Case in point, today's track, and the 214th in the 365 Day Jamaican Music Challenge, "Love Bump" by Lone Ranger which was recorded at Studio One and released in 1981. As Ranger himself explains, "Bob Marley was around in those times - well, you know Bob Marley and the dreadlocks - he was going to foreign countries and the white people were starting to locks. Hippies all turn on to Bob Marley music. They were coming to Jamaica a lot. During the period of time, we had some problems in Jamaica with the tin mackerel. Mackerel used to come in tin and some bad batch would come to Jamaica and you would eat it and get ptomaine poisoning and bumps. All that was going on in Jamaica. Somehow, people got it mixed up and thought that the "hippies" were bringing the 'bumps' in. So it turned into a big controversy - some people said it was the food, some blamed the hippies. So, Ranger tied it all back to another 'bump,' the 'love bumps' as Jamaicans would call a teen's first pimples. "You know when you're young and you fall in love, you start to get pimples on your face, they say, 'Oh, that's a love bump. You're in love. You have a girl," Ranger explains."
So after all these years of never quite understanding the lyrics to "Love Bump" it is all finally clear!