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‘’Rados!’

sung by Jimmy Chambers
composed by Jimmy Chambers

produced by Gregg Assing

   

 

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LYRICS

Verse 1

It was mayhem in the Savannah
Semi finals last Panorama
Oye yo yoh!
Supporters got real defiant
To see the exit of their giant - treated so
I heard tens of thousands voices
crying out in the Savannah
“No no!”
“Why all yuh treat the ’Rados so?”

Chorus

Over their heads, went over their heads
Too much for their heads -
Adjudicators’ heads
Desperados!  History will disclose
How you took the blows
Stand up you ’Rados -
and raise your heads
’Rados! ’Rados! ’Rados! ’Rados!

Verse 2

So they punish the young pretender
Huge potential - an innovator
Oye yo yoh!
And they exit Desperados
A commodity to be disposed -
like old clothes
It seems to me like they build
courses for favourite horses
No no! They makin’ you a pappy show.

Chorus

Verse 3

It was the judges’ callous decision
That create this ball of confusion
Oye yo yoh!
My question is: “What’s the criteria?”
And to what should steelbands aspire?
They don’t know
Some say it was politics
that coerce the judges
No no! Stop mamaguying Trinbago.

Chorus


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“’Rados!”
Jimmy Chambers

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Jimmy Chambers
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Born in the Caribbean twin islands of Trinidad & Tobago (T&T), Jimmy Chambers came to England with great expectations of being a successful singer and has since realised that ambition.

Having graduated college, Jimmy met up with up-and-coming vocalists of the day including Robert Palmer with whom he co-fronted the band DaDa. Jimmy recorded solo after the demise of DaDa and had success in the dance charts in the 80s before recording an album with Paul Young and doing a world tour with him. He also performed at Wembley Stadium with Paul at LIVE AID in 1985.

In 1987 Jimmy teamed up with pals Jimmy Helms, George Chandler and Willy M and co-founded Londonbeat. Jimmy wrote the song “I’ve Been Thinking About You” which Londonbeat recorded. The song became a massive hit getting to #1 in 27 countries! Londonbeat still gigs regularly all over the world.

Jimmy has also recorded with other major artists such as Tina Turner (Break Every Rule) and Fine Young Cannibals (The Raw and the Cooked). In 2005 Jimmy wrote and collaborated with the group Laventille Rhythm Section of Trinidad and Tobago with the songs “Warriors” and “North Stand.”

In 2012 Jimmy wrote songs for Panorama – including Underdog, also for J’Ouvert; he wrote about the present situation in T&T and also for the Carnival celebrations. For 2013 he comes with two new songs for the Carnival season, the track featured here – ’Rados!  – a tribute to the legendary steel orchestra Desperadoes, and Trini Girls, in which he pays homage to the beauties of his Caribbean homeland.

 

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