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HANDSWORTH RIOT

RIOT! HANDSWOTH RIOT!

NOW PEOPLE ALL OVER STAND TO ATTENTION

AND LISTEN TO THE VIBES OF PATO BANTON

CAUSE UNDER HANDSWOTH RIOT ME HAVE TO GET A MENTION



WHAT WAS THE RIOT FOR? PLEASE GIVE ME AN ANSWER

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WHAT WAS THE RIOT FOR? PLEASE GIVE ME AN ANSWER

WHAT WAS THE RIOT FOR? PLEASE GIVE ME AN ANSWER



NOW ME KNOW THE SITUATION IN THE HANDSWORTH AREA

EVERYDAY MEN GET BEAT UP BY POLICE OFFICER

COULD BE SITTING IN YOU YARD WITH YOU DAUGHTER

THEM WILL KICK OFF THE DOOR AND SAY COME ON NIGGER!

DEM RAID DE VILLA CROSS AND ARREST NUFF BREDDA

AND STOP WE FROM USE OAKLANDS SPORT CENTRE

DOWN AT THORNHILL ROAD STATION NUFF MAN GET TORTURE

SOME CAN’T TEK DE PRESSURE AN TURN INFORMER

CERTAIN NAMES I COULD MENTION BUT I WON’T BOTHER

CAUSE I’VE GOT TO CARRY ON IN THIS LECTURE

WHEN MR. DOUGLAS HURD, ASK THEM: WHAT’S THE MATTER?

SOMEONE SHOULD BE DERE WID DE RIGHT ANSWER

INSTEAD THEM A UH UH UH LIKE GORILLA

AN-NA FLING ROCK STONE LIKE A WAR MONGER

IN FRONT OF THE WORLDWIDE TELEVISION CAMERA

SOME LOOT SOME SHOOT AND COMMIT MURDER



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IT WAS THE FIRST NIGHT WHEN 2 MEN GET MURDER

THEM WAS 2 DESCENT LAW ABIDING CHA CHA’S

UPSTAIRS INNA POST OFFICE IS WHERE DEM SATTER

WHEN A GANG OF BAD YOUTHS KICK DOWN THE DOOR AND ENTER

NOW THE ONLY WITNESS WAS ONE NEXT DOOR NEIGHBOUR

AND THIS IS WHAT HE SAID IN FRONT OF T.V. CAMERAS:

I WAS SITTING IN MY HOUSE EATING MY DINNER

THEN I HEARD MR. SINGH SHOUTING OUT FOR ALLAH

THEN HE SAID, “DON’T HURT US, WE ARE ALL BLACK BREDDA”

AND A VOICE SAID, “SHUT UP AND PASS THE MONEY OVER”

WELL! WHEN I HEARD THIS I RUN TO CALL A COPPER

BUT BY THE TIME I GOT BACK THE PLACE WAS ON FIRE

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WHAT WAS THE RIOT FOR? PLEASE GIVE ME AN ANSWER



ON TUESDAY THE 10th OF SEPTEMBER

HANDSWORTH RIOT TOOK THE FRONT PAGE OF EVERY NEWS PAPER

I RED A STORY AND HAD TO CRY WID LAUGHTER

TO SOME REPORTER WEH ENTER THE HANDSWORTH AREA

LOOKING AN INSIDE STORY TO GIVE DE EDITOR

WHEN THEY THOUGHT: WE ARE IN LUCK! THEY WAS IN DANGER!

CERTAIN BAD BOYS DON’T LIKE IT WHEN YOU TEK PICTURE

SO THEY GRAB DE NEWS REPORTER BY DE COLLAR

PIN DEM UP AGAINST DE WALL AND DO DEM OVER

TEK WEH ONE ? TAX AN ONE NIKKAN CAMERA

TEK WEH DEM WALLET, WATCH AND LIGHTER

AND TELL DEM , DON’T COME BACK INNA WE AREA

NUFF POLICEMAN UNDER FIRE NUFF MAN INJURED

NUFF FOOL PON DE FRONT LINE GET CAPTURE

NUFF INDIAN MAN SHOP GET SET ON FIRE

AND NEARLY EVERY CAR GET TURN OVER

SOME PEOPLE A WALK HOME WID TAPE RECORDER

SOMR HAVE T.V. SOME HAVE VIDEO, SOME HAVE AMPLIFIER

FROM DE DAY DAT ME BORN ME NEVER SEE WORSER

POLICE A MEK DEAL WID LAW BREAKER

IF YOU STOP THE RIOTING WE’LL GET OUT THE AREA!

I KNOW THIS IS THE TRUTH AND NOT A RUMOUR

CAUSE I KNOW THE POLICE A ONE SET OF GROVILLER

ANYWAY JUST BEFORE ME LEAVE DE MIKE CENTRE



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