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54-46 Was My Number was one of the first ska songs to receive widespread popularity outside Jamaica and is seen as being one of the defining songs of the reggae genre. It has been anthologized repeatedly and the titles of several reggae anthologies include "54-46" in their title.

The lyrics describe Toots' time in prison for an arrest for possession of marijuana. The song features the same riddim as "Train to Skaville" by Toots & the Maytals' contemporaries The Ethiopians.

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    soooo good!!!
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    Just can't sit still when this hits the airwaves. Pure magic.
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    OH YEAH!
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    Just excellent :D
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    pure awesomeness
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    This is real rude boy music
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    i got to have dinner with toots to me it was like having dinner with jesus

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