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DAN IS THE MAN
By the Mighty Sparrow
Captain! There's a traitor on board! Examine the horns!
According to the education you get when you small,
You will grow up with true ambition and respect from one and all.
But in my days in school, they teach me like a fool
The things they teach me, I should be a block-headed mule.
And wey dey teach yuh?
They tell mih, Pussy has finished his work long ago
And now he resting and ting
Solomon a Gundy was born on a Monday,
The ass in the lion skin
Wynken, Blynken, and Nod sail off in a wooden sloop
The 'gouti lose he tail and the alligator fighting
To make monkey-liver soup
And Dan is the man in the van.
The poems and the lessons they write and send from England
Impress me they were trying to cultivate comedians
Comic books made more sense,
You know it is fictitious without pretense.
Cutteridge wanted to keep us in ignorance.
Tell me if this ent chupidness:
Humpty-Dumpty sat on a wall, Humpty-Dumpty did fall
Goosey, Goosey Gander, where shall I wander?
Ding, dong, dell, pussy in the well
R-I-K-K-I T-I-K-K-I Ah T-Ah-V
Ah Rikki, Tikki, Tikki-Tikki, Tavi
Dan is the man in the van.
Wipsee Mama! Yep!
I say, Cutteridge was plenty times more advanced than them scientist,
I ent believe that no one man could write so much stupidness.
Aeroplanes didn't come so soon, scientists used to make the grade in balloon.
Cutteridge make a cow jump over the moon.
And then he tell them, Tom, Tom, the Piper's son, tief a pig and away he run
Once there was a woman who lived in a shoe,
She had so many children, she didn't know what to do
Hickory, Dickory, Dock, the mouse ran up the clock
The lion and the mouse, a woman pushing a cow
To eat grass on top of a house
Mama, Dan, is the man in the van.
Ayeeee! Wipsee, Mama!
How I happen to get some education, my friends, me ent know
All they teach me is about Brer Rabbit and Rumpelstiltskin-o
They wanted to keep me down indeed, they try their best, but didn't succeed
You see, mih head was duncee and up to now I can't read.
Who cares about, Peter, Peter was a pumpkin eater
Some little, little people tie Gulliver
When I was sick and lay a-bed, I had two pillow at my head
The goose lay the golden egg
The spider catch a fly
Morocoy with wings flapping in the sky
They beat me like a dog to learn that in school,
If mih head was bright, I woulda be a damn fool.
With Dan is the man in the van.
Can a pig dance a jig for a fig?
Twirly and Twisty were two screws.
Mister Mike goes to school on a bike.
Dan is the man in the van
Dan is the man in the van
Ey! Dan is the man in the van.
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.
"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!