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Thread #27427   Message #3166240
Posted By: Q (Frank Staplin)
06-Jun-11 - 08:07 PM
Thread Name: Lyr/Chords Add: Linstead Market (trad Calypso)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Add: Linstead Market (trad Calypso)
Lyr. Add: Linstead Market
Jamaican folk, mento; also Cuba, etc.

1
Carry me ackee go a Linstead Market,
Not a *quatty wud sell
Carry me ackee go a Linstead Market,
Not a quatty wud sell.

Chorus:
Oh Lawd!
Not a mite not a bite,
Wat a Satiday night!
Lawd!
Not a mite not a bite,
Wat a Satiday night!

2
Ev'rybody come feel up feel up,
Not a quatty wud sell.
Ev'rybody come feel up feel up
Not a quatty wud sell.
3
Mek me call i' louda, Ackee! Ackee!
Red and pretty dem tan.
Lady buy yuh Sunday mawnin' breakfus'
Rice and ackee nyam gran'.
Chorus.
4
All de *pickney come linga-ling
Fe weh dem Muma no bring,
All de pickney come linga-ling
Fe weh dem Muma no bring.
Chorus.

*quatty, quatee- a small copper coin.
*pickney- pickaninny (small child)
Jim Morse, coll., Folk Songs of the Caribbean, 1958, Bantam Books NY, pp. 86-87 with musical score.

The first verse was first published in Walter Jekyll, 1907, Jamaican Song and Story. Sung by Edric Connor, 1958, Songs from Jamaica, track 10.

The version by Lord Flee and the Jamaican Calypsoans on youtube is good. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RyLCmy-YzzE

In 1925, Helen H. Roberts published variations, including one setting it in Sollas Market.
See Wikipedia for some further details.

Jon Freeman (near top of thread) posted verses similat to those I post here, minus the last verse and without dialect.