Reverse Di Ting
Beenie Man Lyrics


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[Intro:]
Dong! Hey!
Mi chat give dem di back way talk
Papa San gave dem di sideway talk
Tek out mi key and mi car weh mi start
Put it inna reverse watch yuh wave through glass, cau

[Chorus:]
Reverse di ting mi a go reverse di ting (BRRRRRPPPP!!!!)
Reverse di ting mi a go reverse di ting (BRRRRRPPPP!!!!)
Reverse di ting mi a go reverse di ting (BRRRRRPPPP!!!!)
Who am I? Di dancehall king (Come on!!!)
Reverse di ting mi a go reverse di ting (BRRRRRPPPP!!!!)
Reverse di ting mi a go reverse di ting (BRRRRRPPPP!!!!)
Reverse di ting mi a go reverse di ting (BRRRRRPPPP!!!!)
Drop di punchline and diverse di sing

[Verse 1:]
Beenie! King of di dancehall dat a mi
Mi dat dancehall di of King Beenie
Marley son sing a album name Halfway Tree
Halfway Tree name album sing a son a Marley
Free and AJ run leff B.E.T.
B.E.T. leff run wey AJ and Free
Free haffi Jah Cure from penitentiary
Penitentiary therefore Cure Jah haffi free
See!!! Some badmind fassy a try pre
Pre try a fassy badmind some see
Bounty a di leader fi Alliance Party
Party Alliance di fi leader a Bounty
Tony! Keep Rebel Salute a Centy
Centy a Salute Rebel keep Tony
Catty pull up on my ends and mi fi ride har pony
Pony ride a mi pon ends pull up Catty, Hey!!!

[Chorus:]
Reverse di ting mi a go reverse di ting (BRRRRRPPPP!!!!)
Reverse di ting mi a go reverse di ting (BRRRRRPPPP!!!!)
Reverse di ting mi a go reverse di ting (BRRRRRPPPP!!!!)
Who am I? Di dancehall king (Come on!!!)
Reverse di ting mi a go reverse di ting (BRRRRRPPPP!!!!)
Reverse di ting mi a go reverse di ting (BRRRRRPPPP!!!!)
Reverse di ting mi a go reverse di ting (BRRRRRPPPP!!!!)
Drop di punchline and diverse di sing

[Verse 2:]
TV inna mi house 50 inch Sony
Sony inch 50 house mi inna TV
CD mi a listen while watchin DVD
DVD watchin while listen mi a CD
Becareful use condom to prevent VD
VD prevent to condom use careful be
Him a dis, Martial arts start a Jet Li
Li Jet a star arts martial be
Tell di world di girls have mi unda dem spell
Spell dem unda have girls di world a tell
Tell dem nuh bodda worry true dem hear wedding bells
Here comes the bride!!!!!
Skettel caan mash up mi have mi Angel
Angel mi have mi caan mash up skettel
Bell mek reservation fi five star hotel
Hotel five star fi reservation mek Bell
Michelle nah sell yuh sitten cau yuh a nuh Jezebel
Jezebel nah sell yuh cau sitten yuh a nuh Michelle
Rafael yuh bite har yuh fi sex off Raquel
Raquel off sex when yuh bite Rafael
Janelle a start show pon blue movie channel
Channel movie blue pon show start Janelle
Chanel mi a wear dem caan buy Gray Fennel
Fennel gray caan buy wear mi Chanel

[Chorus:]
Reverse di ting mi a go reverse di ting (BRRRRRPPPP!!!!)
Reverse di ting mi a go reverse di ting (BRRRRRPPPP!!!!)
Reverse di ting mi a go reverse di ting (BRRRRRPPPP!!!!)
Who am I? Di dancehall king (Come on!!!)
Reverse di ting mi a go reverse di ting (BRRRRRPPPP!!!!)
Reverse di ting mi a go reverse di ting (BRRRRRPPPP!!!!)
Reverse di ting mi a go reverse di ting (BRRRRRPPPP!!!!)
Drop di punchline and diverse di sing

[Verse 1:]
Beenie! King of di dancehall dat a mi
Mi dat dancehall di of King Beenie
Marley son sing a album name Halfway Tree
Halfway Tree name album sing a son a Marley
Free and AJ run leff B.E.T.
B.E.T. leff run wey AJ and Free
Free haffi Jah Cure from penitentiary
Penitentiary therefore Cure Jah haffi free
See!!! Some badmind fassy a try pre
Pre try a fassy badmind some see
Bounty a di leader fi Alliance Party
Party Alliance di fi leader a Bounty
Tony! Keep Rebel Salute a Centy
Centy a Salute Rebel keep Tony
Catty pull up on my ends and mi fi ride har pony
Pony ride a mi pon ends pull up Catty, Hey!!!

Mi chat give dem di back way talk
Papa San gave dem di sideway talk
Tek out mi key and mi car weh mi start
Put it inna reverse watch yuh wave through glass, cau

[Chorus:]
Reverse di ting mi a go reverse di ting (BRRRRRPPPP!!!!)
Reverse di ting mi a go reverse di ting (BRRRRRPPPP!!!!)
Reverse di ting mi a go reverse di ting (BRRRRRPPPP!!!!)
Who am I? Di dancehall king (Come on!!!)
Reverse di ting mi a go reverse di ting (BRRRRRPPPP!!!!)
Reverse di ting mi a go reverse di ting (BRRRRRPPPP!!!!)




Reverse di ting mi a go reverse di ting (BRRRRRPPPP!!!!)
Drop di punchline and diverse di sing

Overall Meaning

In Beenie Man's song Reverse Di Ting, he employs word-play and puns to keep the listeners engaged. The chorus, "Reverse di ting mi a go reverse di ting" accompanied by the sound of a car engine revving, is a reference to driving in reverse. The concept of going backward is consistent with the song's content which involves flipping phrases around and providing alternate meanings. In the first verse, he mentions other artists and their accomplishments and changes their order and sequences around. For example, "Marley son sing a album name Halfway Tree" instead of " a son of Marley named Damian released an album called Halfway Tree."


In the second verse, he brings up various topics such as watching TV while listening to music and using condoms to prevent sexually transmitted diseases. He continues to mix things up by reversing the sequence of words and creating new meanings. For example, "Him a dis, Martial arts start a Jet Li/Li Jet a star arts martial be" which means, Jet Li started starring in martial arts films after being criticized for his martial arts skills.


Line by Line Meaning

Dong! Hey!
The sound of a vehicle accelerating and swerving


Mi chat give dem di back way talk
I am giving them the truth that they are not used to hearing


Papa San gave dem di sideway talk
Another artist gave them a different perspective


Tek out mi key and mi car weh mi start
I am removing myself from the situation


Put it inna reverse watch yuh wave through glass, cau
I am reversing away while observing their reactions through the rear-view mirror


Reverse di ting mi a go reverse di ting (BRRRRRPPPP!!!!)
I am reversing the situation, turning things around


Who am I? Di dancehall king (Come on!!!)
I am the king of the Jamaican music genre called dancehall


Drop di punchline and diverse di sing
I am delivering powerful lyrics and singing in various styles


TV inna mi house 50 inch Sony
I have a fifty-inch Sony television at home


CD mi a listen while watchin DVD
I am listening to a CD while watching a DVD


Becareful use condom to prevent VD
Be cautious and use protection to avoid getting a sexually transmitted disease


Him a dis, Martial arts start a Jet Li
He is trying to start a fight, but I am not engaging, referencing the famous martial artist Jet Li


Tell di world di girls have mi unda dem spell
I am telling the world that the girls are under my spell


Tell dem nuh bodda worry true dem hear wedding bells
I am reassuring them not to worry because they will hear wedding bells soon


Skettel caan mash up mi have mi Angel
Another woman cannot ruin what I have with my angel


Michelle nah sell yuh sitten cau yuh a nuh Jezebel
Michelle is not selling you anything because you are not promiscuous like Jezebel


Rafael yuh bite har yuh fi sex off Raquel
Rafael, you bit her, so you owe Raquel a sexual favor


Janelle a start show pon blue movie channel
Janelle is beginning to star in adult films on the blue movie channel


Chanel mi a wear dem caan buy Gray Fennel
I am wearing Chanel while they cannot afford Gray Fennel




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