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Fela Kuti Lyrics


International thief, thief
(International thief, thief)
(International thief, thief)
I.T.T. (international thief, thief)
International thief (international thief, thief)

(International thief, thief)
(International thief, thief)
I.T.T. (international thief, thief)
International rogue (international thief, thief)
(International thief, thief)
(International thief, thief)
(International thief, thief)
(International thief, thief)

(International thief, thief)
(International thief, thief)
(International thief, thief)
(International thief, thief)
(International thief, thief)
(International thief, thief)
(International thief, thief)
(International thief, thief)

(International thief, thief)
(International thief, thief)
(International thief, thief)
(International thief, thief)
(International thief, thief)
(International thief, thief)
(International thief, thief)
(International thief, thief)

Wellu, wellu, wellu, wellu, wellu
Wellu, wellu, wellu, wellu, wellu
Wellu, wellu, wellu, wellu, wellu, ah!
(Nah so-so increment sha)
(But sha man no go kill himself)
Wellu, wellu, wellu, wellu, wellu
Wellu, wellu, wellu, wellu, wellu
Wellu, wellu, wellu, wellu, wellu
Wellu, wellu, wellu, wellu, wellu
Wellu, wellu, wellu, wellu, wellu, ah!

Wellu, wellu, wellu
Wellu, wellu, wellu, wellu, wellu, wellu
Wellu, wellu, wellu, wellu, wellu
Wellu, wellu, wellu, wellu, wellu
Wellu, wellu, wellu, wellu, wellu
Wellu, wellu, wellu, wellu, wellu
Wellu, wellu, wellu, wellu, wellu
Wellu, wellu, wellu, wellu, wellu
Wellu, wellu, wellu, wellu, wellu
Wellu, wellu, wellu, wellu, wellu, ah!

Wellu, wellu, wellu, wellu, wellu
Wellu, wellu, wellu, wellu, wellu
Wellu, wellu, wellu, wellu, wellu
Wellu, wellu, wellu, wellu, wellu
Wellu, wellu, wellu, wellu, wellu, ah!

Hey (wetin una dey enjoy oh?)
(For overseas, overseas)
Motherfuckers, bastard motherfuckers (yeah)
Make I yab dem? (Yeah, yeah)
I′ll yab them (yeah) say yeah (yeah)
(All those motherfuckers them)
(Yab them, yab them)

Well well, na true I want talk again oh (well, well)
Na true I want talk again oh (well, well)
If I dey lie oh (well, well)
Make Osiri punish me (well, well)
Make Ifa dey punish me oh (well, well)
Make Edumare punish me oh (well, well)
Make the land dey punish me oh (well, well)
Make Edumare punish me oh (well, well)
I read dem for book e oh (well, well)
I see some myself e oh (well, well)
Well e well e oh (well, well) well, well
Well e well e oh (well, well) well, well

Na true I want talk again oh (well, well)
If I dey lie oh (well, well)
Make Osiri punish me (well, well)
Make Ifa dey punish me oh (well, well)
Make Edumare punish me oh (well, well)
Make the land dey punish me oh (well, well)
I read dem for book e oh (well, well)
I see some myself e oh (well, well)
Well e well e oh (well, well) well, well
Well e well e oh (well, well) well, well

Na true I want talk again oh (well, well)
If I dey lie oh (well, well)
Make Osiri punish me (well, well)
Make Edumare punish me oh (well, well)
Make the land dey punish me oh (well, well)
Make Ifa dey punish me oh (well, well)
I read dem for book e oh (well, well)
I see some myself e oh (well, well)
I see some myself e oh (well, well) well, well
Well e well e oh (well, well) well, well

Long time ago
Long, long time ago (long time ago)
Long, long, long, long time ago (long time ago)
African man we no dey carry shit (long time ago)
We dey shit inside big-big hole (long time ago)
For Yoruba land na shalanga (long time ago)
For Igbo land na onu-insi (long time ago)
For Hausa land na saluga (long time ago)

For Gaa land na tiafi (long time ago)
For Ashanti land na yarni (long time ago)
For Ethiopia land na sagara-bet (long time ago)
For Kagiyu land na cho-cho (long time ago)
For Bemba land na chimbuzi (long time ago)
For Tunga land na echibuzi (long time ago)
Long, long, long, long time ago (long time ago)
African man we no dey carry shit (long time ago)
We dey shit inside big-big hole (long time ago)
Long, long, long, long time ago (long time ago)

Long, long, long, long time ago (long time ago)
Before them come force us away as slaves (long time ago)
During the time them come force us away as slaves
(Long time ago)
Na European man, na him dey carry shit (long time ago)
Na for them culture to carry shit (long time ago)
During the time them come colonize us (long time ago)
Them come teach us to carry shit (long time ago)
Long, long, long, long time ago (long time ago)
African man we no dey carry shit (long time ago)
Na European man teach us to carry shit (long time ago)

Many foreign companies dey Africa
Carry all our money go (say am, say am)
Many foreign companies dey Africa
Carry all our money go (say am, say am)
Them go write big English for newspaper
Dabaru we Africans (say am, say am)
Them go write big English for newspaper
Dabaru we Africans (say am, say am)

I read about one of them inside book like that
Them call him name na I.T.T. (say am, say am)
I read about one of them inside book like that
Them call him name na I.T.T. (say am, say am)
Them go dey cause confusion (confusion)
Cause corruption (corruption)
Cause oppression (oppression)
Cause inflation (inflation)

Them go dey cause oppression (oppression)
Cause confusion (confusion)
Cause corruption (corruption)
Cause inflation (inflation)
Cause oppression (oppression)
Cause confusion (confusion)
Cause inflation (inflation)
Cause oppression (oppression)
Oppression, oppression, inflation
Corruption, oppression, inflation

Them get one style wey them dey use
Them go pick one African man
A man with low mentality
Them go give am million naira breads
To become of high position here
Him go bribe some thousand naira bread
To become one useless chief

Like rat they do
Them go do from corner, corner, passi, passi
Under, under, passi, passi
Side, side, passi, passi
In, in, passi, passi
Out, out, passi, passi
Peep, peep, passi, passi
Unu, unu, passi, passi

Corner, corner, passi, passi
Under, under, passi, passi
Side, side, passi, passi
Up, up, passi, passi
Corner, corner, passi, passi
Under, under, passi, passi
Side, side

Then he gradually
Gradually, gradually, gradually
Then he gradually
Gradually, gradually, gradually
Them go be friend, friend to journalist
Friend, friend to Commissioner
Friend, friend to Permanent Secretary
Friend, friend to Minister
Friend, friend to Head of State

Then start, start to steal money
Start, start them corruption
Start, start them inflation
Start, start them oppression
Start, start them confusion
Start, start them oppression
Start, start to steal money
Start, start to steal money

Like Obasanjo and Abiola (international thief, thief)
I.T.T. (international thief, thief)
International rogue (international thief, thief)
International thief (international thief, thief)
We go fight them, well well (well, well)
Well, well (well, well) wellu, well (well, well)
Wellu, wellu (well, well) wellu, wellu (well, well)
Wellu, wellu (well, well) wellu, wellu (well, well)

We don tire (well, well) to carry (well, well)
Anymore of them shit (well, well)
We don tire (well, well) to carry (well, well)
Anymore of them shit (well, well)
We don tire (well, well) to carry (well, well)
Anymore of them shit (well, well)

Wellu, wellu (well, well) wellu, wellu (well, well)
Wellu, wellu (well, well) wellu, wellu (well, well)
Wellu, wellu (well, well) wellu, wellu, wellu (well, well)
Wellu, wellu, wellu (well, well) wellu, wellu (well, well)
Wellu, wellu (well, well) wellu, wellu (well, well)
Wellu, wellu (well, well) wellu, wellu (well, well)
Wellu, wellu (well, well) wellu, wellu (well, well)

Wellu, wellu, wellu (well, well) wellu, wellu (well, well)
Wellu, wellu, wellu (well, well) wellu, wellu, wellu (well, well)
Wellu, wellu, wellu (well, well) wellu, wellu (well, well)
Wellu, wellu, wellu (well, well) wellu, wellu (well, well)
Wellu, wellu (well, well) wellu, wellu (well, well)
Wellu, wellu (well, well) ah, ye!

(Well-well, well-well)
(Well-well, well-well)
(Well-well, well-well)
(Well-well, well-well)
(Well-well, well-well)
(Well-well, well-well)

(Well-well, well-well)
(Well-well) wellu, wellu (well-well) wellu, wellu
(Well-well, well-well)
(Well-well, well-well)
(Well-well, well-well)
(Well-well, well-well)
(Well-well, well-well)

(Well-well, well-well)
(Well-well, well-well)
(Well-well, well-well)
(Well-well, well-well)
(Well-well, well-well)
(Well-well, well-well)

(Well-well, well-well)
(Well-well, well-well)
(Well-well, well-well)
(Well-well, well-well)
(Well-well, well-well)
(Well-well, well-well)

(Well-well, well-well)
(Well-well, well-well)
(Well-well, well-well, well-well)

(International thief, thief)
(International thief, thief)
(International thief, thief)
(International thief, thief)

(International thief, thief)
(International thief, thief)
(International thief, thief)

Writer(s): Fela Anikulapo Kuti

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Comments from YouTube:

Adeyemi Olubambo

When I am feeling rebellious, his songs are my go to, when I want to relax, the music is so soothing to my soul. No wonder he described it as the “underground spiritual game”.

Dwayne Best

You are right... Please also check out Beast of No Nation by Fela...

BabaStiletto

...listen very carefully - in this tune, Fela clearly identifies and addresses "globalisation" as a problem for countries throughout Africa. He sets out the MO used by "multinationals" when they set up in developing nations (with the collusion of corrupt officials) - all done with the clever use of metaphors. Note that this tune was released way back in the '70s, long before those terms crept into contemporary usage as bywords for corporate greed and inhumanity. Epic sometin.

Dwayne Best

😊

BabaStiletto

...Fela was talking about the methodology used by powerful foreign multi-nationals (with the collusion of locals) to rape Africa, @Christopher Ayettey - and yes, he cited Abiola and ITT as examples.

So you are right in that Fela was talking about Abiola, but it is more important to understand the context within which Abiola fits in. Abiola's example occurred in Nigeria, but across Africa, the same scenario was replicated (and unfortunately continues to be replicated).

Hope this helps.

Christopher Ayettey

I thiught he was talking About abiola

MA K

@Spirit Hawk 2021 bro same shit

Justice Truth

@Trista4Congress All sock puppets for Banksters....

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tondak Peter

There was an American company by the same initials.... International Telephone and Telegraph that had a multi billion dollar contract to redo the Nigerian telephone infrastructure. The deal stunk so much that it's Nigerian link man (Abiola) was immediately rewarded with the vice presidency of ITT ( Africa and middle east). Fela, as expected, couldn't resist the urge to lampoon the pair.

mauricio pardo

It's the same!!

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