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Bedward the Flying Preacher

Postby Fildes » Tue Nov 21, 2017 6:53 pm

Hello

I'm trying to get the full lyrics of this Prince Far I story.
Only one small sentence in the very beginning (12-20s) is missing: (cursed bad words?, but he sure …?)
Anyone can help me?

This is a true story from I, Prince Far I
A very true story about a man called Bedward
Bedward was a black man who (cursed bad words?, but he sure …?)
Bedward used to conduct a church in Jamaica
In Jamaica they called it mission

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Re: Bedward the Flying Preacher

Postby jb welda » Tue Nov 21, 2017 8:43 pm

>Bedward was a black man who (cursed bad words?, but he sure …?)

cussed bad words, but he sure wanted

(I think he meant wanted to fly but it didn't fit)


>In Jamaica they called it mission

missionary.


*splat*


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Re: Bedward the Flying Preacher

Postby minidub » Tue Nov 21, 2017 11:53 pm

i hear it a little different all three times it comes up in the song, still they all convey the exact same meaning:

1) bedwards was not a man to cuss bad word/but he (?)throw (?)word
2) he's a man weh never cuss bad word/but him (?)throw a lot of (?)word
3) him never cuss bad word/but him (?)throw a lot of (?)word

i think he's saying that bedward was a preacher who never cussed even though he did a lot of talking at a church in jamaica called the mission.

but you know how it goes...been wrong before!
earlier i thought that on the first go around he says: bedwards was a natty man who cussed bad word, but pretty sure that's wrong; other times certainly says he did NOT cuss...

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Re: Bedward the Flying Preacher

Postby jb welda » Wed Nov 22, 2017 1:29 am

is there a version of this that is not Adrian Sherwood produced? That's the only one I have ever known.

my personal on-u sound prince fari track has to be merchant ship, mixed in with dungeon and jah army band.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Igq5tHYqXMA

i would yield to minidub on lyrics. she probably has it more correct

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Re: Bedward the Flying Preacher

Postby edgar » Wed Nov 22, 2017 7:44 pm

This is a true story from I, Prince Far I
A very true story about a man called Bedward
Bedward was a naughty man ,cursed bad words , what he choir ward


Bedward used to conduct a church in Jamaica
In Jamaica they called it mission

( a ward is a small church congregation in a particular area )
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Re: Bedward the Flying Preacher

Postby minidub » Wed Nov 22, 2017 7:58 pm

the two following times he says it he is clearly saying he does not cuss, so that just wouldn't make sense.
i'm sticking with my version when i speak along to it! :mrgreen:

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Re: Bedward the Flying Preacher

Postby Fildes » Fri Nov 24, 2017 6:50 am

Thanks for helping me out.

If I'm combining all the information, then this could be the line (although in the 2 other lines, he does not cuss)

Bedward was a blackaman who cuss bad words, but he true-a ward

Just guessing: "He true-a ward" could mean "He (had a) true (real or maybe truthful) church"

Think I stick with this explanation.
The lyrics are part of "Chant Down Babylon", a lecture about the rastafarian movement (how did it started, how did it evolve, pioneers of the movement, what rasta stands for today), all illustrated with historical documents, biblequotes, and a lot of music, not strictly reggae, but also JA folk (mento, kumina), nyabinghy, afro-jazz, ska, ...

More details (in flemish)
http://www.n9.be/nl/cursussen/detail-2/ ... wn-babylon
or
http://www.reggae.be/nl/event?id=14324
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Re: Bedward the Flying Preacher

Postby flashman » Fri Nov 24, 2017 6:06 pm

minidub wrote:1) bedwards was not a man to cuss bad word/but he (?)throw (?)word

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Minidub has it right.
Bedward was (a) not a man cuss bad word, but he throw word (throwing word is patois for criticizing things)

The reason it's a little confusing the first time he says it is that he kind of stumbles and throws in an 'a'
He says: Bedward was a not a man cuss bad word. Later on in the song it becomes more clear as he doesn't repeat it.

He is most definitely not saying "true-a ward", or "choir ward" which are strange and obscure, while 'throw word' is common and frequently-heard patois.
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Re: Bedward the Flying Preacher

Postby minidub » Fri Nov 24, 2017 6:51 pm

yeah, i chose not to add the "ah" in that first incantation, though it is pretty clear. i did add the "s" to bedward though, and that is another reason it is confusing.
bedwards was ah not a man cuss bad word...

i felt i was hearing "throw word" but because he also talks about the ward, the mission, i just wasn't too sure. thought maybe it was "(something) ward"...

thanks for the add to the discussion.

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