"Ackee 1 2 3" as written by Roger Charlery, Andy Cox, Everett Morton, David Steele and David Frederick Wakeling....
Cross your fingers, say you're on high
Pretend you're in debt and see what life brings
But all of this taking things as they come
Tends to make you forget to put anything in
The longer you dwell, the more it's like hell
You sit by the well just making a wish
It would be a shame to take too much blame
Look, we're all the same, it's only a game

Ackee 1-2-3
Ackee 1-2, 1-2-3, did I just catch you laughing?
Ackee 1-2-3
Ackee 1-2, 1-2-3

Forward, where the knocks are hardest
Some to failure, some to fame
Never mind the cheers or hooting
Keep your head and play the game
Try to keep your feet on the ground
Without getting them stuck in the mud
You will soon be over the moon or twice as hot as the sun

Ackee 1-2-3
Ackee 1-2, 1-2-3, did I just catch you laughing?
Ackee 1-2-3, ackee-ackee-ackee 1-2-3
Ackee 1-2, 1-2-3

Ackee, ackee 1-2-3

Cross your fingers, say you're on high
Pretend you're in debt and see what life brings
But all of this taking things as they come
Tends to make you forget to put anything in
The longer you dwell, the more it's like hell
You sit by the well just making a wish
To make it plain, I'll sing it again
We're all the same, it's only a game

Ackee 1-2-3
Ackee 1-2, 1-2-3, did I just catch you laughing?
Ackee 1-2-3, ackee-ackee-ackee 1-2-3
Ackee 1-2, 1-2-3

Someone just smiled for no special reason
It looks liken the smile's come back into season
It's easy, doesn't have to be a nice day
Just the only one you've got and it's coming, ready or not

Ackee 1-2, 1-2-3
Ackee 1-2, 1-2-3


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"Ackee 123" as written by David Wakeling Wesley Magoogan

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    General CommentI love the beat and melody of this song; it always gets me going. And it seems like that's sort of the message of the lyrics, too. Life's a game; we're all the same. If you just "take things as they come" in life, then you're not actually contributing anything to this world, for other people to experience and take as THEY come. Don't sit and dwell on the negatives, just keep your head and play the game. Keep yourself grounded without getting stuck in the mud, and you'll succeed. Keep a smile on your face, and take the good days with the bad, because the day is coming, ready or not.

    I have no clue what the words "Ackee 1-2-3" mean, though. Any insight into that? Sounds like some sort of children's game?
    Bluewaveson May 08, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song always cheers me up whenever I get down. It makes me laugh.

    Ackee means "here" in Spanish, but I have no idea where 1-2-3 comes from.
    HoboSpartan7on January 11, 2008   Link
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    General Comment@ HoboSpartan7:

    Ackee is NOT the Spanish word for here. Although it sounds the same, "Aqui" is the word you are referring to.

    The Ackee is a fruit-bearing tree, indiginous to Western Africa. The fruits can be eaten after careful processing, and are popular in many Caribbean cuisines.

    What does this have to do with the song? No idea...

    My guess is it's either entirely made up, or is a not-so-well known children's game.
    theprimaljanitoron January 18, 2010   Link
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    Song Meaning"Ackee 123" is part of the game of tiggy, or tag, as played in Birmingham - as is the "den". Having only lived in Brum as an adult, I'm not sure which person shouts it.

    My guess is that it's the catcher who shouts "Ackee 123" when he finds a runner, and then the runner has got to get back to the den - which would make sense as a metaphor, since the song is about hiding from some sort of uncomfortable truth.
    basscommavocalon March 20, 2014   Link
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    General CommentForward where the knocks are hardest
    Some to failure some to fame
    Never mind the cheers or hooting
    Keep your head and play the game

    This is taken from the school song of King Edward's School Birmingham, the big private school in the area. I don't know what connection any of the band had to that school, if any, but that's where it comes from. Used ironically I would guess
    guy64on July 31, 2014   Link
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    General CommentAckee is a game of tag with a home base (safe place). If you can get to the base without being tagged, you yell "Ackee 123."

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    DanRioon June 28, 2016   Link

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