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New Word Hawdah (English translation)

  • Artist: Linton Kwesi Johnson
  • Song: New Word Hawdah Album: More Time [1988]
  • Translations: English, German
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New Word Hawdah

Di killahs a Kigale
Mus be sanitary workaz
Di butchaz a Butare
Mus be sanitary workaz
Di savajiz a Shatila
Mus be sanitary workaz
Di beasts a Boznia
Mus be sanitary workaz
Inna di new word hawdah
 
Like a dutty ole bandige
Pan di festahrin face a umanity
Di ole hawdah anravel an reveal
Ole scar jus a bruk out inna new sore
Primeval woun dat time wone heal
An in di hainshent currency of blood
Tribal tyrants a seckle de score
 
Di killahs a Kigale
Mus be sanitary workaz
Di butchaz a Butare
Mus be sanitary workaz
Di savajiz a Shatila
Mus be sanitary workaz
Di beasts a Boznia
Mus be sanitary workaz
Inna di new word hawdah
 
An is di same ole cain an able sindrome
Far more hainshent dan di fall of Rome
But in di new world hawdah a atrocity
Is a brand new langwidge a barbarity
 
Mass murdah
Narmalize
Pogram
Rationalize
Genocide
Sanitize
An di hainshent clan sin
Now name etnic clenzin
 
An so
Di killahs a Kigale
Mus be sanitary workaz
Di butchaz a Butare
Mus be sanitary workaz
Di savajiz a Shatila
Mus be sanitary workaz
Di beasts of Boznia
Mus be sanitary workaz
Pra-pram-pram
Inna di new word hawdah
 
Submitted by líadanlíadan on 2016-04-12
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New World Order

The killers of Kigali1
must be sanitary workers
the butchers of Butare2
must be sanitary workers
the savages of Shatila3
must be sanitary workers
the beasts of Bosnia
must be sanitary workers
in the new world order.
 
Like a dirty old bandage
on the festering face of humanity
the old order unravels and reveals
(an) old scar that just breaks out into a new sore
a primitive wound that time won't heal
and in the ancient currency of blood
tribal tyrants settle the score.
 
The killers of Kigali
must be sanitary workers
the butchers of Butare
must be sanitary workers
the savages of Shatila
must be sanitary workers
the beasts of Bosnia
must be sanitary workers
in the new world order.
 
And it's the same old Cain and Abel syndrome4
far more ancient than the fall of Rome
but in the new world order an atrocity
is a brand new language of barbarity.
 
Mass murder, normalized
program, rationalized
genocide, sanitized
and the ancient clan sin
now name (it) ethnic cleansing.
 
And so...
the killers of Kigali
must be sanitary workers
the butchers of Butare
must be sanitary workers
the savages of Shatila
must be sanitary workers
the beasts of Bosnia
must be sanitary workers
in the new world order
pra-pram-pram
in the new world order.
 
  • 1. Capital of Rwanda
  • 2. City in Rwanda
  • 3. may refer to the Sabra and Shatila massacre
  • 4. refers to 'Cainism', is the act of an older siblings killing the younger offspring, taken from the Old Testament.
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Submitted by líadanlíadan on 2016-04-12
Author's comments:

I worked on this the other day and finally had the chance to publish it today! This one is a little easier to follow, I'm starting to get used to it though, I'm far more confident in my translation this time 'round Regular smile I will translate it to Spanish when I have time.

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Pete DakoPete Dako    Tue, 15/11/2016 - 18:17

Translation of the title is incorrect ~ it's the new WORD order ~ LKJs play on the 'world' using language to disguise atocity

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