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HISTORY
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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TRIBUTE TO THE MARTYRS

Handworth Revolution

Tribute to the Martyrs
(Island Records, 1979)

Unseen Guest

Jah Jah watch over I . . .
Evil, what you, what you gonna do? Yeh,
Jah Jah watch over I, yeh
Convicted and restricted still ...
Jah watch over I
Evil, what you, what you gonna do? Yeh
Jah Jah watch over I yeh
Physically defeated I,

I felt a stroke at the crack of dawn yeh,
And I paralyse my mind, my imagination, To my execution
To every nail of death I heard
I count the links to which I'm bound eh...

CHORUS

Down in the dungeon
I heard them constructing, the scaffold
Where . . . I'll be lynched aloft high
The thoughts of me to die
Rocking like a pendulum,
Anyway it does'nt matter cause
I'll be swinging to the rhythms of heh.

CHORUS

Hey! Victory!
Dragged From my dwellings of
Pre-death confinement
Where rats and beetles molest,
Romp with the hay.
I was off to a rope and man powered wild flight
I was : entering into another world and
Same time me deh - yah
Deh - weh - me - deh a hol-lar
A hollar, a hollar, a hollar,
Just a laugh heh.

CHORUS

Jah Jah watch over I
Evil, what you gonna do. Jah Jah

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Sound System

Dig the music Mr. DJ

Sound system (sound system)
Heavy rhythm
Disco jive, conquer I no.
Sound system (sound system)
Got I man swinging
Juke box jive can't cramp I style.

Sock it to me sister
Move and mash it mama
Feel the fashion father
Bop and bounce it brother..eh..

Yeh yeh yeh.....

At a boogie blues standing in the corner
Swinging to the dubs the DJ play eh..eh...eh

Dig the music Mr. DJ
Macka music wheel a spinning.
Suffer not a fe - we rhythm
Arise a humble, poor, oppressed and needy

Music dread
Brain food taste ripe
Want conciousness, well I head rest with Jah.
Seize the time
Can't stop I in I tracks no, no, no, so.

Dig the music Mr. DJ
Dig the music Mr. DJ oh wow!

Sound system (sound system)
Same old rhythm
Disco jive, drive I man wild no.
Sound system (sound system)
Got I man a swinging
Juke Box jive can't cramp I style.

Sock it to me sister
Move and mash it mama
Feel the fashion father
Bop and bounce it brother, oh wow

Real cool runnings cousin
Got to groove it granny
Got to so deh grandpa
Dip and doodle daughter
don't you dig it daddy?
Step and shuffle sonny
Hackle ankle Aunty
Bop and boogie baby
Sock it to me sister
Move it mash it mama
(3) Don't you dig it daddy

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Jah Pickney (Rock Against Racism)

All and all, all and scat...
Jah Jah
Jah Pickney show them
Jah Pickney know them
Jah Pickney point them out now
Jah Pickney let me wipe them out

Rock against Racism, smash it
Rock against Fascism, smash it
Rock against Nazism, me say smash it I've
I've come to the conclusion that
We're gonna hunt yeh yeh yeh
The National Front - Yes we are,
We're gonna hunt, yeh yeh yeh
The National Front
Cause they believe in apartheid
For that we gonna whup their hides
For all my people they cheated and lied
I won't rest till I'm satisfied

The National Front,
Said we gonna hunt the National Front

Want you to know (Marcus Garvey say)
We got lots to show right here oh
If ites is black, red, green or gold oh
It's just a gift From Jah Jah ah
So ites is black, ites ites proud to say
It's a Front we're after
Dread must stop (7)
The National Front
Me Say, National Front
Dread must stop (4)

I suffer not from inferiority
Above the stricken complex, complex
I know 'cause the black man time
There's no chip on my shoulder no
It's all talk that,
Get I vex yes sah
When I catch up on them wicked wretch
Got to get rough, and I've
Got to get tough, and I've
Had enough of that kind a stuff and from
ltes is black and ites
Dread a top Rasta, Original

Jah Pickney know them
Jah Pickney point them right now
Jah Pickney let me wipe them out

Rock against Racism, smash it
Rock against Facism, smash it
Rock against Nazism, smask it

It was a tough decision
I've found it!
(3) I've come to a conclusion
That is.
Rock against Racism,
Scat.........
Me say all and all

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Tribute to the Martyrs

It was a hard task
To take on
To make us all believe

To rescue us from evil cause
They wanted to achieve
Avenge to gain respect
Defend ourselves to the end
Patriots of dark continent
I give all, all my confidence
Redemption

(2) Weh dem gone

weh dem deh

Tribute to the martyrs

Which part dem gone
A weh dem deh, Heh

When Martyrs died they save our lives
They had an early grave
Sacrifice has taken place
For, for the chosen race heh

(2) Which part dem gone
Which part dem ...

There was one they crucified
Dead man tell no tales
There were some they hung so high
We know the reason why
Caught, and tried, bound and beat
Locked, locked away inside
But won their war of words
Patriots lost their lives
Yet no-one cries
The whole world stands accused
Stand accusing

(2) Which part dem gone
Which part dem deh

A multitude of people
Dem try dem best to convince
Only to capture the heart of a few
The truth you can't dismiss
They are telling me silent waters run deep
So their knowledge I'll always seek
They are telling me,
A nation without its past history
Is like a tree without roots, roots, roots, roots

(2) Which part dem gone
Which part dem deh ...

Best to strike when irons hot,
It will not bend when cold....
Not to late (3)to learn my friend
Wisdom ripes with old age, if you got it
Now wake up you distressed, yeh yeh yeh
Under, under oppressor man affliction
Hell fire can't be quenched with water no sah!
Though it once had a dreadful shower of rain
We who are blessed they just can't put us under
Martyrs golden text is bondage never again
If not by free will it then by force we'll
Break the bondage and plot that course.

Remember.........
Message preach to all, you hear something
Doctrine for the soul, you feel something
The story has been told, you know something
Now answer, martyrs call, do something -
Prophesise the fall, see something
Backs against the wall no more, be something

(2) Which part dem gone
Which part dem deh

Homage to the Martyrs
Tribute to the Martyrs
Love it, it suit a man
to set example like
Toussaint L'Overture chase all
oppressor man out of his land.
Quick.
Hey stepper is what happen to Bogle?
Morant Bay rebellion
standing up feh 'im rights
dem decide fe hang 'im up
WHAT?
Truly
1865
So Greyseed what you hear
'bout Jackson.
George Jackson
imprisonment
- solitary confinement.
Pow! Pow! Aaaaakhhhhhh!
1970
Bumbo ....
Yes Greyseed?
WHAT happen to Marcus?
Marcus say a thing sah.
ONE GOD, ONE AIM,
ONE DESTINY
Starliner
Black
Hey is wha happen to Biko
Biko detainee
in detention - Vank
What?
1977
South Africa
The Black Panthers
Freedom Fighters!
They tried they died
Luther King
He had a dream Grizzly -
He had a dream
believe you me
Malcolm X
LIFT STRUGGLE
In pool of blood 1965
But wait -
nobody don't leave?
Is only we Rasta.
Yes I
I and I was not born
rich nor poor.
I and I was born naked.
You hear something
feel something
know something
do something
see something
BE SOMEONE ....
.... (fade)

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Babylon Makes the Rules

(2) A weh dem ago do when the time comes around
A weh dem ago say

My people are in a mess (Suffer and dem call it slack)
But nobody wants to know (Suffer and dem turn their back)
Cos when you're down and out and oppressed (Suffer and dem call it slack)
You've got to fight your battles from the
Lowest of the low (Suffer and dem turn their back)
So keep your distance and take your stance (2)
Cos this could be your utmost chance.

You've had all night and day to
Consider and pray
You've brought fire on my head and
Now you must pay.

CHORUS

Babylon makes the rules
Babylon makes the rules
Babylon makes the rules
Babylon makes the rules
where my people suffer...

Take Rastaman culture for instance,
Dem think is political joke,
But we people know better then that,
Cos what keeps us together is
Jah Herb that we smoke (also: Jah Love we promote)

I and I know the truth of it all,
Cos we have smashed our heads
'gainst that wall,
And now I seh we must create a scene,
We must recapture our culture
by any means.

CHORUS
Babylon makes the rules
Babylon makes the rules
Babylon makes the rules
Babylon makes the rules
where my people suffer ...

Count the times we've been let down,
And left us in despair,
And woe betide that evil man,
Who giveth not a care.
You've gotta check yourself just
One more time,
Reassure your mind -
Cos those who are chosen
by the father's hand
Must not get left behind.

Rasta seh - guidance
(4) But Backrah seh different still

Babylon makes the rules but
Jah love will carry I home.

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Uncle George



This One's in memory of Uncle George
We brethrens aware, we realise what you stood for

(4) George Jackson Soledad brother

Malicious unjust society
He became revolutionary

(2) George Jackson Soledad brother

No Three Cheers For Uncle George
Baton Clap but Lord Truncheon make no applause
Weathered face of distortion behind iron bars
Sights of darkness and torture and condemned
Fate that he saw

The framed him Yes they framed him
Backraw back up George
Right now in the morgue
He's rebelling for a cause
Eleven years he's beared the scars of injustice yeh
Deeper scars remain of solitary confinement
No you can't trust the fuzz
He only stole seventy dollars
He was advised to plead guilty
He got not one year but life
For demanding his rights, George

(2) George Jackson Soledad brother

Malicious unjust society
He became revolutionary, George Jackson

Soledad brother,

Prevented, Prohibited, from pardon and parole
Just a foolish youth, from backraw man he stole
Now he lies there rotting in a morbid morgue
The Fuzz claimed he suffered a disease call
rebelling for a cause (4)

O Lord them got George
Them shot George
Help George

(4) George Jackson Soledad brother

Malicious unjust society
He became revolutionary, Jackson
(2) Confinement confinement

George, George Jackson

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Biko's Kindred Lament

The night Steve Biko died I cried and I cried
The night Steve Biko died I cried and I cried
Biko, O, Steve Biko died still in chains
Biko, O, Steve Biko died still in chains.
Biko died in chains, moaned for you
Biko died in chains, moaned for you, yeh.

Blame South African security,
A no suicide he was'nt insane.
It was not for him to live in Rome, No
Still they would'nt leave him alone.
Yeh yeh yeh,
They provoke him, they arrest him
They took him life away,
but can't take him soul,
Then they drug and ill-treat him,
till they kill him,
And they claim suicide.

I'll never forgive I'll always remember,
Not, not only not only I no,
But papa brothers sisters too, Yeh, yeh
Him spirit they can't control
Him spirit they can't man-trol
Cannot be bought nor sold
Freedom increase one-hundred fold.

The system something's got to be done,
Straight away,
The system of weakheart emontion
They've got to pay
The system of backra corruption
They've got to pay
The system is destroying my nation
The system.....kill him

O, O Jah Jah, O Jah Jah,
Take them where life sweeter,
Send a Moses to set them Free.
Pharoah's army won't let them be,
From the beginning he knew he'd meet his end
Yes my friend
They'll keep on ruling, all hours Jah
Jah send
I'll tell you again
Dem take him life - Dem take him soul,
Him spirit they can't control
Cannot be bought nor sold
Freedom increases one hundred fold
Freedom increases one hundred
Freedom

The system, the system, the system,
the sy, a, a,
Somethings got to done,
The system where black man get no, get no,
Get no recoginition.
The system of colour partition
The system shoul be yanked from creation
The system kill him.

O, O Jah Jah, O Jah Jah,
Take him where life sweeter
Send a Moses. Send a Moses.
Pharohs army won't let them be,
Biko died in chains Yeh
Moans for you
Biko died in chains all are moaning
Moans for you Yeh eh eh eh.....
Biko, O, O, O
Steve Biko died still in chains
Biko, O, O, O
Steve Biko died still in chains
Still, still in chains
Still, still in chains
Cha-ains..........

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Blasphemy

(5) Selah

When facts rocks fiction
Always cause friction Yeh yeh yeh
Stirs the minds of, minds of non believers
Thomas the name, they answer when I call them.
Decendants of Judas - Yes sah yes.
Them prefer Barabbas
So die they must all's not lost
(2) Die they must all's not lost
With, without a shadow of a doubt
He lives forever so sing
(3) Sing a joyful song

Sing a joy..........

(5) Selah
My, songs and praises
Will never no, no, no
Turn to shouts of anger
I'm a believer Yes sah yes
He was no stranger to me,
No want no silver, not I
I'm in no danger, not I
I'm no betrayer, not I
Them who shouted.....
(4) Blasphemy, blasphemy,
blasphemy, blasphemy

(3) No blasphemer
He was no blasphemer
Went onto his own received him not,
Stripped of his garments, flogged and mocked
And the cock crowed they deceived him
Son of Jah, Peter never believed him
He had his joy, joy
(7) Over
Overtaken by desolution
He volunteered for, for
His cru........
His crucifiction, so sing
(3) Sing a joyful song
Sing a joy......

(4) Praise aloud for

Blind can see,
Deaf can hear,
Lame can walk,
Dumb can talk
Diseased get cleansed yeh

Selah,
No, blasphemer
Praise aloud for
No deceiver
No blasphemer
He lives for ever, so sing
Oo, la, la visions of eternity
Oo, la, la listen to his preaching
Oo, la, la trod the straight and narrow road
Who prayers, parables and scriptures say
Selah praise aloud for
Selah no blasphemers
Selah no deceiver
Selah he lives forever Yeh Yeh Yeh
(4) Oo, la, la
Highest ranking, ranking high
(4) Blasphemy, blasphemy,
blasphemy, blasphemy, BRrrrr......

Man betrayed him
Man denied,
So don't betray him
Don't deny

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