"Downpresser Man" as written by and Peter Tosh....
Downpresser man
Where you gonna run to
Downpresser man
Where you gonna run to
Downpresser man
Where you gonna run to
All along that day

You gonna run to the sea
But the sea will be boiling
When you run to the sea
The sea will be boiling
When you run to the sea
The sea will be boiling
All along that day

You gonna run to the rocks
The rocks will be melting
When you run to the rocks
The rocks will be melting
When you run to the rocks
The rocks will be melting
I said, all along that day

So I said
Downpresser man
Where you gonna run to
I said, downpresser man
Where you gonna run to
I said, downpresser man
Where you gonna run to
All along that day

You drink your big champagne and laugh
You drink your big champagne and laugh
You drink your big champagne and laugh
All along that day

I wouldn't like to be a flea
Under your collar man
I wouldn't like to be a flea
Under your collar man
I wouldn't like to be a flea
Under your collar man
All along that day

You can run but you can't hide
You can run but you can't hide
You can run but you can't hide
Telling you all along that day

You gonna run to the law
Beggin' to hide you
You gonna run to the law
Beggin' to hide you
You gonna run to jah
Beggin' to hide you
All, all along that day

And I said downpresser man
Where you gonna run to
Where you gonna run to downpresser man
Where you gonna run to
I said all along
Along that day (downpresser man)
Downpresser man, downpresser man
Downpresser man, downpresser man

Wait, downpresser man
Where you gonna run to
Downpresser man
I don't know where you gonna run to
All along that day

Downpresser man
You can't run, you can't bribe jah-jah
Can't call him in a bar
Fe can drink some
Devil soup
Can't bribe him to run a car now
Can't test him faith
Downpresser man, don't, downpresser man
I said, downpresser man, don't run, downpresser man
Downpresser man, where you gonna run to

Downpresser man
You can't bribe no one
Them no want no money
Them run'f money
That money gets funny

Downpresser man


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"Downpresser Man" as written by Peter Tosh

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    General CommentThis is about the corrupt politicians and landowners of jamaica who were in the minority compared to the poor
    and hungry. It means that their greed and crimes against the common man will eventually catch up with them,
    whether it will be an uprising of the majority oppressed or from god on their judgement day.
    RudeboyRastaon November 20, 2008   Link
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    General CommentAlso, in my opinion, his greatest song.
    RudeboyRastaon November 20, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI don't disagree with other comments about how this relates to Jamaican politics.

    I see this as a very religious song. When he says, "You gonna run to the lord, beggin him to hide you" I think of a bad man, who's met his maker. When a bad person is about to be killed, he's going to shout out "Please God no!" or "Please God help me!" So Tosh is saying, if you're going to embrace God when things are at their worst, why not embrace God now?

    It's not about only bad man getting killed. Where you gonna run to? It could be anyone who's looking for help...they run to the sea and it's boiling - no help there. No where do you turn?

    So anyone who's having a tough time, anyone who's looking for help, anyone who's not happy...eventually, they will turn to someone else, and when those people and resources run out...where you gonna run to? You gonna run to Jah, that's where. So why wait?
    junedadon February 05, 2014   Link

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