Week by the days
Mel Cooke, Gleaner Writer
The days of the week, in sequence, are among the standard first lessons for children at the very basic level of the education system. However, in the minds of the makers of music, they can be so much more than a listing of the 24-hour cycles that make up one of the tiers of time, which are the measure of human activity.
So Culture, with the late Joseph Hill at the helm, used a musical listing of the days of the week as a countdown to a woman making a move on a man's pocket at the end of the week. In She Want Money, Hill laments neglect from Monday to Thursday:
"Everywhere she see Iyah she want money...
Monday morning come she absent
Tuesday morning come she don't turn up at all
Wednesday morning come I woulda eat a likkle fresh rice
Cause I'm a italist
Thursday morning come a Ben Johnson Day"
It all changes on Friday when the pay cheque comes in:
"Friday evening come when me about to get me pay
When me look har foot stretch out in de way
Everywhe she see Iyah she want money"
Ska man Eric 'Monty' Morris takes a children's rhyme and puts it to music to make Solomon A Gundy a danceable naming of the days of the week. Morris does not make much adjustment as he sings:
"Solomon a Gundy
Was born on a Monday
Christen on a Tuesday
Marry on a Wednesday"
After breaking the days to sing a series of "Woah!", Morris is soon back to the tale of the very short life of Solomon A Gundy:
"He was sick on a Thursday
He was worse on a Friday
Died on a Saturday
Buried on a Sunday"
In Sun is Shining, Bob Marley is at his inscrutable but very enjoyable best. Throughout its various iterations, including the infectious dubstep remix, the Tuff Gong's meaning in listing the days of the week is whatever you make it (including skipping Tuesday). He does, however, easily accomplish his mission:
"Sun is shining the weather is sweet
Makes you want to move
Your dancing feet
To the rescue here I am"
The dancing week starts on Monday:
"Monday morning here I am
Want you to know just if you can
Where I stand
Tell myself a new day is rising
Get on the rise a new day is dawning
Here I am
Want you to know just where I stand"
And Black Uhuru singles out a particular day of the week for attention in Mondays. There are many working stiffs who would agree with them that:
"One day I don't like is a Monday
That is the day slavery begins."