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Land of Democracy (lyrics)

(by Paul ‘King Obstinate’ Richards; released 1985; arranged by Frankie McIntosh and E. Weeks)

Some are proud of their wife
Some are proud of their homes
Some are proud of their cars imported from Rome
Some are proud of their face or the jobs that they hold
There is pride in different things in this world
But I am proud that my mom gave birth to me
In an island of the Caribbean sea
A diamond pearl radiant as a star
In the beautiful island of Antigua
And in my land I can attack the government
And yet I could walk freely through parliament
I could oppose today and yet tomorrow
Eat and drink with leaders like birds
I could be broke, no job, and yet for all
I wouldn’t die from hunger or thirst

Cho.
And I am free whether right or wrong
To express my views with pen or tongue
That is why I hail thee in song
Antigua is where I belong
My nation
it’s a pearl in the Caribbean

There are nations that will jail you, slaughter, and kill
If you oppose a government’s bill
To attack government some people can’t afford
You might have to face a firing squad
But, in Antigua, every fowl and fish could air their views
And demand what they wish
No violence, no hurt, no anger
For every one love and live together
In my land, I could call on my government
To give account and say how my taxes are spent
I am free to sing my own calypso
To correct the ills that I know
And yet keep no vengeance inside my mind
For very creature is divine

Cho.
And I am free whether right or wrong
To express my views with pen or tongue
That is why I hail thee in song
Barbuda is where I belong
My nation
it’s a pearl in the Caribbean

Some boast of their country
How they live in harmony
Some say they practice democracy
But in Antigua we don’t boast on paper
We live and love democracy here
We could campaign for the opposition
Then vote against them in an election
Englishman, Frenchman, Austrian, or Turk
Should come and see how democracy work
And in my land
Every man, woman, and child know
The purpose of singing good calypso
Calypsonians comment upon what they see
And although we sound angrily
Our aim is to build a better nation
Free from torment and starvation

Cho.
And we are free whether right or wrong
To express my views with pen or tongue
That is why I hail thee in song
Barbuda is where I belong
My nation
it’s a pearl in the Caribbean

Transcribed by Joanne C. Hillhouse. Any errors are my own and unintentional. To assist with the song lyrics data base project, contact us at wadadlipen@gmail.com 

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Gold Rush by King Obstinate

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Disclaimer: We don’t own this. We’re not profiting from it. This is a lyric share. Also, as the saying goes, calypso go call your name, and we try to capture the song in its fullness (keeping in mind that it’s transcription from an audio recording so we might not have heard right), but no slander is intended. This is simply part of an ongoing part of our project to document Antiguan and Barbudan literary arts for educational purposes as we have with the bibliography of publications by Antiguans and Barbudans, the song writers and playwriting projects, and our still wan lyrics data base. Please help us to correct any errors and complete these records, and appreciate in the intended spirit the work that has gone in to the research, preparation, writing, and sharing of all content on this site. Props to our artists who continue to produce outstanding works, like this Caribbean calypso classic. – JCH

1.
Years ago
When Antigua was down
And no whole ton ah money was around
Mi grandfather does say
Water more than flour
Tuppence ha’penny had plenty power
Them days
We suck sal’ to survive
It’s by the grace of God we were kept alive
But things has changed
In this state today
But the chosen few
Getting the big pay

Cho.
Antigua today has a gold rush (x2)
Henry Beckett get fu he
Wexelman get fu he
Dick Bartone get fu he
You could ask the Deputy
So get what you can, get what you can, get (x2)
Jacobs get fu he
In New York City
Controlling the laundry mat
But Reagan didn’t like that
So get what you can, get what you can, get (x2)

2.
People flocking
From everywhere
And just dropping their anchor here
Some with blueprints and ideas alone
To suck the marrow and leave the bone
And while the politicians playing games with we
They grapping up all the land by the sea
So young people, that’s the reason why
Is not motor car, is house and land you must buy

Cho.
Antigua today has a gold rush (x2)
Jeff Harley get fu he
Stan Brown get fu he
Now they bringing in JB with four hundred TV
So get what you can, get what you can, get (2)
Ivor get fu he
Fort James property
To practice what he preach
Right on Fort James beach
So get what you can, get what you can, get (x2)

3.
Mi grandfather say
You mus’ hold your groun’
Be aware of all that’s happening around
Try and avoid all them dirty thugs
They’ll paralyze your minds with filth and drugs
And while they put you to sleep and rest
All of them will reap the harvest
So get a slice o’ the apple
While the apple’s ripe
Before dog eat your supper
And crapaud smoke your pipe

Cho.
Antigua today has a gold rush (x2)
DC get fu he
And garn way lef arwe
He live up Marble Hill
And Neaga sufferin’ still
So get what you can, get what you can, get (x2)
Marshall get fu he, Humphreys get fu he, Dr. Willie get fu he
You could ask Cutie
So get what you can, get what you can, get (x2)

Outro:
Kendall get fu he
But he’s an attorney
So anything he squeeze is just his lawyer fees
So get what you can, get what you can, get (x2)
The Italian get fu he
Now he want more money
And if they can’t pay he bill
He demanding Goat Hill
So you get what you can, get what you can, get
You gotta get what you can, get what you can, get
TMC get fu he, Patrick Dinay get fu he
Antigua Mason-ary ah way Mr. Smith get fu he
So get what you can, get what you can, get (x2)
Yearwood get fu he
Four hundred thousand EC
Four hundred acres of land
Ah what they put in he hand

 

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