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​Bristol And Miami

This song is by The Selecter and appears on the album Celebrate The Bullet (1981).

Cafe on the corner peeling painted sign
Water in he vinegar and it never changes to wine
Causing no fuss just smoking inside
Heavy light bursts in and the shadows rush to hide

Then Bristol caught fire
Smell of burning in the air
Everybody listening to the reggae jukebox singer singing

Sing on, sing on
Listen to the echo of the street
Sing on, sing on
Listen to the echo of the street

Four thousand miles to the west
People only take so much
When surrounded by the best they want to reach out and touch
Miami beach hot and lazy
Sun a yellow ball of light
Hiding invisible men living in a world of white

Bristol and Miami
Where's it gonna be tomorrow
Anytime, anywhere
It's only time we borrow

Sun beat down, hot heavy afternoon
Hurricane swept the town, and didn't finish so soon
Black smiles thrown in the dust
Replaced by anger
White grins begin to rust when
They're looking in the face of danger

Then Miami caught fire
Smell of burning in the air
Everybody listening to the reggae jukebox singer singing

Sing on, sing on
Listen to the echo of the street
Sing on, sing on
Listen to the echo of the street

Black man singing in the heat of the night
Broken dreams just fly away

Everybody listening to the reggae jukebox singer singing

Sing on, sing on
Listen to the echo of the street
Sing on, sing on
Listen to the echo of the street

Black man singing in the heat of the night
Broken dreams just fly away