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Reggae Lyrics and Their Meanings

by Alice
(Titusville, Florida)

Greetings!

There are many lyrics in reggae music that I don't understand.

Many can be googled but would love to have a discussion place to learn more of the meanings behind the words and ideas expressed in the music.

I know of some bob Marley lyrics that I just can't find on the web... and would like to hear others take on the meaning.

For example, 'no wan ya fi gallung so' and 'ya can't come cole I up’

Thank You and Jah bless!




Response by W.Gayle

Hi Alice,

That's a wonderful suggestion!
Let's see what others think about the idea.

In fact, better yet, I'll treat this as a mini forum for reggae lyrics and their meanings, allowing my readers to not only list popular reggae terms, but also share the meanings using the comment feature below, overtime developing into a helpful resource.

Thanks again for the idea.

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Jamaican language
by: Brian Tagg

As an Englishman who has regularly visited Jamaica since 1980. I think you have presented Wellesley with a challenge.

The Jamaican language (Patois) is difficult to pick up as gender, grammar and words have different meanings to Standard English. I think a page devoted to Jamaican would be interesting, so Wellesley it's up to you.

-Brian Tagg

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