Telling the unemployed that they have been denied a job opportunity because they are overqualified is never a pleasant experience, even those who do not have any sort of educational background. Such persons can’t help but feel depressed, rejected and hoodwinked, especially after they were promised jobs by our government. What a conundrum! Preston Wallace Jr. affectionately known as “Puzzle”, a top Bahamian artist portrays his personal experiences on the subject of the unfortunate reality of unemployed Bahamians in his song entitled, “Jobless”. He further analyzes the current state of the Bahamian economy by depicting how Bahamians should make an emotional appeal to the government to create ...view middle of the document...
They, therefore, automatically realize that living in the real world without a job is difficult and can also place a burden on society.
The song also explains how many Bahamians go beyond the call of duty: striving so hard just to receive an education to assist in the advancement of this country; but due to lack of economical development, they are left jobless. Consequently, they are forced to become street vendors just “to make ends meet”. For instance, Wallace brags:
“I gat (ten) 10 BGCSE distinction in English and Maths, gal I even gone off to school just to further my craft and now, gal I come back home you want me go catch crab, Look lady”
Through these particular lyrics, he appeals to his listeners’ emotions with an empathetic tone because he wants them to understand the struggle he has also experienced to earn a degree. It is evident that the writer feels frustrated as he reflects on all that he has done, just to come back home to contribute to our society and remains unemployed. Why is it difficult for qualified Bahamians to get hired for a job as opposed to those without any educational background? The qualified persons need to receive first preference. Puzzle’s song portrays the reactions of our educated citizens, when they are denied a job opportunity.
Wallace effectively utilizes vivid imagery to create a visual image to demonstrate how Bahamian citizens may react when rejected by an employer. The singer wants his audience to sense the mental and emotional pain one can feel after they are denied a job opportunity. For example, Puzzle chants:
“look lady you could see by my face. I wan mash up this place. Don’t tell me to keep it down, when I’m trying to plead my case. See iz a Bahamian, this is where I was born. Aint no boat nor plane dem bring me here, don’t act like ya head gone, look lady! ”
Through these lyrics, one can imagine the amount of confusion that may have prevailed in the midst of this situation. Wallace also wants his audience to sense his mood where he felt aggravated and questions himself why is it so hard to find a job, in his own country when he has the required qualifications an employer needs.
Puzzle describes to his listeners the physical appearances of the foreigners that occupy most of the jobs in The Bahamas: Chinese. For example, Wallace sings:
“look lady I am both bias, what I need to apply. She say all you need is one flat flat bongy and two slanted eye, Chinese!”
As one listens to these lyrics, instantaneously, typical Bahamians would begin to think that Chinese, besides Haitians, are the only foreigners who come to The Bahamas for business...