Errol Dunkley: Please Stop Your Lying
Old-school Jamaican dj’s often personalized their records in ways that -at least for me- somehow evade defacement. The record is signed because it is loved. I like that.
Dunkley, who would go on to become one of the greats, was fourteen years old when he recorded this beautiful tune.
Especially moving, perhaps because so unexpected -such an unexpected formulation- are these lines directed at the fickle woman:
“Every night you’re on the beach with another guy/ And the poor guy works so hard to make you big and strong.”
Works so hard to make you big and strong… Dunkley’s vocal innocence fits perfectly the real sweetness of those words, which are peculiar, if you think about it, only in evading stock romantic tropes.