No Replacements [Song]

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...Acknowledging The Giants Upon Whose Shoulders We Stand.

By Brother Valentino

Dedicated to these faithful departed
And who was here from since the struggle started
May their souls rest in peace and may the struggle never cease
Let us pay our respect and homage to these past icons and pioneers
Who brought calypso to where it is through blood, sweat and tears
There could never be another Kitchener, there could never be another Spoiler
No more will we see the Roaring Lion, he will never roar again in this land.
Men like Pretender, Terror, Cypher and the Lord Cristo
Who could replace them in calypso?
I don't know...

For calypso history month we should recognise
The ones who contributed to this paradise
All who made us dance, who opened our eyes,
Who made us laugh, who made us wise
Although these great calypsonians are now dead and gone
By their works, their names will always live on.
How could we forget the warlord, Blakie, Ras Shorty I and Lord Melody
What about the Iron Man, Zandolie, the Stickman who controlled Sangre Grande
The Mighty Duke, ------------, Mighty Dougla and the Lord Maestro
Sando, who could replace them in calypso?
I don't know...

Conqueror, Brigo, Power and Bomber say we facing a cultural disaster
Explainer, All Rounder asking the same question,
Where have all the calypsonians gone?
Composer tell me not a batch presently could build on the foundation
That was laid down by the icons who sang their lives out for this nation.
Dennis Franklin Williams - the man Merchant, his contribution was so important
------- Prowler, the Mighty Sniper, Invader, Young Tailor, Beginner and Commander
Men like Attila, Executor, Tiger and the Lord Popo
Who could replace them in calypso?
I don't know...

Like Almanac, Blakie, departed one by one to a higher plane in Kaisodom
So now is the changing of the guards and all I am seeing is them soca bards
Mudada tell me there's a scarcity, Lord Nelson say it's a tragedy
We have a shortage of calypsonians down here in T&T.
They better cherish Baron and Shadow, De Fosto, Gypsy, Luta -------- and Rio
David Rudder, Relator Aloes and Cro Cro, Chalkdust, Superior, Stalin and Sparrow
When you hear them fellahs say, "Goodbye, Au revoir, Adios, Pancho!"
Who could replace them in calypso?

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, Brother Valentino! I am bowing low. Who could replace YOU in calypso?

Happy Valentine's Day, T&T!

"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!