Try to write down the lyrics in any reggae sound and it looks ridiculous. That’s because the language sung and spoken in Jamaica is not English. Jamaican patwa (patois) has West African Twi, Spanish, Arawak Indian and other words in it along with a sometimes old-sounding English vocabular; it’s from slavery times. Patwa even has its own grammar. So just try. But there is another and even larger difficulty in trying to transfer reggae lyrics to the paper: They are not at all intended for the paper. Especially the DJs’ lyrics are the art of talking.
Lee Perry: Little Sally Data. From the LP ”Colombia Colly”, Island Records, 1976.
Lee Perry, aka King Scratch, Jah Lion and lots of other names. The definite multi-artist in Reggae music. Always in control; of course he has recorded, mixed and produced every bit of this LP himself.