An earthquake is erupting
But not in Orange street
A ghost-dance is preparing
You got to help us with your feet
If you're not in the mood to dance
Step back, grab yourself a seat
This may not be uptown Jamaica
But we promise you a treat

from Madness – The Prince Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Prince Buster’s career wasn’t as plain-sailing as his influence might suggest. After retiring from recording after the rocksteady craze was replaced by reggae, Buster suffered from immense financial difficulties and was close to bankrupt by 1978.

Buster still performs now, in his seventies, albeit rarely.

“Earthquake”, “Orange Street” (Shaking Up Orange Street" and “Ghost Dance” are hommage references to titles of iconic Prince Buster tunes. Furthermore, at 127 Orange Street, Kingston, Buster had his studio where he recorded and produced in the 1960s and early 1970s.

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