Arima Was [Song]

ARIMA WAS, by Melan Garcia from Maximilian Forte on Vimeo.

ARIMA WAS
By Melan Garcia [See contact information below]

In years gone by, this ent no lie
And I am sure you'll remember
Arima was a place with plenty water
We fertile soil, that and all spoil
We hardly getting good cassava
Quarries and farms polluting our rivers.

Chorus:
So let us try and see
If we could make Arima just like it used to be
Don't mind, don't mind, we population more
But is we, the Arimians, to make it like before
We have our duty to perform now because I'm sure
We'd like to see Arima just like Arima was. Woh oh ho
Yes, we have our duty to perform now because I'm sure
We'd like to see Arima just like Arima was.

The Spanish came and settled here
Along with peons from Venezuela
Together they did big plantations for we
Then came the French and Africans
Who accepted parcels of land
You see, Arima was always cosmopolitan. Yes, man!
1797 British came, planted their flag and lift their name
In 1806 we got some Chinese too
East Indians joined up in the fun
Followed closely by the Syrians
That's true, Arima was one big pot of callaloo.

Chorus:
So let us try and see
If we could make Arima just like it used to be
Don't mind, don't mind, we population more
But is we, the Arimians, to make it like before
We have our duty to perform now because I'm sure
We'd like to see Arima just like Arima was. Woh oh oh
Yes, we have our duty to perform now because I'm sure
We'd like to see Arima just like Arima was.

Yes, Arima, this Easter star
Wallen bought a Dial and give her.
A gift you'll hardly find any other place
Them years ago was love for so,
But where the love gone, boy, I don't know
I think is since they open the Yankee base.

Oh, Arima, oh, Arima!
Like we heading for a disaster
I think is time we call upon The Master
Is endless crime and endless slime
Rape and robbery, even mass murder
Well, if it ent Sodom, well is Gomorrah.

Chorus:
So let us try and see
If we could make Arima just like it used to be
Don't mind, don't mind, we population more
But is we, the Arimians, to make it like before
We have our duty to perform now because I'm sure
We'd like to see Arima just like Arima was, Woh oh oh
Yes, we have our duty to perform now because I'm sure
We'd like to see Arima just like Arima was.



Source: The lyrics posted on this blog are often transcribed directly from performances. Although it is my intention to faithfully transcribe I do not get all the words and I have a knack for hearing the wrong thing. Please feel free to correct me or to fill in the words that I miss by dropping me a message via e-mail. I'd be forever grateful. Thanks in advance!
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A Note From The Gull

Who says that the production of good music is a thing of the past? Thank you, Melan Garcia! This beautiful song was included in the 2001 release of the CD "Original and Spicy" by Rebuscar. For Bookings and CD purchasing info: Melan Garcia, Manager and Musical Director, Arima, Trinidad and Tobago. Tel: (868) 667-5385. Cell: (868) 678-2288

"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

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