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Rastafarian

                      Rastafarian.....Rastafarian
Rastafarian.....Rastafarian
First come the word, then come the herb
Reggae the beat, Rasta take the heat
Bobby M., my old friend, I remember you still
Wailing, inhaling, on the cliff at Negril
Feeling your spirit, real great to hear it
Come on in, Bobby M., come on in
Come on in, Bobby M., come on in
Rastafarian....Jah!....Rastafarian....Jah!
Rastafarian....Jah!....Rastafarian....Jah!
Rastafarian....Jah!....Rastafarian....Jah!
Rastafarian....Jah!....Rastafarian....Jah!
The longer the root, the stronger the flower
Play that flute man, pray for the power
Laguna boy sure can play, he play like he know the way
Strong as a derrick, my friend Eric (The Red)
Rastafarian....Jah!....Rastafarian....Jah!
Rastafarian....Jah!....Rastafarian....Jah!
Bald headed eagle, make the herb legal
Legalization good for the nation
Illegal lead to badness, please stop the madness
Rasta pay the tax, so the people can relax
Rastafarian....Jah!....Rastafarian....Jah!
Rastafarian....Jah!....Rastafarian....Jah!
Rastafarian....Jah!....Rastafarian....Jah!
Rastafarian....Jah!....Rastafarian....Jah!


Credits:

Guitars:   Philip Gnarly
Bass:   Eric Morton
Drums:   Dean Butterworth
Percussion:   Michael Tempo
Flute:   Eric Morton
Vocals:   Peter Cross and the Crossants
Engineering in LA:   Philip Gnarly and Jimbo Head
Engineering in SF:   Jay Bowman and Lance Thomason
Final Mix:   Mark Needham

Commentary:

Oh my, another song about Mary Jane and the Rastafarians! Know what a Rastafarian is? Peter Cross is one. Possibly the only caucasian Rasta to live to tell about it. And you would never know it to see him now. Peter first heard reggae in N.Y.C. and took off for Jamaica to meet the people making this music that was so compelling and so unique. In Negril, Jamaica Dandy took Peter up into the Blue Mountains to meet the Rastafarians, and they took him down to Kingston to meet Bob Marley, who of course, completely blew Peter away with his raw and awesome talent. To this day, Peter has never really gotten over the death of Bob Marley, John Lennon, and Jimi Hendrix; all three geniuses in the genre of Rock and Roll.

Basic tracks were recorded at the Tiki Hut in Hollyweird with the usual team of Philip, Eric, and Deano. Philip played the "percolator" guitar part that gave the basic track its true reggae feeling. Eric created the awesome bass part, which is unusual only because Peter often writes bass lines that are integral to the song structure, but not this time. Eric is a great bass player and a truly unique human being. He also played on "Jamaica Dandy", and the last verse was written about him. If you like our reggae, check out "Jamaica Dandy" and read some more about Eric. Eric is in jail now, and can use all the friends he can get...... Michael Tempo played a hundred little percussion instruments on this song and on "Rastafarian". He sits in the middle of the studio floor with all these strange looking percussion toys around him, picks them up one at a time or in combinations, and appears to play at random, but he's really not. Whatever he played was perfect, and it was all played on the first take. Let's face it, these guys can play reggae.

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