Blackheart Man
Bunny Wailer
Album: Blackheart Man

Tikya [take care of] the blackheart man children
I say don't go near him.
Tikya the blackheart man children
for even lions fear him.
Tikya the blackheart man little children
I say don't go near him.
Tikya the blackheart man children
for even lions fear him.

Growing in a neighborhood
for such a long time
that is filled with fear.
I can't go here, can't go there
and I ain't supposed to
go anywhere, anywhere at all.
When I ask my mom
if she could let me, let me
go out and play
like little children do.
She said be careful of the stranger
giving candies to children
and then take them away.

He lives in the gullies of the city
he's the blackheart man, the blackheart man.
Even in the lonely parts of the country
you'll find the blackheart man, the blackheart man.
He ain't got no friend, no home, no family
he's the blackheart man, that's the blackheart man.
He is famed to live just like the gypsy
he's the blackheart man, the blackheart man.

Growing and learning and gathering
for myself a little more experience
jumping over the fence.
Curiosity has brought me
yes it's brought me
a little common sense.
Trodding the road of life
I've come to this one conclusion:
that everything is equal under the sun
all that is created by Jah mighty hand.
And he said knock and it shall be opened
seek and ye shall find
wisdom is found in the simplest of places
in the nick of time.
Knock and it shall be opened
seek and ye shall find
wisdom is found in the simplest of places
in the nick of time.

Now I trod the same road of afflictions
just like the blackheart man, just like the blackheart man.
Getting my share of humiliation
just like the blackheart man, the blackheart man.
You find me in the prisons or the dungeons
just like the blackheart man, yes the blackheart man.
I even get blamed without a reason
just like the blackheart man, just like the blackheart man.

No cross, no crown, no sorrow, no laughter
trial and crosses in a I way.
But the hotter the battle is the sweeter
Jah Jah victory.
Ancient children use to say
if you want good your nose got to run, run, run
how could the world go free
and let Jah bear the cross alone.
Them that drink of the old wine
have no place
for the new, for the new.
And the stones that are head of the corner
are the same ones
that the builders refused.

Hear me when I say now
now it's the blackheart man children
who become the wonder of the city.

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