How Long
Anthony B Lyrics


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How looong
Everybody keep asking, yow
How looong
Before dem release di shackles and chain
How long
Dema go stop prank Jamaican
And a say we the biggest judge man, yow
How long
Before this wicked politician stop put gun Inna di youth dem hand

We got to survive, through all this war and strive
Caught in injustice in the world but we are staying alive
We got to survive, through all this war and strive
Caught in injustice in the world but we are staying alive
1st verse:
Tired a di false pon mi stunts all lies
Wat dema sell outta road we cyaan buy
Fed up of you no jacket and tie weh ya raise up the tax pon the poor man supply
Think di Faya quench but the Faya get higher
Outta street more seller than buyer
Every politician nowadays a liar
That′s why dem cyaaan control

Aya we(we got to) survive, through all this war and strive
Caught up in injustice in the world but we are staying alive 2x
2nd verse:
Never go a you will not act pon(never never)
That opportunity buss a skill skill so vanity
Still we make it and we move far on
With wi music ability wi burn negativity
Dem never know we woulda come out to this
Di same man you see pon roadside like rubbish
Stone that the builder refuse, become the head corner stone
So burn your dutty wish

We got to survive, through all this war and strive
Caught in injustice in the world but we are staying alive 2x
3rd verse:
How long
Dema go keep prank Jamaican
And a say we the biggest judge man, yow
How long
This wicked, politician a go keep put gun Inna di youth dem hand
How long
There will be poor blood stop bleed
And ghetto mans gotta arrest wid one bagga weed(how long)
Burnt out envy, and we burn greed
A more love a dat di world need

We got to survive, through all this war and strive
Caught in injustice in the world but we are staying alive




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Overall Meaning

The song "How Long" by Anthony B is a passionate and thought-provoking critique of the social and political conditions in Jamaica. The song consists of three verses, each focusing on a different aspect of the ongoing struggles faced by the Jamaican people. The overarching theme of the song is the call for change and justice, and the need for society to work together to create a better future for all.


In the first verse, Anthony B expresses his frustration with the current state of the Jamaican economy and the political corruption that he believes is at the root of many social problems. He criticizes politicians for raising taxes on the poor and for allowing violence to proliferate in the streets. The chorus then emphasizes the need for survival and perseverance in the face of these challenges, and the importance of not losing hope despite the difficult circumstances.


In the second verse, the focus shifts to the power of music to overcome adversity and to the resilience of the Jamaican people in the face of struggle. Anthony B explains how he and other musicians are able to use their talents to fight back against negativity and to inspire others. The verse also touches on the idea that success can come from unexpected places, such as the "stone that the builder refused" becoming the cornerstone of a new foundation.


The final verse returns to the themes of political corruption and social injustice, with Anthony B asking how long it will take for change to come. He implores those in power to stop putting guns in the hands of the youth and to stop perpetuating violence and poverty. The verse concludes with a call for more love in the world as the key to creating a better future for all.


Overall, “How Long” is a song that speaks powerfully to the struggles and aspirations of the Jamaican people. It is a reminder that despite the challenges they face, they are strong and resilient, and that there is hope for a better future if they work together.


Line by Line Meaning

How looong
Anthony B questions how long it will take for certain circumstances to change.


Everybody keep asking, yow
Many people are asking this same question.


Before dem release di shackles and chain
When will the chains and restrictions imposed on people be lifted?


Dema go stop prank Jamaican
When will the people pretending to care about Jamaican citizens stop?


And a say we the biggest judge man, yow
Why are outsiders judging and imposing on Jamaican people?


Before this wicked politician stop put gun Inna di youth dem hand
When will politicians stop putting guns in the hands of young people?


We got to survive, through all this war and strive
Despite the constant struggles and battles, we need to keep going.


Caught in injustice in the world but we are staying alive
Even though the world is unfair, we will continue to survive.


Tired a di false pon mi stunts all lies
Anthony B is fed up with deceit and dishonesty.


Wat dema sell outta road we cyaan buy
What is being sold on the streets is not affordable to the people.


Fed up of you no jacket and tie weh ya raise up the tax pon the poor man supply
Anthony B is annoyed with unscrupulous politicians who raise taxes on the poor.


Think di Faya quench but the Faya get higher
Those who try to extinguish the fire find that it only grows stronger.


Outta street more seller than buyer
There are more people selling than buying things on the streets.


Every politician nowadays a liar
Anthony B does not trust any contemporary politicians.


That′s why dem cyaaan control
This is why they cannot be controlled.


Never go a you will not act pon(never never)
Never give up on your dreams.


That opportunity buss a skill skill so vanity
Sometimes opportunities arise due to pure luck.


Still we make it and we move far on
Despite the obstacles, we continue to progress.


With wi music ability wi burn negativity
Anthony B believes that music can eliminate negativity.


Dem never know we woulda come out to this
Those who underestimated the artist now see his success.


Di same man you see pon roadside like rubbish
Those who appear unsuccessful can still accomplish great things.


Stone that the builder refuse, become the head corner stone
Those who are overlooked can later become successful and important.


So burn your dutty wish
Anthony B urges listeners to let go of their negative thoughts.


There will be poor blood stop bleed
The artist hopes for an end to unnecessary fighting.


And ghetto mans gotta arrest wid one bagga weed(how long)
Anthony B questions why people are still being arrested for possessing marijuana.


Burnt out envy, and we burn greed
Anthony B believes that people should let go of jealousy and greed.


A more love a dat di world need
The world needs more love and compassion.




Writer(s): Kyle Cook

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Comments from YouTube:

Patrick Njunga

Still enjoying it in 2023 fire Anthony b....Jah bless Jah man

James Jackson

Jah protect and keep us strong and moving forward in this time nice vibe here makes much since

Warrior Bantang

Respect Anthony B only jah know

EngineerTREE

YOOO 2011 and this tune still bad... how long? gr8 song super message!

Vince Kankhomba

Big tune.truth be told.chant Babylon down.

motherlandd

chune!

khaya sibeko

how loooong will be mentaly imprisoned

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