"Dreadlock Holiday" as written by and Eric/gouldman Stewart....
I was walkin' down the street
Concentratin' on truckin' right
I heard a dark voice beside of me
And I looked 'round in a state of fright
I saw four faces, one mad, a brother from the gutter
They looked me up and down a bit and turned to each other

I say, I don't like cricket, oh no, I love it
I don't like cricket, oh no, I love it
Don't you walk through my words
You got to show some respect
Don't you walk through my words
Cause you ain't heard me out yet

Well, he looked down on my silver chain
He said: I'll give you one dollar
I said: You've got to be jokin, man
It was a present from me mother
He said: I like it, I want it, I'll take it off your hands
And you'll be sorry you crossed me
You better understand that you're alone (a long way from home)

And I say, I don't like reggae, oh no, I love it
I don't like reggae, I love it
Don't you cramp me style
Don't you queer me pitch
Don't you walk through my words
Cause you ain't heard me out yet

I hurried back to the swimming pool, sinkin' pina colada
I heard a dark voice beside me say
Would you like something harder?
She said: I've got it, you want it
My harvest is the best, and if you try it
You'll like it and wallow in a dreadlock holiday

And I say, don't like Jamaica, oh no, I love her
Don't like Jamaica, oh no, I love her
Don't you walk through my words
You got to show some respect
Don't you walk through my words
Cause you ain't heard me out yet
I don't like cricket, oh no, I love it (Dreadlock holiday)
I don't like Reggae, oh no, I love it (Dreadlock holiday)
I don't like Jamaica, oh no, I love her (Dreadlock holiday)


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"Dreadlock Holiday" as written by Graham Gouldman Eric Stewart

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  • +4
    General CommentHeh summerlr! maybe I'm wrong, but the chorus to me has always seemed really relevant to the song. When the singer is saying he loves Jamaica / cricket etc, I think he's playing the character in the story he's telling. I interpret this kind of pronouncement as an attempt to appease his aggressor by using complimentary statements of conciliation. It's just a tactful way of getting himself out of danger. What do you reckon? Quality tune anyways.
    Sheedyon October 27, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis is one of the most hilarious songs I've ever heard. Cracks me up every time. Is obviously about the average Englishman taking a holiday in Jamaica and although there's a difference of cultures between him and the locals they can still relate to each other by talking about cricket or having a drink or smoke etc.
    NJJon March 11, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentNobody has commented this song yet? Nothing to say about it, I love this song.
    ayaneon February 02, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is SOOOO GOOD!!! I think it's their best song! I share ayane's surprise; i mean generally: why aren't there more comments on songs from 10cc???
    Maebhdhon June 16, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAwsome song, im guessing it was about a man takin a vaction in Jamaica and getting lost
    Hassan347on December 11, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentis this song called dreadlock holiday? i thought it was called i dont like cricket? awesome song though! the chorus has nothing to do with the rest of it but that makes it really funny..dont you think?
    summerlron February 08, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment...so you didn't notice him being robbed, then?
    skittenon April 03, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHAHA OMG love this song.. I dance around thinking i'm all that!! Awesome!!
    koukla243on July 22, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI don't get it: if this is a song about an average Englishman on his holiday in Jamaica, how come that he speaks such a broken English? It's more likely that he is an African-American, they use "ain't" and "me mother" instead of "my mother". But then again, if he is an American, what does cricket has to do with it? And how come that a Jamaican guy who robbed him is "a brother from the gutter"? This also fits into my theory that the protagonist is actually an African-American. they are streetwise like Jamaicans. Anyway, the song sounds fantastic and I love it! I wish I could also figure out the actual meaning. Anybody, enlighten me.
    srkikidon July 29, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe song is about their good friend Justin Hayward's (Moody Blues) actual experiences in Jamacia.
    HDHon October 09, 2006   Link

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