Best Jamaican Folk Songs - A to D of Golden Collection

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A Weh Yu Ben Deh


A weh yu ben deh gal, mek me no get nuh tea
A weh yu ben deh gal, mek me no get nuh tea
Me go a gully, me go a gully
Me go a gully, mek yu no get no tea
A weh yu go fa gal, mek me no get nuh tea
A weh yu go fa gal, mek me no get nuh tea
Me go fe wata, me go fe wata
Me go fe wata, mek yu no get no tea
Wah mek yu tan long gal, wen yu go a gully
Wah mek yu tan long gal, wen yu go a gully
Me cyan talk a tall, me cyan talk a tall
For weh me go do i’ sweeter dan de tea

Bad Mind People


Chorus: I don’t know, I don’t know why some people bad minded so

I don’t know, I don’t know why some people bad minded so
If you hol’ yuh head in de air dem sey you fasty and fresh me dear

And if yu friendly wid dem mi love, dem sey a dry yaws yu waan fi scrub

If yu got nuff money fe spen, dem sey a tief yu tief it an den,
If yu bruk and out a yu luck, dem sey a witless whey mek yu bruk

If yu single and by yu self, bad minded people sey yu pan shelf
And if yu married yu mek big catch, or else de two a oono no match

If yu fat an yu looking well, bad minded people sey yu da swell
An if yu maga and looking t’in, dey sey consumption a ride yu skin

If yu dress up and wear good clothes, bad minded people sey yu a pose
And if one day yu no change yu frok, dem call yu poting and naked back

If yu go church a Sunday time, dem sey a axe yu da try fe grind
And if yu stay home an take a rest, dem sey poor hypocrite im a confess

Chorus: I don’t know, I don’t know why some people bad minded so

I don’t know, I don’t know why some people bad minded so

Before Me Married


Before me married an go hug up mango tree
Me we live so me one
Before me married an go hug up mango tree
Me we live so me one
A jus month before las de gal Liza married
An she magha yu see
Everynight a she one deh a yard
She nuh see im till daylight
An poor Liza, er husband nuh give er a cent
An she ha fe pay de rent
She ha fe fine money fe buy food and clothe
An fe mine di pickney Rose
Me say before mi married an go bite me finga
Me we live so me one
Me say before mi married an go bite me finga
Me we live so me one
Me say before mi married an go bite me finga
Me we live so me one
Me say before mi married an go bite me finga
Me we live so me one

Brown Girl in the Ring


Dere is a brown girl in the ring tra la la la la
A brown girl in the ring tra la la la la la
Dere is a brown girl in the ring tra la la la la
Shi luk lakka sugar and a plum
(Plum Plum)

Show mi yu motion tra la la la la
Show mi your motion tra la la la la la
Show mi your motion tra la la la la
Show mi your motion tra la la la la la
Shi luk lakka sugar and a plum
(Plum Plum)

Skip across the ocean tra la la la la
Skip across the ocean tra la la la la la
Skip across the ocean tra la la la la
Skip across the ocean tra la la la la la
Shi luk lakka sugar and a plum
(Plum Plum)

Stand before your lover tra la la la la
Stand before your lover tra la la la
la la
Stand before your lover tra la la la la
Shi luk lakka sugar and a plum
(Plum Plum)

Dere is a brown girl in the ring tra la la la la
A brown girl in the ring tra la la la la la
Dere is a brown girl in the ring sha la la la la
Shi luk lakka sugar and a plum
(Plum Plum)



De Ribba Ben Come Dung


De ribba ben come dung, de ribba ben come dung
De ribba ben come dung and me couldn come ova

Chorus: Wah oh, wah oh, wah oh an how you come ova

Me look in a de wata, me look in a de wata
Me look in a de wata, see grangi, grange
Me get piece a dealboard, me get piece a dealboard
Me get piece a dealboard me trow i pan de wata
Me jump pan de dealboard, me jump pan de dealboard
Me jump pan de dealboard, me jump pan de banking

Chorus: Wah oh, wah oh, wah oh an how you come ova

Me glad yu come ova, me glad yu come ova
Me glad yu come ova de dutty wata
Wah oh, wah oh, wah oh, me glad yu come ova.

Dip an Fall Back


Chorus: Dip an fall back, dip an fall back

My advice there is nothing nice
Like the dip an fall back

Now when the war was ovah an everything was scare
An man was experimenting wid tings to fill dem space
We had a lot of food, but de meat was out a stock
So to get a blen, we recommend de dip an fall back
Some people call it ‘dasheen’, some call it ‘fill mi up’

Some call it ‘rock an fall back’ but mi call it ‘full mi gut’

But how di ting so sweet, and how it mek yu fat
Jus buy a tack an larn fe cook de dip an fall back

Yu get a shad or herring, an put it dung fi soak
Get a bone dry coconut, yu doan need no pork

Yu grater dung de coconut, an put it on fe bwile
Till de custard start sekkle dung pan de coconut ile

Now yu tek de shad or herring, an put in on fe steam
Wid de peppa, tomatis, skellion until it form a cream

Now stew beef or mackerel, herring, pork or sprat
Can be so sweet, when yu start fe eat de dip an fall back

Yu crush de bwile banana an yu eat it wid de dip
Get a mug a bebrige an so yu dip yu sip

And if de war should come yah, an bum begin fed rap
A would a face a tank or a long range gun fi mi dip an fall back

Mass John sey ‘tek mi lan, tek mi mule and tek mi dray
Tek mi married wife an me tree sweetheart away

Tek away mi house an tek way mi burial spot
But don’t skylark or a bus yu head

Fi mi dip an fall back.

Dis Long Time Gal



This long time gal me never see yuh
Come mek me hold yuh hand
This long time gal me never see yuh
Come mek me hold yuh hand

Peel head John Crow sit upon the tree top
Pick out the blossom
Mek mi hold yuh han Gal
Mek mi holdw yuh hand

Long time gal me never see yuh
Come mek we walk and talk
Long time gal me never see yuh
Come mek we walk and talk

Peel head John Crow sit upon the tree top
Pick out the blossom
Mek mi walk and talk Gal
Mek mi walk and talk Gal

Long time gal me never see yuh
Come mek we wheel and Jig
Long time gal me never see yuh
Come mek we wheel and Jig

Peel head John Crow sit upon the tree top
Pick out the blossom
Mek mi hold wheel and Jig Gal
Mek mi hold wheel and Jig
Mek mi holdw yuh hand
Mek mi hold wheel and Jig Gal
Mek mi walk and talk Gal

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by: Reidie dawta

You bring me back my brotha .thank you,my family sitting here with them mouth a ground.mek mi go explain lyrics.

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Love it! Glad it did my friend. Blessings.

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Significance of Jamaican folk songs.
by: Anonymous

Fantastic job. Keep it up. it's so important that we teach our youth about their heritage and bring back fond memories to those of us scattered around the globe.

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I enjoyed this!
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Great resource - brings back great memories of the Jamaican Folk Singers and trips to little theatre!

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I've been looking for something like this...
by: Empress Afrika

Wellesley,

This was an awesome resource! These JA Folk Songs bring nothing but smiles to my face. My grandmother taught me Brown Girl in the Ring, so I am going to share this link with her because she knows so many of them. Thanks so much for sharing and keep up the good work Wellesley!

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Great resource
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A great resource. would love to have the tunes to accompany the lyrics.or a link to U tube if they are on there.

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Best Jamaican Folk Songs
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All these folk songs certainly brought back fond memories of my childhood!!

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Jamaican Folk Songs.
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This is a great collection. The best I have seen in a long time. Keep our rich heritage going.

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