Sunday, April 14, 2013

Lyrics!: Jah9 & Reemah

They have thrilled us and done so, wonderfully coincidentally, in very similar ways. Over the past few months the brilliantly poetic Jah9 and the blazingly indefatigable Reemah have both offered what stand highly as beautiful lyrical achievements in Roots Reggae music in the form of their new albums, "New Name" and "Check Your Words", respectively. On one side, you have Jah9 who was seemingly born with pen and paper in hand, attempting to make sense of the tools which might, one day, make her a legend - while on the other was Reemah, who may never have need for either, but whose passion is great and intelligent enough to make sure neither you nor I ever forget her name. Today we bring together two reigning princesses of modern Roots Reggae and present ten colour-coded cosmically and conscience-ly connected caches of cascadingly conjugated coruscating concepts. Lyrics! Jah9 & Reemah.
"New Name" by Jah 9 [2013] & "Check Your Words" by Reemah [2012]

"New name: King Rastafari
Weakheart ah tremble when dem hear it sound
New name: Power of The Trinity
Lion of Judah, return to the throne
With a new name: King Rastafari
Weakheart ah tremble when dem hear it sound
New name: Haile Selassie I
Lion of Judah return to the throne 

Today man sees all his hopes and dreams -
Crumbling before him while he plots and schemes
Hard ways, so him choose fi learn
Then waan fi curse the fire when him plans get burned
But I know, cause ah so Jah say
THE TRUEST RESURRECTION IS SPIRITUALLY
And the key to the comfort is to pree the word
KNOWING, NOT JUST BELIEVING, HOW PROPHECY REVEALING

With a new name: King Rastafari
Weakheart ah tremble when dem hear it sound
New name: Power of The Trinity
Lion of Judah return to the throne
With a new name: King Rastafari
Weakheart ah tremble when dem hear it sound
New name: Haile Selassie I
Lion of Judah return to the throne

Whoa!
She screams in pain
Another life descends into the physical plane
Young mama frightened as she wraps her brain -
Around the work she has cut out for her - she must maintain
But I know, cause ah so Jah say
The youths dem is the future, let dem lead the way
Just nurture and prepare dem for the present day
WITH THE WORD AND THE EXAMPLE OF HIS IMPERIAL MAJESTY!"
- 'New Name' 

"To live, to learn, to give
May love conquer hate forever
This is Jah world and none of dem caan run it
This is Jah world

If you listening, mi beg yuh answer this prayer
Show a way out fi di youths dem weh deh yah
Help wi look inside for The Most High to guide
Mek wi love, not divide
Mek wi stand fi wi rights
Well inna di jugglin, weh all man deh hustlin and -
Inna eye, it neva get betta, si dem bucklin, whoa whoa
I tell you all, the strong nah go fold

To live, to learn, to give
May love conquer hate forever
This is Jah world and none of dem caan run it
This is Jah world

Everybody waan live and not everybody waan give
That no right and tell mi, tell mi what it is
Babylon, tell mi what's yah reason
Why you make it so uneven?
COME AND TELL MI 'FORE YOU GET YAH BEATIN
Out a di beast - I trod
And now wi rise up and a so dem mad
Done plant di seed and dem say 'shame' fi how di people gettin bad
When dem neva want to si di youths dem glad"
- 'Jah World'

"Mr. Preacherman whatcha gotta say to the nation?
Mr. Preacherman, what ya gwan to say when the youths dem turn away?

I've been a believer for all of my life
But there've been constant conflicts raging in my mind
The people are hurting and crying and searching -
And waiting for a reason to go on
And all you can say is 'go pray and be patient'
'It won't be this way for too long'
Sitting and waiting - to me, that seems crazy
Making dem lazy in your congregation
PLEADING TO A SAVIOUR, AN EMANCIPATOR, WHOSE VERY BEHAVIOUR PROVES YOU WRONG"
- 'Preacher Man'

"Money in dem purse alright
Most a dem inna di church -
Dem deh a di worst
Deceit in their eyes
DEM NO GOT NO LOVE AN A DI FIRST TO CRITICIZE
Well, money inna dem pocket alright
Just fi di dollar signs - dem pretend and keep you blind
Deceit in their eyes
Dem no got no love and a di first to criticize

You no si how some wrong?
How coulda dat be anyone?
Gwan read book, get paper 
Come back, say dem a saved man
Speak now in general - mi no find dat too sensical -
How God seh fi pay, when you inna shack, dem inna mansion
Eight, nine, ten version can't 'gree pon one position and-
Still dem ahgo sign up inna babylon coercion
Is a thing of question - how dem no waan progression
Now, dem no waan si wi inna one vibe, one heart strong"
- 'In Dem Purse'

"I'm beginning to wonder about your intentions
Too many instances of deception
Too many alibis and excuses
Too many attempts to deny the abuses
Too many reasons to complain
Too many losses, too little gain
The very existence is a strain on the people

I know, cause I am woman so I can see
THAT LIFE DON'T RESIDE WHERE THERE ISN'T NO HARMONY
And I sing cause I care and wouldn't want anybody that I love to be circumstanced -
Out of existence

Yes, I'm beginning to wonder about your attention
Where is it focused?
In what direction?
Is your life-force in execution?
FORMING OPINIONS AND FINDING SOLUTIONS!
Declaring the victim
Sharing the blame!
Representing the potential for change -
But only in name 
Then with taxation and depression, put a strain on the people 

I speak, cause I know words are reserved for the truth
Not perfect, but aware of the example I set for the youth
And I sing cause I care and wouldn't want none of these sons and daughters to go astray -
When I could've paved the way

Yes, I'm beginning to tire of all these expenses born by the people
Relegated to zinc fences
Keeping the resources out of their reach
Breeding frustration in the values you teach -
In the media everyday
Then deny them a way to attain it 
But force them to work and maintain it
And not take their share then police force the fear into the brains of the people 

I know, from experience, the system is flawed and unfair
So I live outside it as much as I possibly dare
And I sing for justice!
Inna time when the people may be too distracted to even care
My voice will still be there"
- 'Intention'

"Unconditional love makes the world go round
You've got to know
And if you love from your heart
You make Jah blessing come down, come down!
Somebody ring di alarm cause nobody calm -
Everybody warring, tell me is it worth it
And it's a far cry, but we've got to try and I pray dat, one day, wi realize this isn't working
Majority can't escape di poverty
Oh Lord, this is a tragedy
Why does it hurt like this?!
Can't fight di feeling -
To see how everybody grieving, di world is inna crisis

This is to the people out there -
We've got to find a better way
Got to break free, have no fears
Let's find a better way

Everyday another youth blood running cold, inna plain view
Somebody please make a rescue
And some a di parents, not even old enough to pay rent
Lord wi need a break through
Looking out at society, so many broken dreams -
What does it say to me?
Emptiness - Lord please fill this vacancy
HOW CAN THEY SAY THEY CARE AND STILL LET THIS BE?

This is to the people out there -
We've got to find a better way
We've got to break free, have no fears
Let's find a better way

What make di children dem so forthright?
Cause you neva watch over dem most nights and -
CAAN LET DI SYSTEM GROW DEM
CAUSE INNA TEN YEAR'S TIME YOU NAH GO KNOW DEM
It take a village, but no one willing
Daddy nah give no dollar nor shilling and -
If you know dem, what make you nah go reassure dem
Cause a regret when you caan control dem 

This is to the people out there -
We've got to find a better way
We've got to break free, have no fears
A better way

Waan come go microchip, technologic, worldwide mass epidemic
Yet dem got dem inna tight grip
Done sight di rhetoric, it's methodic, nobody using logic -
Call di medic, all di people gone quick
Material, possession, dem breathe it
AND WHEN DEM DIE, DEM HURRY UP AND GONE LEAVE IT
Settle for their plan, they still deceiving
And if you're know they're lying, why you still believing?

This is to the people out there -
We've got to find a better way
We've got to break free, have no fears
Find a better way"
- 'Better Way'

"Legitimate or not
Some claim indemnity from the original plot
As though their integrity could still be intact
But what is the likelihood of that? -
When if you trace the source of each resource they've got -
They've tapped into the veins of the masses
The system maintains
Feeding on their youthfulness and draining from their brains
And then the weak ones are injected -
Armed and turned toward the strife
They return with force and take away their life

But make no mistake!
There is life in abundance for all to partake
So war is redundant and hate is futile
[In the face of love]
But too many put feeling
[In the face of love]
We all are the same!
The essence of life in this physical plane
So nothing can restrain the love
You just have to claim the love

Yes, I remember the censorship of showing your roots
Deception with no life conditioning for the youths
STRAIGHTENING THEIR FOLLICLES WHILE TWISTING THEIR MINDS
Replacing old traditions with their programs for decline
BUT AS I REBEL, MY NATTY SWELLS -
Defiant of the taming 
My natural advantage - I'm proclaiming
THESE SPIRALS MARK THE COURSE OF LIFE AND REPRESENT THE FORCE OF LIFE -
CONNECTED TO THE SOURCE OF LIFE"
- 'Legitimate'

"Evil in all places
Babylon working overtime, trying destroy youths mind
Convincing words while they smile
Eradication of all but their own kind
Moral crisis and infanticide
Obsessed over credit, now it gone worldwide
Why won't you show dem who you really are under, your disguise?
Got to go out and burn down all babylon sign!

Don't ask no question - no!
Just burn down babylon!
A with di torch inna hand
Fire to come burn down, all evil one
Don't ask no question - no!
Just burn down babylon!
A with di torch inna hand
Fire to come purify all di wicked ones

AIDS a weh dem ah mek to keep all unwanted - inna check
Only few ways dem seh to pass and get
So how wi spread so easily pon just one continent
All lies - you neva si wi truth yet
Can you trust someone who killed their own?
Poison food and rob innocent home
Righteousness spot out all heathen soul
FYAH TO COME WARM UP ALL THOSE WHO COLD"
- 'No Question'

"Gratitude is fuel for the actions I partake in
So in doing what I love, I get to keep it up
Perceptions leave much room to be mistaken
So in doing what I say, my word is covenant
I expect nothing but the best from I-self
Not 'my-self' nor 'me', put in personality -
Under subordination of the master key
Which is The Most High - in I & I
As a man thinketh inna his heart, so is he

Whatever you dwelling on is the reality, that you creating
Use your concentration wisely
Because your only limitation is your imagination

Priority 1 is to focus on The Most High in the meditation
Develop the routine, keep the room clean 
Balance the physical and spiritual accommodation
Sip daily from the written word, learn from the example!
Then put it into practical use within your temple
The real work is to know, the truth is the seed
The real life is to grow into what you need 

Whatever you dwelling on is the reality, that you creating
Use your concentration wisely
Because your only limitation is your imagination

Trapped inside the flesh requiring emancipation from the source of the vexation which is the enemy
Anyhow, you let the mind-control corrupt your state of meditation
You compromised your soul, lose focus of the goal 
And move further from the free, where you are to be -
Shaping your destiny
Guided by The Most High, no need for competition
WHEN CREATIVE CULTIVATION OF THE NATION IS THE MISSION!"
- 'Gratitude'

"Life is so much more than what you're thinking of
Jah Jah done give enough, for everyone of us
People carry on
I tell you live in love
Life is so much more than what you're thinking of!
Jah Jah done give enough, for everyone of us!
People carry on!
I tell you live in love!

From time to time we seem to forget the beauty of life and focus on all the things we've got to deal with
When you check it, life is everything that I ever want and -
Problems just a thought from being, all that I need
From the morning to inna di night -
I'm grateful for the simple way 
DON'T NEED MUCH OF ANYTHING, JUST GIVE MI JAH LOVE TO PENETRATE
Higher thoughts to elevate
Negative vibes, just meditate
Blessing in every situation
Now set it straight

Life is so much more than what you're thinking of
Jah Jah done give enough, for everyone of us
People carry on
I tell you live in love
Life is so much more than what you're thinking of!
Jah Jah done give enough, for everyone of us!
People carry on!
And live in love!

So why the energy to bring another one down?
Just connect with Jah, inside, to turn your life around
Stand up on righteous ground 
And when dem waan see yuh frown - 
Mi tell yah - just gi dem di love, love power sound!
And hail The Most High everyday! 
Lion conquered, here to stay!
Bless Afrika royally!
Go purify your wicked way
Bring di loving yah right away!
Raise up nation rightfully!
Break foundation weh dem lay
And live in peace and inity"
- 'Live In Love'

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