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Inglan is a Bitch

Linton Kwesi Johnson
Lingua: Inglese (Patwa Giamaicano/Jamaican Patwah)

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W'en mi jus' come to Landan toun
Mi use to work pan di andahgroun
But workin' pan di andahgroun
Y'u don't get fi know your way around

Inglan is a bitch
There's no escapin' it
Inglan is a bitch
There's no runnin' whey fram it

Mi get a lickle jab in a bih 'otell
An' awftah a while, mi was doin' quite well
Dem staat mi aaf as a dish-washah
But w'en mi tek a stack, mi noh tun clack-watchah

Inglan is a bitch
There's no escapin' it
Inglan is a bitch
No baddah try fi hide fram it

W'en dem gi' you di lickle wage packit
Fus dem rab it wid dem big tax rackit
Y'u haffi struggle fi mek ends meet
An' w'en y'u goh a y'u bed y'u jus' can't sleep

Inglan is a bitch
There's no escapin' it
Inglan is a bitch
A noh lie mi a tell, a true

Mi use to work dig ditch w'en it cowl noh bitch
Mi did strang like a mule, but bwoy, mi did fool
Den awftah a while mi jus' stap dhu ovahtime
Den awftah a while mi jus' phu dung mi tool

Inglan is a bitch
There's no escapin' it
Inglan is a bitch
Y'u haffi know how fi survive in it

Well mi dhu day wok an' mi dhu nite wok
Mi dhu clean wok an' mi dhu dutty wok
Dem seh dat black man is very lazy
But if y'u si how mi wok y'u woulda sey mi crazy

Inglan is a bitch
There's no escapin' it
Inglan is a bitch
Y'u bettah face up to it

Dem a have a lickle facktri up inna Brackly
Inna disya facktri all dem dhu is pack crackry
Fi di laas fifteen years dem get mi laybah
Now awftah fifteen years mi fall out a fayvah

Inglan is a bitch
There's no escapin' it
Inglan is a bitch
There's no runnin' whey fram it

Mi know dem have work, work in abundant
Yet still, dem mek mi redundant
Now, at fifty-five mi gettin' quite ol'
Yet still, dem sen' mi fi goh draw dole

Inglan is a bitch
There's no escapin' it
Inglan is a bitch
Is whey wi a goh dhu 'bout it?‎

inviata da Dead End - 18/12/2012 - 11:53



Lingua: Inglese

Traduzione inglese di ‎‎Thomas Christiansen, ‎professore di lingue all’Università del Salento.‎
ENGLAND IS A BITCH

When I’d just come to London town
I used to work upon the underground
but working upon the underground
you don’t get to know your way around
‎ ‎
England is a bitch
there’s no escaping it
England is a bitch
there’s no running away from it
‎ ‎
I got a little job in a big hotel
and after a while, I was doing quite well
they started me off as a dishwasher
but when I took a stack, I didn’t turn clock watcher
‎ ‎
England is a bitch
there’s no escaping it
England is a bitch
no bother trying to hide from it
‎ ‎
When they give you a little wage packet
first they rob it with their big tax racket [fraud]
you have to struggle to make ends meet
and when you go to your bed you just can’t sleep
‎ ‎
England is a bitch
there’s no escaping it
England is a bitch, for true
it’s no lie that I’m telling, a truth
‎ ‎
I used to work digging ditches when it was cold no bitching [no lie]
I was strong like a mule, but boy, I was foolish
then after a while I just stopped doing overtime
then after a while I just put down my tool
‎ ‎
England is a bitch
there’s no escaping it
England is a bitch
you have to know how to survive in it
‎ ‎
Well I did day work and I did night work
I did clean work and I did dirty work
they say that black man is very lazy
but if you had seen how I worked you would have said I was crazy
‎ ‎
England is a bitch
there’s no escaping it
England is a bitch
you had better face up to it
‎ ‎
They have a little factory up in Brackly
in this here factory all they do is pack crockery
for the last fifteen years they have got my labour
now after fifteen years I’ve fallen out of favour
‎ ‎
England is a bitch
there’s no escaping it
England is a bitch
there’s no running away from it
‎ ‎
I know they have work, work in abundance
yet still, they make me redundant
now at fifty-five I’m getting quite old
yet still, they send me to go draw dole [unemployment benefit]
‎ ‎
England is a bitch
there’s no escaping it
England is a bitch, for truth
It’s what are we going to do about it?‎

inviata da Dead End - 18/12/2012 - 11:54



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