29 Jan 2022


Somebody ... Ital voice & a dreader than dread backing track.

''Rescue The Children'' The first cut of Junior Murvin’s killer, later done by Lee Perry for the "Police And Thieves" set'

'Recorded in 1974, this is Junior Murvin's first Roots tune ever. Having always been sought after by collectors, this song is possibly the ultimate classic. This is a completely different take from the one Junior Murvin recorded for Lee Perry in 1977 for the “Police and Thieves” LP distributed by Island. Undoubtedly this is one of Murvin’s best tunes, which should be in every collector’s record box.' -Dub Store

Murvin Junior Smith wrote this song in his early days, under the name “Junior Soul”. He was then 27 years old. He first appeared as “Junior Murvin” in 1976 with the international commercial successful song “Police and Thieves”. A year later in 1977, he co-wrote with Lee Perry the famous album backed by the Upsetters “Police and Thieves” which contains the song “Rescue Jah children”, a modified version of the 4 year old song “Rescue the children”.

Rescue the children Lyrics

Everyday you take up the daily paper
All you read is about war
War over here, war over there
War, war is always aloud

Your simplest world is a ball of confusion
And there ain't nothing but confusion
Confusion in the land, in the air
Confusion everywhere

Somebody got to rescue the children (x2)
Somebody got to give 'em helping hand

White against Black everyday
Looting, shooting, going to jail
Lord, it's a dirty dirty shame

The poor people of the ghettos
They really can't do no better
The men of high society
Sit at home sippin' his coffee
You see he really don't give a damn
Because he has his share already

Somebody got to rescue the children
Somebody got to give 'em helping hand
Little children going to school
Nobody to set this golden rule
Somebody got to set an exemple for the children, to follow
They're the people of tomorrow, lord

The cost of living is rising high
And only the strong will survive

Its gettin' higher higher higher higher higher higher higher higher higher (x3)

Man judging man by the clothes he wear
What the hell is going on down here
This world ain't what it's supposed to be
There's no love, no unity
God, come down and cure this situation that we livin' in

Somebody got to rescue the children, somebody ...

1. Rescue The Children 3:45
2. Rescue The Children Version 3:14

Produced by Derrick Harriott

This release was the first version of this classic roots reggae track; 2 years later it was re-recorded (also produced by Derrick Harriot) & again in '76 produced by Lee Perry on his most successful album 'Police & Thieves'. Famed for his beautiful falsetto voice, this is a classic.