Reggae Sounds Lyrics

Linton Kwesi Johnson


publisher: ©Universal Music Publishing Group
writers: Linton Kwesi Johnson
album: Track 1 in album Bass Culture
release date: 1980
popularity : 12 users have visited this page.
length: 3:07
producer: Dennis Bovell

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Shock, black double down-beat bouncin'
Rock-wize tumble doun sound music
Foot drop, find drum blood story
bass his'try is a-movin' is a-hurtin' black story
Thunder from a bass drum soundin'
Lightnin' from a trumpet and a organ
Bass and rythm and trumpet double up
Keep up with drums for a deep pound searchin'
Ridim of a tropical, electrical storm
Cool doun to de base of struggle
Flame ridim of historical yearnin'
Flame ridim of de time of turnin'
Measurin' de time for bombs and for burnin'
Slo' drop, make stop, move forward
Dig doun to de root of pain
Shape it into violence for de people
They will know what to do, they will do it

Track Listing

  • 1 Bass Culture
  • 2 Street 66
  • 3 Reggae Fi Peach
  • 4 Di Black Petty Booshwah
  • 5 Inglan Is a Bitch
  • 6 Loraine
  • 7 Reggae Sounds
  • 8 Two Sides of Silence