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Jean And Dinah Mighty Sparrow Lyrics

Mighty Sparrow
Jean and Dinah
Well the girls in town feeling bad
No more Yankees in Trinidad
They going to close down the base for good
Them girls have to make out how they could
Brother is now they park up in town
In for a penny, and in for a pound
Believe me it's competition for so
Trouble in the town when the price drop low

Chorus:

So when you bounce up Jean and Dinah
Rosita and Clementina, round the corner posing
Bet your life is something they selling
And if you catch them broken
You can get em all for nothing
Don't make no row, the yankees gone, Sparrow take over
now

Things bad is to hear them cry
Not a sailor in town, the night clubs dry
Only West Indians like me or you
Are able to get a drink or two
And as we have things back in control
Ah seeking revenge with me heart and soul
Brother when I spread the news around
Is to see how them cave men come into town

(This verse is sometimes omitted)
When the Yankee was in full swing
Just imagine how I was suffering
Mavis told me straight to me face
How she find I too fast and out of place
No, no, no, they would start to fret
Money or not poor Sparrow can't get
Because with the Yankees they have it cool
Calypsonians too hard to fool

It's the glamour boys again
We are going to rule Port of Spain
No more Yankees to spoil the fete
Dorothy have to take what she get
All of them who used to make style
While they taking two shillling with a smile
No more hotel to rest your head
By the sweat of thy brow thou shall eat bread

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Meaning to "Jean And Dinah Mighty Sparrow" song lyrics (1 meaning)
Matt 02/13/14,14:31
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The lyrics of this song is relating to the time when USA had a Naval Base in Trinidad and after the cold war the closed up shop and removed all of the troops.

Many of the women managed to make a living from selling various things (i will use milkshakes as an example) to the men who often did not have the luxuries of milkshakes on base. After they closed the Base they had to go back to the locals who did use the strong US dollar and forcing these sales women to heavily discount their... milkshakes.

A side note.. in an interview with Sparrow he stated this song was very controversial leading in variations to the song.
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