Song Lyric Sunday (24 November 2019) – Thanksgiving0

Last week, Jim (NewEpicAuthor, A Unique Title For Me) set the subject of modal verbs (my choice). This week he gives us the subject of Thanksgiving.

I saw bounty and thought, jeez, one helluva task this week, but I got to food and relaxed. All the best songs are about food!

This one probably needs a little explanation. If you’re West Indian, or British, you’ll know the song as soon as I explain that a dutchie is a large cooking pot. The rest is actually quite easy – It a goh bun (it’s gonna burn), it a goh dun (it’s done, complete). After that, my choice makes perfect sense (to me!).

For those of you who follow my tick-tock posts, I think I will have more to say on the subject of the Birmingham, UK band Musical Youth, but for now, please enjoy their debut hit, Pass The Dutchie. This was released in 1982, when I myself was in my early teens, and was written and produced the band. This one reaching #1 in the UK, and in several other countries, and #10 on the Billboard Hot 100.

This generation
Rules the nation
With version

Music happen to be the food of love
Sounds to really make you rub and scrub
[scatting] I say

Pass the Dutchie ‘pon the left hand side
Pass the Dutchie ‘pon the left hand side
It a goh bun, give me music, make me jump and prance
It a goh dun, give me the music, make me rockin’ at the dance
(Jah know!)

It was a cool and lonely breezy afternoon
You could feel it cause it was the month of June
So I left my gate and went out for a walk
As I pass the dreadlocks’ camp I heard them say

[chorus]

So I stopped to find out what was going on
‘Cos the spirit of Jah, you know he leads you on
There was a ring of dreads and a session was there in swing
You could feel the chill as I seen and heard them say

[chorus]

Cause me say listen to the drummer, me say listen to the bass
Give me little music make me wind up me waist
Me say listen to the drummer, me say listen to the bass
Give me little music make me wind up me waist, I say

[chorus]

You play it on the radio
A so me say, we a go hear it on the stereo
A so me know you a go play it on the disco
A so me say we a go hear it on the stereo

[chorus]

I say east, say west, say north and south
This is gonna really make us jump and shout

Musical Youth

32 comments

    • You’re probably too young to remember (I’m sure you are πŸ™‚), but that was a really incendiary time. I can’t listen to this song without thinking of the riots in Handsworth, in Toxteth, etc. There was so much going on.

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      • I was a little one when they had the riots in Toxteth. But people remember them and refer to them even today.
        My Dadda spent his first two years of life in The Dingle, which is Toxteth area, before the family moved out to Speke.
        I have lots of friends in Toxteth and I have often worked there (in the past when I lived up north).

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        • Small world – I know/knew Dingle well. My parents moved to Hunts X, just about a year before I left, so I know Speke too. I spent a while up thee after they died, getting things straight. Lpl was not as bad as I remember it in the 80s! I only know Toxteth in passing – one of my friends lived in Rodney Street at the time of the riots so used to phone us with updates.

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  1. A dutchie is a cooking pot?!? Ok, I was wrong for years! I really thought (you’re going to laugh so hard at me) the song was about weed. From the Netherlands, the Dutch, the dutchie πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ I found it always such a remarkable song because the singer was so young! And it was recorded a long time ago. I thought those were very progressive days!!!
    I really like the song and I’m glad I learned something today!

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