Desmond Dekker's Israelites One the First #1 Ska Record in United Kingdom

Desmond Dekker’s ‘Israelites,’ which peaked at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in 1969 was one of the first ska records to hit number one in the United Kingdom, Netherlands, Jamaica, South Africa, Canada, Sweden and West Germany.




Desmond Dekker's Israelites Lyrics

I get up in the morning slaving for bread sir
so that every mouth can be fed -- poor me Israelites

I get up in the morning slaving for bread sir
so that every mouth can be fed -- poor me Israelites
my wife and my kids they pack up and a-leave me
darling she said I was yours to be seen -- poor me Israelites

Shocked then I tear up chose as I go
I don't want to end up like Bonny and Clyde -- poor me Israelites
after a storm there must be a calming
you catch me in your farm you sound your alarm -- poor me Israelites

I get up in the morning slaving for bread sir
so that every mouth can be fed -- poor me Israelites
my wife and my kids they pack up and a-leave me
darling she said I was yours to be seen -- poor me Israelites

Shocked then I tear up chose as I go
I don't want to end up like Bonny and Clyde -- poor me Israelites
after a storm there must be a calming
you catch me in your farm you sound your alarm -- poor me Israelites

Poor me Israelites poor me Israelites poor me Israelites

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