Babylon is falling. The Raatid Man’s Chant in Patois.
I came across the following poem about the fall of Babylon and looked into it with great interest. Babylon; past, present and future, is symbolic of the fall of a political system, a great nation or an empire. Babylon fell because of the unsavoury things it did and the way the people chose to live. A Babylonian system is an unfair regime full of self gratification and injustice. Babylon was and is prophesied to fall as mentioned in the scriptures and many Rastafarians songs.
In it’s simplicity, The Raatid Man’s Chant is very powerful and pertinent, especially in the light of recent events. However this is only my opinion.
The Raatid Man’s Chant.
“Come back a yard, come back a yard to raayal kard,
Babylon a fall!
Oonu tink oonu great, but de greatness garn
an its time now oonu fi larn.
Oonu pop eye pon de gnat yet swallow de camel
A nuh fi mi talk mi a talk yuh nuh,
a scriptural talk,
So pin back yuh yez , oonu yez too hard,
Fling down yuh high ches and lowa oonu gard
Legacy affi hang its head in a damn shame,
For the strange fruits of its labour it claim,
Examine de bloodstains of oonu pass,
An beg yuh do, nuh play de ass
A serious ting, a nuh no joke
Every fire come wid smoke
Dis a di beginning an noh de end.
Babylon a fall, mi hafi seh it again
Outta Europe, to blouse and skirt?
A wah dis me a hear.
Some a dem a halla, some a dem a bawl,
Government nah stan, a crawl it a crawl.
Ol’ heads lopped, no confidence found
Blind deh lead blind, to destruction dem boun.
De nex generation? ……… Lard!!
All de PM a struggle fi swallow him spit
As him tell everyone him de quit to shh
Eh eh, but see yah, it nuh done deh soh.
What a gwarn in dis country-
Bedlam! Everybody a cratch dem head
As dem see darkness cover over dem icons,
De people who dem idolise garn a groun
And all yuh hear is trembling hearts soun.
Fear a lik dem a dem tartar
And not a stitch dem have fi barta.
Babylon a fall, Babylon a fall to raayal kard,
Babylon a fall”.
The meaning of Babylon from a scriptural perspective.
Babel (Hebrew), or Babylon (Greek), was one of the cities of an ancient kingdom established by Nimrod early in mankind’s history (Genesis 10:10). It is considered by some to be the place where life began and was the site where humans attempted to build a tower that would extend up to heaven (Genesis 11:1-4).
Seeing what humans were trying to do, God confused their language so they could not complete the tower they had begun. “Babel” means confusion and was a fitting name for this city whose residents were not obeying God. This same city became the epitome of all idolatrous worship and the capital city of an empire with its name.
Some 1,500 years after its founding, God spoke of Babylon through the prophet Isaiah, “Babylon is fallen, is fallen! And all the carved images of her gods He has broken to the ground” (Isaiah 21:9).
(Excerpt taken from Life Hope and Truth)