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Sufferers Time MD #99 Nov 15-16 1981 KTIM Heptones!

Special Sibbles salute as Leroy makes NorCal debuts + new music from Bunny Wailer, Jimmy Cliff, Sugar Minott, Aswad, Dennis Brown, Alton Ellis, Edi Fitzroy, & The Jayes. Heptones sing “400 years of colonialism, and I & I no get I owe yet, I & I no reach I goal yet, cause too much ism and schism”



Sufferers Time lyrics bear repeating
(from PARTY TIME, the greatest Lee Perry lp of all time)

“Four hundred years of colonialism
And I and I no get I owe yet
I and I no reach I goal yet
Cause too much ism and schism
Too much ism and schism takin’ over
So we say so we go
For We Time, This a Sufferers Time
Sufferers live it up
Stop the ism & schism
Now that Rasta have a grouse
Time fe Rasta own big house
A time fe sufferers drive big car
A time fe sufferers live it up
Fe we time, fe we time
Dis a sufferer’s time”


PARTY TIME’s Mr. President lyrics stung especially deep
when Ray-Gunned the world into turn-around in 1981

“You can’t do us so (no!)
No, no, no, can’t do me so (no-no!)

Oh, Mr. President, listen to me
I’ve got to tell you about the people’s poverty
I know there is a lot that man you can do
Oh, but the pain we bearin’, means nothing to you

Oh, Mr. President, in your easy chair
How can you sit around like you don’t even care
And you don’t really know what wanting can do
Can cause your best friend to even steal from you

Oh, Mr. President, why are you so mean?
Aren’t you flesh and blood
Like all human beings?
How can you sit there and watch humble die
How do you really feel when hungry babies cry?

Mr. President, no, no (no-no!)
Oh, Mr. President, no, no (no-no!)”


These fierce Heptones & solo songs in this vital vintage radio program from Leroy are in honor of Sibbles’ local live debuts this week in Santa Cruz at The Catalyst, in San Francisco at The Stone (where Bob Marley, Peter Tosh & Joe Higgs debuted in 1973) and at Keystone Berkeley. This program also includes another list of great San Francisco Bay Area reggae events in its weekly comprehensive Reggae Beat report. Listen up:


Last week Midnight Dread’s special all request show featured Listeners’ All Time Top Five Reggae Songs, one from an inmate at San Quenting, just a couple miles from the radio station. On air since ’79 & online since ’96 dreader 21st Century Midnight Dread programs air daily at 12am including replays often heard in his Best of All Worlds high noon slot and where one can also become conscious at 6am with the indigenous sounds of Native Son Rising, all curated by Doug everyday, all times Pacific. Many more Midnight Dread sights & sounds here and on this blog’s Midnight Dread page.


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