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Buju Banton
UNTOLD STORIES Lyrics 
Riveting Jamaican Social Commentary 

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Buju has been a hero of mine since my high school years! If fact, Marlon (my cousin) and I would compete on who knows and could sing the most Buju Banton songs. And this one, Untold Stories; released on the 'Til Shiloh' album in 1995, was, and remains, one of my favourite. 


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In my estimation, it is one of the most telling, and timeless commentaries on Jamaica social issues.

It captures or speaks to hardships, high prices, politics, rivalry, youth neglect, migration, lack of opportunities, parenting, tenacity, survival and faith and even warnings.

Here now is lyrics from the official video, and yes, I listened and typed it, word-for-word!

Buju Banton
Untold Stories Official Lyrics 
(aka I Am Living)

While I'm Living,

Thanks I'll Be Giving,

To the Most High You know...


(Chorus)

I am living while I am living to the father I will pray

Only him know how wi get through everyday

All the hike in the price

Arm and leg we haffi pay

While our leaders play


Verse 1:

All I see, people a rip and a rob all a grab

Tief neva love fi si tief wid long bag

No love for the people who a suffer real bad

Another toll to the poll may God help wi soul

What is to stop the youths from get out of control

Full up a education yet no own a payroll

The clothes pon mi back have countless eyehole.

Could go on and on the full has never been told


(Chorus)

I am living while I am living to the father I will pray

Only him know how wi get through everyday

With all the hike in the price

Arm and leg wi haffi pay

While our leaders play


Verse 2:

Mi seh who can afford to run will run

But what about those who can't... they will have to stay

Opportunity a scarce, scarce, commodity

In these time I say... When mama spend har last and send you go claaaass

Never you ever play!

It's a competitive world for low budget people

Spending di dime while earning di nickel

With no regard to who it may tickle

My cup is full to the brim

I could go on and on the full has never been told

Though this life keep getting me down

Don't give up now

Got to survive,

Someway, somehow

I could go on and on the full has never been told


(Chorus)

I am living while I am living to the father I will pray

Only him know how wi get through everyday

With all the hike in the price

Arm and leg we haffi pay

While our leaders play


Verse 3:

All I see, people a rip and a rob all a grab

Tief never love fi si tief wid long bag

No love for the people who a suffer real bad

Another toll to the poll may God help wi soul

What is to stop the youths from get out of control

Full up of education yet no own a payroll

The clothes pon you back have countless eyehole.

Could go on and on the full has never been told.


(Chorus)

I am living while I am living to the father I will pray

Only him know how wi get through everyday

All the hike in the price

Arm and leg we haffi pay

While our leaders play



Verse 4:

Mi seh who can afford fi run will run

But what about those who can't, they will have to stay

Opportunity a scarce, scarce commodity

In these time I say,
When mama spend her last and send you go class

Never you ever play

It's a competitive world for low budget people

Spending a dime while earning a nickel

With no regards for who it may tickle

My cup is full to the brim

I could go on and on the full has never been told

Could go on and on, the full has never been told

Could go on and on, the full has never been told

Could go on and on, the full has never been told

I could go on and ooooon...

The full has Never,  Been, Toooooooooold.

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So are you ready now to sing along now?

Here's the official version of the song, in video on YouTube as well.

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References

  • "Untold Stories (Buju Banton song)", https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Untold_Stories_(Buju_Banton_song)

  • "Untold Stories, Buju Banton", https://genius.com/Buju-banton-untold-stories-lyrics

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