Manuel Road-Mento song & stone passing game (Jamaica)

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brandeely | January 15, 2007
This is the stone game. It's a traditional Jamaican childhood game played in rythm to a patois song.

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"Manuel Road" is a Jamaican Mento song. Click http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HlWvrrT77fo for another version of this song. A brief informative summary is included with that video.

Also, click http://www.jambalayah.com/node/931 to find this video and a jambalayah edited version of its viewer comment thread.

Also, visit http://musicwork.wordpress.com/2008/12/16/the-stick-passing-game/ for instructions for a stone passing game that is from South Africa, although the poster learned it in Bosnia, The words to a South African song that was sung with this game were posted by another commenter who also learned it from the South African man. However, the first poster wrote that this game can be played to the familiar to Americans pop song "We Will Rock You".

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Lyrics: GO DOWN EMMANUEL ROAD

go down emmanuel road girl and boy fe go break rock stone
go down emmanuel road girl and boy fe go break rock stone

break them one by one (girl and boy)*
break them two by two (girl and boy)
break them three by three (girl and boy)
break them four by four (girl and boy)
break them five by five (girl and boy)

what comes after one girl and boy when we break rock stone
what comes after two girl and boy when we break rock stone
what comes after three girl and boy when we break rock stone
what comes after four girl and boy when we break rock stone
what comes after five girl and boy when we break rock stone
two comes after one (girl and boy)
three comes after two (girl and boy)
four comes after three (girl and boy)
five comes after four (girl and boy)
finger mash no mind (girl and boy)
œmember play we a play (girl and boy)
finger mash no mind (girl and boy)
œmember play we a play (girl and boy)

go down emmanuel road girl and boy we go break rock stone
go down emmanuel road girl and boy we go break rock stone

la la la la la
la la la la la
la la la la la
la la la la la

- http://www.danzanes.com/songbook/rocket-ship-beach/go-down-emmanuel-road

* In the patois version "girl and boy" (gal and boy) is given as "galang boy"

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Selected viewer comments from

Posted in 2007:

alli1990- is this game a country thing? cause i don't know anything about this......hmmmmmmmmm

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angelastuger - we play a simular game in Surinam ( South Amerca),it's about a hot stone that is going to burn you. It's related to the painful expericiences of african slaves on the dutch plantations. The hot stone symbolizes the pain and suffering the slave did not want to think about . Why are playing it we sing : faya ston , no burn me so , no burn me so aging masra Dantjie kiri soma pidgin. It means:Hot stone do not burn , because master Dan has killied somebodies child again.

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hotnumber24- I got my fingers mashed playing that game when i was about 10 years old. My first year in high schol, playing with the big boys.

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Posted in 2008:

tuts333- my mom taught me dis game.

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lfrancis18- someone please my 80 year old mother and father told me they played this game in the 30's in jamaica. does anyone know the exact words?

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Ack33-
Go dung ah Manuel Road galang boy
Fi go bruk rock stone
Go dung ah Manuel Road galang boy
Fi go bruk rock stone
Bruk dem one by one...Galang boy
bruk dem 2 by 2...Galang boy
Finga mash nuh bawl

Rememba ah play wi a play...
sometin suh.....

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Ack33- TOK - Galang Gal [Diwali Riddim]

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Pagan180 - (JA)....Galang bwoy....whop dem one by one....Galang bwoy...luv it!

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keishpeish- dat song is in a dance hall chune 2 that i can think of infact.

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lytebludove- i remember this game i got my fingers smashed and couldnt cry cuz the lyrics where "Finga mash nuh bawl Rememba ah play wi a play" and if i did the others kids would make funn those were the days lawd i miss dem

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Posted in 2009:

romierenae - Oh, I remember playing this when I was little. The object of the game is not to get your fingers smashed by the "rock stone".

If you weren't paying attention and left your fingers laying in the circle. The person passing the rock to you has the right to smash your fingers. (Playfully of course).

Memories...

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Azula1001- That looks fun. My mom mentioned something about this game.

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chung1chu - Another indication of how Igbo the Jamaicans (and many other carribeans) are. This is a Traditional Igbo game for kids which you will hardly find these days. We used sticks mainly (but it could be any object). The song would have changed as the original language is lost and a new one adopted.

We used to sing:

Okereke okereke ...
Okoroafor okoroafor...
Kedu ebe oga na aga?
Oga na aga nga
Oga na aga
Oga na aga nga... (continues until somebody whacks your hand with his stick)

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Azizip17 - I love this! Thanks for sharing this video, bradeely & thanks also to the commenters for sharing the versions of this game that they remember. I don't think we played a game like when I was young in Eastern USA.

I added this video to my online collection of English language children's game songs. Google Cocojams Children's Rhymes & Cheers. Also, check out the YouTube video titled Emmanuel Road for this same song. -an African American sista

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