Desert Island Singles: “Book Of Rules” by The Heptones (1973)Posted: July 24, 2012
Bag Of Tools
Isn’t it strange that princes and kings
And clowns that caper in sawdust rings
And common people like you and me
Are builders for eternity?
Each is given a bag of tools,
A shapeless mass, a book of rules,
And each must make – Ere life is flown –
A stumbling block, or a steppingstone.
– R.L. Sharpe
I first heard this song on a reggae sampler LP I got in college. It’s based quite faithfully on a poem by American poet R.L. Sharpe. The Heptones made it a reggae classic back in 1973. I get requests for it on the radio, nearly 40 years later.