Thursday, April 15, 2010

When Rosetta Stone fails you..........

Picture it: You're driving, radio up high when your favorite Dancehall song comes on, you want to sing along but can't. You listen closely but still can't figure out the words, What's one to do? 

TyroneM and I have the cure for your Reggae/Dancehall blues.Once a week I will post a video along with the lyrics to the song, and Tyrone will translate from Patois to English. You'll be the coolest kid on the block by the time we're done. Now let's get down to business. The first song was requested by Reina Song, she loves Buju Banton's Champion but anything past the chorus is lost on her. So Reina here you go:

"Champion" Buju Banton


Me wanna walk like a champion
Talk like a champion
What a piece of body gal
Tell me where you get it from
Knock 'pon your entrance
Ram pa pa pam pam
Gal let me in
Me have a thing that you are waiting
Walk like a champion
Talk like a champion
What a piece of body gal
A where you get it from
Knock 'pon your entrance
Ram pa pa pam pam
Gal let me in

Buju B would be more than glad to take your hand
And lead you to the promise land in my 20 ft. bed
All you got to do is be true, so let's correspond
Satisfy your emotions
Hot off a the press, instantly she was
She no hold on tough and she no got dangerous
Skin smooth and precious like she never get a cut
Pant front expanding and I've got to pull up
Gal me haffi get to, it's a must

Walk like a champion
Talk like a champion
What a piece of body gal
Tell me where you get it from
Knock 'pon your entrance
Ram pa pa pam pam
Girl let me in

Me have a thing
Plenty men a call, you're no look fi theim way
You look good, and haffi get against what the gals say
Put on you clothes, it's like a display
Men stare and swear both night and day
Could you be my honey, and a woman they lay
With a gorgeous smile on her face and say
She wants a man to do the work not one fi play
A marathon man, she says she want one fi stay

A Buju walk like a champion
Talk like a champion
What a piece of body gal
Tell me where you get it from
Knock 'pon your entrance
Ram pa pa pam pam
Gal let me in
Me have a thing that you are waiting
Walk like a champion
Talk like a champion
What a piece of body gal
A where you get it from
Knock 'pon your entrance
Ram pa pa pam pam
Gal let me in

I sing, woman I want to settle down really start a plan
To how you look I've come to one conclusion
You're supposed to know the works fuel the action
Music a playing, your waist responding
Non stop ticking just like a time bomb
A you every man want slam

Buju Banton walk like a champion
Talk like a champion
What a piece of body gal
Tell me where you get it from
Knock 'pon your entrance
Ram pa pa pam pam
Gal let me in
Me have a thing that you are waiting
Walk like a champion
Talk like a champion
What a piece of body gal
A where you get it from
Knock 'pon your entrance
Ram pa pa pam pam
Gal let me in

Buju B would be more than glad to take your hand
And lead you to the promise land in my 20 ft. bed
All you got to do is be true, so let's correspond
Satisfy your emotions
Hot off a the press, instantly she was
She no hold on tough and she no got dangerous
Skin smooth and precious like she never get a cut
Pant front expanding and I've got to pull up
Gal me haffi get to, it's a must

Buju wanna walk like a champion
Talk like a champion
What a piece of body gal
Tell me where you get it from
Knock 'pon your entrance
Ram pa pa pam pam
Gal let me in
Me have a thing that you are waiting
Walk like a champion
Talk like a champion
What a piece of body gal
A where you get it from
Knock 'pon your entrance
Ram pa pa pam pam
Gal let me in

Plenty men a call, you're no look fi theim way
You look good, and haffi get against what the gals say
Put on you clothes, it's like a display
Men a stare and swear both night and day
Could you be my honey, and a woman they lay
With a gorgeous smile on her face and say
Want a man fi work not fi play
Want a marathon man who can stay

Me wanna walk like a champion
Talk like a champion
What a piece of body gal
Tell me where you get it from
Knock 'pon your entrance
Ram pa pa pam pam
Gal let me in

Me have a thing that you are waiting
Walk like a champion
Talk like a champion
What a piece of body gal
A where you get it from
Knock 'pon your entrance
Ram pa pa pam pam
Gal let me in 

TyroneM's translation can be read here: "Walk Like a Champion, talk like a Champion"

4 comments:

Carolinaware said...

Priceless! I love translating too....lmao

I love it!

Smarty P. Jones said...

I can't with you or Tyrone. You too need a segment on somebody's show!

The Jaded NYer said...

I... um... Girl BYE! lol

12kyle said...

Even tho I hate reggae music, I can appreciate this translation. It would definitely help when the jams come on in the club. LOL