Alidina
Toots and The Maytals Lyrics


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Alidina, go out and do the work
Alright alright

Alidina, lazy lazy
Alidina, crazy crazy
Alidina, go on and do the work

Just the week before last week I saw you
Standing out at the mother's (?)corner looking inside
And you alidina, want to do the work
Alright alright

Just the day before yesterday I saw you
Walking on the long train line, doing nothing




And you, Alidina, want to do the work
Alright alright

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to "Alidina" by Toots and The Maytals depict a call for someone named Alidina to get up and do some work. The song is repetitive in nature, with the chorus mentioning Alidina's laziness and craziness, and encouraging him to pursue work. The repeated verses are also straightforward in their delivery, detailing the singer's observation of Alidina standing on the corner and doing nothing or walking along the train line.


Perhaps the lyrics can be interpreted as a commentary on the importance of ambition and hard work in achieving success in life. The repetition of Alidina's name and the use of the phrase "do the work" reinforce the idea that action is necessary in order to achieve one's goals. Alidina's laziness and craziness can be seen as obstacles that need to be overcome in order to accomplish the necessary work.


Interestingly, the song also includes the phrase "alright alright" multiple times, which may serve to emphasize the importance of taking action and working towards one's goals. Overall, the message of "Alidina" seems to be one of encouragement and motivation towards productive behavior.


Line by Line Meaning

Alidina, go out and do the work
Hey Alidina, it's time to stop being lazy and start working


Alright alright
Don't worry, everything will be fine


Alidina, lazy lazy
Alidina, you've been lazy for too long


Alidina, crazy crazy
Alidina, you've been acting crazy instead of focusing on work


Alidina, go on and do the work
Alidina, it's time to stop procrastinating and start working


Just the week before last week I saw you
I saw you not long ago


Standing out at the mother's (?)corner looking inside
You were standing on the corner, not doing anything productive


And you alidina, want to do the work
But you claim to want to work


Just the day before yesterday I saw you
I saw you very recently


Walking on the long train line, doing nothing
You were wasting time, not working on anything important


And you, Alidina, want to do the work
Despite your lack of action, you claim to want to work


Alright alright
Don't worry, everything will be fine




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Comments from YouTube:

@theoriginalladyska

R. I. P. TOOTS thank you for the music and the good times.

@digdaver1

Just the day before yesterday I saw you walking on the long train line doing nothing.
Class song from the greatest

@AtZero138

To Be Remembered is to Live Forever... Stay Rude, Stay Roots and keep your Boots Stomping...

@normanosborne7367

YEARS I HAVEN'T HEARD ""ALIDINA"" A VERY CRUCIAL CUTTER FROM A LEGENDARY BAND.....TOOTS HIBBERT VOCALS SO POWERFUL HIS VOICE NEVER UNDER ANY STRAIN. A TUNE YA A BOOM.

@rtarbinar

this video's been up for 6 months, and it still only has a thousand views and a handful of ratings! (5 stars, of course) toots certainly has a strong following, but many people don't seem to know about some of his old CLASSICS, like this!!! thanks for posting this!!!

@bbbroham7534

The way the bass line and the organ flawlessly blend together in the recording just makes me rock fucking hard

@chocamon4617

R.I.P Legend :((

@Tatwampstajag

I love the part where he calls Alidina out like '2 weeks ago I saw you walking on the railroad tracks, not doin' shit! Go out and do some work, Alidina.'

@christinewalker200

Tatwampstajag lol lol

@52rupert

Time to crack open a can or two of Red Stripe and start leaping about to the joyous sound of the Maytals in full flow.

Cheers to one and all

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