Susheila's Jahaji Bash - Song Lyrics

Written by: Christophe Grant
Sung by: Tameika Darius

So no, no, no
Susheila
You didn’t have to insult we so
Susheila
Tell me why, why, why
Susheila
You couldn’t let sleeping dogs just lie?
Susheila

A rose by any name will smell as sweet
But not when the name Susheila
Camille start to beat
At the brunt of the childish jab
Well she took offense
Leggo ah load ah gobar
In her mock defense

She say
“My name is my ancestors”
“Yours come from ah slave master”
That is what the good lady had to say
So many years since Jahaji Bai
She kiss race relations good-bye
Fling we history back in a vicious way

So tell me why now you stoop so low?
Susheila
Why de hell yuh insult we so?
Susheila
Try to cast we in de hall of shame
Susheila
How we have we slave-master name
Susheila

But in slavery we had no voice
Massa took away every choice
But yuh drag up meh painful past
To tell me we come dead last

Ah know de code that yuh want to speak
I lose my name so that makes me weak
Is ah sensitive corn yuh mash
That was not Jahaji Bai
Brotherhood of the boat
Is Jahaji Bash
Bash (x3)
De race barrier yuh crash
That was not Jahaji Bai
Brotherhood of the boat
Is Jahaji Bash

So no, no, no
Susheila
You didn’t have to insult we so
Susheila
Tell me why, why, why
Susheila
You couldn’t let sleeping dogs just lie?
Susheila

From the shores of Africa
Slaves were kidnapped
As prisoners of tribal war
Some fell in their trap
Why yuh want to portray us now
As soft and weak
When through the cries for reparation
Justice we still seek

You came through indentureship
Volunteers on a different ship
To work the fields of sugar
Bound by contract

We work for free
You had a wage
But surely we past that stage
So why yuh trying to bring
Bitter memories back
Yuh too slack
Yuh too slack

Please just come down from dey
Susheila
Why in the gutter yuh like to play
Susheila
What should Jurlean John now do
Susheila
Wade Mark and Rodney Charles too
Susheila

Girl in slavery we had no voice
We didn’t give up we name by choice
It was torture and licks pure hell
They use to hang yuh if yuh rebel

Ah know de code that yuh want to speak
Ah come from slave inferior and weak
Yuh must think before talking trash
That was not Jahaji Bai
Brotherhood of the boat
Is Jahaji Bash
Bash (x3)
Yuh try to hit me a brutal lash
That was not Jahaji Bai
Brotherhood of the boat
Is Jahaji Bash

Cuz yuh bash implying yuh kin born free
But my people come from slave
And then yuh slash all meh pride and dignity
Trample meh grandfather grave
And then yuh dash all out hopes for unity
Yuh statement was ah disgrace
Emancipation dressing like we
But inside yuh preaching race

We boast about equal place in our anthem
But it seems bigotry and race is still de problem
We even have the word “tolerence” in our watchwords
What must we do when our leaders moving so absurd

Yes we work on the plantation
Falling rain through the boiling sun
For my ancestors sugar wasn’t sweet
Wasn’t so when yuh people came
So why dig up those days of shame
And pelt it back in meh face like a dutty sheet

So is not you that I out to bash
Susheila
But yuh true colours yuh flash
Susheila
Always preaching bout unity
Susheila
But have no sympathy for slavery
Susheila

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Music Sheet

Ah know de games of yuh politics
Is innuendo koochoor and tricks
Stir the people divide and rule
And then ride them hard like a mule

Take a listen to Sparrow’s “Slave”
Massa days they were so depraved
So take yuh sly dog whistle and hush
That was not Jahaji Bai
Brotherhood of the boat
Is Jahaji Bash
Bash (x3)
Why de past yuh want to rehash
That was not Jahaji Bai
Brotherhood of the boat
Is Jahaji Bash

Cuz yuh bash implying yuh kin born free
But I descend from ah slave
And then yuh slash all meh pride and dignity
Yuh apology just save
Anthem dash singing out most lustily
Bout find an equal space
Want to lead this rainbow country
But inside yuh preaching race

So no, no, no
Susheila
You didn’t have to insult we so
Susheila
Tell me why, why, why,
Susheila
You couldn’t let sleeping dogs just lie?
Susheila

No, no, no
Susheila
Why, why, why?
Susheila

Susheila’s Jahaji Bash Lyrics
Calypso 2023
Trinidad and Tobago

 

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