Yuh Foolin' [Song]

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By Maestro (1977)

Mister Voter, Mister Voter,
The government cyah take we off the shelf
If we doh make efforts to help weself
You must remember our behaviour
Making one race inferior and all others superior
If yuh feel we goin' just sit down and bawl
And the Government go find food for all
Yuh fooling, Brotherman, yuh fooling.
Some sit down, they expecting miracle
You ent see all we getting is pool table?
Yuh fooling, Brotherman, yuh fooling.
Educate your children at any cost
Get back all the land we forefathers lost
Leave colour TV for folks with plenty money
Give your children schooling or else, Brotherman, we fooling.

Mister Strongman, Mister Wrongman,
You should realise ---------------
We getting rip off, that is what I mean
All dem ------------- done make a killing
Now the administration want to root out corruption
But if you feel the Attorney General
Goin' tell Burroughs to lock up Kamal
Yuh fooling, Brotherman, yuh fooling.
They wouldn't hold Hector, neither Errol
And charge them for making bobol
Yuh fooling, Brotherman, yuh fooling.
I hear threats and threats to declare assets
You could bet no one declared nothing yet
Open allyuh eyes and stop taking mamaguy
Is we alone joking -------, Brotherman, we fooling

Mister Cryman, Mister Highman
In this population of love and hate
It is not too late to recuperate
It have people who earning less than you
If them people could get through,
Brotherman, you could do too
But if you figure Richie goin' be so fast
To ask Randy if he pushing grass
Yuh fooling, Brotherman, yuh fooling.
Tell me which Police Commissioner
Go charge a Home Affairs minister?
Yuh fooling, Brotherman, yuh fooling.
We getting six for nine, that's how it looks
And we sending crooks out to capture crooks
With a heavy load we going backwards down the road
Is we alone joking, Brotherman, we joking.

Mister Joker, Mister Worker,
Well, at least yuh children deserve a chance
It ent fair to leave young lives in balance
This you got to know, little boys will grow
To be men of tomorrow
Simple interest you must show
If you feel the fact that your Party win
Go ease the rising cost of living
You fooling, Brotherman, you fooling.
We shall overcome, we keep singing,
But while the grass growing, the horse starving
Yuh fooling, Brotherman, yuh fooling
We ain't co-operating, we much too proud
So we getting pressure from every crowd.
If we doh take heed, we eat bread the Devil knead
Is we alone wasting, I say, Brotherman, we fooling

Source: The lyrics posted on this blog are often transcribed directly from performances. Although it is my intention to faithfully transcribe I do not get all the words and I have a knack for hearing the wrong thing. Please feel free to correct me or to fill in the words that I miss by dropping me a message via e-mail. I'd be forever grateful. Thanks in advance!

A Note From The Gull

Thank you, Maestro.

Chilling - like cold reality always is when it is dumped on your head. This was sung in 1977 and if we are concluding as you listen that it is still relevant, then Maestro's genius is timeless and we wuk now start. Wise listeners will make this calypso less about cataloguing wrongs and more about encouraging positive traits like self-esteem, self-reliance, self-determination, social and political awareness, community cooperation, vigilance, prudence, parental responsibility, land ownership and living within our means. 

"Patria est communis omnium parens" - Our native land is the common parent of us all. Keep it beautiful, make it even more so.

Blessed is all of creation
Blessed be my beautiful people
Blessed be the day of our awakening
Blessed is my country
Blessed are her patient hills.

Mweh ka allay!