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Strength & Hope

This song is by Sizzla and appears on the album Bobo Ashanti (2000).

Intro Haile I, ever live in love, blessed my lord and empress, Ethiopia
Hear the right O Jah Rastafari, attend unto I and I cry and give ears
Unto I and I words that going not of favourites
Let basentess come forth from thy prison, tell yuh to rise, behold the things
Which are equal
I and I say black people never lose the faith, Him cop he head so we get it
And the king of glory shall come in
Emperor Haile Selassie I is our ever-living king, yes
Is more love and joy Rastafari bring, yeah yeah

Chorus 1 Rastafari ha we strength and hope
Inna d system d youths dem na go cope
The life some living is ah joke
Always live for the best, of course, yah [times 2]

Verse 1 Ay, be not like dem old Phareces and Scribes, yah
Be not like dem who always fuss and fight, ooh
Just live in love and protect your life
Israelites, give praises, always yes
And to the most high

(Chorus 1 times 2)

Verse 2 It has been such a very long while
Black people been suffering, yah, hey
High society say dem ah d top ah d line
So dem take we as dey mockery and postering, yow
Dem couldn't stop mih locks from growin'
Yow, well deh couldn't stop Jah breeze from blowin', no
Ah say dem couldn't stop d river from flowin'
To Ethiopia, Africa black people goin'
Righteousness Rastafari sowing
Ay, justice endowing

Chorus 2 Rastafari ha we strength and hope
Inna d system d youths dem cyah cope
All dey got to give are guns and coke
Dey never see fire we done smoke, burn dem out
Now [chorus 1]

Verse 3 It surely give me joy to see you seeing and praise the Most High
It will give you joy, how good in place and black people dem ha in I, jyow
Why should we ever dear fight, yow
When everyone is equal in Selassie I sight
Be fruitful and live in the sunshine
King Selassie I hail we every time

(Chorus 1 times 2, fading)

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