Culture Must be Free – Latumba

*lyrics incomplete. Help fill in the blanks if you can.*

Writer: Shelly Tobitt

1.
`“They tell me they don’t want no politics at all this year
So when I come to sing, I must sing about love
They tell me is only Uncle Toms that they want this year
So if the crown I’m thinking of
I must sell my soul
for a circle of tainted gold
But my heart cannot buy it
my conscience reject it
for they lock teachers up in prison
and they beat them up without reason
innocently keep them in jail
and like slaves they refuse them bail
I say to hell with your competition
I want no part under those conditions
They don’t even bound to play my songs
on none ah dem two radio station

Cho.
But I go sing what I see
I go mirror society
Culture must be free
They cyaan muzzle me

2.
They tell me they don’t want no politics at all this year
They change up everything
new criteria, new judging
They say they only want songs that lie and say pretty things
So if I could sing just a little lie
Certainly I would be king
They have the power to make me king
Sing how the island progressing and a new day is dawning
But don’t sing bout the corporation
… (?)
a device they leave in Barbuda
nearly kill three men from Antigua
I say to hell with your competition
I want no part under those conditions
They don’t even bound to play my song
on none ah dem two radio station

Cho.

3.
They tell me they don’t want no politics at all this year
Everybody here believes not in a fairytale
They say they don’t want no revolutionary or socialist
But the man that they brand a communist
???…chaku waka…???
????
???…is my prison
I must sing bout all them policeman
that they have right up there in station
…??? tear gas …
they oppress, harass, and oppress me
I say to hell with your competition
They don’t even bound to play my song
on none ah dem two radio station

Cho.

Jah is my keeper
So whom shall I fear
Freedom to the brothers in the ghetto

This is part of the song lyrics data base and an extension of the listing of songwriter credits, both Wadadli Pen projects to capture the Antigua and Barbuda song book for educational purposes. No profit is being made. – blogger, JCH

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