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Lyr Req: Tie Tongue Mopsie (Lord Kitchener)

GUEST,Mark Gilston 28 Aug 14 - 10:00 AM
Jim Dixon 29 Aug 14 - 06:10 PM
GUEST,Mark Gilston 30 Aug 14 - 11:46 AM
GUEST,James Fryer 26 Apr 18 - 04:18 AM
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Subject: Lyr Req: Tie Tongue Mopsie
From: GUEST,Mark Gilston
Date: 28 Aug 14 - 10:00 AM

I've been really enjoying playing some Calypso classics on mountain dulcimer. I'd like to get the lyrics to Lord Kitchener's Tie Tongue Mopsie if anyone knows them.


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Subject: Lyr Add: TIE TONGUE MOPSIE (from Lord Kitchener)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 29 Aug 14 - 06:10 PM

Fortunately, I found this recording, which was clearer than Lord Kitchener's. After transcribing this one, I also listened to Kitchener's and I believe they have the same lyrics, although the pronunciation of the "tongue-tied" lyrics may be slightly different. I spelled them phonetically according to how the singer pronounced them.


TIE TONGUE MOPSIE
As recorded by David Bereaux on the various-artists album "Carnival in Trinidad: Calypsonians, Steel Pans, and Blue Devils" (2007)

1. Last night I had a romance with that tie-tongue mopsie,
Who then confessed that she so loved me.
Last night I had a romance with that tie-tongue mopsie,
Who then confessed that she so loved me.
She said, "Dude(?), I am all alone at home tonight.
We can sleep, 'cause my grandmother gone out of sight."
I felt so glad that I lie down on the bed,
But with that tie-tongue language the mopsie said:

CHORUS: "Yor Tissener, dahying, det up.
Me dyanmother tomin twev o'tyuck.
Is tyenty-five to tyev; det up.
Me dyanmother tomin twev o'tyuck."

2. Well, friends, you can imagine how I felt so badly
To know I had to leave her company.
I spoke every English word that reach my memory,
Just to apprehend her sympathy.
I said: "Dear, you know I will not dissemble.
My love for you is inexpressible."
And still with all I can try to break her heart.
With the same tie-tongue language, the mopsie start:

CHORUS: [Same as before.]

3. Just then I made a promise to engage the mopsie
At the earliest opportunity,
So she came around my shoulders and started to hug me
As though she had some strange hilarity.
In the midst of romance, I simply stole a kiss,
And then I request a little stupidness.
She said: "No; twive o'twock is comin near."
And with the same tie-tongue language she then declare:

CHORUS: [Same as before.]

SPOKEN: Well, I'm gonna translate for you. This is what the song says:

CHORUS: "Lord Kitchener, darling, get up.
Me grandmother coming twelve o'clock.
It's twenty-five to twelve; get up.
My grandmother coming twelve o'clock."

4. Well, friends, when I saw she was so hard to persuade,
I then considered I had to invade,
So I held on to the craft(?) with a determination,
Break out(?) less to all her objections.
In a clinch I noticed she start to bite and squeeze.
I couldn't cope, because I had a weakness in my knees.
Then I heard a rapping; the grandmother call.
Well, with a louder volume, the mopsie bawl:

CHORUS: [This chorus is a bit different, but lacking the translation, I was unable to transcribe it.]


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Tie Tongue Mopsie (Lord Kitchener)
From: GUEST,Mark Gilston
Date: 30 Aug 14 - 11:46 AM

Many thanks!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Tie Tongue Mopsie (Lord Kitchener)
From: GUEST,James Fryer
Date: 26 Apr 18 - 04:18 AM

Just to add that "Dude(?)" is actually "Doo" which is a term of endearment in Trinidad.


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