Woman A Come


Very cryptic lyrics, sung by Margarita Mahfood
The historical context of this Ska song from 1964 is tragic.
I have noted down the text the best I can.
[It would take a Rock-Steady linguist to translate the Patois.]

Margarita in Flight 1    Mahfood 1

(drum roll)    Iyata Jah dawta from Penchurian border a come

Iya Iyahta woman a come

Iyahta Jah dawta  woman a come

 Jahdawta iyahta a come to sound,
Ungu malungu man
Ungu malungu man
Ungu malungu man

Iyata Jah dawta from Penchurian border woman a come…

if you see him before I do
Please give him my heart message  so true:

tell him I don’t want to live without him
for I’ve been lost and lonely and blue…
He is my love my life my all…

Ungu malungu man
Ungu malungu man –
the King of Ace from outer space

Ungu malungu man

He speak the language of the breeze;
and harmonize it with the symphonies in the trees…
And when I’m in my solitude –

I can hear,  I can hear the breeze singing to me
not imaginary sounds but true melodies…

Of my beautiful
Ungu malungu man a come

if you see him before I do
Please give him my heart message  so true:

tell him Iyata Jah dawta from Penchurian border –
woman a come…

 more on the background HERE

HERE

and HERE

IMAGES of M. Mahfood from Reggae-Steady-Ska.com 

2 comments on “Woman A Come

  1. Applemask says:

    Well, “Malungu” was her pet name for Don, I know that.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Andrew says:

      Interesting. I first heard the song on a Ska collection in the 80’s but did not learn about the history behind it until much later. I always loved the song. Thanks for commenting.

      Like

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