Exploiting [Song]

King Selewa's version uploaded by mistou98

EXPLOITING
Performed originally by Caresser (Rufus Callender) (1938)

Note:The following lyrics are the original lyrics sung by Caresser and not those of the rendition by King Selewa.

Buy me a Zeppelin, dou-dou darling,
Buy me a Zeppelin, you could believe,
Or a steamboat and then I must,
Be an exploiter like Columbus, so baby,

Buy me a Zeppelin, dou-dou darling,
Buy me a Zeppelin, you could believe,
Or a steamboat and then I must,
Be an exploiter like Columbus.

I want to go roaming around the world,
I mean touching all seas from north to south pole,
To Greenland, Finland, Iceland and all,
Then to Niagara water falls, so darling,

Buy me a Zeppelin, dou-dou darling,
Buy me a Zeppelin, you could believe,
Or a steamboat and then I must,
Be an exploiter like Columbus.

Yes, to every isthmus, to every lake, you could believe,
I want to be like Sir Francis Drake,
Vasco Nunez, Vasco De Gama,
And Columbus who ‘discovered’ America, so baby.

Buy me a Zeppelin, dou-dou darling,
Buy me a Zeppelin, you could believe,
Or a steamboat and then I must,
Be an exploiter like Columbus.

Even like Lord Nelson, I’d like to be,
I mean the ruler of the air, the land and the sea,
To acquire power wherever I go,
Like Don Antonio de Berrio, so darling,

Buy me a Zeppelin, dou-dou darling,
Buy me a Zeppelin, you could believe,
Or a steamboat and then I must,
Be an exploiter like Columbus.

Then I’ll be famous like Wellington,
Or our first Governor, the great Chacon,
I mean the Himalayan mountains, I’ll even score,
Then see the Nawab of Singapore, so baby,

Buy me a Zeppelin, dou-dou darling,
Buy me a Zeppelin, you could believe,
Or a steamboat and then I must,
Be an exploiter like Columbus.

I don’t mind if I am all alone
But I’ll take the chance through the Canal Zone
And then through the deserts in Sahara
To see my grandparents in Africa, so darling,

Buy me a Zeppelin, dou-dou darling,
Buy me a Zeppelin, you could believe,
Or a steamboat and then I must,
Be an exploiter like Columbus.

Then every school child will be taught the name
Caresser, who acquired unrivalled fame
Even bolder and more courageous
Than the old man Christopher Columbus, so darling,

Buy me a Zeppelin, dou-dou darling,
Buy me a Zeppelin, you could believe,
Or a steamboat and then I must,
Be an exploiter like Columbus.

Source: http://www.clas.ufl.edu/users/rosenber/lit4188spring%202004/exploiting.jpg

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A Note From The Gull


Thank you, King Selewa! I absolutely love your rendition of this classic by Caresser. Something about that seductive violin weaving its way in the background throughout the song, and as if down to us through time, introduces a note that borders on tragedy. "What is joke for schoolboy is death for crapaud." What will be the impact of Caresser's exploits? What are the consequences of exploration for both the explorer and the explored? For me the song suggests something beyond nostalgia - a mix of fantasy, hubris, a restriction/limitation that must be escaped, a fate that cannot be avoided.

He, like Columbus, is asking another person to buy him the zeppelin which will allow him to make his dream a reality. Catherine of Aragon must have heard a similar whining in her ear. That repetition of "Buy me a zeppelin, buy me a zeppelin" adds another plaintive layer. I associate this song not simply with wanderlust or healthy interest in exploring the world. I wonder also about the use of the word 'exploiter'. Is he using it in the sense of someone who performs many heroic exploits or someone who explores in order to exploit.

When you hear these words, it is clear that he is very interested in winning fame and power through these "exploits":

"Even like Lord Nelson, I’d like to be,
I mean the ruler of the air, the land and the sea,
To acquire power wherever I go,
Like Don Antonio de Berrio, so darling,"

"Then I’ll be famous like Wellington,
Or our first Governor, the great Chacon,
I mean the Himalayan mountains, I’ll even score,
Then see the Nawab of Singapore, so baby,"

"Then every school child will be taught the name
Caresser, who acquired unrivalled fame
Even bolder and more courageous
Than the old man Christopher Columbus, so darling,"

Just beautiful, King Selewa! I love hearing your interpretations. Because you approach this music as someone from outside of our way of seeing and hearing, you allow us to uncover additional facets.


"Patria est communis omnium parens" - Our native land is the common parent of us all. Keep it beautiful, make it even more so.

Blessed is all of creation
Blessed be my beautiful people
Blessed be the day of our awakening
Blessed is my country
Blessed are her patient hills.

Mweh ka allay!
Guanaguanare

4 comments:

Audrée said...

hey i do reasearch on Lord caresser( Rufus Callender)
I want to hear from him, and know what he did after he moved to Montréal.
He is the grand-Pa of my boyfriend, and I want to know more about hit, and hear his music!

so if you know where i can find info on him, and his music cant you post it here?
Thank You!!!

Guanaguanare said...

Audrée, Thanks for visiting and for your questions. I do not have any information about Lord Caresser [Rufus Callender] apart from the bits and pieces that are available on the Internet. If I find something substantial I will post the link here. I learned something from you because I never knew that Lord Caresser settled in Montreal. Thanks for that! Will see what I can find.
Blessings

Anonymous said...

Audree is right. Rufus Callender is my grandfather. He moved to montreal and had six boys with his french candian wife. he died in 1972 in Alberta Canada.
I also would love to know what he did before that but all his music seems to owned by bear records in germany. It's very hard to find anything in north amercica.

Dominique

Guanaguanare said...

Dominique,
Thanks so much for dropping by and sharing some details about your grandfather, Rufus Callender - the calypsonian, Lord Caresser.

Do you mean that you would like to know what he did as a calypsonian before he went to Canada? And what is it that is hard to find in North America? Do you mean information, or American recordings of his music apart from those put out by Bear Family Records?

Let me know.

Blessings