This morning I woke up in a curfew;
O God, I was a prisoner, too - yeah!
Could not recognize the faces standing over me;
They were all dressed in uniforms of brutality. Eh!

How many rivers do we have to cross,
Before we can talk to the boss? Eh!
All that we got, it seems we have lost;
We must have really paid the cost.

(That's why we gonna be)
Burnin' and a-lootin' tonight;
(Say we gonna burn and loot)
Burnin' and a-lootin' tonight;
(One more thing)
Burnin' all pollution tonight;
(Oh, yeah, yeah)
Burnin' all illusion tonight.

Oh, stop them!

Give me the food and let me grow;
Let the Roots Man take a blow.
All them drugs gonna make you slow now;
It's not the music of the ghetto. Eh!

Weeping and a-wailin' tonight;
(Who can stop the tears?)
Weeping and a-wailin' tonight;
(We've been suffering these long, long-a years!)
Weeping and a-wailin' tonight
(Will you say cheer?)
Weeping and a-wailin' tonight
(But where?)

Give me the food and let me grow;
Let the Roots Man take a blow.
I must say: all them - all them drugs gonna make you slow;
It's not the music of the ghetto.

We gonna be burning and a-looting tonight;
(To survive, yeah!)
Burning and a-looting tonight;
(Save your baby lives)
Burning all pollution tonight;
(Pollution, yeah, yeah!)
Burning all illusion tonight
(Lord-a, Lord-a, Lord-a, Lord!)

Burning and a-looting tonight;
Burning and a-looting tonight;
Burning all pollution tonight. /fadeout/



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    General Comment:this is an amazing song that shows the abuse and suffering of the people in the ghetto in jamaican
    computerenemyon August 11, 2002   Link
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    General Comment:My favorite song from The Wailers, the starting song of the movie "La Haine"
    untelixon June 12, 2003   Link
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    Song Meaning:Preaty much the last post are correct, it show the suffering of a looter in Jamaica that has woken up in jail and reminisces about shit he did, he pledges to looting and burning for freedom. And the movie "La Haine" is pretty much a perspective on the track, its a French movie but subtitles help, it shows weed and looting just like the track.
    solorzanofelipeon February 26, 2010   Link
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    General Comment:Give me the food and let me grow;
    Let the Roots Man take a blow.
    All them drugs gonna make you slow now;
    It's not the music of the ghetto. Eh! wow that is all about weed. he wouldve had such a bteer image if he ditn smoke so much grass
    bobmarley4everrron April 10, 2008   Link

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