Friday, August 05, 2016

Day 279 of 365 Day Jamaican Music Challenge - Jimmy Cliff - Miss Jamaica

Here's another tune to keep you rockin' and swing on a Friday!  Jimmy Cliff's ska love letter to Jamaica from 1962, the year of Independence.  Recorded at Beverley's and originally released as a 7" on their namesake label and Island records concurrently, it would be easy to think that "Miss Jamaica" was in fact a love song to a woman but if you pay attention to the lyrics you'll see that Mr. Cliff was expressing his affection for his homeland.  Besides, by announcing to a your love interest that "although you may not have such a fabulous shape" sounds like a one-way ticket to good ol' fashioned beat-down.  

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