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Nakku

Well, the nanny goat, I don't know.
But she's not 'cold' (no matter what the lyrics say), she's 'cool', as in not hurt. Anyway, I say you don't question Desmond. He knows what it's all about.

Joe Victor

I think it's about seeing his little sister fall off a wall and hurt herself. "It mek" means "it hurts."

Anatoly Vorobey

On some reflection, perhaps it's about his indifference to her getting hurt, because even though he checked her our and dug her, she was cold to him.

So let her run around wildly and fall and cry for ice water; he warned her before (the goat line - when a goat runs around wildly he'll drop on his belly - I think he sings "drop belly down", not "belly good") once and twice, but it's no use; but she's cold to him anyway, so whatever.


It's either that, or he digs her cold body out the ground and she becomes a zombie and runs away to jump over walls.

Anatoly Vorobey

"Ah it mek" itself seems to mean "so that's why" according to Wikipedia and some other pages; it makes sense because "mek" is the widest sense of make/let in the patois.

belle waring

OK, that makes sense, I hadn't thought of it as maybe happening to kids and that's his sister, and it seemed like a bizarre interaction for a boyfriend/girlfriend pair. I agree he's saying "cool, girl" not "cold, girl." whenever the girls fall down Tena's reaction is "you see! always like that one!" which means, I told you if you did x you would fall down, i.e. it mek.

Jon Mandle

For what it's worth, the liner notes to "Rockin' Steady" say: "The phrase 'A It Mek' was a common Jamaican school-yard taunt, loosely translated as 'That's what you get.' The song used a poignant native proverb in the lyrics: 'What a sweet nanny-goat a go run him belly' (roughly, what a nanny-goat likes, he will overeat and he will thus get the runs). The moral: if you like something, don't do it too much."

Davis X. Machina

Now that that's cleared up, anyone want to tackle the lyrics of "Draw Your Brakes"?

Forward and fiaca
Menacle and den gosaca.

belle waring

yeah, no idea there! I've wondered about that since I was a little kid.

Robert Halford

It appears to mean "let's go steal somebody's girlfriend, manhandle her, and then get it on." At least, according to this:

http://stevecotler.com/tales/2008/09/20/draw-your-brakes-a-jamaican-creole-shout/

Robert Halford

It appears to mean "let's go steal somebody's girlfriend, manhandle her, and then get it on." At least, according to this:

http://stevecotler.com/tales/2008/09/20/draw-your-brakes-a-jamaican-creole-shout/

Robert Halford

It appears to mean "let's go steal somebody's girlfriend, manhandle her, and then get it on." At least, according to this:

http://stevecotler.com/tales/2008/09/20/draw-your-brakes-a-jamaican-creole-shout/

Robert Halford

Whoops.

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It mek means: that's the reason

gene krupa

"What sweet nanny goat a go run him belly" evidently is a cautionary proverb meaning "what's sweet to the nanny goat will ruin his belly". It may seem good now, but...

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