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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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EARTH CRISIS

Handworth Revolution

Earth Crisis
(Elektra, 1984)

Steppin' Out


CHORUS
Steppin' out, steppin' out
Steppin' out, steppin' out
Open says a me, here comes Rasta man
Abracadabra me seh, catch me if you can

I know
You'll find it hard to believe that
I am
The genie of your lamp and
I can o anything you wish but
Right now I am commanding you to dance

CHORUS
Steppin' out, steppin' out
Invisible music
Beam me up to the cradle of sound
(riddle me this)
You cannot see it
Nowhere on Earth
Can this reggae be found

I know
You'll find it hard to believe that
l am
The genie of your lamp and
I can
Do anything you wish but
Right now
I am commanding you to dance
BRIMSTONE HURRICANE CYCLONE
Ask me this I tell you why
I know
You'll find it hard to believe that
I am
The genie of your lamp and
I can
Do anything you wish but
Right now
I am commanding you to dance
CHORUS
Steppin' out, steppin' out
Journey through the tunnel of love
Wisdom is respected hatred is rejected
On the planet dread it rains dub
Climb Alladin's ladder hotter reggae hot
Open says a me
Here comes Rasta man
Abracadabra me seh
Open says a me
Here comes Rasta man
Abracadabra
Catch me if you can hey
Steppin' out, says I'm steppin' out
I know I am I can right now I'm steppin
highest heights and hottest hot
Rasta this and Dreadlocks that
On the move I just can't stop
I'm in the groove and I just can't stop
Cause I'm
In love with JAH music
Invisible music.

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Tight Rope

Deliver me oh my father
From the downpressers
Set me free
Dem a trying to keep I down
But I will always prosper
Dem a trying to keep I down
But I will always ... WO
CHORUS
Got me walking on a tightrope
Can't afford to buck my toe
And as long as Babylon is my foe
I will have hope in my soul
A poor man's life don't cut no ice
With so many mouths to feed
And if my word ain't good enough
just take a look and see
CHORUS
Got me walking on a tightrope
Can't afford to buck my toe
And as long as Babylon is my foe
I will have hope in my soul
Like a drowning man who clutches a straw
Might think he's got no chance
The will of JAH can pull him through
he's a helping hand, you got that
CHORUS
Got me walking on a tightrope
Can't afford to buck my toe
And as long as Babylon is my foe
I will have hope in my soul
From the valley of dry bones I have risen
and I've got to make a change
hang my head in the clouds with conviction
Ain't no stopping now
Deliver me oh my father
CHORUS
Got me walking on a tightrope
Can't afford to buck my toe
And as long as Babylon is my foe
I will have hope in my soul
Just can't keep me down
Just can't keep me down
Just can't keep me down
Really just can't keep me
CHORUS
Got me walking on a tightrope
Never never say die
Reach the mountain high!

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Throne of Gold

She's my Queen
I'm her King man
No love no deh like the
Love I bring her

In the morning
While I'm waking
Waiting for me
her arms embracing

Dreams of sunshine got my
Head spinning around
Don't you know love grows
This can never be
A one-night stand

Dreams of sunshine got my
head spinning around
Don't you know love grows
This can never be
A one-night stand

I'm her knight in shining armour
Joy and laughter hereon after
Mother Nature Father Time
From beginning said she was mine
Never been no love like this
Since Sheba and Solomon
Cause I'm

CHORUS
Sitting on a throne of gold
Yes I'm
Sitting on a throne of gold
She's mine all the time
Sitting on a throne of gold
Yes I'm
Sitting on a throne of gold
She fills my soul yeh

I a warrior with my comforter
Behold how good and pleasant it is
She'll stand by me
Birds of one feather
We worship JAH together
Sitting on a throne of gold

In the morning
While I'm waking
Waiting for me
Arms embracing

Dreams of sunshine got my
Head spinning around
Don't you know love grows
This can never be
A one-night stand

Dreams of sunshine got my
head spinning around
Don't you know love grows
This can never be
A one-night stand
That's why

Sitting on a throne of gold
Cause I'm
Sitting on a throne of gold
Yes I'm
Sitting on a throne of gold
Yes I'm
Sitting on a throne of gold
Yeh,

She's my Queen and it's no secret
She's my Queen and yes I mean it,
It's no secret, must reveal it
Beauty, beauty, beauty
Moves with grace and full of love
Shining like the stars above
She's my Queen, she's my Queen,
she's my Queen

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Roller Skates



Out on the corner
With my roller skates
Having fun with the girls
Says I'm feeling great woo
In the dark of the night
Street lamps glowing
On full blast is my radio
Radio

Up comes this guy in his flashy car
In his mouth stuck a big cigar
Needed my help said he lost his way
I never heard a word he said
To find some street, said he wanted instructions
So I turned down the music
To point out directions, guess what?
Guy jumped on me messed up my clothes
Smashed and grabbed my radio
Calling all detectives
A criminal at large smoking
A big fat cigar in a flashy car
And think him some superstar

CHORUS
Life life without music
I can't go go no
Life without music I can't go

I'm gonna get him
The last thing I do
Must get a beating
Till him red and blue

Didn't take long to catch him
Parked up car and music blasting
On the sidewalk he was dancing
Stealing the show, the people watching
Roller skate gang
Was hot on his tracks
Stick him up mister
Give me back Give me back
Give me back Give me back
My radio
Guy jumped on me messed up my clothes
Smashed and grabbed my radio
Calling all detectives
a criminal at large smoking
a big fat cigar in a flashy car
And think him some super star

CHORUS
Life life without music
I can't go
Life life without music
I can't go

Life without music
Bimma! murder style
Dem have fe get a beatin'
Say dem have fe get a beatin'
Nothing greater nothing best
Like the music from my wireless
And the only thing that I detest
Is the man who steal my wireless
him ha fe run like a fugitive
Him ha fe run from detective
Samuel Thomas is the thief name
lie must a lead life of shame
Some a dem call him Uncle Sam
Some a dem call him Uncle Tom
Uncle Sam and Uncle Tom
Yes they are the same man
S.A.M. means "stealaway music"
T.O.M. means "thiefer of music"
The druna and the bass
Have fe move me waist
The ridim and skank
Me have JAH fe thank.
The lyrics and song
Me have fe keep me strong
Samuel Thomas him have fe get vank
Him have fe get a beatin'
Him have fe get a beatin'

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Earth Crisis

The Earth is the Lord's
And the fullness thereof now
Gave man his love and they
Reward him with violence
And in these last days
Lend ears to what I say
Man in his ignorant state
Has signed and sealed his own fate
Doctrines of the fallen angels
To quench eternal flames of hell
Doctrines of the fallen angels
To quench eternal flames of hell

CHORUS
Earth crisis Earth crisis
All this suffering
Earth crisis Earth crisis

Misguided people
They don't seem to care
They carry the symbol
Of the eagle and the bear
Across the globe
Far east to far west
High tax and cutbacks for military defence
Doctrines of the fallen angels
To quench eternal flames of hell
Doctrines of the fallen angels
To quench eternal flames of hell

CHORUS
Earth crisis Earth crisis
All this suffering
Earth crisis Earth crisis

Super powers have a plan
Undermining Third World man
Suck their lands of minerals
Creating famine and pestilence
You hear what I say hear what I say

The Earth is the Lord's
And the fullness thereof now
Gave man his love and they
Reward him with violence
And in these last days
Lend ears to what I say
Man in his ignorant state
Has signed and sealed his own fate in this

CHORUS
Earth crisis
In a Earth, in a Earth, in a dis ya time yah
Earth crisis, Earth crisis
You life in there hands just waiting to explode
Earth crisis
A touch of a button fingertip control
Earth crisis
It hardly surprising
Earth crisis
JAH kingdom rising
Earth crisis
All this suffering

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Bodyguard



Every time you meet the public
You get scared and you start to panic
Who got a gun
A who got a bomb
Who got a knife
Who's gonna lose their life
So-called leaders with the simple faces
Corruption in a high place
You hands full with bribes
Mouth pours out lies yea
Cause of all oppression now
Running for protection

CHORUS
Bodyguard I wouldn't like your job
Snakes in the grass says they know not God
Polytricksters drinking human blood
Concrete heart can hold no love
I just can't sorry for the bodyguard
Bullet-proof vest strap to your chest
Under your collar is getting hot whoa
Who got a gun
Who got a bomb
Who got a knife
Who's gonna lose their life

CHORUS
Bodyguard I wouldn't like your job
Snakes in the grass they know not God
Polytricksters drinking human blood
Concrete heart can hold no love
Bodyguard I wouldn't like your job
Snakes in the grass says they know not God
Polytricksters drinking human blood
Concrete heart can hold no love

Hey hey don't feel no way
I just can't sorry for the bodyguard
Who got a gun
Who got a bomb
Who got a knife
Who's gonna lose their life

CHORUS
Bodyguard I wouldn't like your job
Snakes in the grass they know not God
Polytricksters drinking human blood
Concrete heart can hold no love
Bodyguard I wouldn't like your job
Snakes in the grass says they know not God
Polytricksters drinking human blood
Concrete heart I say can't hold no love

Watch it all you presidents Who whoee
Heads of government Who whoee
Mash down parliament Who Who

I just can't sorry for the bodyguard Who
I just can't sorry for the bodyguard
All that fretting
All that checking
All that searching for assassin hey!
Just can't sorry for the bodyguard

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Grab Education

CHORUS
Spa dap spap spa dap spa let me (scat)
Spa dap spap spa dap spa
Spa dap spap spa dap spa
Let me tell You something

As I was passing
I heard children laughing
At the school yard gates
I turned 'round and said
Oh children the fruit of the womb
And one day
This world will be yours soon
Oh children the fruit of the womb
There are things that you must know
CHORUS
Spa dap spap spa dap spa let me
Let me tell you something

Oh children the fruit of the womb
The candle of hope
Lighting up this darkness
Out of the world of guilt
Comes spirits of the innocent yeh
I people dem scatter
help dem come to oneness
Conic little ones come we get strong
Suffer not to madness no
Help dem come to oneness
Conic little ones come we get strong
Suffer not to madness no

CHORUS
Spa dap spap spa dap spa
Let me tell you something
Grab education my children
higher meditation my children
Healing of the nation my children
Build your foundation my children
Be no stepping stones
No back slider

Oh children the fruit of the womb
Not everyone is made of sugar and spice
Woo woo and everything nice
Real life ain't no nursery rhyme
Babylon a cotch pon a very thin line
The games they play to trick up your mind
To keep us under all the time yeh

CHORUS
Spa dap spap spa dap spa
Let me tell you something
Grab education my children
Higher meditation my children
healing of the nation my children
Build your foundation my children
So much motherless go astray
And all I can do is pray
So much fatherless go astray
And all I can do is pray.

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Wild Goose Chase



I thought the destruction
Of creation
Would be nuclear power
And radiation

I thought judgement
Would come
When dem drop
De neutron bomb

And man was heading
For extinction with
With contraceptive pills
That was made to kill
Legal murder
They call abortion

I thought the invention
Of robots yes yeh
All forms of life
Would eventually stop

But now dem dog gone crazy
Mass producing test tube babies

CHORUS
On a wild goose chase
Laws of nature they just can't face
Ambition is to mash up the place
Who shall save the human race?

Chemicals in the food
To control population
intentions to build
A plastic nation

Cloning cats to have dogs
Human beings breeding hogs
On the moon in search of aliens
But now dem dog gone crazy
Mass producing test tube babies

CHORUS
On a wild goose chase
Laws of nature they just can't face
Ambition is to mash up the place
Who shall save the human race?

These times of science and technology
This world is an unconscious lavatory
Using my people as guinea pigs
I man a fight it spiritually

Soon the old will inject
Themselves to keep young
Ain't no telling what they do next
All I know that JAH must vex
0 righteous one keep in check
Thunder will roll and break wicked neck

CHORUS
On a wild goose chase
Laws of nature they just can't face
Ambition is to mash up the place
Tell me who shall save de HUMAN RACE?

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