm bursting with this energy
I want your heart to conquer me, now
You make me feel brand new
I want you to understand
I just want to be your man
And make sweet love to you

This love is overwhelming
My emotion showing
No I can't help the way I'm feeling
Yes I'm head over heels

CHORUS
This whirlwind romance
Just give me a chance
This whirlwind romance
Just give me a chance

Can you feel it
Can you feel it feel it feel it
Can you feel it
Can you feel it feel it feel it

Whirlwind romance whirlwind romance
Gimme your heart and I'll
Give you my love
Wildest dreams heaven above

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No Justice No Peace

The law is back to front yeah!
Up side down yeah ah!
What do we want justice
what do we need justice stiddly bop

No justice no peace
Retaliation won't cease
No justice no peace
Retaliation won't cease

For the whole world was a witness
We saw it on t.v.
Four officers they got acquitted
For beating of Rodney King
As my friend Macka B would say
It wasn't right in any kind of way
That Mike Tyson got six long years
For a rape that was not proven
Take the case of Kennedy
Pardoned and got away scott free
O black people why don't you see
Their democracy has spoken

Give me a riot me can't keep quiet
Mek we loot set the place pon fire
Too much abuse sey me sick and me tired
Hang the jury dem a blasted liar

A blackman's incarceration
Cause of white supremacy
Let's break down the walls of oppression
Their lies and hypocrisy woe
Don't forget old Howard Beach
Hatred practised what it preached
Michael Griffiths lay dead on the streets
By a mob of white extremists
Yusef Hawkins was gunned down
In a little red neck part of town
We won't take that sitting down
Cause that's a sign of weakness

Woe na an woe na na woe na na
Not funny
I'm in a fury
Kangaroo court and the judge a monkey
I smell a rat and it skunky funky
If you a sly fox

The law is back to the front yeah
Upside down
Inside out in Babylon
Chant dem chant dem yeah chant dem
It no funny I'm in a fury
It's my duty string to up the jury
Not satisfied with your tricks and lies
Not satisfied with the system
No justice no justice
No justice no peace

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Dirty H2O

Set sail from the island shores
Told of the streets that were paved with gold
We were cheap labour right after the war
A pie in the sky we were searching for

Our mamas and papas came over and got no respect
When they came for work
And sent for our brothers and sisters
Who left all the sunshine
To be treated like dirt....so now

Dem a throw dirty water in our face
We came here and got no love only hate
So we are tired to eat up the crumbs pon your plate
....can't wait
I just can't wait, no way
....can't wait
I just can't wait, now, no way
Give one good reason why you do that

We ain't got completion to get the connection
To be in position for the right direction
Wow know

We've got wounds from old slavery
And even today they refuse to heal
Just like a scapegoat we almost feel
Cause we have been given a very raw deal

The last to be hired the first to be fired oh yes
Still remains the same
We built up your country and foretold your wars
Any crises we would get the blame so now

Can't wait, I just can't wait no way
Can't wait, I just can't wait

Gimme back me shilling with mi lion pon it
Gimme back me land flowing with milk and honey

Back away with your name calling us Jungle Bunny
You tell too much blasted lie with your tarzan movie

Can't wait, I just can't wait
Just give me one good reason why you do that!

ethiopian pattern

[TOP]

Dub to My Roots

[see Back to My Roots]

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Dubite

[see Islands Unite]

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