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other poems by Alma Norman

QUESTION: She wrote one about the ethnic groups of Jamaica. I'm not good at reciting poems but so I never learned it. I can only recall bits and pieces and the pieces are stuck un my head. It would really help if I could get the rest.

Black skin brown skin everybody come and hear what i have got to say

How our ancestors came here across the seas
His grandma and her grandpa and the same for you and me...


Does anybody know this poem?

ANSWER: by Wellesley September 12, 2011

Hi Marg,

I'll post this in our blog, on our facebook page as well as create a permanent page on my site for it.

I am hoping that someone who can relate to it will post their response as a comment here.

Stay in touch Marg.

See Also: Alma Norman - Poem about Paul Bogle.



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Jul 03, 2018
Black skin, brown skin, everybody come poem
by: Anonymous

I found it online. This is the poem...

Jamaica is Our Name, Poem by Alma Norman

Black skin, brown skin, everybody come
And hear what I have got to say.
How our ancestors travelled here across the stormy sea.
His grandpa and her grandma and the same for you and me.

Now Columbus said to Ferdinand, 'Just listen to my plan:
If you'll provide the ships why then, Columbus is your man
I'll sail across the stormy seas, and bring you plenty gold,
When I reach up to the Indies with my sailormen so bold.'

The Spanishmen came over, you can see from Spanish Town
Montego Bay supplied their ships whene'er they came around.
Then the Englishman came over and the Spaniard had to run,
After the English brought the rest of us and started all the fun.

The first big lot of immigrants, they had no tourist class;
The sleeping space was crowded and the food would never pass
They had no welfare officer to see that things were right,
If you travelled Middle Passage you were in a dreadful plight.

But the day came when the black man was as free as all the rest.
He said, 'I'm working for myself for that is really best.'
The planter man got worried for he knew he couldn't stop
He had to get some labour or he'd lose his precious crop.

They spoke to him of Asia where were lots of hungry men
Who surely needed work to do and so he said to them:
'If you will reap my sugar there's a living here for you'
So the Chinese and the Indians they came and settled too.

Now this island it got crowded and they bucked up quite a lot,
And the Chinese and the Indian did things which they should not,
And the black man and the Bukra man they also did the same.

So - no matter what we look like now - Jamaican is our name.
Black skin, brown skin, everybody come,
Hear what I have got to say about how we begun
How our ancestors travelled here across the stormy sea.
His grandpa, and her grandma and the same for you and me.

Nov 25, 2013
by: Anonymous

try youtube

Sep 22, 2013
my island jamaica
by: jamaica

Which site could i go to and find the poem ballad 65 written by alma norman?

Jan 09, 2013
Jamaica is Our Name by Alma Norman
by: Richhgirl T

Black skin, brown skin, everybody come
And hear what I've got to say...

(Rest of poem available at link below:)

Mar 27, 2012
Jamaican is our name by alma norman
by: eddie

I need the words to the poem, "Jamaican is our name" by alma norman

Nov 24, 2011
by: Marcia

Can you please send me the words of Alma Norman's poem that read YOU'LL FIND US IN NIGERIA, YOU'LL SEE US IN COLON TO GHANA AND LIBERIA JAMAICA MEN HAVE WON. Thank you so much i learned this in school years ago.

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