Frank Brazil pays tribute to Indian revolutionary Udham Singh who was executed at London’s Pentonville Prison on 31 July 1940. It follows the 21 years of Udham Singh’s life following the Jallianwallah Bagh massacre in 1919, leading up to the assassination of Michael O’Dwyer and his execution in Pentonville Prison shortly after.
Music and lyrics by The Ska Vengers
India travel to Africa Africa …travel to America America link the Gaddar Party Try and do things far away form home One day Travel down to Germany Italy France and ina Switzerland 1934 I reach England and get ready for assassination Judge won’t you hear my plea Before you open up the court I don’t care If I spend 99 years in jail Or you send me to the electric chair Travel the planet and endure some hardship Walk the path to meifumado ready to endure hardship Pan patroll stroll intro my target One question before we get started You know what a one way ticket to the morgue is Body bags stacked up ina cold storage Crush my culture and said it was garbage Rule by the cruel rule of the free market Ask some cracker grandpa what a cat o nine tail scar is Judge won’t you hear my plea Before you open up the court I don’t care If I spend 99 years in jail Or you send me to the 'lectric chair Now we combust Bredrin stay focused and conscious Company rule is so unjust Feel the tension of my ancestors in my muscle fiber and now I'm ready to crush Shot him with my 6 chamber Zetland by his side Stood there looking at him While he wallowed down and died Now I'm on my journey to a Brixton prison cell Tell the judge and jury that I did my time well Judge, judge, lordy judge Send me to the 'lectric chair Burn burn
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