Reggae Progenitors: The Tide Is High – The Paragons/John Holt (Blondie)

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Every now and then a song from Jamaica penetrates North American musical sensibilities. Debbie Harry & Blondie’s version of this song is far better known in America, but on the streets of Kingston the melody calls nothing to mind so much as this 1967 hit for John Holt and The Paragons.

It’s not the things you do that tease and wound me bad
But it’s the way you do the things you do to me

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