Fi free in Jamaican by Velma Pollard

Fi free

Ef fi free mean you shut up
bikaaz me have sompm fi seh

Ef fi free mean you inna prison
so me no hafi fraid
se you difan inna wha you du an no du

Ef fi free mean fi fix up
tumaro by change up tiday
an mek it wan likkla day

Ef fi free mean fi lack up door
fi look pan screen an see
wah supuos fi hide weh

Ef fi free mean fi sleep comfatable
all di time bikaaz dem tek weh adda people tongue

Ef fi free mean fi eat weh you want wen you want
aldough dem trow weh di scrapsiz
inna newspiepa weh have hungry hide up in deh

Ef fi free mean fi no hafi know
wah mek me free wah kip me free
wah mek me stay free everyday

Ef fi free mean fi wait fi smaddy else
fi mek me no fraid fi notn weh me alwiez fraid fah
Ef freedom tek ova weh me a tink bout
ef freedom blow aalbout roun me an inside me
but you kyaa ketch it

Ef freedom shelta me from
wha you a tink wen me tink sompm difran

Ef freedom tidaylook so natral to me aldoughyou no know wha it mean

Den freedom a put crown pan mean a cut aaf fi you headden freedom a air an everybody can tek it

But paraps me can giweh some a fi me whole heap a
freedom
-ef aal a we she yes- eida fi lkkl time ar fi lang time
so you no hafi bear fi me freedom
weh a choke you

Marion Bloem

Coordinates: 18° 10′ 56.6″ N, 77° 19′ 18.4″ W
Location: Jamaica, Greater Antilles
Jamaican translation by Velma Pollard
From English translation “Freedom” by Martin Cleaver