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"Authority Stealing"
"Authority Stealing" cover
Song by Fela Kuti from the album Authority Stealing
ReleasedSeptember, 1976
Recorded1980
GenreAfrobeat
Length24 min : 03 s
WriterFela Kuti


Authority stealing is all about the Nigerian, and indeed Afrikan elite groups of the time stealing from the people, abusing the people and just overall making life hard for the multitudes.

Lyrics

<balloon title="You are a theif" style="float:left;background:#cc9900">You be thief</balloon> (I no be thief)
You be rogue (I no be rogue)
<balloon title="You steal" style="float:left;background:#cc9900">You dey steal</balloon> <balloon title="I don't steal" style="float:left;background:#cc9900">(I no dey steal)</balloon>
You be robber (I no be robber)
You be armed robber (No be armed robber)

<balloon title="You are a theif" style="float:left;background:#cc9900">You be thief</balloon> (I no be thief)
You be rogue (I no be rogue)
<balloon title="You steal" style="float:left;background:#cc9900">You dey steal</balloon> <balloon title="I don't steal" style="float:left;background:#cc9900">(I no dey steal)</balloon>
You be robber (I no be robber)
You be armed robber (No be armed robber)

<balloon title="You are a theif" style="float:left;background:#cc9900">You be thief</balloon> (I no be thief)
You be rogue (I no be rogue)
<balloon title="You steal" style="float:left;background:#cc9900">You dey steal</balloon> <balloon title="I don't steal" style="float:left;background:#cc9900">(I no dey steal)</balloon>
You be robber (I no be robber)
You be armed robber (No be armed robber)

<balloon title="You are a theif" style="float:left;background:#cc9900">You be thief</balloon> (I no be thief)
You be rogue (I no be rogue)
<balloon title="You steal" style="float:left;background:#cc9900">You dey steal</balloon> <balloon title="I don't steal" style="float:left;background:#cc9900">(I no dey steal)</balloon>
You be robber (I no be robber)
You be armed robber (No be armed robber)

Argument, argument, argue
Argument, argument! (Afrika 70)
Them argue
Argument, argument! (Afrika 70)
Everbody dem argue
Argument, argument! (Afrika 70)
Them dem dem argue
Argument, argument! (Afrika 70)
Up and down them argue
Argument, argument! (Afrika 70)
Everbody dem argue
Argument, argument! (Afrika 70)
Them dem dem dem argue
Argument, argument! (Afrika 70)
Yes yes, them argue
Argument, argument! (Afrika 70)
Everbody dem argue
Argument, argument! (Afrika 70)
<balloon title="people are there arguing about someone stealing something" style="float:left;background:#cc9900">Argument about stealing</balloon>
<balloon title="Someone took something that belongs to another person" style="float:left;background:#cc9900">Somebody don take something wey belong to another person</balloon>
<balloon title="Right after the theft you will hear" style="float:left;background:#cc9900">Then you go hear:
</balloon>


<balloon title="You are a theif" style="float:left;background:#cc9900">You be thief</balloon> (I no be thief)
You be rogue (I no be rogue)
<balloon title="You steal" style="float:left;background:#cc9900">You dey steal</balloon> <balloon title="I don't steal" style="float:left;background:#cc9900">(I no dey steal)</balloon>
You be robber (I no be robber)
You be armed robber (No be armed robber)

<balloon title="You are a theif" style="float:left;background:#cc9900">You be thief</balloon> (I no be thief)
You be rogue (I no be rogue)
<balloon title="You steal" style="float:left;background:#cc9900">You dey steal</balloon> <balloon title="I don't steal" style="float:left;background:#cc9900">(I no dey steal)</balloon>
You be robber (I no be robber)
You be armed robber (No be armed robber)

Argument, argument, argue
Argument, argument! (Afrika 70)
Them argue
Argument, argument! (Afrika 70)
Everbody dem argue
Argument, argument! (Afrika 70)
Them dem dem argue
Argument, argument! (Afrika 70)
Up and down them argue
Argument, argument! (Afrika 70)
Everbody dem argue
Argument, argument! (Afrika 70)
Them dem dem dem argue
Argument, argument! (Afrika 70)
<balloon title="people are there arguing about someone stealing something" style="float:left;background:#cc9900">Argument about stealing</balloon>
<balloon title="Someone took something that belongs to another person" style="float:left;background:#cc9900">Somebody don take something wey belong to another person</balloon>

<balloon title="Lagos is extremely crowded and you see people walking everywhere" style="float:left;background:#cc9900">On top of the road, on the side people dey waka </balloon>
Office workers, laborer workers, workers' workers
Them go dey waka
<balloon title="They go in the bus" style="float:left;background:#cc9900">Inside bus them go dey</balloon>
<balloon title="On motorcycle" style="float:left;background:#cc9900">Motorcycle them dey ride</balloon>
Plenty, plenty crowd
Inside this crowd
Sometimes for one corner
Sometimes for one street
You go dey hear: ah ah ah

Catch am, catch am! Thief, thief, thief!
Catch am, catch am! Rogue, rogue, rogue!
Catch am, catch am! Robber, robber!
Catch am
Thief, thief, thief!
Pull am
Catch am, catch am!
Get am
Rogue, rogue, rogue!
Keep am
Catch am, catch am!
Ole...
Get am


Catch am, catch am!
Looking go start
Catch am, catch am!
Watching go start
Catch am, catch am!
Chasing go start
Catch am, catch am!
Somebody go dey
Catch am, catch am!
Wey them go grab
Catch am, catch am!
Them go beat am well-well
Catch am, catch am!
Them go lynch am well-well
Catch am, catch am!
Police go come well-well
Catch am, catch am!
Them go carry am go court
Catch am, catch am!
Them go put am for jail
Catch am, catch am!

Them fit put am six months
(Them go put am for one year)
Them fit put am two years
(Them go put am for five years)
Them fit put am seven years
(Them go put am for ten years)
(repeat)

If not them go shoot am well
Them go shoot am for armed robbery
On top of the road, on the side
People dey waka
Office workers, labourer workers, workers' workers
Them go dey try
To try to make ends meet
Them go dey hustle
To try to make ends meet
Them go put hands for back
To try to make ends meet
Them go dey beg oga
To try to make ends meet
Them go be slaves for them town
To try to make ends meet


I say turn your face small
To the right wing
Oga patapata dey for there
Authority people dey for there
Instead of workers
We have officials
Instead of buses
Them dey ride motor-car
Instead of motorcycle
Na helicopter
Instead of them waka
Na worker go waka for them
Authority people them go dey steal
Public contribute plenty money
Na authority people dey steal
Authority man no dey pickpocket
Na petty cash him go dey pick
Armed robber him need gun
Authority man him need pen
Authority man in charge of money
Him no need gun, him need pen
Pen got power gun no get
If gun steal eighty thousand naira
Pen go steal two billion naira

Thief, thief thief!
Rogue, rogue, rogue!
Robber, robber!
You no go hear them shout
You no go hear them shout at all
You no go hear them say
You no go hear them say response at all
Na different way be them way
Na civilize style be them style
[Chorus]
Yes, yes, yes, yes!
"Oh yes, of course, contract, have some money back in hand, ha ha"
Hear the words them dey take deceive the people:
Misappropriation
Maladministration
Nepotism
Mitigation
Make I remember another one wey them dey use
Defraudment
Forgerylization
Embezzlement
Vilification
Mismanagement
Public inquiry
Authority stealing pass armed robbery
We Africans we must do something about this nonsense
We say we must do something about this nonsense
I repeat, we Africans we must do something about this nonsense
Because now authority stealing pass armed robbery
Authority man him go dey steal
Public contribute plenty money...
[Chorus]
Authority stealing!