"007 (Shanty Town)" as written by and Desmond Dekker....
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At ocean eleven
And now rude boys have a go wail
'Cause them out of jail
Rude boys cannot fail
'Cause them must get bail

Dem a loot, dem a shoot, dem a wail (a shanty town)
Dem a loot, dem a shoot, dem a wail (a shanty town)
Dem rude boys get a probation (a shanty town)
And rude boy bomb up the town (a shanty town)

0-0-7, 0-0-7
At ocean eleven
And the rude boys a go wail
'Cause them out of jail
Rude boys cannot fail
'Cause them must get bail

Dem a loot, dem a shoot, dem a wail (a shanty town)
Dem a loot, dem a shoot, dem a wail (a shanty town)
Dem rude boys get a probation (a shanty town)
And rude boy bomb up the town (a shanty town)

Police get taller (a shanty town)
Soldier get longer (a shanty town)
Rude boy a weep and a wail (a shanty town)
Rude boy a weep and a wail (a shanty town)


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"007 (Shanty Town)" as written by Desmond Dekker

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    General CommentNice relaxing reggae song with lyrics about not nice and unrelaxed people.

    At first when I heard this song I thought he was saying "and the rudeboys are for real" instead of "a go wail" and "rudeboys cannot feel" instead of "fail", and "mamma loot, mamma shoot, mamma wheel".

    Great song, heard it off The Harder They Come soundtrack. RIP Desmond Dekker. There would be no Clash if it werent for this guy.
    Shep420on September 04, 2006   Link
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    General Commentexcellent track
    takeititsyourson July 14, 2007   Link
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    General Commenta really feel good song with an awesome vibe,
    his other stuff is along the same lines
    a pretty simple meaning,
    damn those rudeboys.
    fxcking_turtleon March 22, 2010   Link
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    General CommentIs Ocean 11 (I actually hear Ocean's 11) a reference to en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…

    It fits. The rude boys loot and shoot like the gang in this film.
    banishedhearton December 04, 2010   Link

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