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Thread #40845   Message #3379859
Posted By: GUEST,Azizi
22-Jul-12 - 10:52 AM
Thread Name: ADD: jamaican folk music
Subject: RE: ADD: jamaican folk music
Greetings, Stringsinger!

It's good to "hear from you" again.


I should have written that the word "tear" in the lyrics No tear i' Jeremiah, no tera i'/ No tear up me silk an' satin" in the "One Solja Man" song appears to have the clear meaning of "Jeremiah, don't cause me to tear [cut] my silk and satin dress. But I think that word "tear" may also have had the added meaning of "tearing around [moving fast, wheeling and turning] on the dance floor.

As to how the woman in the song might cut her dress, the subsequent verse has her cautioning Jeremiah not to wheel & turn her so fast on the dance floor.