Here’s the dub version of “Nassau Street Song,” copyrighted in 1987 by University of South Carolina Press
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Mad Luke went down to the shanty town
To find the mon dat stole he wife.
With whiskey on he pantin’ breath
And wit he brother switch blade knife.
He be so mad he blood do scald
And tears gush out he bloodshot eyes.
He curse de two dat cause de strife
Still hoping’ dat it be a lie.
But in he heart he know it true –
He seen de looks dat she be given’.
He see dat mon a-hangin’ round.
He heard the wimmins whispering.
So he run down the street a-wailin’
Swearin’ he gwine put den underground.
De other folk look out dey door
To see what make dat devil sound.
When he get back to he own house
He kick de lock door open wide.
And there in bed be he own wife
With another mon by her side.
They rumble in dat shanty house.
Luke cut de mon, den cut he wife.
Dat bedroom be all colored red
Dat just last month been painted white.
De police siren scream through town
and lights was flashing everywhere.
And when the police squad show up,
Dey shocked to find that Luke still there.
Dey put den two under de ground.
They took mad Luke to the prison farm,
And now them two can’t cause no strife,
And now mad Luke can’t cause no harm.