Beach Busker

by Owen Plant & Brother Vic

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1.
Wanna Go Back Wanna go back Wanna go back To where I was at Wanna go back Tommy gun gone yes him meet him demise Undah di bridge wid no prying eyes In the fair city of San Buenaventura Down by the beach Ay que locura! Two piece a wood mek a cross Nail it up good Rain and di wind run fast Write “rest in peace” mek it short RIP mi no wah no duppy in mi yard! Wanna go back Wanna go back To where I was at Wanna go back Wi gonna mek another Haiti wid some big Pappa Docs Leapfroggin’ leaders while dem linnin’ dem pockets? I’m not wavin’ a bloody shirt History repeat little man always get hurt Bidabombi bidabombi lailalalalei Old world melody Slave-ship rhythm in the holy hymnal today Wanna go back to the mother Back to the sea Where we all long to be Back to where the sun hits the blowing trees Wanna go back To the pothole backhole streets of Trelawney Wanna go back Cool wind in my hair to where I was at We all come from some place, maybe the same place Wanna go back Oh I’ll go there with you Wanna go back like the salmon do, like the birds do Wanna go back Cool wind in my hair Where I was at I wanna go back
2.
Maybe I shouldn't have thrown away Those pictures and cards and letters and things Cuz now I find I can't recall Just who I am or where I've been I’m too young to be old Too old to be told Maybe I shouldn't have Maybe I should have put away Paper and coin for a rainy day But what I want is what I need At least that's always how it seems There's no stoppin' me When the doggy in the window is callin' my name Maybe I should have left him be Maybe I could have walked away When trouble came 'round callin' my name Coulda just never gone and shown my face When the sun hit noon and sealed my fate Hubris is a nail Last one in the coffin in this sad, sad tale Maybe I could have walked away Maybe I would have found my way If the ground was even and the lights were paid But the cards get dealt and the game is done Before you know it and it wasn't no fun Depends on who is saying What's done is done or maybe it's all changing Maybe I would have found my way
3.
04:05
I'm dreaming of Golden shores Light breeze on my face And sand between my toes While I sleep Oh when I awake A symphony of blowing leaves and crashing waves awaits Half empty or half full Go with the latter and life is much better Everyone knows that's true So I'm coming to you I'm coming to you I'm dreaming I'm dreaming of I'm dreaming of that great Hawaii sun I'm dreaming I'm dreaming of I'm dreaming of that great Hawaii sun How much longer must I be deprived of this dream? I know in reality there's an ocean between me and she But eventually you will see that No amount of obstacle will I avoid to tackle tackle If it means I'm ending up next to you Watching the sky change from orange to blue I'm dreaming I'm dreaming of I'm dreaming of that great Hawaii sun I'm dreaming I'm dreaming of I'm dreaming of that great Hawaii sun Sunrise, sunset and everything between Wake up when you want Sleep when you feel I love this dream I love this dream!
4.
Another long drive to another big city Gas tank ain't full Wallet is skinny so pull over here and park I see some people chilling in the sun let's play some music from the heart While you're at it leave the guitar case open Remember that time just outside of Oakland? $200 in an hour and a half cuz people know what's real And real is really where we're at! Whohoho! Hold the phone Ain't it nice to just be alone I am definitely on this side of happy Whohoho! On the street Got that smile that you like to meet I am definitely on this side of happy Got my running shoes on walkman strapped to me People always laughing, saying that it's funny But I like these things from the past The future's downloading all around us too fast Besides, if I went and missed the side B I might miss the party No one would know which one is for me but me Can't you see I could be running 'round the street thinking there's some kind of conspiracy Whohoho! Hold the phone Ain't it nice to just be alone I am definitely on this side of happy Whohoho! On the street Got that smile that you like to meet I am definitely on this side of happy Why you trying so hard to be the winner? Don't you know it all works out? I know it's hard to just keep lying here watching it all fall apart!
5.
bredah what you doin’ in di middle a di road? mi fraid a di spidah dem web stretch from the hedge to car door wah di worse cian happen? spidah rope in mi face. den mi doh know where di damn ting is runnin’ all ovah di place down mi shut, an mi pants an den mi start dance but you no cian see dem before them have chance? naw man, walk down di sidewalk and see dem wicked and smart, just like Anansi you mean iz plan dem plan? like a conspiracy man!? iz spidah we talkin bout or politician?!? an what if a mini bus roun di corner too fass? mi prefer dat to spidah man, you well mad to rass!
6.
I am walking through the park with a poison in my hand up ahead a big commotion, words I cannot understand but I hear what's underneath and it makes me cry inside they are walking with their poisons as am I and the leaves upon the trees hang heavy to the ground and the sky above is muddy, turned the deepest color brown and I never know if it's me or this hard and lonely town I am walking with my poison here and now as my body calms from shivers my mind is cleared of clouds and the jealous angry voices in my head are not as loud but it only takes a short while for the pain to start coming out I've been walking with my poison for a long, long time some people grab another's hands and some people walk alone some people turn their stories into fables that are sold as for me I've done it all, not one has made me whole I am walking with my poison, I just wanted you to know
7.
03:49
used to drive fast now I drive slow used to crave cash now I got soul couldn't catch a break now I'm on a roll it was a pack a day now I don't smoke I was a drive-though eater now all my grains are whole only problem is, now is so hard to hold hey now, you gonna stay with me? hey now, we can do anything hey now, you say you wanna change well hey now, woh uh wowuh hey now well my woman was mad, she said the things I said were cruel my family was worried, they said, "hey man why you always playing the fool?" now their eyes light up with pride I've gone and changed my tune whiling the hours away, TV, coffee, cigarettes hey we all wanna cope but h=each moment can give over to regret lucky for me and you each day is so new just reach over press reset well I used to drive slow and now I drive fast used to have soul, now I'm craving that cash again
8.
This boy loves you This boy loves you You know he loves you you hear him say it every night and he’s only and he’s only and he’s only gonna tell you for the rest of his life we said some things that we did not mean to say I don’t know how we got there But I know that we’ll get to the other side After a storm the air is sweet And you can see for miles and miles Like I can see you now Like I can see you now This boy loves you This boy loves you You know he loves you you hear him say it every night and he’s only and he’s only and he’s only gonna tell you for the rest of his life I done some things that I did not mean to do You acted like you didn’t care But you and me always get to the other side After a storm the air is sweet And you can see for miles and miles Like I can see you now Like I can see you now
9.
raise it up high your brother wouldn't lie to you this one's for all ya'll back a yard there's a jewel of a rock south of Cuba where my heart is now and forevermore No mattah where you from no mattah how they raise you up by the end of this song goh raise your cup 99% sweat and 1% luck but don't forget to tear it up they can preach a brighter day promise us a better way but in the end it's you and me who gotta roll our sleeves and say! now I'm sendin' out a chord for my island nation that's torn strung up on the rack between the past and what is born (in the) minds of the masses - hatred buildin' like gasses so why we always playin' with matches? they can preach a brighter day promise us a better way but it's you and me who gotta roll our sleeves and say!
10.
04:09

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released June 6, 2012

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Owen Plant & Brother Vic Saint Simons Island, Georgia

Jamaican-Born, Singer/Songwriter/Performer Owen Plant's style is reminiscent of artists from the '70s, old-time reggae groups and contemporary acoustic artists. His laid back, soothing and delicately honed vocals and songwriting are the center pieces of his sound.

His forthcoming LP, “I Was on the Moon” is his most ambitious in scope. It is slated for release early summer 2016.
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