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Informer - Sherlock fanvid

Title: Informer
Vidder: Pic Akai
Song: Informer - Snow
Spoilers: All episodes of Sherlock (BBC) series one and two.
Disclaimer: I do not own any of the visuals or audio in this video. This was created for entertainment purposes and no infringement is intended.
Notes: Uh…this is very much crack. If you don't know, Snow is a 90s reggae/rap musician. Edit: What am I smoking? This wasn't released in the 80s, it was 1992. I think it may be because it sounds like the 80s is the only good enough excuse for it. Anyway...

I have provided both the lyrics for the song (because it's usually half unintelligible even if your first language is English if you've not heard it before) and a 'translation' of sorts, into something more approaching RP. Snow raps in Jamaican Patois, and I ought to be clear that I am not at all taking the mick out of that with the translation. I find language, and in particular the billion different versions of English, fascinating, and I love trying to actually rap this myself. If anything, the translation is taking the mick out of myself for not knowing what half of the original even means. If anyone can enlighten me on some of the more elusive lyrics, I'd be very grateful.



Lyrics

What's up man?
Hey yo what's up?
Yeah what's goin' on, sick an' tired of five-oh runnin' up on the block, you know what I'm sayin'? Yo Snow, they came around lookin' for you the other day.
Word?
Word. Bust it!

Informer, you no say Daddy me Snow me I'll go blame
A licky boom boom down
Detective man he says a Daddy me Snow me stab someone down the lane
A licky boom boom down
Informer, you no say Daddy me Snow me I'll go blame
A licky boom boom down
Detective man he says a Daddy me Snow me stab someone down the lane
A licky boom boom down

Police an dem an dey come an' now they blow down me door
Breakin' de bar troo, troo my window
So they put me in the back they call at the station
From that point on me reach my destination
Where the destination reachin' are the east detention, where they
Look down me pants, look up me bottom, so

Informer, you no say Daddy me Snow me I'll go blame
A licky boom boom down
Detective man he says a Daddy me Snow me stab someone down the lane
A licky boom boom down
Informer, you no say Daddy me Snow me I'll go blame
A licky boom boom down
Detective man he says a Daddy me Snow me stab someone down the lane
A licky boom boom down

Bigger them are they think they have more power
They 'pon the phone me say that one hour
Me for want to use it once an' now me call me lover
Lover who me callin' are the one Tammy
An' me love her in me heart down to my belly
Yes a' Daddy me Snow me I feel cool an' deadly
As the one MC Shan an' the one Daddy Snow
Together we-a love'em as a Tor-Na-Do

Informer, you no say Daddy me Snow me I'll go blame
A licky boom boom down
Detective man he says a Daddy me Snow me stab someone down the lane
A licky boom boom down
Informer, you no say Daddy me Snow me I'll go blame
A licky boom boom down
Detective man he says a Daddy me Snow me stab someone down the lane
A licky boom boom down

Listen for me, you better listen for me now
Listen for me, you better listen for me now
When me rockin' the microphone me rock on steady
Yes sir, Daddy me Snow me are the article don
But in the in an' the out the dance an' me say where you come from
People them say you come from Jamaica
But me born an' raised in the ghetto an' I want you to know
Pure black people mon is all I mon know
Yeah me shoes are an' tear up an' a me toes used to show
Where me a born in on the one Toronto, so

Informer, you no say Daddy me Snow me I'll go blame
A licky boom boom down
Detective man he says a Daddy me Snow me stab someone down the lane
A licky boom boom down
Informer, you no say Daddy me Snow me I'll go blame
A licky boom boom down
Detective man he says a Daddy me Snow me stab someone down the lane
A licky boom boom down

Come with a nice young lady
Intelligent, yes she gently are-e
Everywhere me go, me never left her at all
Yes a Daddy Snow me are the rum dance man
Romancin' a dancin' in a in a nation-a
You never know say Daddy me Snow me are de Boom Shakata
Me never lay-a down flat in that one cardboard box
Yes say me Daddy me Snow me I'll go reachin' at the top, so

Informer, you no say Daddy me Snow me I'll go blame
A licky boom boom down
Detective man he says a Daddy me Snow me stab someone down the lane
A licky boom boom down
Informer, you no say Daddy me Snow me I'll go blame
A licky boom boom down
Detective man he says a Daddy me Snow me stab someone down the lane
A licky boom boom down

Why worry?
Why worry, em worry, em worry

Me sittin' 'round cool with my dibbie dibbie girl
Police knock my door
Lick up my pal
Rough me up an' I can't do a thing
Pick up my line, when my telephone ring
Take me to the station
Black up my hands
Trail me down, 'cause I'm hangin' with the Snowman
What I'm gonna do,
I'm backed an' I'm trapped
Slap me in the face an' took all o' my gap
They have no clues an' they want to get warmer
But Shan won't turn Informer.

Informer, you no say Daddy me Snow me I'll go blame
A licky boom boom down
Detective man he says a Daddy me Snow me stab someone down the lane
A licky boom boom down
Informer, you no say Daddy me Snow me I'll go blame
A licky boom boom down
Detective man he says a Daddy me Snow me stab someone down the lane
A licky boom boom down

Translation (approximate)

How are you?
Hello, how are you?
Yes, how are you? I'm getting frustrated with the police driving up and down this road, do you understand me? Oh, Snow, they came around here looking for you the other day.
Really?
Really. Begin!

Informer, don't say that I (Daddy Snow) am to blame
Gibberish
The detective says I (Daddy Snow) stabbed someone down that lane
Gibberish
Informer, don't say that I (Daddy Snow) am to blame
Gibberish
The detective says I (Daddy Snow) stabbed someone down that lane
Gibberish

Police come and break down my door
Break a bar through my window
Then they put me in the back of a police car and take me to the station
From where, I go further to
The East Detention Centre, where they
Look down my trousers and inside my anus, so

Informer, don't say that I (Daddy Snow) am to blame
Gibberish
The detective says I (Daddy Snow) stabbed someone down that lane
Gibberish
Informer, don't say that I (Daddy Snow) am to blame
Gibberish
The detective says I (Daddy Snow) stabbed someone down that lane
Gibberish

Bigger people think they have more power
They're on the phone and I say that's been one hour
I want to use it once to call my lover
The lover I'm calling is (the one, the only) Tammy
And I love her in my heart down to my stomach
Yes, I (Daddy Snow) feel cool and deadly
And MC Shan and Daddy Snow
Together love people like a tornado

Informer, don't say that I (Daddy Snow) am to blame
Gibberish
The detective says I (Daddy Snow) stabbed someone down that lane
Gibberish
Informer, don't say that I (Daddy Snow) am to blame
Gibberish
The detective says I (Daddy Snow) stabbed someone down that lane
Gibberish

Listen to me, you'd better listen to me now
Listen to me, you'd better listen to me now
When I rap, I rap well
Yes, I (Daddy Snow) am the "article don" (whatever that may be)
But during the dance I ask where you are from
People say I come from Jamaica
But I was born and raised in the ghetto and I want you to know
Real black people are all that I know
Yes, my shoes are torn up and my toes used to show through
I was born in Toronto, so

Informer, don't say that I (Daddy Snow) am to blame
Gibberish
The detective says I (Daddy Snow) stabbed someone down that lane
Gibberish
Informer, don't say that I (Daddy Snow) am to blame
Gibberish
The detective says I (Daddy Snow) stabbed someone down that lane
Gibberish

I come with a nice young lady
Intelligent, yes she is
I go everywhere without leaving her
Yes, I (Daddy Snow) am the "rum dance man"
Romancing and dancing in the (unspecified, possibly all?) nation
You don't know that I (Daddy Snow) am the "Boom Shakata" (something cool)
I have never laid down flat in a cardboard box (read: been homeless, possibly?)
Yes I (Daddy Snow) will keep reaching for the top, so


Informer, don't say that I (Daddy Snow) am to blame
Gibberish
The detective says I (Daddy Snow) stabbed someone down that lane
Gibberish
Informer, don't say that I (Daddy Snow) am to blame
Gibberish
The detective says I (Daddy Snow) stabbed someone down that lane
Gibberish

Why worry?
Why worry, don't worry, don't worry

I'm sitting down and relaxing with a girl I enjoy spending time with
Police knock on my door
And want to pin crimes on my friend
They beat me up and I can't do anything about it
I pick up my phone when it rings
They take me to the station
Take my fingerprints/try to pin something on me (could be either)
Follow me around because I'm friends with Snow
What am I going to do?
I'm backed against a wall; I'm trapped
They slap me in the face and take all of my expensive things
They have no clues and they want to get closer to solving the case
But I (Shan) won't be an informer

Informer, don't say that I (Daddy Snow) am to blame
Gibberish
The detective says I (Daddy Snow) stabbed someone down that lane
Gibberish
Informer, don't say that I (Daddy Snow) am to blame
Gibberish
The detective says I (Daddy Snow) stabbed someone down that lane
Gibberish

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