"Ketchy Shuby" as written by and Peter Tosh....
Come make we play some ketchy shuby
And when me shuby, you feel ketchy
And when you ketchy, don't make it drop
'Cause if it drop, it will pop
And if it pop, no one can mend it
'Cause if they mend it, you can easily bend it

So we all go ketchy-ketchy, shuby-shuby tonight
All night long we a go ketchy-ketchy, shuby-shuby tonight
Tell me if you like it, ketchy-ketchy, shuby-shuby tonight
All night long we a go ketchy-ketchy, shuby-shuby tonight

It don't take too long to learn
Just you do as I say
It may only take one hour or two
And by the next time you will know what to do

We a go ketchy-ketchy, shuby-shuby tonight
Me and you a go ketchy-ketchy, shuby-shuby tonight
All night long we a go ketchy-ketchy, shuby-shuby tonight
Ketchy-ketchy, shuby-shuby tonight

Come make we play some ketchy shuby
And when me shuby, you feel ketchy
And when you ketchy, don't make it drop
'Cause if it drop, it will pop
And if it pop, no one can mend it
'Cause if they mend it, you can easily bend it

So we all go ketchy-ketchy, shuby-shuby tonight
All night long we a go ketchy-ketchy, shuby-shuby tonight

Your mama don't like it, ketchy-ketchy, shuby-shuby tonight
Your papa don't like it, ketchy-ketchy, shuby-shuby tonight
Long time I'm waiting, ketchy-ketchy, shuby-shuby tonight
Get you right where your ketchy-ketchy, shuby-shuby tonight
All night long we a go ketchy-ketchy, shuby-shuby tonight
Me and you a go ketchy-ketchy, shuby-shuby tonight
Tell me if you like it, ketchy-ketchy, shuby-shuby tonight
All night long, all night long, shuby-shuby tonight
Ketchy-ketchy, shuby-shuby tonight
Ketchy-ketchy, shuby-shuby tonight
I'm always free to ketchy-ketchy, shuby-shuby tonight
I know you like it ketchy-ketchy, shuby-shuby tonight
Ketchy-ketchy, shuby-shuby tonight
Ketchy-ketchy, shuby-shuby tonight


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"Ketchy Shuby" as written by Peter Tosh

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    General CommentThe song is actually about sex. Just read the lyrics: "If it pop, no one can mend it/ Cuz if dem mend it, you can easily bend it." That's about taking a girl's virginity. The female partner in the song has never had sex before, and Peter is helping her through it, assuring her that it's not hard to do. It's not a dirty song at all, it's about sex in its purest form. But yeah, this song is all about sex; this isn't even my interpretation, it's just what the song is actually about.
    A-L-Bon October 02, 2007   Link
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    General CommentKeep chillin!
    Woolfon October 07, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti think it's about the brain, our thoughts, and drugs.
    play some ketchy shuby is smoking weed but then it says not to drop it, that being how easy it is to be corrupted. but the true way to think is easy to learn.
    or maybe not but ya know...
    swing_forty_twoon April 29, 2007   Link
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    General CommentKetchy Shuby is a way of singing "Catchy Shubby". Catchy Shubby is a Jamaican game that is similar to Cricket, only much faster moving, and much more fun. The song is not about sex, or drugs as the postings above claim. Instead, it is about having fun with a group of friends and playing a field/street game that was very popular in Jamaica. Tosh refers to learning the rules of the game. There are no written rule books for Catchy Shubby, so everyone has to learn by oral communication of local rules or by playing for a few hours with a team to figure out the rules of play.
    drumasaurusrexon March 14, 2008   Link
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    General CommentNeither the cricket variation nor sex interpretation is convincing. First, cricket is played during the day and not at night. Few, if any, cricket fields have lights. For example, the main cricket stadium in Jamaica, Kensington Oval, does not have lights. So how can you play a game similar to baseball without lights all night long? Second, since cricket is the Jamaican national sport, and second most popular sport in the world (after soccer), why would mama and papa not like it?

    The lyrics suggest "ketchy shuby" is not a term or words intended to be construed together but two separate words each with their own meaning. It also suggests cause and effect, that is, when one person becomes shuby and the other feels ketchy. The lyrics primarily are about the person who feels ketchy and not the person who has become shuby.

    The lyrics indicate the shuby person is advising the ketchy feeling person not to let "it" drop. What does sex or taking a woman's virginity have anything to do with dropping? The effect of dropping "it" causes a popping sound, suggesting that "it" is something fragile.

    To me, the lyrics are unclear. The lyrics proclaims that if "it" pops, "it" cannot be mended. The next verse, however, suggests "it" can be mended but that such mending would cause it to be easily bent. A plausible conclusion is that "it" is a solid object that is difficult to bend but one that becomes malleable if it is dropped and a popping sound occurs.
    Platoon July 11, 2008   Link
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    General CommentIf you listen to the song which includes the beat,the melody,and the words. You can clearly hear that this song is about making love. If you only read the words and dont actually listen to this song. You will never understand that this song is so much about sexing and nothing else! I have to agree with "A-L-B" 100% He could'nt have put it any better than that! This is one of my top favorite songs by Peter Tosh by far!!
    shines09on December 12, 2008   Link
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    General Commentit wasn't clear to me at all, but reading Plato I've just realized... obvious... it's a joint, fellas.
    if you have ever seen it you know it! seeds pop and that it always bends when you mend it, etc, etc... hahaha, mixed with sex insinuation. brilliant, just love peter tosh.
    MASPDFon May 26, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThese comments testify to the quality of the song; you're all correct! The song has imparted something unique to each listener; it's custom, 'made-to-order' genius, straight up.
    WagsMacklinon March 25, 2011   Link
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    Lyric CorrectionThe fourth line should read, "You fe ketchy." That is Jamaican Patois meaning, "You should catch it." It is not, "You feel ketchy."
    NattyJacobon June 03, 2011   Link
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    Song MeaningThis is a simple song about love-making.
    "Ketchy" (catch) refers to the man's part in love-making.
    "Shuby" (shove or push) refers to the man's part.
    "Don't make it drop" refers to the woman not letting it fall.
    "It will pop" refers to the man ejaculating.
    "No one can mend it" the problem can not be remedied.
    "Can easily bend it" the penis is limp after ejaculation.
    The rest is pretty self-explanatory.
    The third and fourth line should read, "When me shuby, you fe ketchy," meaning, "When I push, you must catch it.
    NattyJacobon June 03, 2011   Link

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