Reggae Lyrics and Their Meanings

by Alice
(Titusville, Florida)


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 Jan-16-08

Hi Alice,

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

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Feb 19, 2009
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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