The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #27427   Message #3187206
Posted By: MorwenEdhelwen1
14-Jul-11 - 02:09 AM
Thread Name: Lyr/Chords Add: Linstead Market (trad Calypso)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Add: Linstead Market (trad Calypso)
What is interesting is that this song in two versions appears to be about two different things, although always set in Linstead or Solas/Sollas Market (renamed Jubilee Market after Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee) on Saturday night. One version seems to be about a woman waiting for her boyfriend so they can go out on a date. The other is about a woman who can't feed her children because no one has bought the ackees she carries in her basket. It's nearly always Saturday night, except for the 1904 version with "not a light" (so she's selling ackees in the dark? Or possibly no light of her own to carry?).