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Half-caste (1975) by Thin Lizzy

Philip Parris “Phil” Lynott was an Irish musician who first came to prominence as a founding member, principal songwriter, and frontman of the Irish rock band Thin Lizzy. Lynott was the son of an Irish mother and an Afro-Guyanese father.

“Half Caste” was the B Side of the Thin Lizzy single ‘Rosalie, released by Vertigo in 1975..

Half-Caste
I got a girl in Brixton town
Her daddy don’t like me hangin’ ‘round
The boy ain’t black, the boy is brown
Don’t he know it’s a half-caste town

Big smoke
Big smoke
Big smoke
Big smoke

The boy is half-caste
Half-caste
Half-caste

I got a girl up near Richmond way
Her daddy don’t like me to lead the girl astray
The brown boy is born to serve he say
Don’t he know it’s a different day

In the big smoke
No joke
Big smoke
I like it
Big smoke
Big smoke

Mister, I’m half-caste
You see, I’m half-caste
I got no class
You see, I’m half-caste
Half-caste