Money Over War
Vybz Kartel Lyrics


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Yow Harry
Dis thing a get out a hand
So u see fi di 08 an beyond
Me waa house and car
Ghetto yute
A money ova war

Hey, So who can't hear
Dem going to feel
No shoot, nuh kill
Nuh rob, nuh steal
Too much yute fall pon battlefield
A badman a talk
Me just a keep it real
All shower yute
All spanglers yute
Addi tired fi buy bere funeral suit
Listen to di teacha, di truth a di truth
Jamaica nuffi run like Beiruth
Wen dem sen fi di military troop
Nuh matter weh u vote
Everybody get shoot
Di system a bawl seh di yute dem a coot
But dem bere di fruits so a dem is di root
Nuh shame fi di yute dem yuh produce
If Daddy neva idle
Di son could'ntloose
But every likkle ting dem blame artist
We r di scape goat
Di golden egg goose
Sipping Vybz rum wid sweet orange juice
Big up Portia and di Honourabl Bruce
Big up everybody party
But my party a di one weh a keep in a Laroose
Nuff ghetto yutes waa work fi a dues
An caa find a job a
Hey, awha do some fools
Build more factory, build more schools
And give black pickney di necessary tools
If nuttn nah gwaan
How u expect seh di man
Dem nah go bruk di rules
Every party come in
A we a di victim
Unite and dun out di system

Mother bawling
Son in a di warring
Wen body falling
A we a dead, a we a dead
Copper corning
Madden haffi balm him
Cemetery a morning
A we dead, a we a dead

Wah day weh me see pon di news
It mek Addi vex
So me dun couple Panadol
Couple comtrex
2008 an bere yute a dead
Addi waa see di 3000 like Soltex
Plz ghetto yutes
Watch how u flex
A nuh every likkle thing
U fi puff up an vex
Sen fi guns
An hear comes next
A gunshot
An a duppy come next
Two yute dead
Couple unda arrest
Wen Kingfish come,
Kill bird out a nest
If u nah nuh lawyer
Charges a press
Mummy drop a grung
All a pop off bloody dress
Wats next
Nuh visit u nuh get
Cause mummy caa even buy 1 cigarette
Every man a dead
U nuh see u eye shet
Jamaica soon come in like Immaculet
In a 7 years 10, 000 death
But a just bere ghetto yute skin a get wet
Shooting, stabbing and chop with machete
We nuh matter weh di cause,
Is stopping of breath
Put down di AK, Macky an Tek
And tek up di money ting
Cashing of cheque
Fi sen u go skool,
Watch u parents a sweat
Your life, but u a dem dearest asset
U dig?

Mother bawling
Son in a di warring
Wen body falling
A we a dead, a we a dead
Copper corning
Madden haffi balm him




Cemetery a morning
A we dead, a we a dead

Overall Meaning

In the song "Money Over War," Vybz Kartel addresses the increasing violence and crime in Jamaica, particularly in the ghetto areas. He emphasizes the importance of choosing money over war, indicating that the pursuit of wealth and success is a better alternative than engaging in violent activities. He criticizes the system for failing to provide opportunities for the youth, leading them to resort to crime as a means of survival. The lyrics also express frustration towards the authorities and the lack of justice, as innocent lives are lost and families suffer the consequences.


Vybz Kartel calls for unity among the people to overthrow the oppressive system and create a better future. He urges the government to invest in education, employment, and infrastructure in the ghetto areas, providing the necessary tools for black children to succeed. The song highlights the devastating impact of violence on families, with mothers mourning the loss of their sons and communities engulfed in sorrow.


Overall, "Money Over War" is a powerful commentary on the socioeconomic issues and crime prevailing in Jamaica, offering a plea for change and a call to prioritize prosperity over violence.


Line by Line Meaning

Yow Harry
Hey Harry, listen up


Dis thing a get out a hand
This situation is getting out of control


So u see fi di 08 an beyond
So you understand the situation since 2008 and beyond


Me waa house and car
I want a house and car


Ghetto yute
Youth from the ghetto


A money ova war
Money is more important than war


Hey, So who can't hear
Hey, for those who can't understand


Dem going to feel
They are going to understand the consequences


No shoot, nuh kill
Don't shoot, don't kill


Nuh rob, nuh steal
Don't rob, don't steal


Too much yute fall pon battlefield
Too many youths are dying on the battlefield


A badman a talk
A tough person is speaking


Me just a keep it real
I'm just being honest


All shower yute
All young people are affected


All spanglers yute
All young people from Spanglers are affected


Addi tired fi buy bere funeral suit
I'm tired of buying a lot of funeral suits


Listen to di teacha, di truth a di truth
Listen to the teacher, the truth is the truth


Jamaica nuffi run like Beiruth
Jamaica should not be run like Beirut


Wen dem sen fi di military troop
When they send the military troops


Nuh matter weh u vote
No matter who you vote for


Everybody get shoot
Everyone gets shot


Di system a bawl seh di yute dem a coot
The system is crying that the youth are dying


But dem bere di fruits so a dem is di root
But they bear the fruits, so they are the root of the problem


Nuh shame fi di yute dem yuh produce
Don't be ashamed of the youth you produce


If Daddy neva idle
If the father never stayed idle


Di son could'ntloose
The son couldn't lose


But every likkle ting dem blame artist
But they blame artists for every little thing


We r di scape goat
We are the scapegoats


Di golden egg goose
The golden egg goose


Sipping Vybz rum wid sweet orange juice
Drinking Vybz rum with sweet orange juice


Big up Portia and di Honourabl Bruce
Big up Portia and the Honorable Bruce


Big up everybody party
Big up everyone's party


But my party a di one weh a keep in a Laroose
But my party is the one kept in Laroose


Nuff ghetto yutes waa work fi a dues
Many ghetto youths want to work for their dues


An caa find a job a
And can't find a job


Hey, awha do some fools
Hey, what's wrong with some fools


Build more factory, build more schools
Build more factories, build more schools


And give black pickney di necessary tools
And give black children the necessary tools


If nuttn nah gwaan
If nothing is happening


How u expect seh di man
How do you expect the man


Dem nah go bruk di rules
They won't break the rules


Every party come in
Every political party comes in


A we a di victim
We are the victims


Unite and dun out di system
Unite and eradicate the system


Mother bawling
Mother crying


Son in a di warring
Son involved in the war


Wen body falling
When bodies are falling


A we a dead, a we a dead
We are dying, we are dying


Copper corning
Cops coming


Madden haffi balm him
Madden has to console him


Cemetery a morning
Cemetery is mourning


A we dead, a we a dead
We are dead, we are dead


Wah day weh me see pon di news
What I saw on the news the other day


It mek Addi vex
It made Addi angry


So me dun couple Panadol
So I take a couple of painkillers


Couple comtrex
Couple of cold tablets


2008 an bere yute a dead
In 2008, a lot of young people died


Addi waa see di 3000 like Soltex
Addi wants to see 3000 [people] like Soltex


Plz ghetto yutes
Please, ghetto youths


Watch how u flex
Be careful how you act


A nuh every likkle thing
Not everything


U fi puff up an vex
You should get angry for every little thing


Sen fi guns
Send for guns


An hear comes next
And here comes the next thing


A gunshot
A gunshot


An a duppy come next
And a ghost comes next


Two yute dead
Two youths dead


Couple unda arrest
A couple under arrest


Wen Kingfish come,
When Kingfish comes


Kill bird out a nest
Kills birds out of their nests


If u nah nuh lawyer
If you don't have a lawyer


Charges a press
Charges are pressed


Mummy drop a grung
Mummy falls to the ground


All a pop off bloody dress
All bloody clothes are popping off


Wats next
What's next


Nuh visit u nuh get
If nobody visits you


Cause mummy caa even buy 1 cigarette
Because mom can't even buy one cigarette


Every man a dead
Everyone is dying


U nuh see u eye shet
You don't see your own eyes shut


Jamaica soon come in like Immaculet
Jamaica will soon be as pure as Immaculet


In a 7 years 10, 000 death
In 7 years, 10,000 deaths


But a just bere ghetto yute skin a get wet
But it's just the skin of many young ghetto people getting wet


Shooting, stabbing and chop with machete
Shooting, stabbing, and chopping with machetes


We nuh matter weh di cause
We don't matter what the cause is


Is stopping of breath
It's the stopping of breath


Put down di AK, Macky an Tek
Put down the AK, Macky, and Tek


And tek up di money ting
And take up the money thing


Cashing of cheque
Cashing of a cheque


Fi sen u go skool
To send you to school


Watch u parents a sweat
Watch your parents sweating


Your life, but u a dem dearest asset
Your life, but you are their dearest asset


U dig?
You understand?




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: Arif Cooper, Carlington Morrison, Adidja Palmer

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