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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.

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STATE OF EMERGENCY

Handworth Revolution

State of Emergency
(MCA, 1988)

State of Emergency

STATE OF EMERGENCY
STATE OF EMERGENCY
STATE OF EMERGENCY
STATE OF EMERGENCY

Ready - Aim - Fire
From Brixton to Cape Town
Unrest all around
From Handsworth to Uitenhage
Lawlessness on the rampage
Sticks and stones they're throwing
Set ablaze the buildings
Youthful minds are stirring
Time to make a change
Who they think they're fooling
No want no diverse doctrine
Forever we will strive
Fighting against apartheid

CHORUS
State of emergency
Never seen such urgency
State of emergency
Never seen such urgency

Forever we will strive
I Never seen a thing like this before

How long can this go on
A riding riding ride the storm
Me tired me tired
Of being a stepping stone
To hell with words
And give me action
Sticks and stones they're throwing
Set ablaze the buildings
Youthful minds are stirring
Time to make a change
Who they think they're fooling
No want no diverse doctrine
Forever we will strive
Fighting against apartheid

CHORUS
State of emergency
Never seen such urgency
State of emergency
Never seen such urgency

Forever we will strive
The whole wide world is burning
Forever we will strive
Pring pring gun shot ring
From Brixton to Cape Town
Unrest all around
From Handsworth to Durban
No satisfaction

We will strive for freedom now
We will strive for freedom now
We will strive for freedom now
We will strive for freedom now

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Dead End Circuit

CHORUS
Dead end circuit dead end circuit
Dead end circuit
Come out of the dead end circuit

I man find it hard to survive
In dis ya concrete jungle
Oh system stop your riding on my back
And carry your own bundle
It's time to work for myself
And watch the finance flowing
A go deh in a Ghetto Style
Inna the street I earn my living

CHORUS
Dead end circuit Dead end circuit
Dead end circuit
Come out of the dead end circuit

There's a chance of serving time
But I must take that gamble
It's the only real way I know
To put food on my table
And now the pressures rising
In a land of unemployment
Plenty of racial tension
And police harassment

CHORUS
Dead end circuit dead end circuit
Dead end circuit
Come out of the dead end circuit

Overcome these obstacles that block my way
Seek and find and create opportunity
Make our hopes and dreams
Come true in reality
I and I got to shake down urban slavery
Got to get outof the
Got to get out of the ARGH!

CHORUS
Dead end circuit dead end circuit
Dead end circuit
Come out of the dead end circuit

Nothings put on a plate
For you to take
Determination is the only way to make
And if you've lost your faith
You better go and find it
Faith can move the mountains
Or even break it woe o woe

It rough it tough
It rough and tuff in this dead end circuit

We want unity the community
Create your own opportunity
Working programmes for all a we
Abandon urban slavery
No give me no dead end circuit
Me no want me no want
No want no more

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Steal a Kiss

Oh I've been watching you
From my bedroom window
Your bodyline rocking
Cool and mellow
You wouldn't glance my way
To give the time of day
For the bud of love to flourish
And what I feel inside
To be right by your side
A moment I would cherish

CHORUS
You don't know I exist
It's a love I can't resist
If I had my wish
I would steal a kiss from you

Oh yes I've tried to attract your attention
And knocked your door
And posed as the mail man
And I would send to you
The words of 'I love you'
Love letter from a mystery lover
Anonymous phone calls too
Just to talk to you
Would give me chills all over Arrgh!

CHORUS
You don't know I exist
It's a love I can't resist
If I had my wish
I would steal a kiss from
It's a love I can't resist no
If I had my wish
I would steal a kiss from you

Tossing and turning in my bed
Blood pressure rising to my head
Pains of love flows within my soul
I just wanna hold you
And get to know you now
You attract me like a magnet

I've been watching you
From my bedroom window
Your bodyline rocking cool and mellow
Fantasy is where I want to go
Let's plant the seed of love and let it grow
How long I love to keep you satisfied
My feeling for you no more can I hide

CHORUS
You don't know I exist
It's a love I can't resist
If I had my wish
I would steal a kiss from you

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Hijacking

Hijacking no skylarking
Hijacking no skylarking

A journey cross the ocean far and wide
All jet setters want to see the other side
Only Jah know there's a hijacker on board
Or any dynamite in the cargo down below
To be a hostage
I say's sure can't be much fun
And the next you're held for ransom

CHORUS
Hijacking a we don't want no
No skylarking no no no no no no
Hijacking a we don't want no
No skylarking you've just got to beware

RAP
Freeze, stick em up, put your hands in the air
These are the words that I dread to hear
Hijack almost everywhere
Hostage here hostage there
Held up for ransom running scared
How much can the people bear
Those who travel by sea or air
Life's a booby trap so you better beware
You better beware
It's a booby trap so you better beware
Hijack, Skyjack
Sit down Mac,
Stick up Jack

A flight of terror
Can't be no fun no
A flight of terror
Can't be no no

CHORUS
Hijacking a we don't want no
No skylarking no no no no no no
Hijacking a we don't want no
No skylarking you've just got to beware

Hijacking I need some fun
You got me on the run
No skylarking no
Give me no more hijack
Hijacking I need some fun
You got me on the run
No skylarking Aoc! Och!

A flight of terror
Can't be no fun no
A flight of terror
Can't be no no

Hijacking we don't want no
No skylarking we don't no
Hijacking no no no no no
No skylarking want no more
Hijacking (We don't want no)
(We don't want no)

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P.U.S.H.

PUSH PUSH PUSH
Give me P.U.S. and H.
Universal love abandon hate
Push Push Push
Give me P.U.S.H
The mind is a terrible thing to waste

CHORUS
People People Unification
To Save Humanity
People People Unification
To Save Humanity

P is for the people
So precious in JAH sight
Striving for human rights
U is for unification
To every nation
A solution to the plight
S is to save yourself from destruction
The only solution
Let JAH be your right hand
Abandon insanity
Bring wisdom forth in man
That's what I say

CHORUS
People People Unification
To Save Humanity
People People Unification
To Save Humanity

Dis ya people unification
Dis ya people unification
Let's unite and save humanity

There must be some way to stop these wars
From South Africa to El Salvador
So much injustice has been done
By those who live to die by the gun wow
Equality and justice I say stand for all
PUSH for satan's kingdom to fall

CHORUS
People People Unification
To Save Humanity
People People Unification
To Save Humanity

Unification to save humanity
Dis ya people unification
Dis ya people unification
Unification to save humanity
Can't you see that
Push push
Lend a hand to your brother man
Say we must all live as one
Only then we could stand a chance
Love right can never wrong
Here me everybody
Don't you know that
We've got to say it
Humanity
Begging you people
Just hear my plea I

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Love This Reggae Music

Reggae music is my favourite feeling
It keeps me rocking to and fro
And anytime I get that feeling
I want the whole wide world to know

I know we paid the price
But when you feel the vibes
You won't think twice
Cause I know we can make it
This music is love so come and take it

This happy feeling
Is a gift from God I know
Hear the sound and let it flow
Rock to the beat
Hold the groove and don't let it go
Cause no matter what happens
We've got to stay alive

CHORUS
Love this Reggae music
Sweet as anything I know
Love this Reggae music
Never ever let me go
Love this roots rock feeling
Sweet as anything I know
Love this roots rock feeling
Never ever let me go

So check out this vibration
Cos it's such a sweet sensation
It gives me inspiration
And it don't need no contemplation

oh
Ooh yeah
Oh

This happy feeling
Is a gift from God I know
Hear the sound and let it flow
Rock to the beat
Hold the groove and don't let it go
Cause no matter what happens
We've got to stay alive

Love this Reggae music
Sweet as anything I know
Love this Reggae music
Never ever let me go
Love this root rock feeling
Sweet as anything I know
Love this roots rock feeling
Never ever let me go

Be positive in what you do
And anything you earn will come to you
Don't let the pressure make you wanna quit
Just hold your ground and you will conquer it
Yes you will.

CHORUS
Love this Reggae music
Sweet as anything I know
Love this Reggae music
Never ever let me go
Love this roots rock feeling
Sweet as anything I know
Love this roots rock feeling
Never ever let me go

Oh
Love this Reggae music
Keep on rocking yeah
Keep on moving yeah
Keep on grooving yeah

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Said You Was An Angel

Said you was an angel
You put my life in danger
You treat me like a stranger
You know how much I need you
Said you was an angel (yes you did)
You put my life in danger
You treat me like a stranger
You know how much I need you

You want I man to leave you alone
You tired of me hanging around
A victim of you breaking bones
You hit me with your heart of stone
Brutal, crucial, brutal
And I think you're crucial
I love you and I need you
Tried my best just to please you
I love and I need you
Tried my best just to please you

CHORUS
Said you was an angel
You put my life in danger
You treat me like a stranger
You know how much I need you
Said you was an angel (yes you did)
You put my life in danger
You treat me like a stranger
You know how much I need you

Oh baby you are hot property
You get your kicks from torturing me
For loving you means that I'm guilty
So you lock me up and throw away the key
Brutal, crucial, brutal
And I think you crucial woo o woo

I thought we were playmates
Like the drum and the bass
I thought we were playmates
Said you was an angel
Said you was an angel

CHORUS
Said you was an angel
You put my life in danger
You treat me like a stranger
You know how much I need you
Said you was an angel (yes you did)
You put my life in danger
You treat me like a stranger
You know how much I need you

Give this love just one more try
Bud don't do it if you have to live a lie
Cause I'm not a money buy love me guy
My love is for real and that's no lie
I love and I need
And I tried all my best just to please ya
I love and I need
And I tried all my best just to please ya
I love and I need
And I tried all my best just to please ya

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Reaching Out

There is no doubt
I checked it out
You are the key
That set me free
I send these words
They will be heard
I wish that you were
Here with me
So many miles apart
Still I can feel
Your beating heart
I guess things
Must be the way
They must be
I wish that you
Were here with me
I'm reaching out

Reaching reaching
Out to you
I never met no one like you
That makes me feel the way I do
I am reaching out to you
For your love
For your love

There is no way (no way)
That I can stay (can stay)
So far from you
That's hard
I need you here
And it don't seem fair
Although this time
Has made our love
A little stronger
So many months between us
I know this feeling won't leave us
Some say absence
Makes the heart grow fonder
Oh but I can't
Take it any longer
NO NO

I'm missing your love
It means so much to me
Your love is my safety

Reaching reaching
Out to you
I never met no one like you
That makes me feel the way I do
I am reaching out to you
For your love
For your love

I'm missing your love
It means so much to me
I need you here
Right here, right here
With me
I'm reaching out

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Melting Pot

Runnings in the ghetto well hot

CHORUS
I know Babylon for a plot
Runnings inna Earth well hot
False rulers sit back and get fat
Runnings inna yard well hot
Can't get no food for the pot
Runnings inna Earth well hot
It come in like a melting pot

I can't stop thinking about South Africa
Why do my people have to suffer?
Racist regime nothing to offer
Not even two pence in the coffer

Women and babies under baton charge
Informers, backsliders are all at large
Stoning of churches even cemeteries
We've been in turmoil for centuries

There must be something we can do
There must be a way we can get through
There must be something we can do
There must be a way we can get through

CHORUS
Runnings in the ghetto well hot
I know Babylon for a plot
Runnings inna Earth well hot
False rulers sit back and get fat
Runnings inna yard well hot
Can't get no food for the pot
Runnings inna Earth well hot
It come in like a melting pot

Can't get no food, feel restless
Sometimes it seems so helpless
Guns, bombs, dogs and batons
We've had enough
It seems the only solution is fight rough with tough
Guns, bombs, dogs and batons
We've had enough
It seems the only solution is fight rough with tough

There must be something we can do
There must be a way we can get through
There must be something we can do
There must be a way we can get through

CHORUS
Runnings in the ghetto well hot
I know Babylon for a plot
Runnings inna Earth well hot
False rulers sit back and get fat
Runnings inna yard well hot
Can't get no food for the pot
Runnings inna Earth well hot
It come in like a melting pot

We know (I and I know)
We know seh them done have a plot
We know (yes we know)
We know seh the Earth a run hot
We know (I and I know)
We know Babylon got a plot
We know (yes we know)
It come in like a melting plot

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Disco Drop Out

My energy's high now
The vibe is just right
I've got this disco appetite
The feeling is groovy
The feeling is right
I'm getting ready just to rock all night
Caught me taxi to the house of sound
I took the ghetto way up town
And they will be waiting without a doubt
Two ugly bouncers just to kick me out

CHORUS
Don't throw me out of the disco
Don't throw me out of the disco
Don't throw me out of the disco
Don't throw me out of the disco

Makes me wanna holla
They took my twenty dollars
I know the reason why (Dreadlocks shine)
And when I groove I says I move with style

Ugly bouncers don't throw me out
Of the disco
Ugly bouncers don't throw me out
Of the disco
Ugly bouncers don't throw me out
Of the disco
Ugly bouncers don't throw me out
Of the disco

All these restrictions for my type
They try to deny me
My party rights
And I hate to think what
What the people say
On how the bouncers have been treating me

CHORUS
Don't throw me out of the disco
Don't throw me out of the disco
Don't throw me out of the disco
Don't throw me out of the disco

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