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Reprinted from Richard Brigens, West India Scen- ery [London: Jennings, 1840], Courtesy of the National Library of Jamaica) Page iii Voices in Exile Jamaican Texts of the 18th and 19th Centuries Edited by Jean D'Costa and Barbara Lalla The University of Alabama Press Tuscaloosa and London Page iv Copyright © 1989 by The University of Alabama Press Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35487 All rights reserved Manufactured in the United States of America Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Voices in exile.
Me know no law, me know no sin, Me is just what ebba them make me; This is the way dem bring me in; So God nor devil take me! 7 Tajo! My Mackey Massa! This is a highly provocative piece which, with the preceding text, suggests that such erotic songs must have been numerous enough to form a subgenre. Both songs were sung by women. tajo, my mackey massa! tajo, tajo, tajo! You work him, mackey massa! You sweet me, mackey massa! A little more, my mackey massa! my mackey massa! tajo, tajo, tajo!
You black vipa! I will flog you libba out! Put him in dere! Put him in dere! Dat will nebba do foa me, garl! Wind him so! Work him so! Hold him so! Jig him so! " 12 Robert Charles Dallas, The History of the Maroons Dallas published his account of the mountain rebels of Jamaica largely in rebuttal to the hostile and inaccurate descriptions of the Maroons set about by eighteenth-century writers, such as the historian Bryan Edwards. His work deals principally with the Second Maroon War of 1796 and the banishment of the Trelawny Maroons to Nova Scotia (17961800).
Voices in exile: Jamaican texts of the 18th and 19th centuries by Jean D'Costa, Barbara Lalla