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chico Lyr Add: Take Me Back to Jamaica (Jolly Boys) (7) Lyr Add: TAKE ME BACK TO JAMAICA (Jolly Boys) 24 Mar 06


Sound sample at http://www.thejollyboys.com/main.html



C                                       
Take me back to Jamaica where I were born
(7)                                  G7
Take me back to Jamaica where I were born, mon
            C             7          F          F#
Where the green bananas grow and the Rio Grandee flow
C                G7                C
Take me back to Jamaica where I were born

Take me back to the island in the sun
Take me back to the sunny land of fun
Where we all can sit and dine, and off in the sunny sunny land of mine
Take me back to Jamaica where I were born

Take me back to the land of the coconut palms
Take me back to where de young girl have de charms
Where the green bananas grow and the Rio Grandee flow, mon
Take me back to Jamaica where I were born

(1st verse)

"Tell them my friends, tell them"

Take me back and me have some good fun
Take me back to Jamaica in the sun
Where we all can sit and dine, and off in the sunny sunny land of mine
Take me back to Jamaica where I were born



["The Jolly Boys are the foremost performers of Mento, the ribald, witty first cousin of Jamaican reggae. Like reggae, Mento is marked by a shuffling, syncopated guitar strum, an irreverent attitude, and a lazy, swaying danceability. Unlike reggae, Mento has no sacramental roots, nor does it strain after profundity. Instead, Mento makes a religion of sexual braggadocio, drinking, and good times. The Jolly Boys have been composing and performing Mento for decades; indeed, they used to perform for Errol Flynn when he stayed at his Jamaican villa. Their sound is derived from rhythmic bongo playing, along with solos by the banjo and kalimba (finger piano). http://www.thejollyboys.com/history.html]


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