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Linton Kwesi Johnson

Linton Kwesi Johnson (aka LKJ) (born in Jamaica, 24 August 1952) is a UK-based dub poet. In 2002 he became the second living poet, and the only black poet, to be published in the Penguin Modern Classics series. His performance poetry involves the recitation of his own verse in Jamaican Patois over dub-reggae, usually written in collaboration with renowned British reggae producer/artist Dennis Bovell. His middle name, "Kwesi", is Ghanaian. more »


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1985
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I woz
Waakin doun di road road
Di addah day
When a hear a lickle yout-man say

Him seh
Y´u noh si mi situation
Mi don´t have noh accamadaeshan
Mi haffi sign aan at di station
At six in di evenin´
Mi seh mi life got no meanin´
Ah jus´ livin´ widout feelin´

Still mi haffi mek a raze
Kaw mi come af age
An mi want fi goh rave

I woz waakin doun di road
Annadah day
W´en ah hear annadah yout-man say

Him seh
Mi naw wok fi noh pittance
Mi naw draw dem assistance
Mi use to run a lickle rackit
But wha, di police dem di stap it
An ah had woz to hap it

Still mi haffi mek a raze
Kaw mi come af age
An mi want fi goh rave

I woz waakin doun di road
Yet annadah day
W´en ah hear annadah yout-man say

Him seh
Mi haffi pick a packit
Tek a wallit fram a jackit
Mi haffi dhu it real crabit
An´ if a lackit mi haffi pap it
An´ if a safe mi haffi crack it
Are chap it wid mi hatchit

But mi haffi mek a raze
Kaw mi come af age
An mi want fi goh rave

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