Over the last 5 years, technology has seen a boost that 12 years ago we would never have imagined could exist.  I remember in high school, the Nokia 3410 was the ‘it’ phone, everybody wanted one.  We would spend hours outside of class trying to create our own ringtones, playing snake and sending free messages or finding ways to beat the system to make free calls.  You would be laughed at if you were caught with or making calls on a fridge, (the unnecessarily large phones) you were not allowed to feel comfortable with one.  Then came camera phones, nobody’s world was normal again, privacy went right through the door and in walked slandering and nude pics, couple that with social networks and throw in smart phones and we have the modern day plague; no one was safe.  If you snoozed you lost your privacy and before you knew it your friends started calling you to ask if you know that your ass and other parts of your anatomy are all over the web.  Thank you technology, we are now hiding inside with or doors battened shut.

Wait just one minute, technology is not and has not always been a bad thing. Quite frankly, the people using technology are to blame for being selfish and diabolically ruthless; parading peoples business as though there is a reward for doing so (then again we never know).  Again not all these individuals are to be blamed because you find sadistic individuals publishing their entire lives as though they enjoy the pain and the disparaging comments that it brings.  Technology is never to be blamed for the negativity that we are exposed to because I will say that its presence has widen my general knowledge and introduced me to systems and elements of culture that I would have never known had it not existed.

Here is the ‘slap in the face’ about this entry, it really has nothing to do with technology or the invasion or lack of privacy.  Technology is simply the feeder for its content.  As I mentioned before, technology has allowed us to become familiar with what is happening in today in different societies around the world and as recent as last month we, especially us in the Caribbean, were introduced to a video which made the rounds on the internet and several social networks, of a mother punishing her daughter for posting nude pictures of herself online.  I use the word punish to describe the incident because that is what I saw it as, others described it as brutality and inhumane treatment.  All I saw, this is through my eyes, was a mother hurt and at her wits end, trying to prevent her child, her 12 year old daughter, from making mistakes that would introduce her to the brutish world we live in.

I say, day in day out, that a mother knows best and what she knows and sees fit has often been the best knowledge that anyone can be introduced to.  Simply by being a mother, she has garnered a vast vault of knowledge that working for the CIA could not afford because this knowledge is attained by simply bringing a child into this world and caring for that child as no one else would.  If we place a camera in homes across the globe to monitor the reality of motherhood, we would be presented with extensions and expansions of the true reality of life and if you were to switch between any of these tapes you would simply find that the backgrounds and maybe the languages are different but the realities the same.

By now, I would hope that you are privy to what this entry is all about. If not, this is my dedication to my mother, all the mother figures that existed and still exist in my life and generally to all the mothers.  You have been the light of society because you have, literally, touched many lives.  When you step back and observe the hardships that mothers endure and go through just for the survival and betterment of their children you can only smile and say only a mother would.  It is the truth, only a mother would go the distance for her children because there is that bond that exists that nobody else can really understand.  9 months of discomfort (not in all cases but many), and a lifetime of worries and worrying is not the way that an individual should really live life but the truth is, that discomfort is the key to the existence of mankind.  If mothers did not or chose not to endure this discomfort, I would not be here today and neither would you.

Title: Mama

Artiste: I Octane

Riddim: N/A

Year: 2014

 

INTRO

Mama, mama

Oh mama

Yeh

CHORUS

For all the good you have done

Miles you have run

Yu glory soon come

Yes mama

You alone carry dat burden

Yu muscles dem hurt you

But yu glory soon come

Oooh mama

Papa running, from all the stress that surround him

But you stay mama

Yu glory soon come

Yes mama

When you cup running over

You prove that you are a soldier

Yu glory soon come hmmm

 

VERSE 1

For all the work you put in

Never go in vain

So I don’t want you worry yuself

Mama, the one above is listening

Feel all the pain you feel

So I doh want you stressing your brain

I can remember there was no food on the table

And Jah was our only strength

I can remember days no food on the table

And Jah was our only help

Mama

CHORUS

For all the good you have done

Miles you have run

Yu glory soon come

Yes mama

You alone carry dat burden

Yu muscles dem hurt you

But yu glory soon come

Yeess mama

Papa running, from all the stress that surround him

But you stay mama

Yu glory soon come

Yes mama

When you cup running over

You prove that you are a soldier

Yu glory soon come

VERSE 2

There is victory in his power

Victory in his name

And the same God you serve in the past tense mama

Same God today

And the prayer you said for your children

Help us never to go astray

Cause the same God you asked for mercy mama

Save us today

I remember there was no food on the table

And Jah was our only strength

I remember days no food on the table

And Jah was our only help

Mama

CHORUS

For all the good you have done

Miles you have run

Yu glory soon come

Yes mama

You alone carry dat burden

Yu muscles dem hurt you

But yu glory soon come

Oooh mama

Papa running, from all the stress that surround him

But you stay mama

Yu glory soon come

Yes mama

When you cup running over

You prove that you are a soldier

Yu glory soon come

Oooh mama

Fi all the good you have done

Miles you have run

Yu glory soon come

Yes mama

You a alone carry dat burden

Yu muscles dem hurt you

But yu glory soon come

Yeess mama

Papa running, from all the stress that surround him

But you stay mama

Yu glory soon come

Yes mama

When you cup running over

You prove that you are a soldier

Yu glory soon come

Ooohh maaaaaa

Mama mama

Mama mama

Mama I love you and Jah love you more

SONG ENDS

Now, I don’t want to be misconstrued as saying that bringing a child into this world is the only way a woman will ever know motherhood or be a mother because some women who do not or will never know what it is like to bring a child into the world are more mothers than some who have.  You have heard time and time again of women who give birth to a child and then dispose of him/her.  We hear of women who give birth to children and then regret it because the child is a ‘burden’ to them.  Being a mother is not an act that I can speak of from being one but from experiencing the love and care of one.  My mother would have and still would move earth for me, just so her washbelly is happy.  The love that I felt I will never ever experience anywhere else because the reality is, a mother knows.  Mothers are the real Einsteins of this world.  I don’t know what Einstein taught me, my teachers tried to tell me but my mother did not have to tell me anything.  For her, educating me came naturally; I learned through her eyes.  My physics teacher tried to tell me that E=MC2 is the calculation for (let me check my notes, better yet, let me check my phone :))… the calculation for energy.  She was so wrong, so was Einstein, the shell for the formula can stay but the reference points are different and very wrong.  Energy is really equal to the product of mother and complication squared, so the energy that you will get a mother emitting for her child is the product of her and the complications that life throws at her, squared!  Sorry physicists and physics teachers around the world, you should have asked your mother and to think you wasted your lives trying to understand that; should have become a linguist instead!

The love and dedication of a mother is neither comparable nor equal to nothing in this world.  So if it means taking one day to let her know that you appreciate her, do it.  If you don’t appreciate yours then why are you living?

To all the mothers, whether you brought a child into this world or you are a surrogate, HAPPY MOTHERS’ YEAR.

Mothers, the REAL Einsteins.

Title: My Old Lady

Artiste: Omi

Riddim: N/A

Year: 2013

INTRO

Hey

Heeeyy, yea yea yeaah

VERSE 1

Conceived in your womb like a flower I bloomed
How you do what you do, you’re a super woman
Felt the love in your touch although we had it so rough
Even if I gave you the moon it would not be enough.

CHORUS

Mama, your love gives me comfort
It’s like the sweetest music every time you sing your lullabies
I feel no cuts and bruises, for all the sleepless nights
I thank you for your patience, for the times you fed me, clothe me
Wiped my nose and tied my laces

You will always be my old lady
Thanks for the love you gave me
No ifs, no buts, no maybes
For the nine months you carried me
No matter who should marry me
You will always be myyyyy

Hey

Heeyyy

Yea yea yea yeahhhh

VERSE 2
The mother who fathered me, being fatherless bothered me
But your love protected me and kept me from harm’s way
The street sides that tempted me, the roads you prevented me
From walking along and now I’m glad that you parented me

CHORUS

Mama, your love gives me comfort
It’s like the sweetest music every time you sing your lullabies
I feel no cuts and bruises, for all the sleepless nights
I thank you for your patience, for the times you fed me, clothe me
Wiped my nose and tied my laces

You will always be my old lady
Thanks for the love you gave me
No ifs, no buts, no maybes
For the nine months you carried me
No matter who should marry me
You will always be myyyyy

Mama, your love gives me comfort (heeey)
It’s like the sweetest music (mom you gave me love)

Every time you sing your lullabies
I feel no cuts and bruises (when my daddy passed away)

For all the sleepless nights (hey)
I thank you for your patience, for the times you fed me, clothe me
Wiped my nose and tied my laces (yooou)

You will always be my old lady
Thanks for the love you gave me
No ifs, no buts, no maybes
For the nine months you carried me
No matter who should marry me
You will always be myyyyy

Say you will always be
You will always be my old lady
Thanks for the love you gave me
No ifs, no buts, no maybes
For the nine months you carried me
No matter who should marry me
You will always be my
Heh

SONG ENDS

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