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Inglan is a Bitch

Linton Kwesi Johnson
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OriginaleTraduzione inglese di ‎‎Thomas Christiansen, ‎professore di lingue...
INGLAN IS A BITCHENGLAND IS A BITCH
  
W'en mi jus' come to Landan tounWhen I’d just come to London town
Mi use to work pan di andahgrounI used to work upon the underground
But workin' pan di andahgrounbut working upon the underground
Y'u don't get fi know your way aroundyou don’t get to know your way around
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Inglan is a bitchEngland is a bitch
There's no escapin' itthere’s no escaping it
Inglan is a bitchEngland is a bitch
There's no runnin' whey fram itthere’s no running away from it
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Mi get a lickle jab in a bih 'otellI got a little job in a big hotel
An' awftah a while, mi was doin' quite welland after a while, I was doing quite well
Dem staat mi aaf as a dish-washahthey started me off as a dishwasher
But w'en mi tek a stack, mi noh tun clack-watchahbut when I took a stack, I didn’t turn clock watcher
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Inglan is a bitchEngland is a bitch
There's no escapin' itthere’s no escaping it
Inglan is a bitchEngland is a bitch
No baddah try fi hide fram itno bother trying to hide from it
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W'en dem gi' you di lickle wage packitWhen they give you a little wage packet
Fus dem rab it wid dem big tax rackitfirst they rob it with their big tax racket [fraud]
Y'u haffi struggle fi mek ends meetyou have to struggle to make ends meet
An' w'en y'u goh a y'u bed y'u jus' can't sleepand when you go to your bed you just can’t sleep
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Inglan is a bitchEngland is a bitch
There's no escapin' itthere’s no escaping it
Inglan is a bitchEngland is a bitch, for true
A noh lie mi a tell, a trueit’s no lie that I’m telling, a truth
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Mi use to work dig ditch w'en it cowl noh bitchI used to work digging ditches when it was cold no bitching [no lie]
Mi did strang like a mule, but bwoy, mi did foolI was strong like a mule, but boy, I was foolish
Den awftah a while mi jus' stap dhu ovahtimethen after a while I just stopped doing overtime
Den awftah a while mi jus' phu dung mi toolthen after a while I just put down my tool
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Inglan is a bitchEngland is a bitch
There's no escapin' itthere’s no escaping it
Inglan is a bitchEngland is a bitch
Y'u haffi know how fi survive in ityou have to know how to survive in it
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Well mi dhu day wok an' mi dhu nite wokWell I did day work and I did night work
Mi dhu clean wok an' mi dhu dutty wokI did clean work and I did dirty work
Dem seh dat black man is very lazythey say that black man is very lazy
But if y'u si how mi wok y'u woulda sey mi crazybut if you had seen how I worked you would have said I was crazy
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Inglan is a bitchEngland is a bitch
There's no escapin' itthere’s no escaping it
Inglan is a bitchEngland is a bitch
Y'u bettah face up to ityou had better face up to it
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Dem a have a lickle facktri up inna BracklyThey have a little factory up in Brackly
Inna disya facktri all dem dhu is pack crackryin this here factory all they do is pack crockery
Fi di laas fifteen years dem get mi laybahfor the last fifteen years they have got my labour
Now awftah fifteen years mi fall out a fayvahnow after fifteen years I’ve fallen out of favour
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Inglan is a bitchEngland is a bitch
There's no escapin' itthere’s no escaping it
Inglan is a bitchEngland is a bitch
There's no runnin' whey fram itthere’s no running away from it
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Mi know dem have work, work in abundantI know they have work, work in abundance
Yet still, dem mek mi redundantyet still, they make me redundant
Now, at fifty-five mi gettin' quite ol'now at fifty-five I’m getting quite old
Yet still, dem sen' mi fi goh draw doleyet still, they send me to go draw dole [unemployment benefit]
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Inglan is a bitchEngland is a bitch
There's no escapin' itthere’s no escaping it
Inglan is a bitchEngland is a bitch, for truth
Is whey wi a goh dhu 'bout it?‎It’s what are we going to do about it?‎


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