Out in the streets, they call it murder

Welcome to Jamrock, camp where the thugs dem camp at
Two pound ah weed inna van back
It inna your hand bag, your knapsack, it inna your backpack
The smell ah give your girlfriend contact

Some boy nuh know dis, dem only come around like tourist
On the beach with a few club sodas
Bedtime stories, and pose like dem name Chuck Norris
And don't know the real hardcore

'Cause Sandals ah nuh back too the thugs
Dem will do whe dem got to and won't think twice to shot you
Don't make dem spot you, unless you carry guns a lot too
A bare tuff tings come at you

When Trench Town man stop laugh and block off traffic
Then dem wheel and pop off and dem start clap it
With the pin file dung an it ah beat rapid
Police come inna jeep and dem can't stop it

Some say them ah playboy, ah playboy rabbit
Funny man ah get dropped like a bad habit
So nuh bodah pose tuff if you don't have it
Rastafari stands alone

Welcome to Jamrock, welcome to Jamrock
Out in the streets, they call it murder

Welcome to Jam down, poor people ah dead at random
Political violence, can't done, pure ghost and phantom
The youth dem get blind by stardom
Now the kings of kings ah call

Old man to Pickney, so wave unnuh hand if you with me
To see the sufferation sick me
Dem suit no fit me, to win election dem trick we
Then dem don't do nuttin' at all

Come on let's face it, a ghetto education's basic
And most ah de youths them waste it
And when dem waste it, that's when dem take the guns replace it
Then dem don't stand a chance at all

And that's why ah nuff little youth have up some fat 'matic
With the extra magazine inna dem back pocket
And ah a bleach a night time inna some black jacket
All who nah lock glocks, ah dem a lock rocket

They will full you up ah current like ah shock socket
Dem a run ah road back which part the cops block it
And from now till a mornin' nuh stop clock it
If dem run outta rounds ah bruck back ratchet

Welcome to Jamrock
(Southside, Northside)
Welcome to Jamrock
(East Coast, West Coast, huh, yo)

Welcome to Jamrock
(Cornwall, Middlesex and Surrey, yah)
Hey, welcome to Jamrock
Out in the streets, they call it murder

Jamaica, Jamaica, Jamaica, Jamaica, now
Jamaica, Jamaica, yo, Jamaica, Jamaica
Welcome to Jamrock, welcome to Jamrock

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Welcome To Jamrock Lyrics as written by Ini Kamoze Damian Robert Nesta Marley

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  • +1
    General Commentguys look this song is pretty much tellin everyone that jamaica isnt the peace full sands and blunt smoken everyone makes it out to be . he tellin ppl thats theres a war ragaing on within the cities of jamacia he gives examples to the strife by refering to the west east coast gangs of america and cornwall and middle sex being insanely poor and riddled with drug wars and ect. hes warnen ya and also warnen the young ones of jamaica the real jamacia to stay away from this way of life and comite to education see he isnt just spillin out hate full rhymes hes merely trying to keep the peace with his music but makeing it more blunt on wats going on. got on really good moive thatll show you just how bad it is over the.. City Of God, its a pian to read the subtitles but it gets the message across just like this song
    mellowtime88on September 24, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThey're the 3 counties of Jamaica
    roc_elleon October 11, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentdont take offense in him saying funnyman in reference to homosexuals.
    this song wasnt ment to bring social awareness and give us a little insight into the violence and poverty on the streets of Jamaica. It also brings awareness to the mistreament of homosexuals with those lyrics, he didnt mean it to be offensive!
    ky-mani_oneloveon April 25, 2007   Link
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    General Comment"Funnyman", a rough Jamaican equivalent of "faggot" in America, is on the original pressings of the album, and is removed on subsequent releases. Live, he often replaces it with Babylonian. I feel that when he originally wrote it, he was using the term to bring awareness to the situation in Jamaica. I know he didn't have a lot of time with his father, but I am certain that his older brothers passed on Bob's idea of loving everyone to Junior Gong. I'd guess that the reason it was removed was because recently, a lot of Jamaican dancehall singers started getting a lot of heat for their hateful lyrics (Bounty Killer, Elephant Man, Sizzla, among others). He probably realized the magnitude of what could happen if he, the son of Bob Marley, was thought to hate gay people. I mean, he even has Bounty Killer as a guest on this album (Khaki Suit). Regardless, this song is brilliant. It helps to show the true Jamaica. It's like Bob's earlier works, albeit in much more direct terms, even though most people don't listen hard enough to understand the lyrics.
    mordechaion February 06, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentso hard hitting... open your eyes he's saying..

    I like the way he manages to say all this but still give out the vibe that he's just a regular guy witnessing this happen around him, a narrator. good song.
    tigersroamfreeon November 05, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentlove love love this song
    sunmoonandstarson January 24, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentlyrics are flawed i think...
    first verse i dont think it says funnyman anywhere
    but not sure
    one of my all time favourite songs : )
    dont really get it --- all dem 'dem and dens' really throw me
    charlotte474on April 28, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti dont think he says funnyman either
    but in the line that says funnyman i am pretty sure he is talking about how gays are discrimnated against
    noone1111111111111111111on June 26, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentat the end of the song it says
    "cornwall, middlesex and surrey y'all "

    are theses palces in jamaica?
    i know theyre english too
    charlotte474on October 10, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHe DEFINITELY doesn't say "funnyman". Listen to the song. Read the lyrics in the liner notes. Somebody pulled that out of their ass.
    raoul_dukeon October 16, 2006   Link

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