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Messenger: ras ravin-i Sent: 2/6/2017 8:55:38 PM


Under the long mango tree
Was de people’s university,
Under de mango tree
Pot bubbling wid dumpling and baghi,
Under the mango tree
Was de peoples university,

It was January 1970,
Under de mango tree
Card game playin, tide bucket drummin,
Ganja smoking, pot bubblin,
Under de mango tree

Reasonin strong, reasonin strong,
Government doing wrong, de people complainin,
Under de mango tree
Dong in tong, marchin going dong,
people singing ah song,
we shall overcome,
1937 come rong,
Under de mango tree,

From one end ah de land to de next ,
De People vex,
Massa day done, massa day done,
Under de mango tree

Pot bubblin, ganja smoking,
Tide bucket drummin,
Mr. Mason say, Indian an African mus unite,
Other wise we go nevah see de daylight,
We is one modder chirren,
All ah we struggling,
Dis is we lan, make ah stan,
Play yuh han,
Massa day done he say,
Sen de white man on he way,
We marchin to long,
We cryin to long,
Young fellas time tuh be strong,
Under de mango tree

Card playin, tide bucket drummin,
Ganja smoking,
Young fellas reasonin,……
Under de long mango tree…..
© Ravin-i

Messenger: RastaGoddess Sent: 2/6/2017 9:15:41 PM


Messenger: Sister Ifua Sent: 2/7/2017 7:23:17 PM

The title reminded me of Mrs Lou's "Under the Coconut Tree"... :D
Didn't hear that for looooong time.

Messenger: ras ravin-i Sent: 2/8/2017 12:52:17 PM

this is a real scenario, this used to happen every day, that tree has been bulldozed by the local village council on orders from the police as a trouble spot

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