In Jamaican culture, a wash-belly is known as the last child for a mother.  The term is never referenced in relation to a father because the woman is the bearer of the child, the one with the womb and the belly, hence, the term embraces the concept that the child is the last to vacate the womb, thus, washing and ‘sealing’ the belly; finalizing all pregnancies.  Being a wash-belly, there are many realities that I have to face from time to time.  Realties such as that which raises the question of, what would have happened if my parents did not want a third child or even  the extreme reality which is a mental echo, reminding me that my parents had the choice to follow their doctor’s advice and ‘rid’ me from mother’s womb because the pregnancy was one of complications.  However, I am here today, a testimony of the faith and strength my parents had.  My parents are the best, constantly making sacrifices to ensure that all is well, not only for me but for the entire family.

Mama Love

By Jah Vinci

ETERNAL RIDDIM

INTRO

Ohhhoohhhhhooo

Ouuut cleaaarr

Fi mi madda yeah

Ohhhoohhhhhooo ouuut cleaaarr

VERSE 1

She a suffa and mi know dem siit seh shi tired a di cold concrete

Mi waah mine, my money stock a thousand feet put a smile pan mi old woman cheek

CHORUS

Kaaz mama love will bring us through darkness

And when mi faada gone lef har

Mama cry, they’re so heartless, she’s standing by my side

Time hard but regardless, mama love will be there

VERSE 2

When yu talk bout dumpling and butter well a my madda know di slum

When shi send mi go a school and di hungry come

Dying fi di class done tears a run

Kaaz shi waah mi bring di milk an a hope seh mi bring di bun

Jah Jah got mi going and mi coming in

A chuu mi know seh Jah Jah bless mi mek mi heart so clean

A nuff yutes mi know dem suffering

As a likkle yute dem diss di queen

CHORUS

Mama love will bring us through darkness

And when mi faada gone lef har

Mama cry, they’re so heartless, she’s standing by my side

Time hard but regardless, mama love will be there

VERSE 3

Mi si mi madda walk from day till night

No love, no food in sight

Tell mi, how wi a go mek it out tonight

A gun mi a go point although mi know it no right

But mama seh be easy and be hopeful

All of a sudden mi feel di breeze, mi si di door pull, it open

Now mi cup full, mi gut full

And mama seh be easy and be thankful

CHORUS

Kaaz mama love will bring us through darkness

And when mi faada gone lef har

Mama cry, they’re so heartless, she’s standing by my side

Time hard but regardless, mama love will be there

Repeat VERSE 1

She a suffa and mi know dem siit seh wi tired a di cold concrete

Mi waah mine, my money stock a thousand feet put a smile pan mi old woman cheek

Kaaz a an…..a angels calling her name

Saying, call on Jah Jah love and he will prevail

And when deh system fail now

Den Jah will be there

 I will be there mama

CHORUS

Kaaz mama love will bring us through darkness

And when mi faada gone lef har

Mama cry, they’re so heartless, she’s standing by my side

Time hard but regardless, mama love will be there, whoaoo

SONG ENDS

In Caribbean culture, the struggles and the hardship, though having the weight for two, are mainly shoulder by the mother.  The mother is often the breadwinner, the father figure, the disciplinarian, the counselor and those are only few of the roles and responsibilities she undertakes.  I was one of the lucky ones to have both parents around but this entry is in celebration of my mother but pops will get his time :).  Mum was always there to ensure that I had nothing to worry about, thus offering the opportunity to grow as a normal child, enjoying each year as I should.  Each blog entry would always have lyrics of a song or songs that I think best capture(s) the gist of my thoughts and or what I am trying to express.  However, this particular entry will be my lengthiest to date because each song expresses the characteristics that my mother possesses.

Mama Yu Alone

By I-Octane

Karma Riddim

INTRO

Hustle roun a Corrination market

Know seh it tuff because she talk it

Load from mama basket strain har neck and now it mark it, yeaah, yaay

More time barefoot shi haffi walk it

Still shi stand firm like a forklift

Know shi no haffi but wi still a get wi sweetie and wi choc’late, yeaah, yaay

CHORUS

Mama yu alone

So I a gwaan spread di bed till yu come home yeaah, yaay

Mama yu alone

I nah frowns  I a gwaan sweep di yard till come home yeah

Mama yu alone

I a gwaan tek care a mi likkle bredda dem till yu come home yeah

Mama yu a lone

Yu a lone

Mama yu alone yeaah, yaay

VERSE 1

Papa while yu fail

Hey mama strength and upliftment help us to prevail, yeah

So wi nah go go no jail

Mama words of wisdom fresh like bread weh neva stale yeah

And now di crowd a rail

Yu come a talk bout a your son fire bun yu mek yu quail yeah

Dis a no fairytale

Memba yu leave us like Jonah inna di belly a di whale yeah

Yu neva deh deh when wi dying fah hunger

Leave us when wi much much younger

Although dem tiif mama goods inna di street when she a slumber

She hold it, she hold it out

Gas full wi belly like Honda

Bad feelings white squall and ulcer

And chuu mama waah wi go a school, she try ketch di cash pot number

A she a lone

 

CHORUS

Mama yu alone

So I a gwaan wash di plate till yu come home yeaah, yaay

Mama yu alone

I nah frowns  I a gwaan sweep di yard till come home yeah

Mama yu alone

I a gwaan tek care a mi likkle bredda dem till yu come home yeah

Mama yu a lone

Yu a lone

Mama yu alone

VERSE 2

Now I become a man, a embrace what yu preach my mama

Nah falter, a practise what yu teach my mama

Your stress, your pain, I shall relieve my mama

Mi naah touch di road and go squeeze no hammer

Shi seh son mek sure di yutes dem go a prep school

At least nine subject when dem a lef school

By yu sweat of yu brow, a so yu get food

So no badda falla frenz and  tun fool

Kaaz a mi alone hustle roun a Corrination market

Know seh it tuff because she talk it

Load from mama basket strain har neck and now it mark it, yeaah, yaay

More time barefoot shi haffi walk it

Still shi stand firm like a forklift

Know shi no haffi but wi still a get wi sweetie and wi choc’late, yeaah, yaay

CHORUS

Mama yu alone

So I a gwaan was di clothes till yu come home yeaah, yaay

Mama yu alone

I nah frowns  I a gwaan sweep di yard till come home yeah

Mama yu alone

I a gwaan clean di one room board floor till yu come home yeah

Mama yu a lone

Yu a lone

Mama yu alone yeaah, yaay

 

Mama yu alone

So I a gwaan spread di bed till yu come home yeaah, yaay

Mama yu alone

I nah frowns  I a gwaan sweep di yard till come home yeah

Mama yu alone

I a gwaan tek care a mi likkle bredda dem till yu come home yeah

Mama yu a lone

Yu a lone

Mama yu alone yeaah, yaay

Mama yaay

Mama yaay

Mama, mama, mama, mama yaay

Mama yaay

Ohh mama

Mama yaay

SONG ENDS

The song by Assassin indicates how true he is to his name because his lyrics hit every target dead in the centre, highlighting the faith that Mum has.  There are times when she will get flustered and try to escape into her own world to eschew those who try to add to her already heavy weight.  With that said, Jah Cure said it best, exactly what she is to me, the queen of my heart.

Mama Sons

By Assassin aka Agent Sasco

Di Genius Records (Big Ship)

VERSE 1

Mama and a four yute

No daddy not around

One pound a chicken back, one pound a rice a share fi five

It amazing how shi mek dat go around

She sell out at di market, 150 a pound

Police and metro dem a terrorize so she take up all har goods offa di ground

Difficult it difficult but mama still not giving up

Hold di faith she hold di faith kaaz one day she’ll be living up

Trust inna di Faada, everyday shi big him up

But some woulda tink har faith not big enough

Siit deh now, Tony a come from school, police sight him, and dig him up

A big crowd draw dung pon dem a dat a lone mek dem no frig him up

When mama hear seh Tony deh a station

Even without hesitation mama seh

CHORUS

Di sun’s gonna shine in di morning

Even though it’s grey in di sky today and di rain is falling

Mama seh di sun’s gonna shine in di morning

Even though it’s grey in di sky today and di rain is falling

VERSE 2

So Tony deh a jail now

Di next two gone a school

Nobody no rate di big one him drop out inna nine grade

So dem have him as fool

Tony a bait fi months now

And dem still kyaah show di tool

Yu wudda swear mama wudda lose har faith

But, shi still a hold har kool

Mama know har son’s, gonna be ok

Shi send up whole heap a praya

They are fine and they’ve been fine without dem faada neva deh ya

Although shi no have no daughter shi tek heed from di mayor

Kaaz one day, maybe one day one of her sons will be di mayor

Di last one have some skills him seh him waah tun football playa

Some scouts fly dung from Europe, him did a play one match wah day yah

So right now, even though things stay a way, mama blessings deh pan lay-away

CHORUS

Oh yes, di sun’s gonna shine in di morning

Even though it’s grey in di sky today and di rain is falling

Mama seh di sun’s gonna shine in di morning

Even though it’s grey in di sky today and di rain is falling

VERSE 3

Mama get a call seh Tony dead a jail

Dem find him wid a towel heng up pan a rail

Kill Tony kill himself chuu tings get kind a pail

Him neva believe when mama tell him dat good must prevail

Whoi, but is like seh di clouds nah dry up

Mama heart still a cry oooi

A wah day di last one fly out

Some team a England seh dem want him fi come try out

Couple months pass and still nutten no hapm

All wah day metro rush mama and bus har head wid baton

Seize har tings and hold dem so long till dem all dry rotten

Pan top a dat hurricane pass di house flatten

Still mama go a church even doh dem tun up dem nose

When, dem si seh mama no have on no name brand clothes

Till one day mama pull up inna sopm brand new

Har washbelly a play fi Man U

CHORUS

Oh yes, di sun’s gonna shine in di morning

Even though it’s grey in di sky today and di rain is falling

Mama seh di sun’s gonna shine in di morning

Even though it’s grey in di sky today and di rain is falling

Sun’s gonna shine in di morning

Even though it’s grey in di sky today and di rain is falling

Mama seh di sun’s gonna shine in di morning

Even though it’s grey in di sky today and di rain is falling

SONG ENDS

Mama Don’t Worry

By Jah Vinci

INTRO

Ohhhoohhhhhooo

Mama don’t cry

Ooohhoohhh a Jah Vinci

Out clear

CHORUS

Mama don’t worry, don’t cry no more

Even when the heartache knows at your door

Don’t be discouraged

Better days are sure

And I know Jah will carry, he’ll carry your load

VERSE 1

Every night shi come in mi an mi bredda feel glad kaa mi sure a di meal ina di bag

Wid tears in her eyes shi seh  son mi just get rob

Is like dem waah mi old lady fi mad

Mi neva understand when shi a wish blessing fi dem

Seh may di songs dat you sing be a lesson fi dem

Shi seh doh go rise no shine and glisn fi dem

Di meditation of her heart Jah Jah a listen to dem so

CHORUS

Mama don’t worry, don’t cry no more

Even when the heartache knows at your door

Don’t be discouraged

Better days are sure

And I know Jah will carry, he’ll carry your load

VERSE 2

Everyday shi work, everyday shi pray

Hoping Jah Jah will give her a better way

Can’t even wait a day for a cup a tea

Haffi mek di bread and find har daughter school fee

Most time di boss bwoy him no have no tought

More time shi feel like shi woulda run

Shi a smile just fi hide di tears in har heart

Kaaz minimum wage and it too damn short

And he who feels it knows

Got to get the bread by the sweat of her brow

How wi survive only God he knows

Holding on to Jah, mi naah let go

But mama, will carry, carry

Jah Jah will carry your load

CHORUS

Mama don’t worry, don’t cry no more

Even when the heartache knows at your door

Don’t be discouraged

Better days are sure

And I know Jah will carry, he’ll carry your load

But mama, will carry, carry

Jah Jah will carry, will carry, will carry

Jah Jah will carry your load

Even when the heartache knows at your door

Don’t be discouraged

Better days are sure

And I know Jah will carry, he’ll carry your load

Will carry your load

A Jah Vinci for all the mothers out there

Out Clear

SONG ENDS

This One’s for You Mom (Queen of My Heart)

By Jah Cure

Drop It Riddim

INTRO

Yeah yu no

Dedicate dis one to, my special mother and all mothers over the world

This one’s for you all

Mama Pansy yu done know yu struggle wid us over the years, we love yu

Love yu ma mother, endlessly

Yeeeaaaaahh, Queen of mi heart

All di mothers of the world this is for you

VERSE 1

This one’s for you mom

Been through the struggle you one

God bless your two hands

Wash mi clothes and cook mi food and

Wonders she perform

She’s the greatest mom

Mama I love you, queen of my heart

Ohohooooooooohooooohoooo

Queen of my heart

CHORUS

To all mother’s of the world

Sing this for you

Diamonds for you

Rubies and pearl

Mothers of the world

Sing this for you

Gold crown for you

Queen of the world

VERSE 2

Just, one queen in this world, it’s you, oh mom, ooh maama

One favourite girl in this world, it’s you, oh mom, oooh maama

Press mi uniform

Send mi school seh  gwaan

Run is your drive, she nah lose har head

Mama I love you, I love you, I love you, yeah

Queen of my heart

CHORUS

To all mother’s of the world

Sing this for you

Diamonds for you

Rubies and pearl

Mothers of the world

Sing this for you

Gold crown for you

Queen of the world

VERSE 2

She wipe mi nose shi pin mi nappy

And when mi sad shi mek mi happy

And when mi rude shi tell wi tap i(t)

Mama eeeeeeehhh

Shi do it alone widout mi daddy

Jah still provide when she no have it

Ooooooohhhhhhh  eeehhhhhhehhhh

Just, one queen in this world, it’s you, oh mom, ooh maama

Just one favourite girl, it’s you, oh mom, oooh maama

 

Repeat VERSE 1

This one’s for you mom

Been through the struggle you one

God bless your two hands

Wash mi clothes and cook mi food and

Wonders she perform

She’s the greatest mom

Mama I love you, love you, love you

Ohohooooooooohooooohoooo

Queen of my heart

Mama I love you, love you, love you

Mama I love you, love you, love you

Just, one queen in this world, it’s you, it’s you, it’s you oh mom

Just, one queen in this world, mama it’s you, mama it’s you

SONG ENDS

All the songs in this entry are perfect to describe my mother and I hope at least one will help you to describe yours and what she means to you.  Happy Mothers’ Day to all the mothers of the world, especially mine, Mum I love you and I hope you have a brilliant day 🙂

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