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A Message to You Rudy
by The Specials

Stop your messing around (ah-ah-ah)
Better think of your future (ah-ah-ah)
Time you straighten right out (ah-ah-ah)
Creating problems in town (ah-ah-ah)

Rudy
A message to you, Rudy
A message to you

Stop your fooling around (ah-ah-ah)
Time you straighten right out (ah-ah-ah)
Better think of your future (ah-ah-ah)
Else you'll wind up in jail (ah-ah-ah)

Rudy
A message to you, Rudy
A message to you

Stop your messing around (ah-ah-ah)
Better think of your future (ah-ah-ah)
Time you straighten right out (ah-ah-ah)
Creating problems in town (ah-ah-ah)

Rudy
A message to you, Rudy
A message to you, Rudy
Oh, it's a message to you, Rudy
Yeah, it's a message to you, Rudy
Yeah, it's a message to you, Rudy
Oh, it's a message to you, Rudy
Yeah, it's a message to you, Rudy
Oh, it's a message to you, Rudy

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Written by: ROBERT LIVINGSTONE THOMPSON

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eleni demetriades

Love this

Michel Christophe

Les français ici grâce a par Jupiter 👍🏿

Slowmotic

Wo ist den der Ruuuuudi???

John Moore

Dance floor dance dance specials on Australia

jason jemson

Skrewdivee

Edoardo Tozzi

I feel like sharing my knowledge with you today: for those who do not know it already, the "rudy" of this song is not a person. In fact, it refers to the slang term "rude boy" (rude boy-rudie-rudy) that originated in Jamaica in the early '60 to define a specific sub-culture that used to listen to ska and rocksteady. As you can imagine, the term "rude" refers to the not exactly in-line-with-the-law lifestyle they had: "better think of your future" "else you'll wind up in jail" in the lyrics clearly refers to that. This particular subculture heavily influenced the mods and the skinheads, particularly in the look. And in in regards of music too , obviously, since the genre oi! is heavily influenced by ska. Hope you'll find this interesting.

Tony Gray

Well said!

richard weber

Nice dude, to think how many people think the song is about a guy named Rudy

Dave Ratchford

Well, you may find the original interesting then:
https://youtu.be/7BwNgQ51hSI

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