Index Of A Nation [Song]

Lord Shorty (1969)

Trinidad is not a very large island as anyone can see
But possesses many towns and suburban villages
That makes it a great country
For most though very small, each in its own way
Makes sufficient contribution
In produce, culture, work and entertainment
Towards the upkeep of the nation.

For instance Maracas and Las Cuevas
Both have beaches of class which helps attract the tourist trade
And from San Juan to Arima fast factories where products are made
We have in St Augustine the Gov't farm and our big University
While liquor and margarine, grapefruit juice
And Cookeen is processed at Laventille
Trinidad is also called the land of calypso and limbo dancing
But our defense comes first so we look to Tetron Bay
For knowledge in soldering
St Ann's have the mad house, Belmont the Orphanage
also a quantity of mangoes
While Lavantille has the pan beating skill
Of the sweet Gay Desperadoes

From Sangre Grande villages up to Toco
Gives Citrus, Corn and Cocoa
Livestock from Manzanilla, coconuts from up Mayaro
Although Biche produce Mano it can also be seen
they produce we largest Dasheen
And Piarco has our planes and most of our cane
Comes from Usine and Mc Bean.
In the South of Trinidad Savonetta has the Chemical Plant
And Claxton Bay has our only Cement factory
Which makes there most important Oil from Point-a-Pierre,
San Fernando Jayland Fair
And my friends presently,
For local hunting ground the best are to be found in
South East Guayaguayare

La Brea has the Pitch Lake
Point Fortin A tire factory and for many generations past
The largest fishes catches comes from Cedros and Icacos
Princes Town have plenty liners
Rio Claro best stick fighters and up in Moruga
You get ..... and bush liquor
And ah hear they just start to produce marijuana
Our population which is Cosmopolitan
With Chinese, Negroes, Whites and Indians
The latter of which lives at Penal
Where you get most bodi and water melon
Plenty shooting Barrackpore, Siparia folklore
While Palo Seco contains BP
And Fyzabad is such which contributed much to our political history

Port of Spain has our two cathedrals
And is famous for steelband and Carnival
And is the permanent headquarters of the Governor General
So you see this little island with its great contribution,
With Tobago working hand in hand with our present legislation
We bound to develop into a great progressive nation.

Source: Kaiso No 38, September 4, 2000
"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!