Two Sides of Silence Lyrics

Linton Kwesi Johnson


publisher: ©Universal Music Publishing Group
writers: Linton Kwesi Johnson
album: Track 8 in album Bass Culture
release date: 1980
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genres: Reggae
styles: Reggae/Dub Poetry
length: 2:13

Cover Art

Linton Kwesi Johnson Bass Culture cover art
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To us
Who were
Of necessary birth
For the earths hard
And thankless toil
Silence has no meaning

There is never a feeling
Of tranquility
Or mere quietness
Never a moment
Of soundless calm
From within or without
Our troubled selves

How can the clamor
Of sounds be stilled?
There is no void where
Noises can collect
And be made mute

How indeed
Can there be silence

When our hearts beat out
A sonorous beat
Meeting the beating drums
Of an African past
When our eyes shed
Solid tears of iron blood
That falls on concrete ground

Inside our ears
Are the many wailing cries
Of misery
Inside our bodies
The internal bleeding
Of volcanoes
Inside our heads
The wrapped in thoughts
Of rebellion

How can there be calm
When the storm is yet to come?

This unending silence
Taut, impervious, unbending
Not lending an ear
To the most delicate of sounds
Awaits the blast of bombs
Which man will explode
To break this silent bond
To (?)
To the use to create
Hills of soft obedience
Where sweet-clothed sounds
Can rebound
And their echoes glide
Like a carefree bird
In rhythmic calm
To a mellow
Pure, silent space


Track Listing


12" Vinyl 1
  • 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