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 out of 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 
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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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