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Star Black (WIP)

I have heard and seen a lot of Western in America
But I never know we had a natural in Antigua

I have seen and heard a lot of Western in America
But I never know we had a natural in Antigua

The thing the fella does do well he amaze me
I can’t believe to meself that he ain’t damn crazy
The other day I see he running down a lady
Some school children following he
And they singing a melody
(hear dem)
‘Star Black the ranger in town
Clear the way the man coming down
With a long gun belt dragging on the ground
Clear the way when a man dead he done
Clear de way when a man dead he done
Clear de way
Clear de way

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As with all content on wadadlipen.wordpress.com, except otherwise noted, this is written by Joanne C. Hillhouse (author of The Boy from Willow Bend, Dancing Nude in the Moonlight, Musical Youth, With Grace, Lost! A Caribbean Sea Adventure-and its Spanish language edition Perdida! Una Aventura en el Mar Caribe, The Jungle Outside, and Oh Gad!). All Rights Reserved. If you enjoyed it, check out my page on AmazonWordPress, and/or Facebook, and help spread the word about Wadadli Pen, my books, and my freelance writing-editing-coaching-workshop services. You can also subscribe to the site to keep up with future updates. Thanks.

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Forward Together


by Fd

intro
Forward together all Antiguans
Forward together hand in hand
Forward together all Antiguans
Forward together hand in hand
On this piece of rock we future lie
Keep the flag of Antigua flyin’ high high
Make this the motto of each & every citizen
To make Antigua & Barbuda
Number one

verse 1
We have got to work for the good of each other
That’s the only way
All opposition government & people
Starting from today

chorus
Forward together all Antiguans
Forward together hand in hand
Forward together all Antiguans
Forward together hand in hand
On this piece of rock we future lie
Keep the flag of Antigua flyin’ high high high
Make this the motto of each & every citizen
To make Antigua & Barbuda
Number one

verse 2
We have got to work for the good of each other
Marching forward as a team
If we join hearts & hand & minds together
We’ll rise beyond our wildest dream

chorus
Forward together all Antiguans
Forward together hand in hand
Forward together all Antiguans
Forward together hand in hand
On this piece of rock we future lie
Keep the flag of Antigua flyin’ high high high
Make this the motto of each & every citizen
To make Antigua & Barbuda
Number one

verse 3
All opposition government & people
Throughout the state come join with me
In every home & business place.. In schools & churches
Let this our national anthem be

chorus
Forward together all Antiguans
Forward together hand in hand
Forward together all Antiguans
Forward together hand in hand
On this piece of rock we future lie
Keep the flag of Antigua flyin’ high high high
Make this the motto of each & every citizen
To make Antigua & Barbuda
Number one

outro
Forward together Antiguans
Forward together hand in hand
Forward together Barbudans
Forward together hand in hand

 

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True Antiguan

Written by Fd/Performed by Short Shirt

Oscar Mason flag me down to tell me
Shorty boy you actin’ strange
You used to be a diehard opposition
But all of a sudden you change
Did government give you a deed
For the piece a land
Out by Halcyon
Tell me how much Lester pay
Man to man
I demand an explanation

chorus 1
Cause A born in this country
I love this country
Don’t you think I should care
I’ll fight for my country
Die for my country
Me ‘navel string’ bury here
When I see young people
By the roadside idling
Wouldn’t knock a stroke it hurts me
‘Cause I know that if we work earnestly
What a glorious land this would be
Oscar believe me

verse 2
Talk about improvement opportunity
Oscar we have it here
If we choose to misuse and abuse it
Soon it will all disappear
I must motivate my people
I must educate my people
And my job is never easy
I am a proud citizen
A born and bred Antiguan
Only doin’ my duty

chorus 2
‘Cause A born in this country
I love this country
Don’t you think I should care
I’ll fight for my country
Die for my country
Me ‘navel string’ bury here
Too many delinquent children
Walking on their brain
Stoned out on dope it hurts me
If they shoulder some responsibility
What a glorious land this would be
Oscar believe me

verse 3
We are all one people
Riding in the same donkey cart
But if we pullin’ and tuggin’
Pullin’ and tuggin’ every which way
We will rip Antigua apart
I must awake my people
Got to activate my people
Take this tip from me
As long as strength in my body
They don’t have to pay me
I will sing as I see

chorus 3
‘Cause A born in this country
I love this country
I must do my share
I’ll fight for my country
Die for my country
A wouldn’t run from here
When I see lazy people
On they backside complaining
Life has no hope it hurts me
If we utilize every opportunity
What a glorious land this would be
Oscar believe me

Lyrics submitted by the writer. For more Antigua and Barbuda song lyrics, go here.

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Hit Man


Artiste: Latumba
Writer-Producer: Shelly Tobitt
Arranger – Pelam Goddard

I coming from the country
you thought I was easy
Even go as far as to call me a clown
They say I can’t dance
They say I can’t sing
They wanted to push me ‘round
But just like a swarm o’ honey bee
Sweet and stinging
I started singing
Now when I attack the city

the fans them shouting

Cho.
Hit man
Number one
Hit man
Jammin’ on
Oi when my music play
Oi See them break away
Oi they does jump and prance
Oi some afraid to dance
Oi cause the music sweet
Oi keep them on dere feet
Oi dem does bump dem toe
Oi when dem on the go
Hit man number one
Hit man
Jammin’ on and on and on and on
Oh Oh
Aye Aye
Oh Oh
Aye Aye

Some claim to be big stars
Two chords on my guitar
The calypso don’t have no variation
But still they claim to beat me
Don’t you see they’re crazy
Absolute exaggeration
My music is too upsetting
Lyrics catching
Melody flowing
I go make them scrub and dub and say
while the fans dem shout out at Jouvert

Cho.

This year is eruption
This year revolution
Pulsating rhythm ah go burn down this place
Them weak calypsonian
From Swallow to Junction
Even Short Shirt must get a taste
Yes when I leggo this Carnival
hear dem (Ai!)
Hit man coming (Ai!)
Short Shirt beware
Swallow get set
Your time is up
I deeply regret

Cho.
Hit man
Number one
Hit man
Jammin’ on
Oi when my music play
Oi See them break away
Oi they does jump and prance
Oi some afraid to dance
Oi cause the music sweet
Oi keep them on dere feet
Oi dey does bump dem toe
Oi when dem on the go
Hit man number one
Hit man
Jammin’ on and on and on and on
Oh Oh
Aye Aye
Let’s Jam
Get Set

Note: As usual, transcribed by me for information/education purposes – to share and inform about our Antiguan and Barbudan culture. No copyright infringement is intended. This is intended for inclusion in the growing song lyrics data base here on the sight and to continue building our records of local songwriters. Where there are gaps, please help us fill them. – Joanne C. Hillhouse, blogger and founder-coordinator of the Wadadli Youth Pen Prize. 

As with all content on Wadadli Pen, except otherwise noted, this is written by Joanne C. Hillhouse (founder and coordinator of the Wadadli Youth Pen Prize, and author of The Boy from Willow Bend, Oh Gad!, Dancing Nude in the Moonlight 10th Anniversary Edition and Other Writings, Musical Youth, With Grace, and Lost! A Caribbean Sea Adventure). All rights reserved. Subscribe to this site to keep up with future updates.

 

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Cry for Change by Short Shirt

Disclaimer: We don’t own this. We’re not profiting from it. This is a lyric share, 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. These are mostly transcribed by ear; where there are question marks, there are gaps. 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. – JCH

1.
Seems like we going backwards
Things really going from bad to worse
And it is we the people who really getting the part that hurts
That is the scene we are manipulating continuously in this country
Looking around at living condition
Cause me to wonder
If we were merely designed and put here to suffer
Political pressure and economical failure
Great numbers are restless
Many bitterly
Some have no work, brother, and some are hungry
Some of us are hanging on by the very skin of we teeth
Is we to be blamed for it

Cho.
We need a change of heart
Yes a change of mind
We need to change the system
While we have the time
But we can’t go back to the old time mockery
And we can’t condone the present treachery
Oh no our economy’s failing
This country going to ruin
We hate one another
Won’t cling together why
Too much sticky fingers in high places… (?)
I am not an economist I know
But I find that we can’t continue like this
Brother if we don’t end this whole charade
We can’t last a next decade

2.
Looking beyond tomorrow into a future that’s very grim
I can see signs of sorrow if we continue squandering
Our resources
Though not many, if harnessed and built and developed
They could prove true
Tired watch all them insurance companies
Taking we money and investing every cent of it in some foreign country
while this country suffers industrial stagnation
We need adequate housing
We need industries
You wasting money searching for investors for this country
Go make them banks and insurance companies start invest we money
Right back here in this country

Cho.

3.
Behind all the glare and glitter
Behind all the promise and prophecies
And all our main objectives
We still have to face the realities
Seems like we fail
All our youths them are making a steady exodus from society
Many find work hard and unrewarding
And who can blame them
With government union and employers now all combined
And it aint’ the first time
Brothers, they go rob we blind
Allowing foreign business to still exploit this country
Sidestepping our local chance to help the economy
Dealing in dirt
Forgetting the masses, their hands in inequity
We getting poorer they out on a spree

Cho.

4.
Is it too late I wonder
Now have we really gone too far
Will we awake, I wonder
To see just what we are heading for
The stage is set
Unemployment, division, starvation, frustration
Yes, my friend
If we must survive the combination
We must be vigil…????…
active leaders, not political invalids
The coal man is still alive here in this country
Some find they can make a fortune
Just by fooling we
If we continue along these lines
We might end up like Bangladesh
All because of selfishness

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Who Kill Mi Sister (King Obstinate)

King Obstinate is asking
Who kill mi sister – Ethlyn
Right George, I’m asking who kill me sister – Ethlyn
They chop off she head from she body
And send she to eternity
The murder is still running around and
Poor Ethlyn underground

Cho.
So, Right George, tell me
What are you doing
About the tragedy
Police up and down in van
They locking up rasta man
They harassing Tim Hector
Yet they can’t find who kill mi sister

A woman, oh a darling
That was mi sister Ethlyn
She used to live in Blizzard
And to mind she self she work hard
I cry tears like the river Nile
For mi sister, mi father’s child
Mi kerchief wet, mi head in exile
And the murderer running wild

Cho.
Police Commissioner, tell me
What are you doing about the tragedy
So much police in the place
Eating, drinking, fulling their  face
Government money’s going to waste
Murders they can’t find a trace

It’s a sad situation
For the whole population
…Police protection is for every Antiguan
The police can’t protect Mr. Bird
And leave the poor man
That’s absurd
In the constitution of Antigua
All are protected by law

Cho.
Right George, tell me
What are you doing about the tragedy
You finding them dope pusher
You finding them house breaker
You finding marijuana
Yet you can’t find Ethlyn’s murder

Time to face reality
Ethlyn killers are now free
Such senseless brutality
Could have happened to you or me
Look New York,  London, and Tokyo
Miami, … and Chicago
They’re large cities and yet police
Does find man, bird, or beast

Cho.
So Right George tell me
What are you doing about the tragedy
You harassing the gambler
Police don’t want the limer
Standing by Bata corner
Yet you can’t find Ethlyn’s murder

Outro:
Who kill mi sister (repeat)
She got a mudda
Who kill mi sister
And a farda
Who kill mi sister
She got she brudda
Who kill mi sister
And she sista
Who kill mi sister
We need an answer
Who kill mi sister (repeat)

 

Lyrics transcribed from the recording by Joanne C. Hillhouse. All errors and omissions are mine, and unintentional. For more Antiguan and Barbudan song lyrics, check out this evolving data base, and help build it if you can. As a reminder, if you pull (excerpt only) any of the information from this site, please credit and link back.

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Song Lyrics Database (WIP)

This page is hardly worthy of the name database. But I thought it made sense to put the song lyrics on the site in one place for easy searching – especially since people are always searching for song lyrics, and seem to think I have them to hand. I don’t. But I have transcribed (imperfectly) some Antiguan and Barbudan songs. If I do more; I’ll link them here. If you want to contribute, welcome! Incidentally, the songwriters database (incomplete as it is) remains one of the more searched and visited areas of the site, and individual articles on the artistes as well – especially kings Obstinate, Short Shirt, and Swallow. Venturing a guess, I’d say this probably has to do with school research projects.

Antigua’s True Heroes (sung by King Obstinate::lyrics by King Obstinate/Paul Richards)

Believe (sung by King Obstinate::lyrics by King Obstinate/Paul Richards)

Cry for Change (sung by Short Shirt::lyrics by Shelly Tobitt)

Culture must be free (sung by Latumba::lyrics by Shelly Tobitt)

Dance with Me (sung by Short Shirt::lyrics by …)

Forward Together (lyrics by Fd)

Gold Rush (sung by King Obstinate::lyrics by King Obstinate/Paul Richards)

Heaven Help Mankind (sung by King Short Shirt::lyrics by Fd)

Hit Man (sung by Latumba::lyrics by Shelly Tobitt)

Illusion (sung by King Short Shirt::lyrics by …)

Inspite of All (sung by King Short Shirt::lyrics by Shelly Tobitt)

Land of Democracy (sung by Paul ‘King Obstinate’ Richards)

Lamentation (sung by King Short Shirt::lyrics by Shelly Tobitt)

Nationalism (sung by King Short Shirt::lyrics by Stanley Humphreys and King Short Shirt/Mclean Emmanuel)

Nobody Go Run Me (sung by King Short Shirt::lyrics by Shelly Tobitt)

Pledge (sung by King Short Shirt::lyrics by Stanley Humphreys)

Press On (sung by King Short Shirt::lyrics by Shelly Tobitt)

Protect Yourself (sung by Zero::lyrics by Dr. Prince Ramsey)

Short Shirt’s Wedding (sung by King Obstinate::lyrics by King Obstinate/Paul Richards)

Star Black (incomplete) (sung by King Short Shirt:: lyrics by …)

Summer Festival (sung by King Short Shirt::lyrics by Stanley Humphreys and King Short Shirt/Mclean Emmanuel)

Tell the People the Truth (sung by King Short Shirt::lyrics and music by Fd)

Tourist Leggo (sung by King Short Shirt::lyrics by Shelly Tobitt)

True Antiguan (sung by Short Shirt::lyrics by Fd)

Under the Carpet (sung by Sleepy::lyrics by Marcus Christopher)

Viva Grenada (sung by King Short Shirt::lyrics by Shelly Tobitt)

Wet Yuh Han (sung by King Obstinate::lyrics by King Obstinate/Paul Richards)

Who Kill Mi Sister (sung by King Obstinate::lyrics by King Obstinate/Paul Richards)

As with all content on wadadlipen.wordpress.com, except otherwise noted, this is written by Joanne C. Hillhouse (author of The Boy from Willow Bend, Dancing Nude in the Moonlight, Musical Youth, With Grace, Lost! A Caribbean Sea Adventure-and its Spanish language edition Perdida! Una Aventura en el Mar Caribe, and Oh Gad!). All Rights Reserved. If you enjoyed it, check out my page on Amazon, WordPress, and/or Facebook, and help spread the word about Wadadli Pen, my books, and my freelance writing-editing-coaching-workshop services. You can also subscribe to the site to keep up with future updates. Thanks.

Please note, all lyrics are shared here for informational and educational purposes; no profit (no money at all) is being made. If you share, please credit the artistes for their work, and the site for the time and effort of transcribing.

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Antigua and Barbuda’s Other-Other-Other ‘Anthem’

After hundreds of years of slavery
And colonialist domination
We are now politically free
In an independent nation
The dreams of our forefathers
Have finally come true
And the battle that they have fought
Are now benefiting me and you
If you really want
To show yuh appreciation
Raise your voices with me
And this pledge let’s sing along

Cho. We pledge to be good citizens from now on
Casting away victimization
Corruption will cease
Nepotism decrease
Throughout the whole nation
Our country then will be
Not just a society
But a just society
Let this be our pledge

But please beware my country men
Of the trappings of false liberty
For true liberation does not only lie in constitutionality
We have gained nothing
If all we do is pass from bondage
To a subtler task
Where foreign sharks
With their fangs exposed
Surround us with promises of a brighter world
For much too long
Have we the yolk of slavery borne
Now that massa days
Have gone
Let’s pledge to set aright all the wrong

Cho. We pledge to be good, good, good, good citizens from now on
Casting away victimization
Corruption will cease
Nepotism decrease
Throughout the whole nation
Our country then will be not just a society
But a just society
Let this be our pledge

Gird up your loins
Ever vigilant be
To curb injustice, graft, and vagrancy
The rights of each one must be recognized so that none will feel they’re ostracized
Equal opportunity for everyone
Each giving the other a helping hand
We want no more exploitation
From either foreign or the local man
We need our land
For our children yet unborn
So Antiguans and Barbudans
Let’s pledge to maintain our freedom

Cho. We pledge to be good, good, good, good citizens
From now on
Casting away victimization
Corruption will cease
Nepotism decrease
Throughout the whole nation
Our country then will be
Not just a society
But a just society
Let this be our pledge

Outro. My salute
I salute

And much as I love the lyrics and Short Shirt’s peerless interpretation and delivery, I salute the horn work in this, especially right there at the end….hey, remember when calypso musical arrangements used to be intricate and fun, the kind of fun you can only get from soca/party music these days.

Anyway, I decided to transcribe the lyrics to this Antiguan and Barbudan classic (and not just because lyrics to Antiguan and Barbudan classics are hard to find but because it was Independence season and I was feeling it). But I feel this one even out of season… this is easily one of my favourite Short Shirt tracks, and one of Antigua and Barbuda’s best, period; thanks Michelle for reminding me of that…I refer to it in this post as Antigua and Barbuda’s Other-Other-Other anthem because there’s the official (Novelle Richards-penned/Walter Chambers-composed)  anthem of course (hence the reason why this one is single quotes because no disrespect meant to the original), then there’s Bobby Margetson’s God Bless Antigua which is one of my favourite patriotic songs (with poignant lines like “where first I held a mother’s hand and learned to bend a knee” and “where land and sea make beauty, let every man be free to proudly hold his head up high and walk with dignity”); King Obstinate’s Believe (“in this land, its future, its purpose, believe in yourself most of all as one people”) also sings to me…so clearly it’s all subjective as others would have other patriotic favourites…but I feel there’s fair consensus that Short Shirt’s Pledge is second only to the official anthem in asserting who we aspire to be as a nation and so it holds default position as anthem-in-our-hearts.

It feels particularly urgent at Independence time as that’s the time of year we feel most of a single accord in celebrating our Antiguan and Barbudan-ness (Halloween parties aside). It is also a time for some reflection of our journey to date. Using Pledge as our yardstick, have we honoured our ancestors’ sacrifice, protected our children’s future; have we dodged the potholes and pitfalls of corruption, nepotism, victimization; have we, achieved some measure of uplift and equality; and most importantly, maintained our freedom?

Yes…no…maybe…a bitta both?

Well, bittersweet Pledge may be 34+ years in, but it remains a call to strive to be our best selves…which in the end is what independence is all about.

The authorship of the song has been… confusing (at least to me)…because  it’s been credited to a few people. Among them, an icon all Antiguans and Barbudans including me have nuff respect for, Reginald Samuel. I remember first coming across this credit while covering an awards ceremony at which he was being celebrated for the body of his contribution to culture and the arts (as sculptor, as national flag designer, as songwriter), as educator and gamesmaster, as activist, and so much more – it was mindblowing to learn all the ways this quiet and largely unlauded man had contributed to Antigua and Barbuda. His connection to the song was also cited in the poem Humble Hero by Cush David in his booklet The Dynamics of an Artistic Patriot: A Biography of Reginald Samuel: “Most people don’t know that you wrote the song PLEDGE for the monarch king Short Shirt…” But then in his more recent Short Shirt biography King Short Shirt: Nobody Go Run Me: the Life and Times of Sir Mclean Emanuel, Dorbrene O’Marde, calypso aficionado (writer, publisher of Calypso Talk magazine), wrote “Short Shirt and [Stanley] Humphreys…co-opt the ACLM manifesto vision ‘not just a society but a just society’ and produce what would become another calypso national anthem for Antigua and Barbuda’s independence celebrations – The Pledge”. And lest we think he’s referring to another Pledge, he quotes it as I have above. ETA: Short Shirt himself has asserted that Humphreys is the author of this song. Just putting those two bits of reportage down  since they are in print and there for anyone to check…but I have to say this is one of the more frustrating parts of trying to canonize the Antiguan songbook, pinning down authorship of songs – often liner notes, where they exist, and they rarely do, are no help. Which reminds me, any help with verifying and building on the information in that section of the site would be welcomed (just trying to get the facts right for the record). (ETA November 19th 2019: Sir Reginald Samuel re-asserts  authorship as recently as this video interview with Festivals Tea that went live during the 38th Independence season, saying: “I was the one who did Pledge for Short Shirt…I did the words, not the music. …Guy Yearwood …said ‘I want you to write the words for Pledge.’… so I wrote the words for Pledge.”)

Meantime, enjoy and reflect on our other or other-other-other ‘anthem’.

Sidebar: in O’Marde’s accounting of the production of the song, Frankie McIntosh is credited for the musical arrangement including the “horn leads and fills” I was praising earlier, so big up Mr. McIntosh.

And Happy Independence, all. Belatedly (given that Independence Day is actually November 1st making this post a few days late).

As with all content on wadadlipen.wordpress.com, except otherwise noted, this is written by Joanne C. Hillhouse (author of The Boy from Willow Bend, Dancing Nude in the Moonlight, Musical Youth, Fish Outta Water, and Oh Gad!). All Rights Reserved. If you enjoyed it, check out my page on Amazon, WordPress, and/or Facebook, and help spread the word about Wadadli Pen and my books. You can also subscribe to the site to keep up with future updates. Thanks.

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