The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #138726   Message #3176028
Posted By: Q (Frank Staplin)
24-Jun-11 - 09:50 PM
Thread Name: Caribbean Calypso
Subject: RE: Caribbean Calypso
(Apparently it can take a year or more to get a posted song into the Lyrics Search.)

Although Mighty Sparrow wrote in calypso form, his singing style is quite upbeat or whatever you want to call it. All of his songs are registered with ASCAP, and most copyrights are held by Warner/Chappell.

Mighty Sparrow, 1966

You making yourself a pappy show, Melda
You making yourself a bloody clown
Up and down the country looking for Obeah
And your perspiration smell so strong
Girl you only wasting time
Obeah wedding bells don't chime
And you can't trap me with necromancy.

Melda oh, you making wedding plans
Carrying me name to Obeah man
All you do can't get through
I still ain't goin' marry to you.

The amount of incense that you burn at night
Lard and garlic stinking up the place
So much different colour candles that you light
Rubbing red lavender in your face
Well- Nastiness go cause your death
Girl no man can stand your breath
You too damn nasty get away from me.

If you really want a wedding ring Melda
There are many other ways and means
Like scrubbing your teeth and bathing regular
Soap and water keeps you fresh and clean
Dress up in the latest style
Always wear a charming smile
Some koo-noo-mooloo bound to say I do.

Look how many nights we hug up tight, tight, tight
All we ever know was love and peace
Now every minute is only fight, fight, fight
Till you using Obeah man for priest
You don't seem to understand
Obeah can't upset my plan
For Papa Niser is me grandfather.

One of several songs in which he pokes fun at Obeah ("Witch Doctor," etc.). Can be heard on youtube.
Several websites, esp.

ASCAP Work ID 451357274, Slinger Francisco, Warner/Chappell Music Inc.