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Published on Apr 25, 2008
CHRONOLOGY: June 1984: hits the UK charts at #3 July 1984: peaks at #1 in Jamaica for 4 months Aug 1984: makes US #7
NOTE: At the time the song caused quite a stir in the UK on account of its controversial lyrics (see below). Margaret Thatcher was quoted saying she was "not pleased at all -- in my humble opinion this song should be banned". Enoch Powell was said to be furious, threatening to take legal steps against the publication of the song. Rumor has it that Thatcher's somewhat rash reaction inspired Bob Marley to write one of his minor hits, "No Woman, No Cry".
1. we come to dis country to dis promised land leaving life in poverty we can no longer stand man say go to England take your family we don't get tru de customs very easily
MAGGIE T'ATCHER WE ARE GOING HOME COS AMONG YOUR PEOPLE WE'RE ALONE IN JAMAICA SUN WILL SHINE ALL DAY IN U.K. COLD PEOPLE, NOT OKAY.
2. racial discrimination we don't get no job lots of hostility at school kids come home and sob no help from race relation board wife begin to sigh Enoch Powell on de telly Wife begin to cry
3. in de Caribbean life can be more fun swimming in de water lying in de sun we don't need no white collar under de palm tree we don't need no white colour by de clear blue sea . . Copyright 2008 by Bernd Wahlbrinck Why? You may have guessed - because I wrote and recorded the song myself (I'm afraid it did not (yet) turn up in any charts ...) .