Friday, January 14, 2011

Calypso Blues


Taylor Berkley Peanuts probably wrote the song but haven't found proof yet so it could be anyone. This is one of my favorite Calypso songs and I'm happy to find lots of people covered it. Nat King Cole and Peanuts toured together and were friends which is how Nat came to cover the song. Peanuts version is better but this is closer to the original than anyone others I can find on youtube.


This is really interesting especially if you watch the entire clip. Youn Sun Nah's version of Calypso Blues. She lays down all the tracks with her voice using a loop machine. Fascinating and amazing. The disabled embed links so click here.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O2iGwIl-qig

Calypso Blues

Sittin' by de ocean
Me heart, she feel so sad
Sittin' by de ocean
Me heart, she feel so sad
Don't got de money
To take me back to Trinidad

Fine calypso woman
She cook me shrimps and rice
Fine calypso woman
She cook me shrimps and rice
But dese yankee hot dogs
Don't treat me stomach very nice

In Trinidad, one dollar buy
Papaya juice
Banana pie
Six coconuts
One female goat
An' plenty fish
To rock de boat

One bushel bread
One barrel o' wine
An' all de town
She come to dine
But here is bad
One dollar buy
Cup of coffee
Ham on rye

Me throat she sick from necktie
Me feet hurt from shoes
Me pocket full of empty
I got Calypso blues

Here we go
Oh yeah
Oh yeah
La la la la la la

Dese yankee girls
Give me big scare
Is black de root
Is blonde de hair
Her eyelash false
Her face is paint
And what you see
Is what she ain't

She tries to jam
When she should waltz
I even think
Her teeth is false
But calypso girl is good a lot
Is what you see
Is what she got

Sittin' by de ocean
Me heart, she feel so sad
Don't got de money
To take me back to Trinidad

1 comment:

  1. HOW CAN I GET A DIGITAL COPY..PLEASE..I LOVE THIS..CALYPSO..
    jrevelo10@gmail.com

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