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National and Other Songs of Guyana


Missy Loss

German Man

Auntie Bess

Itaname

Kuma-Kuma Fish

Neighba, Neighba, Len Me Yuh Mahta

Sun Ah Go Dung

Johnny Fernandes

Me Buy  Me Luva Wan  Shut

Clap Han’ fo Mama

Ol' Man House on Fiah

Ting na Regulah

Manin' Neighba

Uncle Joe

Bamboo Fiah

Chi-Chi Lay Lay

Rick Chick Chick Chick

Missy Loss 

Missy loss, Missy loss,

Missy loss she gold ring.

Oh, fine am, fine am, fine am.

Fine am leh me see! 


The ring is loss, the ring is loss,

The ring is loss already.

Oh, fine am, fine am, fine am.

Fine am leh me see!


Oh me lawd! oh me lawd!

Come and hear the 'tory.

Fine am, fine am, fine am.

Fine am leh me see!




 German Man


Refrain 

German man! buddy, German man.

Victoria married to German man.


When me go home,

Me go tell me mumma say,

 "Victoria married to German man". 


When me go home,

Me go tell me puppa say,

"Victoria married to German man.


Refrain

German man! buddy, German man.

Victoria married to German man. 


Auntie Bess


Refrain

Hear Auntie Bess! Hear Auntie Bess!

Hear Auntie Bess ah halla!

Hear Auntie Bess! Hear Auntie Bess!

Hear Auntie Bess ah halla! 


Foreday mornin', cock ah crow!

Hear Auntie Bess ah halla!

Lif' up you bundle, leh ahwee go!

Hear Auntie Bess ah halla!


Yes, she ah halla!

Yes, she ah halla!

Hear Auntie Bess ah halla!

Wha' she ah halla? Wha she ah halla?

Wha' she ah halla fah?


I feel, I feel, I feel, I feel

I feel like a morning star.

I feel, I feel, I feel, I feel

I feel like a morning star.


 Refrain 


Itaname 


Itaname! Itaname!

Itaname! Itaname!


Oh captain, captain, put me ashore!

I don't want to go anymore.

Itaname too high fuh me!

Itaname gun friken me!


Itaname! Itaname!

Itaname! Itaname!


Itaname is too much fuh me!

Itaname gun drownded me!

Itaname gun wok me belly!


Itaname! Itaname!

Itaname! Itaname!




Kuma-Kuma Fish 


Nah eat ah fish, mama!

Nah eat ah fish!

Ah Kuma-Kuma fish, mama,

Nah eat ah fish! 


He worse than perai, mama

Worse than perai.

Ah Kuma-Kuma fish, mama

Nah eat ah fish! 


He guh bring you bad luck, mama

Bring you bad luck.

Ah Kuma-Kuma fish, mama

Nah eat ah fish!


He guh wok you belly, mama

Wok you belly.

Ah Kuma-Kuma fish, mama

Nah eat ah fish!


NEIGHBA, NEIGHBA, LEN' ME YUH MAHTA

Neighba neighba, len' me yuh mahta, mih plantain get col' a'ready

Neighba neighba, len' me yuh mahta, mih plantain get col' a'ready

Col' a'ready, col' a'ready, mih plantain get col' a'ready

Col' a'ready, col' a'ready, mih plantain get col' a'ready


Neighba, me wan' fo poun' mih foo-foo, mih plantain get col' a'ready

Neighba, me wan' fo poun' mih foo-foo, mih plantain get col' a'ready

Col' a'ready, col' a'ready, mih plantain get col' a'ready

Col' a'ready, col' a'ready, mih plantain get col' a'ready


Neighba neighba, len' me yuh mahta, mih plantain get col' a'ready

Neighba neighba, len' me yuh mahta, mih plantain get col' a'ready

Col' a'ready, col' a'ready, mih plantain get col' a'ready

Col' a'ready, col' a'ready, mih plantain get col' a'ready


SUN AH GO DUNG


Wullay wullah, wullah wullay, sun ah go dung slow slow

Wullay wullah, wullah wullay, sun ah go dung slow slow


Ah wha me Mumma do today, ah wha me Puppa do today

Wullay wullah, wullah wullay, sun ah go dung slow slow


Wullay wullah, wullah wullay, sun ah go dung slow slow

Wullay wullah, wullah wullay, sun ah go dung slow slow


JOHNNY FERNANDES

(to the tune of "Blow the Man Down"


Johnny Fernandes was a Putagee man,

Blow, blow, blow, blow de man down!

Blow de man down wid a bottle o' rum.

Gie me some time to blow de man down!


Johnny kyan' read, Johnny kyan' spell,

Blow, blow, blow de man down!

Blow de man down wid a piece o' cow dung,

Gie me some time to blow de man down!


("Putagee" is a creole rendering of "Portuguese")


ME BUY ME LUVA WAN SHUT


Me buy me luva wan shut

Me buy me luva wan shut

Who gwine wash um

Me ga wash um

Doan kay soapee no day

Doan kay soapee no day

Me ga wash um.


CLAP HAN’ FO MAMA

(A nursery  rhyme)


Clap han’ fo mama

Till Papa come

Papa bring cane an sugar plum

Gie baby some.


AH WHO LIVE IN DEH?


Wha kine a gate dis?

Wha kine a gate dis?


Wha kine a gate dis?

Ah iron gate.


Ah mus’ bruk thru!

You cyan bruk thru!


An ah mus’ bruk thru!

Oh you cyan bruk thru!


Ah who live in deh?

Me nah know.


Ah who live in hey?

Me na know.


Ah mus’ pass thru!

An’ you cyan pass thru!

Ol' Man House On Fiah  

Ol’ man house on fiah, ol’ man run away,

He run foh de police to fetch de watah,

To out de fiah dung day.


Iskalady, shoo, shoo, shoo,

Iskalady, shoo, shoo, shoo,

An’ ah wipe skalady, face skalady, wipe skalady face,

An’ she fell dung, fell dung, an’ she fell dung, fell dung,

An’ she fell in de ocean too.




Ting Na Regulah


Auntie Susan, ting na rugulah, ting na rugulah,ting na rugulah,

Auntie Susan ting na rugulah,ting na rugulah,ting na rugulah, O!


(This song has a special purpose. Guests who have been waiting too long sing it over and over until drinks are served.)




MANIN' NEIGHBA


Chorus:

Manin' neighba, manin', Manin' neighba, manin'

Manin' neighba, manin', ah don' want yuh conniving ma-nin'

Manin' neighba, manin', Manin' neighba, manin'

Manin' neighba, manin', yuh can keep yuh conniving manin'


When yuh been ah Kurupung, Yuh na bin tell me manin'

Now because yuh money done, yuh come wid conniving mannin

When yuh had yuh pocket full, Yuh na bin tell me manin'

Now because yuh money done, yuh hustle fuh tell me manin'


Chorus:  Manin' neighba, manin', Manin' neighba, manin', etc;


Neighba neighba Joe come, Neighba neighba Joe come

Neighba neighba Joe come, Dis all de money dat e' wok fo'

Two poun' note an a guilda piece, Two poun' note an a guilda piece,

Two poun' note an a guilda piece, Dis all de money dat e' wok fo'


Chorus:  Manin' neighba, manin', Manin' neighba, manin', etc.


Ow Joseph, poor me, Ow Joseph, poor me,

Ow Joseph, poor me, wha' me go do wid a guilda piece?

One bunch green plantain, one string kakwari

One gill black pepper, all da can buy wid a guilda piece (back to the beginning)


Chorus:  Manin' neighba, manin', Manin' neighba, manin', etc.


UNCLE JOE


Me bin a' rice fiel' go wok, me na hear when manin' train pass

Me bin a' rice fiel' go wok, me na hear when manin' train pass

Uncle Joe, gimme mo leh me go, Uncle Joe, gimme mo leh me go

Uncle Joe, gimme mo leh me go, Uncle Joe, gimme mo leh me go


Me bin a' cane fiel' go cut, me na hear when manin' train pass

Me bin a' cane fiel' go cut, me na hear when manin' train pass

Uncle Joe, gimme mo leh me go, Uncle Joe, gimme mo leh me go

Uncle Joe, gimme mo leh me go, Uncle Joe, gimme mo leh me go


Me gin a' punt trench go swim, an de watah cool dung me kin

Me bin a' punt trench go swim, an de watah cool dung me kin

Uncle Joe, gimme mo leh me go, Uncle Joe, gimme mo leh me go

Uncle Joe, gimme mo leh me go, Uncle Joe, gimme mo leh me go




BAMBOO FIAH


Bamboo fiah, wha' kin' uh fiah, bamboo fiah mek so, mek so

Bamboo fiah, wha' kin' uh fiah, bamboo fiah mek so, mek so

Bamboo fiah ah hot, hot fiah, bamboo fiah mek so, mek so

Bamboo fiah ah hot, hot fiah, bamboo fiah mek so, mek so.


Bamboo, bamboo fiah mek so, bamboo, bamboo fiah mek so

Bamboo, bamboo fiah mek so, bamboo, bamboo fiah mek so


Six a'clak an' de ting nah ready, bamboo fiah mek so, mek so

Six a'clak an' de ting nah ready, bamboo fiah mek so, mek so

De man come home an' de pat nah done yet, bamboo fiah mek so, mek so

De man come home an' de rice nah bile yet. bamboo fiah mek so, mek so


Bamboo, bamboo fiah mek so, bamboo, bamboo fiah mek so

Bamboo, bamboo fiah mek so, bamboo, bamboo fiah mek so


Bamboo fiah ah hot, hot fiah, bamboo fiah mek so, mek so

Bamboo fiah ah hot, hot fiah, bamboo fiah mek so, mek so

Gimme lil watah fe out-out de fiah, bamboo fiah mek so, mek so

Gimme lil watah fe out-out de fiah, bamboo fiah mek so, mek so


Bamboo, bamboo fiah mek so, bamboo, bamboo fiah mek so

Bamboo, bamboo fiah mek so, bamboo, bamboo fiah mek so


CHI-CHI LAY LAY


Who is the washer, chi-chi lay lay, Who is the washer, chi-chi lay lay

Chi-chi lay lay, chi-chi lay lay lay, who is the washer, chi-chi lay lay.


She is the washer, chi-chi lay lay, she is the washer, chi-chi lay lay

Chi-chi lay lay, chi-chi lay lay lay, who is the washer, chi-chi lay lay.


Who is the ironer, chi-chi lay lay, who is the ironer, chi-chi lay lay

Chi-chi lay lay, chi-chi lay lay lay, who is the ironer, chi-chi lay lay


She is the ironer, chi-chi lay lay, she is the ironer, chi-chi lay lay

Chi-chi lay lay, chi-chi lay lay lay, who is the washer, chi-chi lay lay


(Children introduce other activities… Who is the sweeper… Who is the dancer)


RICK, CHICK, CHICK, CHICK


Rick, chick, chick, chick     Congatay

Me bin ah   back                       Congatay

Me see fowl mama                  Congatay

Wid ten fat chickens                Congatay

Ah beg she foh wan                 Congatay

An' she wun gimme wan           Congatay

You see dat gal dey                  Congatay

Name Daratee                          Congatay

She fat lak-a butta                     Congatay

An' she magga lak-a chow        Congatay