Israelites

Album: Intensified (1968)
Charted: 1 9
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  • Get up in the morning, slaving for bread, sir
    So that every mouth can be fed
    Poor me Israelites, ah

    Get up in the morning, slaving for bread, sir
    So that every mouth can be fed
    Poor me Israelite

    My wife and my kids, they packed up and leave me
    Darling, she said, I was yours to be seen
    Poor me Israelites

    Shirt them a-tear up, trousers is gone
    I don't want to end up like Bonnie and Clyde
    Poor me Israelites

    After a storm there must be a calm
    They catch me in the farm
    You sound your alarm
    Poor me Israelites

    I said I get up in the morning, slaving for bread, sir
    So that every mouth can be fed
    Poor me Israelites

    I said my wife and my kids, they are packed up and leave me
    Darling, she said, I was yours to be seen
    Poor me Israelites

    Look me shirts them a-tear up, trousers are gone
    I don't want to end up like Bonnie and Clyde
    Poor me Israelites

    After a storm there must be a calm
    They catch me in the farm
    You sound your alarm
    Poor me Israelites
    Poor me Israelites, poor me Israelites, poor me Israelites Writer/s: Desmond Dekker
    Publisher: Universal Music Publishing Group
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 2

  • AnonymousI am sure I heard this song much earlier than 1968, it was in 1963, summer, on a rock channel in Salt Lake City. Doesn’t anyone else remember?
  • Lasse from Finlandif I remember correctly on a Swedish radio program back in the days they said that Israelites is slang in Jamaica for “idiots or stupid people “ I believed it until now. It wasn’t true then and it isn’t true now
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