Sunday, December 30, 2012

1000 SONGS - DAY 260 SONG # 291

Day 260: Tings and Times

Tings an' Times is an album by Linton Kwesi Johnson, a poet in his own language. I own a vinyl  copy of it - it has been a constant feature on my turntables for many years. It is a kind of dub style  album incorporating many elements from other endeavours in the human quest for music . LKJ  is rather a rapper than a singer on this one, and one with a very consistent flow. There is some eastern.european gypsie music smell to all of that and we simply should like it. Here are two tunes from that album, Story & Sense Outta Nonsense. Story tells a tale about being a rough guy that everyone should take to his hawt - oonu evah si mi trial si mi crawsiz?

wance upon a time
jus like inna nursery rime
before piggy tun to swine
mi did wear
mi fear pan mi face
like a shiel like a mawsk

an evrybody tink mi cool an deadly

nottn yu coulda seh
woulda mek mi tek it awf
an if yu get mi nervos
ah woulda jus lawf it awf

an evrybody tink mi cool an deadly

but not soh long ago
jus  like inna pitcha show
whey di hero get a blow
mi spirit get vex
an mi get soh ressless
dat mi get careless
an goh bare mi mawgah chess

mi newah indah tink
seh dat it mek outa glaas
dat di whole wide worl coulda si
rite dung to di vien inna mi hawt
ow dem twis-up ow dem tie-up ow dem tite-up
o mi hawt

ow it cut-up ow it craw-up ow it scar-up

it is a haad awt fi mawstah yu noe
dis smilin an skinin yu teet
wen yu hawt sweel-up
soh till yu feel it a goh bus
wen yu cyaan fine di rime fi fit di beat
wen yu cyan fine di ansah fi di puzzle complete

soh no mi tek awf mi mawsk
an staat fi wear daak glaas
but eyry so awftin
mi haffi tek it awf
an evry nowanden
mi fine mi laas

oonu evah si mi trial si mi crawsiz ?

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