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SOME FOLK SONGS OF JAMAICA






Songs of the Caribbean





Louise Bennett on Folk Songs of Jamaica




About Mento


LIZA

(Waata come a mi y’eye)


Every time mi memba Liza,

Waata come a mi y’eye,

Wen mi tink pan mi nice gal Liza,

Waata come a mi y’eye.


Come back Liza, come back gal,

Waata come a mi y’eye,

Come back Liza, come back gal,

Waata come a mi y’eye.




LONG TIME GAL


This long time gal me never see yuh

Come mek me hold yuh hand

This long time gal me never see yuh

Come mek me hold yuh hand

Peel head John Crow sit upon the tree top

Pick out the blossom

Mek mi hold yuh han Gal

Mek mi holdw yuh hand


Long time gal me never see yuh

Come mek we walk and talk

Long time gal me never see yuh

Come mek we walk and talk

Peel head John Crow sit upon the tree top

Pick out the blossom

Mek mi walk and talk Gal

Mek mi walk and talk Gal


Long time gal me never see yuh

Come mek we wheel and Jig

Long time gal me never see yuh

Come mek we wheel and Jig


Peel head John Crow sit upon the tree top

Pick out the blossom

Mek mi hold wheel and Jig Gal

Mek mi hold wheel and Jig

Mek mi holdw yuh hand

Mek mi hold wheel and Jig Gal

Mek mi walk and talk Gal

 


LINSTEAD MARKET


Mi carry mi ackee go a Linstead Market
Not a quattie worth sell
Mi Carry me ackee go a Linstead Market
Not a quattie worth sell

Lawd what night, not a bite
What a Saturday night
Lawd what a night not a bite
What a Saturday night

Everybody come feel up, feel up
Not a quattie worth sell
Everybody come feel up, feel up
Not a quattie worth sell

Lawd what night, not a bite
What a Satiday night
Lawd what a night not a bite
What a Satiday night


Do mi mommy nuh beat mi kill mi
Sake a Merry-go-round
Do mi mommy don’t beat me kill
Sake a American rum

Lawd what night, not a bite
What a Satiday night
Lawd what a night not a bite
What a Saturday night

All di pickney dem a linga linga
Fi weh dem mumma no bring
All di pickney dem a linga linga
Fi weh dem mumma no bring

Lawd, what a night, not a bite
What a Satiday night
Lawd, what a night, not a bite
How di pickney gwine feed?


 



MANGO TIME


Mi nuh drink coffee tea mango time

Care how nice it may be mango time

In the heat of the mango crop

When di fruit dem a ripe an drop

Wash your pot turn dem down mango time


De terpentine large an fine, mango time

Robin mango so sweet, mango time

Number eleven an hairy skin

Pack di bankra an ram dem in

For di bankra mus' full, mango time


Mek wi go a mango walk, mango time

For is only di talk mango time

Mek wi jump pon di big jackass

Ride im dung an no tap a pass

Mek di best a di crop, mango time



MOON SHINE TONIGHT


Moon shine tonight come mek we dance and sing

Moon shine tonight come mek we dance and sing

Mi deh rock so

You deh rock so

Under banyan tree


Mi deh rock so

You deh rock so

Under banyan tree


Ladies may curts and gentleman may bow

Ladies may curts and gentleman may bow

Mi deh rock so

You deh rock so

Under banyan tree

Mi deh rock so

You deh rock so

Under banyan tree


Come we join hands and mek we dance around and sing

Come we join hands and mek we dance around and sing


Mi deh rock so

You deh rock so

Under banyan tree

Mi deh rock so

You deh rock so

Under banyan tree


Liza

Long Time Gal

Linstead Market

Mango Time

Moon Shine Tonight