Where Weh U Have
Kartel Lyrics


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Mateo music
Eh, Kool Face, (uhmm hmm)
Clarkes Mek toothbrush sell more dan toothpaste
Tru mi seh Clarkes, everybody wah one
Arcade sell off everybody wah one
Di higgler a laugh everybody wah one
Listen to mi real badman
Nuh bow down fi nuh wallabee wear weh yuh have
Di lean back rubber wid di tear weh yuh have
Mi nah watch nuh face, mi nuh care weh yuh have
Mek sure yuh nuh bow fi di pair weh yuh have
If di swede nah stan up, wear weh yuh have
Put it inna di fridge, cold air weh yuh have
If a di ole wallabee mi nuh care weh yuh have
Mek sure yuh nuh bow fi di pair weh yuh have

Di clarkes dem sell off, Yuh nuh hear
Go inna di closet, Yuh muss find a pair
Brush off di two weh yuh buy last year
Pawdy yuh neva know a sup'm yuh fi care
Park reebok and dash weh nike air
Clarkes hot, like mi skull fi dis year
Put yuh right hand pon yuh heart yuh nuh hear
An put yuh left hand inna di sky and swear

Blouse and Skirt
A which Don a bow down fi desert
A which yute dat a play numba two
Fi wear new wallabee go a work
Kareem tell dem bwoy deh fi splirt
Nuthin nuh value more dan life worth
Dat a sup'm weh mi kno from birth
Yuh haffi leff everything pon earth
When yuh go inna di dirt

Nuh bow down fi nuh wallabee wear weh yuh have
Di lean back rubber wid di tear weh yuh have
Mi nah watch nuh face, mi nuh care weh yuh have
Mek sure yuh nuh bow fi di pair weh yuh have
If di swede nah stan up, wear weh yuh have
Put it inna di fridge, cold air weh yuh have
If a di ole wallabee mi nuh care weh yuh have
Mek sure yuh nuh bow fi di pair weh yuh have

Mi buy a bad wallabee a arcade
(Uhmm hmm) Part leather (A Woe) Part swede (oh)
Mi neva go down a gal yard fi buy dat
An me an no man neva bathe
Mi mek di clarkes dem turn a new phrase (Clarkes Hot)
From boston go down a fifth phase
But if dem tek on waterford style
Di world haffi go tek on waterford ways

Blouse and Skirt
A which Don a bow down fi desert
A which yute dat a play numba two
Fi wear new wallabee go a work
Kareem tell dem bwoy deh fi splirt
Nuthin nuh value more dan life worth
Dat a sup'm weh mi kno from birth
Yuh haffi leff everything pon earth
When yuh go inna di dirt

Nuh bow down fi nuh wallabee wear weh yuh have
Di lean back rubber wid di tear weh yuh have
Mi nah watch nuh face, mi nuh care weh yuh have
Mek sure yuh nuh bow fi di pair weh yuh have
If di swede nah stan up, wear weh yuh have
Put it inna di fridge, cold air weh yuh have
If a di ole wallabee mi nuh care weh yuh have
Mek sure yuh nuh bow fi di pair weh yuh have

Di clarkes dem sell off, Yuh nuh hear
Go inna di closet, Yuh muss find a pair
Brush off di two weh yuh buy last year
Pawdy yuh neva know a sup'm yuh fi care
Park reebok and dash weh nike air
Clarkes hot, like mi skull fi dis year
Put yuh right hand pon yuh heart yuh nuh hear
An put yuh left hand inna di sky and swear

Blouse and Skirt
A which Don a bow down fi desert
A which yute dat a play numba two
Fi wear new wallabee go a work
Kareem tell dem bwoy deh fi splirt
Nuthin nuh value more dan life worth
Dat a sup'm weh mi kno from birth
Yuh haffi leff everything pon earth
When yuh go inna di dirt

Nuh bow down fi nuh wallabee wear weh yuh have
Di lean back rubber wid di tear weh yuh have
Mi nah watch nuh face, mi nuh care weh yuh have
Mek sure yuh nuh bow fi di pair weh yuh have
If di swede nah stan up, wear weh yuh have




Put it inna di fridge, cold air weh yuh have
If a di ole wallabee...

Overall Meaning

The song "Where Weh U Have" by Kartel is a celebration of the Jamaican shoe brand Clarkes and warns against the dangers of bowing down to others based on what they wear. The lyrics start with a mention of how toothbrushes may sell less than Clarkes shoes in Jamaica. The popularity and demand for Clarkes have driven its prices high, and this reflects the island's overall affinity for the brand. Kartel mentions the influence Clarkes have on fashion and how the clarks sellers' laughter indicates how much they're making from it.


The rest of the song urges listeners to wear and respect what they have rather than looking down and bowing to those who wear better or more expensive shoes. Emphasizing this, Kartel repeats the phrase "Nuh bow down fi nuh wallabee wear weh yuh have," which translates to the idea of not being influenced by other people's shoes and wearing what you have with pride. He then goes further, saying that even if the shoes you have are damaged, wear them with confidence - "Mi nah watch nuh face, mi nuh care weh yuh have, Mek sure yuh nuh bow fi di pair weh yuh have, If di swede nah stan up, wear weh yuh have, Put it inna di fridge, cold air weh yuh have."


The lyrics can be seen as a reflection of Jamaican society's values - emphasizing community, independence, and the importance of believing in oneself over material things.


Line by Line Meaning

Mateo music
This song was produced by Mateo and will feature his style of music.


Eh, Kool Face, (uhmm hmm)
Kool Face is being addressed and makes a nonverbal response.


Clarkes Mek toothbrush sell more dan toothpaste
Clarkes Shoes are very popular, even more so than toothpaste.


Tru mi seh Clarkes, everybody wah one
Everyone wants a pair of Clarkes Shoes as they are very in-demand.


Arcade sell off everybody wah one
Everyone wants a pair of shoes sold from Arcade.


Di higgler a laugh everybody wah one
Even street vendors are laughing at how desirable these shoes are.


Listen to mi real badman
The singer believes they are a real tough person and should be taken seriously.


Nuh bow down fi nuh wallabee wear weh yuh have
Don't act submissive just because of the Wallabee shoes you are wearing.


Di lean back rubber wid di tear weh yuh have
These Wallabee shoes are in poor condition, possibly with holes in the rubber soles.


Mi nah watch nuh face, mi nuh care weh yuh have
The artist doesn't care about your appearance and won't judge you based on what you wear.


Mek sure yuh nuh bow fi di pair weh yuh have
Don't let the Wallabee shoes dictate how you act or feel.


If di swede nah stan up, wear weh yuh have
If your newer shoes don't stay upright, wear what you have instead.


Put it inna di fridge, cold air weh yuh have
If your shoes need to regain their shape, put them in the fridge to cool down.


If a di ole wallabee mi nuh care weh yuh have
Even if the Wallabee shoes are old, it doesn't matter to the singer.


Mek sure yuh nuh bow fi di pair weh yuh have
Again, don't let the shoes determine how you present yourself.


Di clarkes dem sell off, Yuh nuh hear
Clarkes Shoes are selling out and the artist assumes everyone already knows.


Go inna di closet, Yuh muss find a pair
If you don't already own a pair of Clarkes, you should likely find a pair in your closet.


Brush off di two weh yuh buy last year
Before buying new shoes, brush off the Clarkes you already have.


Pawdy yuh neva know a sup'm yuh fi care
Perhaps you didn't know, but it's important to take care of your things.


Park reebok and dash weh nike air
Forget about other shoe brands, focus on Clarkes.


Clarkes hot, like mi skull fi dis year
Clarkes are trending and popular this year, according to the artist.


Put yuh right hand pon yuh heart yuh nuh hear
The artist is making a declaration and wants you to listen closely.


An put yuh left hand inna di sky and swear
The singer wants you to make a promise, perhaps to uphold what they have said.


A which Don a bow down fi desert
Who is this unknown figure bowing for the desert?


A which yute dat a play numba two
Who is being referred to in second place?


Fi wear new wallabee go a work
Don't wear new Wallabee shoes to work.


Kareem tell dem bwoy deh fi splirt
A man named Kareem told others to be proud of what they wear.


Nuthin nuh value more dan life worth
Nothing is more important than valuing one's own life.


Dat a sup'm weh mi kno from birth
This is something the artist has known since birth.


Yuh haffi leff everything pon earth
When you die, you leave everything behind on Earth.


When yuh go inna di dirt
When you are buried in the ground after death.


Mi buy a bad wallabee a arcade
The artist bought Wallabee shoes in poor condition from Arcade.


(Uhmm hmm) Part leather (A Woe) Part swede (oh)
The Wallabee shoes are made of both leather and suede.


Mi neva go down a gal yard fi buy dat
The artist didn't go to a woman's house to purchase the shoes.


An me an no man neva bathe
The singer didn't do anything unusual or strange with another man.


Mi mek di clarkes dem turn a new phrase (Clarkes Hot)
The artist made Clarkes into a trending fashion statement.


From boston go down a fifth phase
Clarkes are popular from Boston to Fifth Phase.


But if dem tek on waterford style
If these locations follow Waterford's fashion style...


Di world haffi go tek on waterford ways
...then the rest of the world should adopt Waterford's fashion sense.


Blouse and Skirt
This phrase is repeated throughout the song and may reference fashion choices.


Nuh bow down fi nuh wallabee wear weh yuh have
Don't let your Wallabee shoes dictate your behaviour.


Di lean back rubber wid di tear weh yuh have
Your Wallabee shoes are too worn down.


Mi nah watch nuh face, mi nuh care weh yuh have
The singer doesn't judge others based on material possessions.


Mek sure yuh nuh bow fi di pair weh yuh have
Don't act subservient to the shoes you wear.


If di swede nah stan up, wear weh yuh have
If your new shoes won't stay upright, wear what you have instead.


Put it inna di fridge, cold air weh yuh have
To fix its shape, cool your shoes in the fridge.


If a di ole wallabee mi nuh care weh yuh have
The singer doesn't care if your Wallabee shoes are old.


Mek sure yuh nuh bow fi di pair weh yuh have
Again, don't change your behaviour based on your shoes.




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