“Pressure Drop” by Toots and The Maytals

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The only biographical connection I have to this song is that I associate it with the Jimmy Cliff record The Harder They Come, my Dad used to own.

The song’s lyrics are simple, but they convey complex and nuanced emotions:

Hmm hmm hmm, yeah
Hmm hmm hmm, yeah
Hmm hmm hmm, yeah

It is you
(Oh yeah)
It is you, you
(Oh yeah)
It is you
(Oh yeah)

I say a pressure drop, oh pressure
Oh yeah, pressure drop a drop on you
I say a pressure drop, oh pressure
Oh yeah, pressure drop a drop on you

I say when it drops, oh you gonna feel it
Know that you were doing wrong
I say when it drops, oh you gonna feel it
Know that you were doing wrong

Hmm hmm hmm, yeah
Hmm hmm hmm, yeah
Hmm hmm hmm, yeah (…)

The central idea the song conveys is that “pressure” is going to “drop” on “you.” I don’t know exactly what this means, but I believe I have had a similar experience when “pressure” once dropped on me, and can relate to the lyrics and tone of the song in a personal manner.

-Ben Mirov

bmBen Mirov is the author of Hider Roser (Octopus Books, 2012), Ghost Machine (Caketrain, 2010), and the chapbooks Vortexts (SUPERMACHINE, 2011) I Is to Vorticism (New Michigan Press, 2010) and Collected Ghost (H_NGM_N, 2010). He grew up in Northern California and lives in Oakland.Questions, compliments, (hopefully not) complaints?

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