“Unemployment” – Twinkle Brothers, with full lyrics by rootsnwingz

One of my most beloved Jamaican UK produced roots reggae pieces, the deeply meaningful “Unemployment”, remains as relevant as it was upon its release in 1984.  I could not find the lyrics anywhere, so I transcribed them myself.  The lyrics are an original rootsnwingz online exclusive, you won’t find them anywhere else on the web! Watch this insightful and cleverly made unofficial video and read and share the full lyrics below.

Full lyrics by rootsnwingz:

“Unemployment” – Twinkle Brothers
Album: Burden Bearer (1984)

(Scatting)

Time hard sir
But it gettin harder
Devaluation of the dollar make cost a living get higher

Today you live like a king sir
Tomorrow you beg like a pauper (x2)

Time hard sir
A so it rough sir
5 out of 10 nah work sir
Talkin about unemployment sir

Today you drink wine like a water
Mind tomorrow you drink but a wata
Today you drink wine like a water
Tomorrow you drink but a wata

Time hard sir
A so it rough sir
Devaluation of the dollar make prices get higher
Let me tell you time hard sir
A so it rough sir

Today you live like a king sir
Tomorrow you beg like a pauper (x2)

Time hard sir
A so it rough sir
5 out of 10 nah work sir
Talkin about unemployment sir
Time hard sir
A so it rough sir

Today you drink wine like water
Mind tomorrow you drink but a wata
Today you drink wine like water
Tomorrow you drink but a wata

Time hard sir
A so it rough sir
Devaluation of the dollar, prices get higher

Time hard sir
But it gettin harder
Tell you time rough sir
Talking about unemployment sir

Time hard sir
I say time rough sir
Devaluation of the dollar make prices get higher

Me tell you time rough sir
A so it tough sir
5 out of 10 nah work sir
Talkin about unemployment sir
Me tell you time hard sir

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