"Pomp And Pride" as written by and F. Hibbert....
Everybody just
Cryin out (cry out)
Calm down (calm down)
Have your pomps and pride
Calm down (calm down)
Calm down (calm down)
Have your pomps and pride
Everybody just
Cryin out (cry out)
Calm down (calm down)
Have your pomps and pride
Is it an opulin, Iceland, calm down
Have your pomps and pride
For today, today, today is a happy day
For tonight tonight, can be another night

Do re mi fah so la te do
Everybody's just crying crying
Sighing sighing
Dying to see the light
And when they see it, they see it's not bright
Can this be right?
Everybody just
Calm down (calm down)
Calm down (calm down)
Have your pomps and pride
Is it an opulin, Iceland, calm down (have no idea what he says here)??
Calm down
Have your pomps and pride


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"Pomp and Pride" as written by Frederick Hibbert

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    General CommentThis is one of my favorite melodies ever.
    Jimmifrisbeeon January 17, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI'm going to have to respectfully disagree based on the overall meaning and lyrics of the song. He's singing about the Rastafarian ethos - not taking yourself too seriously, always looking for the positive. It's an admonition not to be too proud of yourself, not to take things so seriously. Irie! I think the song is speaking to the world ("Everybody"), not three specific women. "Everybody's just crying sighing dying to see the light. And when they see it, they say it's not bright. Can this be right?"

    But in the end, we take out of all art what we want. And this is one of the best feel-good happy tunes ever written IMO.
    rob1077236on February 26, 2016   Link
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    My Interpretationi&i grow up listening to this song, and agree with all who identified the general feel good vibes of this song, it is always in my rotation! as with many great reggae songs, relatively(seemingly?) simple lyrics present many possible meanings, and this one is no different...i&i have always felt that the lyric is
    "come down, come down, come down, come down off di pomp and pride", and so agree with those who the rastafari ethos as driving the meaning, in other words drop the false pride and social status, recognize that we are all the same connected to everything in the universe, so love all and tonight can be a happy night...

    simple in a sense, hence the reference to the doubt many have about simple solutions "Everybody's just crying sighing dying to see the light. And when they see it, they say it's not bright. Can this be right?", meaning everyone has been mistaken/misled into looking for an "otherworldly-amazing" answer when the answer is for each of us to come down off the false pride, and treat all with love!

    Jah bless!
    kwame10305on April 16, 2017   Link
  • 0
    General Commentcos today is today is a happy day! this song could turn a frown into a smile any day of the week. this is what music is all about...
    jiveturkey202on March 06, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWow I can't believe this song only has two comments! This song is such a great feel good song, I love listening to it before going out with friends because it puts me in such a good mood. Unfortunately I don't really have an explanation for the meaning of the song but I think it has something to do with people waiting to see this amazing thing and when they see it's not as great as they thought it would be and they don't understand how this could be.
    xWaRpeDxon December 10, 2009   Link
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    General CommentBahahahaha! "Is it an opulin, Iceland?"
    This is all over the internet.
    The correct lyric (with heavy Kingston accent) is "Ease it and happily, nicely, come down"

    What the hell is an opulin, Iceland? Bahahahhahahaha!
    rob1077236on January 21, 2015   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLove this song. Happiness doesn't come from some out of reach object or ideal; it is found within, when you appreciate what you are already blessed with.

    Apparently it's hard to get an angry person to listen to this.
    jamsrunfreeeeon January 18, 2017   Link
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    General CommentWhat are pomps tho?
    jamsrunfreeeeon January 18, 2017   Link
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    General CommentKwame; esatto! The lyric is a wise
    prescription for happy living, as if a kind elder were speaking to a difficult child for whom nothing turns to be exactly what he or she expects it to be, hence "come down off your pomps and pride", which are the child's expectations of immediate satisfaction and recognition or acknowledgement, and enjoy the loveliness that is spread before you. "Ease it and happily, nicely come down" (some have said 'calm down', but I read it as come down off of) is trying to get the child (or whomever) to see the beauty and joy that's right in front of them. I am glad to have read your natural and clear reading of this. It's what I felt inside. So many malcontents ("when they see it, they say it's not light, can this be right?") are disappointed at the wonders and beauty of what is before them by false expectations. Perhaps we all have to beware of that in ourselves to degree or other, so it's for everyone, as pride gets in the way of doing and seeing so much beauty and accomplishing a great deal.Thanks.
    Paul V. Montefuscoon July 07, 2018   Link
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    General CommentAfter reading and listening to live versions, here's my take, which I tried to put into the main lyric field, but it doesn't seem to stick.

    Everybody just
    Cryin' out (cryin' out)
    Come down (come down)
    off your pomps and your pride.
    Come down (come down)
    Come down (come down)
    Off your pomps and pride.
    Everybody just
    Cryin' out (cryin' out)
    Come down (come down)
    off your pomps and pride.
    Easily an' a happily, nicely an' come down
    off your pomps and pride
    For today, today, today is a happy day
    For tonight tonight, can be a better night!

    Do re mi fah so la te do...
    Everybody's just cryin' cryin'
    Sighing sighing
    Dying to see the light.
    And when they see it, they say it not bright.
    Can this be right?
    Everybody just
    Come down (come down)
    Come down (come down)
    off your pomps and pride.
    Easily an' a happily, nicely, an' come down
    Come down
    off your pomps and pride.

    For today, today, today is a happy day.
    For tonight tonight, can be a happy night.
    Do re mi fah so la te do...
    Everybody's just cryin' cryin'
    Sighing sighing
    Dying to see the light.
    And when they see it, they say it not bright.
    Can this be right?
    Everybody just
    Come down (come down)
    Come down (come down)
    off your pomps and pride
    Easily an' a happily, nicely, an' come down
    Come down
    off your pomps and pride.
    Skriddleson November 13, 2018   Link

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