"Kinky Reggae" as written by Gary Scott Burr and Michael Bolton....
I went downtown (said I went downtown)
I saw Miss Brown (said, I saw Miss Brown)
She had brown sugar (had brown sugar)
All over her booga-wooga (over her booga-wooga)

I think I might join the fun, (I might join the fun)
But I had to hit and run (had to hit and run)
See, I just can't settle down (just can't settle down)
In a kinky part of town

Ride on
Don't you know I've got to ride on
Ride on, see I just can't settle down, ride on
I'm a-leavin' town (kinky reggae)

All I've got to say (kinky reggae)
Take it or leave (kinky reggae)
Decieve it
Kinky reggae now
Yeah, kinky reggae
Kinky reggae yeah
Oh, kinky reggae, give it up
Kinky reggae now
Would you ride on?
Ride on
Ride on
Ride on
Ride on

Hey, I went down to Piccadilly Circus
Down there I saw Marcus
He had a candy tar
All over his chocolate bar
I think I might join the fun (think I might join the fun)
But I had to hit and run (but I had to hit and run)
See I just can't settle down (just can't settle down)
In a kinky, kinky part of town

Nice one, that's what they say
Nice one, but I'm leavin' you today
Nice one, oh mama please don't play
Nice one, ah-mama say, mama say

Kinky reggae
Kinky reggae, now
Kinky reggae, give it up
Kinky reggae, now
Oh, kinky reggae
All I've got to say is kinky reggae, now, yeah
Kinky reggae
Kinky reggae, now
Would you ride on?
Right on
Ride on
Ride on, see, I just can't settle down
Ride on
Oi, well
Only once the man about to say
Ragga is the thing to lead you all the day
Oh, yeah-yeah-yeah-yeah-yeah
Kinky reggae, yeah
Up, kinky reggae
Kinky reggae now
Kinky reggae
Kinky reggae, now
It's such a nice one
Nice one
(Nice one) nice, nice, nice, nice, nice one
Nice one
Yeah now, ah-well a nice one, nice one, nice one, ah


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"Kinky Reggae" as written by Bob Marley

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    General Commenti don't think this song has a sexual meaning. i mean, it could i guess, but kinky doesnt always mean sex. it means out of the ordinary. he just can't settle down in a kinky part of town where everyone is different and at the time, reggae music wasn't easily accepted by most. local djs put their lives and reputations in danger if they played marley on the radio just because he was a rasta. i think its a song about trying to be different and struggling with what the rest of society thinks about you.
    reggaelovin87on January 02, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDoesn't Bob just rock. Well this song is just talking about how "Kinky" things can get and how you can either join the fun and get into trouble, or leave it and stay out of trouble.
    Elyjane420on March 04, 2002   Link
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    General CommentDoesn't Bob just rock. Well this song is just talking about how "Kinky" things can get and how you can either join the fun and get into trouble, or leave it and stay out of trouble.
    Elyjane420on March 04, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentman...this is a HOT song...whew!
    CrimsonanCloveron April 10, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentheck yeah! it's very.......... kinky
    funkybass85on May 31, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is about when Mr Marley was living in London, and decided to go out and but some cannabis.
    Peter!!!!on March 20, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBob Marley “Kinky Reggae”
    Sex? Yes, “she had brown sugar all over her booga-wooga / …he had candy tar all over his chocolate bar, I think I might join the fun”
    Drugs? No
    Rock and Roll? No, reggae jam (a slow reggae song)
    What does it tell me? Music can somehow be described as sticky and Bob Marley’s sex drive is kept under control (“But I had to hit and run/ You see I just can’t settle down/ in a kinky part of town”)
    Reminds me of: Jamaica; sweaty, sticky sex involving African-Americans; my stoned ass as a freshmen in college; “My Lover’s Prayer” by Otis Redding
    It has kind of a lazy feel to it, like it’s a soundtrack to a day of leisure. It’s not easy to make out what Bob Marley is observing in this song – has he stumbled upon two pairs of lovers having sex in public, or are they masturbating? The sugar, candy, chocolate, and mysterious “booga-wooga” help keep things PG (13?), and though our narrator has to “ride on”, he finds this sexually open town interesting enough to write a song about. This song though depends more on feeling than lyrics and has a basic reggae framework. By the end of the song, Marley is telling of how he met a girl, or possibly girls. “‘Nice one!’ they say” indicates that there is more than one person favorably commenting on Marley, specifically complimenting his package I assume. This has to be the most sexual song I’ve heard by Marley.

    to Peter!!!: I dont see how this has anything to do with cannabis. Unless brown sugar and candy tar are slang for marijuana, but if anything, they sound like code for herion. I guess what you're saying is he went out to buy weed and found "festivities" going on instead...
    Shep420on May 22, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBy the way, he's saying "oh, darlin', please don't PLAY".
    Shep420on May 22, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAn effective use of voice as instrument. His voice is like honey and his words hover around like hummingbirds in the summertime. He sounds like what a teenage Sinatra on pot would sound like had he recorded an album after spending a year or two in Jamaica.
    Shep420on May 22, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI don’t think this sex songs really work for Marley. His image is the voice of the working class who have been victimized, he is their self-medicating religious symbol of a spirit that cannot be crushed. I’m sure Marley got around but I don’t think he wanted the whole world to know about the current state of his sex drive, because I think he wanted people to take him seriously. This song, I think, his record company wanted him to do so they could make more money off the album seeing as how it was going to have a sex song on it. But Marley doesn't sell out, he makes this song is own by rising above the promiscuity he sees because he has a reputation, which he hints at. The pressure Marley had to do a light, funky, sexual song must have been high due to Marley’s often serious spiritual songs, but Marley realized he had to chose between civil rights activist or pop star, and that trying to be both would be like putting out an Martin Luther King Jr. album with the “I Have A Dream” speech followed by sex tapes of King cheating on his wife. This song no doubt flirts with promiscuity by checking it out from top to bottom, but as Marley recognizes a part of himself in the innocent play of sex, he can’t build his legacy on the reputation of being a man whore, no matter how tempting it is and no matter how he can redeem himself by countering every wet dream with “A Dream” (in the King sense).
    Shep420on May 22, 2007   Link

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