Life Is A Stage [Song]

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By Brother Valentino

Life is a stage and we are the actors
And everybody have a part to play
Like a never ending movie
With all different characters
Each one have a role to portray
Down to the scavengers and them barristers
All them doctors and lawyers and these ministers
So this honourable this and this honourable that
And this lady so and so
Is a part all them people playing, I want you to know

So don’t blame the politician
Anytime you find you get bad administration
Oh no, that was meant to be
The fellah is playing his role superbly
Now, don’t blame the judges for their injustice
Why blame the criminals, I say
Is a part they come out to play.

This movie start in the garden of Eden
The star and co-star was Adam and Eve
They played their parts, now they are dead but not forgotten
And when I study the role of Adam, it makes me grieve
Shows man should be able to take example
And see from the beginning, woman was trouble
But then your role is according to your script, I say
And your fate would be Judgment Day
And according to the part that you play, the Master go pay.

Now down to the little children
From the time they born, they join Life’s great movie
But some of us fathers, my friend
Through some wicked women, never saw our baby
Although abortion is just an act
Believe me, friends, I don’t like that part at all
Plenty women go bawl when the curtain fall.

Say what you want, believe, I’m not joking
The women are the greatest performers for me
Their role always important
And down to their love making
These people could win an Academy
They could put you in heaven
They could put you in hell
Woman could put man places
Man would shame to tell
So then a man must want to kill
Because the part he have to play
Is to love with his heart and soul
So you see where the females
Always have the better role

So don't blame Christine Keeler
Just because she wreck the lives of some politicians
She played a sexy character
And she caught Profumo with her sexy actions
So we should tip our hats to England
And say "Hurrah!" for good old Christine
The greatest actress, don’t doubt, that the world has seen

Trinidad have some scenes that I go off on
The acting is greater than on Broadway
Not even on the movie screens
You see people perform
Like Trinidadians ah talking ‘bout
And how they could play
Trinidad, as we all know, chief role is kaiso
Then featuring playing pan, football and the limbo
But for playing the part of smart man and smart woman
I could bet mih hand
And for creating a big impression, is a Trinidadian.

Now the ambitious guy with the jacket and tie
Who walks the road and hold up his head high
You will shock to know
Where that same ambitious fella head does go
But is a part he come out to play
And we really can't treat the fellah with scorn
And as they say, "The show must go on."

SOURCE: The lyrics posted on this blog are 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

I focus on the satirical aspects to overlook the worrying fatalism and sometimes misogynistic tone. Although this song has always left me with feelings of sadness, I still must thank Brother Valentino for his creativity.

"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!