[ Intro ]

Bwoy, true Buju Banton

(Boy, because Buju Banton)

Guh tell di girl dem ’bout, “browning”

(Go tell the girls about, “browning”)

All a di girl dem a run go shop go bleach

(All of the girls are running to shop to bleach)

Caah dem want brown skin

(‘Cause they want brown skin)

All of the girl dem

(All of the girls)

[ Chorus 1 ]

And dem a bleach

(And they are bleaching)

Dem a bleach out dem skin

(They are bleaching out their skin)

Dem a bleach

(They are bleaching)

Fi look like a browning

(To look like a browning)

Dem a bleach

(They are bleaching)

Dem a bleach out dem skin

(They are bleaching out their skin)

Dem a bleach

(They are bleaching)

Fi look like a browning

(To look like a browning)

[ Hook 1 ]

Gyal,

(Girl,)

Mi honor yuh,

(I honor you,)

An’ yuh nuh bleach out yuh skin

(And you don’t bleach out your skin)

Yuh nuh use nuh chemical fi luk like

(You don’t use any chemical to look like)

A browning

Gyal,

(Girl,)

Mi honor yuh,

(I honor you,)

An’ yuh nuh bleach out yuh skin

(And you don’t bleach out your skin)

Yuh nuh use nuh chemical fi luk like

(You don’t use any chemical to look like)

A browning

[ Verse 1 ]

Ninety percent of di girl dem join di system

(Ninety percent of the girls join the system)

Every girl nowadays

(Every girl these days)

Dem waan brown skin

(They want brown skin)

True Buju Banton

(Because Buju Banton)

Guh tell di girl dem ’bout, “browning”

(Go tell the girls about, “browning”)

Every gyal say dem want

(Every girl say they want)

Di color of the pumpkin

(The color of the pumpkin)

So dem run guh a shop

(So they run to shop)

Fi guh buy brown skin

(To go buy brown skin)

( Repeat Chorus 1 )

[ Verse 2 ]

Mi seh,

(I say,)

Gwan black girl

(Go black girl)

Because yuh run di place

(Because you run the place)

And look how you’re nice with your beautiful face

Nuh true you nuh brown,

(Not because your not brown,)

That is no disgrace

(Because tell them black girl,)

Now a you win di race

(Now it’s you winning the race)

( Repeat Chorus )

( Repeat Hook 1 )

[ Verse 3 ]

Now mi know dis little girl from St. Catherine

(Now I know this little girl from St.Catherine)

A long time mi nuh si her

(Longtime I don’t see her)

Caah shi was cooling

(Cause she was cooling)

One time shi did tall

(One time she was tall)

And shi have black skin

(And she have black skin)

Now shi get fat

(Now she got fat)

And shi have brown skin

(And she have brown skin)

Mi seh,

(I said,)

”Wait deh likkle bit, yuh did deh a foreign?”

(“Wait there little bit, were you at foreign?”)

Shi seh,

(She said,)

“No Nardo Ranks, a di chemical me using”

(“No Nardo Ranks, it’s the chemical I’m using”)

“A it mi really use an’ turn browning”

(It’s it I really use and turn browning”)

[ Chorus 2 ]

True shi a bleach

(Because she’s bleaching)

And a bleach out her skin

(And bleaching out her skin)

Shi a bleach

(She is bleaching)

Fi look like a browning

(To look like a browning)

Shi a bleach

(She is bleaching)

And a bleach out her skin

(And bleaching out her skin)

Shi a bleach

(She is bleaching)

Fi look like a browning

(To look like a browning)

( Repeat Hook 1 )

[ Verse 4 ]

Mi say, black,

(I say, black,)

It a di color of di African skin

(It’s the color of the African skin)

Suh tell mi how some gyal waan brown skin?

(So tell me how some girls want brown skin?)

Everyday dem get up

(Everyday they get up)

An’ dem join di bleaching

(And they join the bleaching)

Nuh true dem really want

(Because they really want)

Di color of di pumpkin

(The color the pumpkin)

[ Chorus 3 ]

And dem a bleach

(And they are bleaching)

Use the Nadinola, you know…

Dem a bleach!

(They are bleaching!)

Use the Ambi, and you know…

Dem a bleach!

(They are bleaching!)

Take the facial, and you know…

Dem a bleach!

(They are bleaching!)

When me check it out, yes, me know

Dem a bleach

(They are bleaching!)

Dem a bleach out dem skin

(They are bleaching out their skin)

Dem a bleach

(They are bleaching!)

Fi look like a browning

(To look like a browning)

[ Hook 2 ]

But,

Mi honor yuh,

(I honor you,)

An’ yuh nuh bleach out yuh skin

(And you don’t bleach out your skin)

Yuh nuh use nuh chemical fi luk like

(You don’t use any chemical to look like)

A browning

Gyal,

(Girl,)

Mi honor yuh,

(I honor you,)

An’ yuh nuh bleach out yuh skin

(And you don’t bleach out your skin)

Yuh nuh use nuh chemical fi luk like

(You don’t use any chemical to look like)

A browning

[ Verse 5 ]

Mi seh,

(I say,)

Jump around,

Yuh nuh bleach out yuh skin,

(You don’t bleach out your skin,)

And

Hold your hand,

Yuh nuh bleach out your skin,

(You don’t bleach out your skin,)

Jungle girls dem nuh bleach out dem skin,

(Jungle girls they don’t bleach out their skin,)

And

Tivoli girls dem nuh bleach out dem skin,

(Tivoli girls they don’t bleach out their skin,)

And

Rema girls dem nuh bleach out dem skin,

(Rema they don’t bleach out their skin,)

And

Dunkirk girls dem nuh bleach out dem skin

(Dunkirk they don’t bleach out their skin,)

Mi say,

(I say,)

Hold up yuh hand and whine and ting,

(Hold up your hand and whine and thing,)

And

Mek dem know yuh have yuh natural skin

(Make them know you have your natural skin)

[ Chorus 4 ]

(Because some are bleaching)

And a bleach out dem skin

(And bleaching out their skin)

And a bleach

(And bleaching)

Fi look like a browning

(To look like a browning)

Dem a bleach

(They are bleaching)

Dem a bleach out dem skin

(They are bleaching out their skin)

Dem a bleach

(They are bleaching)

Fi look like a browning

(To look like a browning)

[ Verse 6 ]

Dem a bleach

(They are bleaching)

New York girls dem, yuh know dem nah bleach

(New York girls)

(You know they aren’t bleaching)

English girls dem,

(English girls,)

Yuh know dem nah bleach

(You know they aren’t bleaching)

Canada girls dem,

(Canada girls)

Yuh know dem nah bleach

(You know they aren’t bleaching)

Jamaica girls dem,

(Jamaica girls)

Yuh know dem nah bleach

(You know they aren’t bleaching)

Any man si dem yuh know dem haffi reach

(Any man see them you know they have reach)

That’s why,

Yuh know wha’ mi tell dem?

(You know what I tell them?)

[ Hook 3 ]

I seh,

(I say,)

Mi honor yuh,

(I honor you,)

An’ yuh nuh bleach out yuh skin

(And you don’t bleach out your skin)

Yuh nuh use nuh chemical fi luk like

(You don’t use any chemical to look like)

A browning

Gyal,

(Girl,)

Mi honor yuh,

(I honor you,)

An’ yuh nuh bleach out yuh skin

(And you don’t bleach out your skin)

Yuh nuh use nuh chemical fi luk like

(You don’t use any chemical to look like)

A browning

( Repeat Verse 1 )

[ Chorus 5 ]

And den a bleach

(And they are bleaching)

Dem a bleach out dem skin

(They are bleaching out their skin)

Dem a bleach

(They are bleaching)

Fi look like a browning

(To look like a browning)

Dem a bleach

(They are bleaching)

Dem a bleach out dem skin

(They are bleaching out their skin)

Dem a bleach

(They are bleaching)

Fi look like a browning

(To look like a browning)

[ Outro ]

But, mi honor yuh,

(But, I honor you,)

An’ yuh nuh bleach out yuh skin

(And you don’t bleach out your skin)

Yuh nuh use nuh chemical fi luk like

(You don’t use any chemical to look like)

A browning

Gyal, mi honor you….

(Girl, I honor you….)

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