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54-46 Was My Number
Toots and The Maytals Lyrics


Stick it up, mister!
Hear what I say, sir, yeah...
Get your hands in the air, sir!
And you will get no hurt, mister, no no no

I said yeah
What did I say?
Don't you hear? I said yeah (yeah yeah)
Listen to what I say (what I say)

Do you believe I would take something with me
And give it to the police man?
I wouldn't do that, now listen to me one more time
I wouldn't do that

And if I do that, I would say "sir, put the charge on me"
I wouldn't do that
No, I wouldn't do that

I'm not a fool to hurt myself
So I was innocent of what they done to me
They was wrong
Listen to me, they were wrong

Give it to me one time
Give it to me two time
Give it to me three time
Give it to me four time

54 46 was my number
Right now, someone else has that number

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group
Written by: FREDERICK HIBBERT

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Alex M

@Richard Hopkins here is what Christ himself had to say about the point you mentioned:
"Yet, because Moses gave you circumcision (though actually it did not come from Moses, but from the patriarchs), you circumcise a boy on the Sabbath. 
Now if a boy can be circumcised on the Sabbath so that the law of Moses may not be broken, why are you angry with me for healing a man’s whole body on the Sabbath? 
Stop judging by mere appearances, but instead judge correctly.”
John 7:22-24
I quoted the following: "Abraham was the first Jewish patriarch to practice circumcision. This symbolic ritual was meant to be a visible, permanent, external sign of the relationship between God and His people: the nation of Israel. Accordingly, a male child was to be circumcised on the eighth day after birth (Genesis 17:12).
This command was repeated in the laws given under Moses (Leviticus 12:3). Of course, this meant that some baby boys had to be circumcised on a Sabbath day. Here, Jesus points out that the Pharisees see this as necessary to properly fulfill the law of Moses. 

In context, Jesus is referring to the controversy caused when He healed a man on a Sabbath day (John 5:1–9).
His point here is that of hypocrisy. If "breaking" the Sabbath to perform a minor ritual was acceptable, why did the Pharisees reject Jesus' healing of a man who'd been crippled for years?
As stated in the next verse, the problem is that these religious leaders are being shallow and careless in their judgment."



Music, part of the fight

Lyrics :
Stick it up, mister!
Can you hear what I'm saying now, yeah
Get your hands in the air, sir!
And you will get no hurt, mister, no no no

I said yeah (I said yeah)
Listen what they say (listen what they say)
Can you hear me say, yeah? (yeah yeah)
Listen what they say (listen what they say)

Do you believe I would take such a thing with me
And give it to a police man?
I wouldn't do that, oh no (ooh, ooh)
I wouldn't do that (ooh, ooh)

And if I do that, I would say "Sir
Come on and put the charge on me"
I wouldn't do that (ooh, ooh)
I wouldn't do that (ooh, ooh)

I'm not a fool to hurt myself
So I was innocent of what they done to me
They were wrong (ooh, ooh), oh yeah
They were wrong (ooh, ooh)

You give it to me one time (huh)
You give it to me two times (huh-huh)
You give it to me three times (huh-huh-huh)
You give it to me four times (huh-huh-huh-huh)

54-46 was my number, was my number, man
Right now, someone else has that number
54-46 was my number, well
Right now, someone else has that number

And I said yeah (I said yeah)
Listen what they say (listen what they say)
Can you hear me say, yeah? (yeah yeah)
Listen what they say (listen what they say)
Oh, work could not control me now
Oh, no bars could not hold me now
They hold I down and they lock-a you way
They try to keep I for a year and a day
But through the powers of the Most High God
Got to turn me lose, I say

54-46 was my number, was my number, man
Right now, someone else has that number, well
54-46 was my number, was my number, man
Right now, someone else has that number, hey



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Obi Maduegbuna

RIP Toots. You will be missed.

Rasta Irie

Jah bless 🙏 Toots
His soul be at peace.
His music is a gift that will live on .
❤ne 💚 L💛✌e

Chief KolAss

Rip Toot's.... you had excellent music

A.C.A.B F. T.P

Howd i not hear about this love this band RIP toots legend

Chief KolAss

@Manfred Adeti. . . . .
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Don Noyes

God Speed Toots...been a fan for awhile.

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bklufc

this music killed my racism as a teenager.
what a legacy you have left my brother, R.I.P.

bklufc

@Angel Osorno hi friend,
i have took a wee bit of abuse but mostly positive, nice remarks.
if you cannot see you are wrong, you cannot learn and move on.
i just wanted to let people know this man and his music opened my eyes.
RIP Toots.

Angel Osorno

Hell yeah dude most people wouldn't admit that! You give me hope sir that lovely rhythms and rhymes can help solve hate! Much love!

ImNotAPsycho

When skins and blacks danced together!

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