Transcript of 'Beat Down Comrade Man', by Shenley Duffus & The Upsetters

Shenley Duffus

We have transcribed the lyrics to a rare 7" 45 RPM single produced by Rainford Hugh Perry at his Black Ark Studio in Kingston, JA.

Submitted by westartfromhere on February 16, 2024

Say me no like them kind of Comrade Man,
Say me no dig them kind of wicked man.
For I'm a Christian labour man,
And I am a good, good labour man.
I and I goin' beat them Comrade Man,
I and I goin' beat them Comrade Man.
Oh what a pleasant situation, I 'n' I eating!
Comrades talk of confrontation
But labour is our salvation.
I and I goin' beat them Comrade Man,
I and I goin' win them Comrade Man.
Oh ye-a, ye-a, ye-a, oh yea.

Mmmm... Alright...

Oh what a happy situation
I and I have found salvation.
Comrades talk of confrontation
But labour is our salvation.
I and I goin' beat them Comrade Man,
I and I goin' win them Comrade Man.

Oh ye-a, yea, ye-ah... mmmm

Whip them, whip them,
Win them, win them.

GB release on blank blue label to try and bipass BBC censors

Comments

Fozzie

2 months ago

Submitted by Fozzie on February 16, 2024

Nice tune but it doesn't sound like Junior Byles is singing it. It IS based on his smash hit "Beat Down Babylon" though.

Despite the hits, Byles ended up impoverished and begging on the streets of Kingston. Music business is dutty business even by Babylon's standards.

westartfromhere

2 months ago

Submitted by westartfromhere on February 16, 2024

Of course you're right, that's not the silky, soulful voice of Junior Byles. That is Chandley aka "Shenley" Duffus. I have a photo of Chandley with The Upsetter. Will change when I figure out how. Not IT savvy and am away from my private secretary. Cheers for pointing out my error Fozzie.

westartfromhere

2 months ago

Submitted by westartfromhere on February 17, 2024

Great, you found a link to the original GB 45.