"Burial" as written by Neville Livingston and Peter Tosh....
Them want I
Them want I
Be com'a them funeral
Them claim say
Them claim say
Them are the general

Them want I
Them want I
Be com'a them funeral
Them claim say
Them claim say
Them are the general

What a big disgrace
The way you rob up the place
Rob everthing you can find
Yes you did
And you'll even rob from the blind

You must see want I fe
Com'a com'a funeral
And I no, no go
No one burial
Yet you want I
Com'a com'a funeral
Make your friend come claim say
You are the genie

Now we know the truth
Yes we do
Find you wearing the boot
Of taking people's business on your head, yeah
So might as well you be dead

Them want I
Them want I
Be com'a them funeral
Them claim say
Them claim say
Them are the general

Them want I
Them want I
Be com'a them funeral
Them claim say
Them claim say
Them are the general

Let the dead bury the dead now
And who is to be fed, be fed
I ain't got no time to waste on you, no, no
I'm a livin' man, I got work to do
Right now

This man and that man
Yes they are the same man
You taught us this just as well
That the rich man heaven is the poor man's hell
You must see want I fe com'a com'a funeral
Natty no go, no one burial
Yet you want I
Com'a com'a funeral
Make your friend come claim say
You are the genie

Them want I
Them want I
Be com'a them funeral
Them claim say
Them claim say


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"Burial" as written by Neville Livingston Peter Tosh

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  • +2
    General CommentYou guys have it all wrong. This song is originally about a "Ganster" who refuses to go to a funeral
    when it was originally done by The Wailers(Bob,Bunny Peter). Peter Tosh re-wrote the song for "Legalize It" in 74 and added the line "This man and that man, they are the same man. You thought of this just as well, that the rich man's heaven is the poor man's hell." its not in anyway a shot at Bob, (Bob gave Peter Tosh the money and the wailers along with the I-Threes to record this album)
    The meaning of that line can be interpreted in many ways, The way I see it is Jamaica is the top tourist destination in the world where the rich dine, yet Jamaica is still a 3rd world country with staggering poverty and unemployment.
    Steppingrazoron December 09, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAnybody figured out what "them are the general" means ?
    Durang0on April 11, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI don't know any official meaning for this song, but I always took it as Peter's lament about politicians. Jamacian politicians were constantly trying to recruit Peter Tosh and Bob Marley to their causes and while Bob was sometimes receptive to the benefits of political action Peter was often opposed.
    reflect4everon August 10, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyeah I think pseudo-militaristic titles are used throughout reggae/dancehall culture. So I'm guessing 'them are the general' i.e. the big leader as alluding to politicians makes perfect sense
    unpunditon August 30, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is about history of the Americas, including Jamaîca. The robbers are the like of Christoph Columbus who claimed they discovered America and robbed the native indians and other inhabitants of their land, gold, etc. Peter makes a direct allusion to these facts in one of his live performance...
    jardinbleu7on September 18, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentInteresting, thanks for the info&thoughts guys. Makes me wanna listen and learn more about the whole genre.
    Durang0on October 30, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyea steppingrazor has the right idea.

    it's jus the musician renouncing violence: the gangsters want him to come to their funerals. they say they are the generals (the leaders of the gangster warriors).

    he says he's disgraced at how they steal from people. both gangsters of the ghetto stealing from other poor people and the ruling class taking resources away from the disenfranchised.

    when you try to get rich you spend all your time in hell. and for the rich there is no greater pleasure than destroying those who are of less value than you. that is what he is saying.
    animus impiuson April 27, 2011   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningThis song rebukes the those who exploit the under privileged masses. It seems Tosh took it from an angle were some "big fish" in Jamaican society were trying to be be associated with him for their own ends. He however rejects the whole thing; oppression of the poor and the advances of the oppressors. "I ain't got no time to waste on you, no, no I am a livin' man, I've got work to do, right now".
    jones93on October 05, 2012   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationWhat a big disgrace
    Way you #Rob up the place
    #Rob everything you can find
    Yes, you did and you'll even #Rob the blind

    It's about a guy called Rob i.e Robert = Bob Marley

    This man and that man
    Yes they are the same man
    You taught us this just as well
    That the rich man heaven is the poor man's hell
    You must see want I fe com'a com'a funeral
    Natty no go no one burial
    Yet you want I
    Com'a com'a burial
    [Make your friend come claim say
    You are the genie]******
    SoulGoodmanon February 24, 2015   Link
  • -1
    General CommentFrom my understanding this song is directed to Bob Marley after his death and in reference to Bob's Marley Burial. Rastafari's dont believe in traditional burial ceremonies as they do not believe in death per se. Anyway, Tosh has beef with westerners (babylonians) etc who clowned Bob as the "King of Reggae" or "De General" in strict Rasta Terminologies thus Interfering with their business and then expecting him to attend his Burial." reflect4ever" above comes closest to the true meaning.
    makbellyon September 27, 2008   Link

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