Jamaican Hallelujah One Love

The following was written by me about two years ago and performed with my son at church one Sabbath afternoon; more or less as an amateur piece, all in good holy fun. I am neither a singer nor a musician so on that occasion I simply fingered some chords in the key of C and prayed that it was going along with the general pitch of his voice, as we had rehearsed at home. The things we put our children through.

I would love to see a composer actually put the melody to it that I hear in my head when I try to play it. Picture a Jamaican gospel song with a hint of mento, meaning a moderate syncopation, keep it reverent. Let it reflect joy yet with some sense of control.

Photo by Glendon Caballero
Photo by Glendon Caballero

Hallelujah One Love



Hallelujah Lord Hallelujah now Hallelujah again

O its Hallelujah yea hallelujah friends Hallelujah above

Jamaica Hallelujah yea, hallelujah now, Hallelujah One Love


Too long now we down, full time now to make

Something great of this place

No one an island, no one stands alone

Together we are strong


Work and praise the Lord, pray and praise the Lord

Raise up you hand and shout “Jamaica”

Hallelujah yes Hallelujah Lord Hallelujah amen

Hallelujah Lord Hallelujah now Hallelujah again

O its Hallelujah yea hallelujah friends Hallelujah above

Jamaica Hallelujah yea, hallelujah now, Hallelujah One Love


People lets live right, Nation can be bright

Come we cool it and pray

Country can move up, one an’ all we plan

Then we get up and work

Work and praise the Lord, pray and praise the Lord

Raise up you hand and shout “Jamaica”

Hallelujah yes Hallelujah Lord Hallelujah amen

Hallelujah Lord Hallelujah now Hallelujah again

O its Hallelujah yea hallelujah friends Hallelujah above

Jamaica Hallelujah yea, hallelujah now, Hallelujah One Love


Work together now, solve the problems yea

Open you hands and share

With Jesus in you heart, do your special part

Little heaven down here


So work and praise the Lord, pray and praise the Lord

Raise up you hand and shout “Jamaica”

Hallelujah yes Hallelujah Lord Hallelujah amen

Hallelujah Lord Hallelujah now Hallelujah again

O its Hallelujah yea hallelujah friends Hallelujah above

Jamaica Hallelujah yea, hallelujah now, Hallelujah One Love

King Street in downtown Kingston.  Photo by Glendon Caballero.
King Street in downtown Kingston. Photo by Glendon Caballero.
"Negro Aroused" sculpture by Edna Manley.  Photo by Glendon Caballero.
"Negro Aroused" sculpture by Edna Manley. Photo by Glendon Caballero.
Port Royal seascape.  Photo by Glendon Caballero.
Port Royal seascape. Photo by Glendon Caballero.

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sandra rinck 7 years ago

Real nice Glen. I can dig it, Shaba! LOL. I like, "one love" and "little heaven down here". It says a lot. I could almost hear a nice melody with it. Maybe one day when I have some more time, I can see about putting some music to it.

:D


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glendoncaba 7 years ago from Somewhere in the hubverse Author

Thanks sandra. Can u imagine getting my boy to sing this in front of a church!!! I should have videotaped it.

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