Old Man And The Donkey [Song]

Uploaded by Clynton Mann

By Mighty Sparrow

Well an old man, a lil boy and a donkey was in some difficulty
Going Tunapuna from Port of Spain where they just complain a bargain
Old and feeble, he decide to ride and had the little boy walking by he side
When he reach by Success Village, the crowd start shouting, "Advantage!"

Old may, ey, you old criminal !
Old man, you ent got no conscience at all !
Get off the jackass, you too damn advantageous!
You on top the ass like a king and the poor little boy walking!

Well, the old man ready to please everybody, right away, jump off the donkey
Lift up the boy, put him on the donkey and he start walking the journey
It made him feel good, although they criticise, he gave up his ride and let them satisfy
When he reach by Morvant junction they start calling him a stupid old man.

Old man, ey, you dotish old fool !
Old man, like you never went to school?
The little boy young, he should be on the ground,
But he on top the ass like a king
And an old man like you walking!

Now the old man decide to please everybody, none of them must ride this donkey
So the next thing he do, he make the boy come down and both of them walking in the sun
Man, they soaking with beads of perspiration, all their ambition is to please everyone
When they reach the Croisee again, the whole of San Juan start to complain.

Old man, ey, ease the load off your feet!
Old man, you have a jackass to ride and beat!
Don't hold the tail ----------- you should be in jail
You behind the ass suffering and a bareback jackass walking!

They made a last try to please everybody, two of them climb on the donkey
But in Champs Fleurs they met some folks up there who found them very unfair
Ring the police now, somebody say, call the SPCA, don't let them get away
---------------- to make bacchanal, charge the old man cruelty to dumb animal.

Well the moral of the story is plain to see
Please yourself because you can't please everybody
Don't be ashamed when them newsmongers call your name
Stay on top the ass like a king
They go talk but you still riding.

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!

A Note From The Gull

Thank you, Mighty Sparrow. Dedicated to the unjustly beleaguered.

"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!