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A few great tunes

The collection is worth the price just for Rope, Statue and Daddy Playing Priest.
After riotous behavior at the last carnival, Sparrow tells his audience to
"behave y'self in public", since he is "Walking the Rope." "N'matter what your gang may be,
But on Carnival day, I want all you Sancho's and Pancho's, to play it straight."
My transcription may not make much sense, but the driving beat and tuneful melody
drives and beats home the message: no more fighting between rival carnival gangs.

"The Statue" is has the feel of "Music & Rhythm" (IMHO Sparrow's best single).
Carnival has generated so much energy at the town square that the bronze statue
on its pedestal shakes, rips its feet free and comes to life, leading the dancers down the street.
BTW, the statue that inspired the song has been replaced with a bronze of Sparrow himself.

Daddy Playing Priest has a young girl telling her mother that this year she won't come
with her to the beach as usual, she will be on her own in the street, dancing.


Born: July 9, 1935 in Grandroy Bay, Grenada

Genre: World

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

With his ultra-sweet vocals and lyrics that speak of romance and topical politics, Mighty Sparrow (born Slinger Francisco) rose to the upper echelon of Trinidadian calypso. Best known for his hits "Jean and Dinah" in 1956 and "Carnival Boycott" in 1957, Sparrow is an 11-time winner of the calypso monarchy and an eight-time winner of Trinidad and Tobago's Carnival Road March competition. Born to a poor working-class family in Gran Roi, a small fishing village in Grenada, Sparrow moved to Trinidad...
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