Skip to main content

King Sparrow's Calypso Carnival

King Sparrow's Calypso Carnival

Calypso King Mighty Sparrow (né Slinger Francisco) is known for provocative and often bawdy lyrics, at one point describing rival Lord Melody's face as "ugly...like a crocodile." Beyond this professional rivalry, Sparrow jokes about politics ("I am very sorry for the poor little puppy in the Russian Satellite [Sputnik]") and women ("darling, you are the one I love, you are my turtle dove"). Three songs from this recording were reissued in 2000 on Calypso Awakening from the Emory Cook Collection (SFW40453): "Teresa," "Reply to Melody" and "Paye."

RELATED LESSON PLAN
"Steel band Style, Calypso Culture and Childhood Chants: Trinidadian Music for the Classroom"

Track Listing

101
Teresa Mighty Sparrow 4:51
102
Reply to Melody Mighty Sparrow 3:56
103
Mad Bomber Mighty Sparrow 3:57
104
Short Little Shorts Mighty Sparrow 5:52
105
Eve Mighty Sparrow 4:33
106
Paye Mighty Sparrow 4:13
201
No More Rocking and Rolling Mighty Sparrow 5:17
202
Country Girl Mighty Sparrow 3:17
203
Russian Satellite Mighty Sparrow 5:06
204
Stella Mighty Sparrow 4:33
205
Dorothy Mighty Sparrow 3:08
206
Postcard to Sparrow Mighty Sparrow 4:05

.