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The Dutchie On the Left Hand Side

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Bunter
53406.  Mon Feb 20, 2006 8:12 am Reply with quote

INTRO: A rendition of Musical Youth's "Pass the Dutchie on The Left Hand Side"

Question: What was that song all about?

Forfeit: Cannabis, Dope, Dutchie's, Dutch people

It is one of the most enduring myths in popular music that Musical Youth's massive 1982 hit 'pass the dutchie to the left hand side' was an underhand reference to cannabis.

Far from it. A Dutchie is, in fact, patois for a dutch cooking pot, used - more often than not - for the preparation of jerk flavoured stews.

The song, admittedly, was based on the Mighty Diamonds' "Pass the Kouchie" which was, indeed, about marijuana (A kouchie is a type of marijuana pipe), but Musical Youth's manager insisted that the lyrics be changed to avoid censorship.

The record sold four million copies, was nominated for a Grammy but spelt disaster for Musical Youth, who had formed as schoolkids in 1979 at Duddeston Manor School, Birmingham, England.

(M.Y. featured two sets of brothers, Kelvin and Michael Grant, plus Junior and Patrick Waite. The latter pair's father, Frederick Waite, was a former member of Jamaican group The Techniques, and sang lead with Junior at the start of the group's career in the late 1970s.)

The various guardians of the under-aged stars fell out over the money which slowly evaporated into the hands of lawyers and a legacy of bitterness and trauma was all that was left.

While we're at it, a dutchie is also a form of fried donut:


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And here are the lyrics of the song:

Pass The Dutchie
Musical Youth
Music & Lyrics : Mittoo - Simpson - Ferguson

This generation
Rules the nation
With version

Music happen to be the food of love
Sounds to really make you rub and scrub

I say: Pass the Dutchie on the left hand side
Pass the Dutchie on the left hand side
It a gonna burn, give me music make me jump and prance
It a go done, give me the music make me rock in the dance

It was a cool and lovely breezy afternoon
(How does it feel when you've got no food ?)
You could feel it 'cause it was the month of June
(How does it feel when you've got no food ?)
So I left my gate and went out for a walk
(How does it feel when you've got no food ?)
As I pass the dreadlocks' camp I heard them say
(How does it feel when you've got no food ?)

Pass the Dutchie on the left hand side
Pass the Dutchie on the left hand side
It a gonna burn, give me music make me jump and prance
It a go done, give me the music make me rock in the dance

So I stopped to find out what was going on.
(How does it feel when you've got no food ?)
'Cause the spirit of Jah, you know he leads you on
(How does it feel when you've got no food ?)
There was a ring of dreads and a session was there in swing
(How does it feel when you've got no food ?)
You could feel the chill as I seen and heard them say
(How does it feel when you've got no food ?)

Pass the Dutchie on the left hand side
Pass the Dutchie on the left hand side
It a gonna burn, give me music make me jump and prance
It a go done, give me the music make me rock in the dance

'Cause me say listen to the drummer, me say listen to the bass
Give me little music make me wind up me waist
Me say listen to the drummer, me say listen to the bass
Give me little music make me wind up me waist, I say

Pass the Dutchie on the left hand side
Pass the Dutchie on the left hand side
It a gonna burn, give me music make me jump and prance
It a go done, give me the music make me rock in the dance

You play it on the radio, a so me say, we a go hear it on the stereo
A so me know you a go play it on the disco
A so me say we a go hear it on the stereo

Pass the Dutchie on the left hand side
Pass the Dutchie on the left hand side
It a gonna burn, give me music make me jump and prance
It a go done, give me the music make me rock in the dance

I say east, say west, say north and south (on the left hand side)
This is gonna make us jump and shout (on the left hand side)

 
MatC
53448.  Mon Feb 20, 2006 9:51 am Reply with quote

I used to love that song. But now I know itís about food, not drugs, I think it should be banned in case it encourages childhood obesity.

 

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