Tuesday, November 13, 2018

I Read Therefore I Crime: Reading, Crime Censorship Cultural Conditioning and The Sedition Act

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I think, therefore I am!
I Read therefore I crime!
It is so traceable, so many of our cultural attitudes and behaviour, nurtured and conditioned by hand me down colonial intelligence and practiced by the new massas.
We do not have far to go to see the roots of criminalising of intelligence, the quest for knowledge, and critical thinking, even by the institutions charged with protecting them,would rather expend their energies to seek to criminalise attempts like this to raise consciousness about the oversight and  plagarise rather than do active research and work to get meaningful revisions. So one doesnt have to go far to understand that all talk about building a knowledge economy is all hot air! It feeds a national climate of insecurity that extends way beyond crimes of violence.

I have over time pointed to the self-negation and self-hatred internalised in attitudes to culture and heritage conservation, safeguarding and preservation that leave most of it crumbling to dust, much that should be off our law books and in these Demokrissy pages have lamented the intellectual Jamettry (see link) of the attitudes to reading and books and indeed censorship of my own writings to varying degrees of officialdom or just sheer ignorance or prejudice.
And heaven forbid we ask for less kicksing and some independent thinking from the Parliament to redress entrenched prejudices and get with a change agenda rather than the ongoing manipulation of a legislative agenda to reinforce streotyping and the hand-me-down status quo and promote divisiveness - whether by accident or by design (the seeming lack of awareness of how this is so makes it more pernicious!) 
Remembering the Paris Attacks
Bulding Peace in the Time of Terror
And just as I am reflecting on the aftermath of the Paris Attacks of November 2015, and the range of thought that has been produced by France and elsewhere in Europe and the World in the drie towards peace and security I am confronted by the now trending Sedition Law of Trinidad and Tobago!   

The Sedition Law still on the law books of T&T includes among its schedule list of reading material deemed seditious materials,  publications on peace, science, workers rights, women's rights and youth rights as: Scientific World, Peace and Science, The Democratic Journalist, Women and the Whole World and  information bulletins on Food, Tobacco and Beverage Industries, Textiles, and on Building, Wood and Building Materials ! I could have a lot more to say on that from a national or international human rights perspective! Who would believe that the Sedition Law was

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Dr Shadow’s Snakes’ Symphony. A Crapeaux Melody of the Great Flood: Where the Ganges Meet the Nile Tribute to Native Swamp Heroism (In Memoriam Dr Winston Bailey, The Mighty Shadow. Oct 4 1941 –Oct 23 2018)


Last night a Shadow on my ceiling creep
There only to disturb my sleep
From thin air
It appear
Just so, just so
Out meh room the warmth did flow!

It mumbling: Bong ga nak, ahhh  bon ga nak ahhh
Shift yuh carcass shift yuh carcass
Drink if yuh drinking, dance if yuh dancing
Let me do my thing, Let me do meh thing

I close meh eye to shut it out
Trying hard not to shout, Get Out
In cape and gown
So unlike a clown
Behind meh closed eye, it hanging, Oh bother!
In big brimming hat like a Midnight Robber!

Bong ga nak, ahhh  bon ga nak ahhh
I am not a bad boy, but I cannot help it
I am not a bad boy, but I cannot help it
It quips

Once black, with mud, now filthy brown
Dripping slime from toe to crown
A skeleton with a Stranger staring glance
And in the Obeah Man Same Old Khaki Pants
‘Where you from? The swamp? You goon!’
‘Yeah’ it rejoin, ‘from Caroni lagoon!’

I say,
You looking like a booboo but yet the people love you
Admit it is Obeah, yuh woking Obeah
Bong ga nak, ahhh  bon ga nak ahhh

Startled I ask: ‘Marn, you have no decorum?
To come without invite into a woman’s bedroom?
It crowing! Why? I don’t know!
It adds, eyes glazed, false teeth falling out he gum!

Bong ga nak, ahhh  bon ga nak ahhh
Cook Curry okroo, Cook curry okroo
And bring me some babash in this fo-rum
It croons

‘Why you quoting me blog
I say to the fog
You have a lot of cheek
’Tis not yuh style this doublespeak
‘Now I too start to feel the feeling
To Make Music, like the Bassman symptoms catching!

Pom pom peedee pom, pom, pom pom peedee pom,
Pom pom peedee pom, pom, pom pom pom, pom pom pom

Hold Strain! ‘Tis you I quote Demkorissy,’
The Shadow says to me in glee, 
‘Now Scratch Meh Back Fuh Me,
Welcome me to yuh literarti!
Ent yuh Blog Demokrissy, singing to UWI all and sundry
Same symphony as the Shadow: ‘What Wrong With Me?

Bong ga nak, ahhh  bon ga nak ahhh
Am I ugly or what? Bad lucky or what?
It asks, rhetorically.

‘So what wrong with you?’ annoyed, I ask.
‘You think is Carnival Dimanche Gras at the Queen’s Park?
When they say rag wave yuh rag,
When they say flag, wave yuh flag
Marn, you have it all wrong --
Wait! What’s dat? Is it ah ‘mergency horn?’

Somebody would horn you, you better believe it
Somebody go horn you, I hope you could take it partner
Bong ga nak, ahhh  bon ga nak ahhh

The Shadow steups like me, ‘You looking for horn?
What jammetry woman! You know this place since you born!
They still sleeping sound, and will be till late morn
From ODPM will sound no disaster horn, Get On!’
‘On with yuh story,’ then I say. ‘Why you really here?
Why you leave the lagoon, Janette couldn’t keep you warm dong there?


Out the window, watching the flood, he mutter
‘Flood! And still WASA pipes and Yuh Garden Want Water?
If ah cudda this/ And if yuh shudda, that
You wudda this/And yuh wudda that
No commonsense in this nonsense if yuh ask me,
Doc, we not Stranger gyul, come meet meh family  

Bong ga nak, ahhh  bon ga nak ahhh
The garden want water, the garden want water
Bong ga nak, ahhh  bon ga nak ahhh

‘Doc the last time we meet, you so nicely me greet
And then offer to help with meh Story of Life to treat
Now instead of biography
You goin have to write meh obituary
‘In time’, I say then, ‘now Judgement Day come
And we have to change the chorus from Pom Pom Peedee Pom’

I ask, ‘What change the chorus, you say?
You prefer if we switch to Dingolay?
‘Dingolay, yea, write how I Make Music sweet
In honeyed tones that bees hum and birds tweet
Tuned to the calls of cicadas cocricos and kiskadees
The breezes, trees, seas, and the crapeaux melodies

Bong ga nak, ahhh  bon ga nak ahhh
Music fills the world with happiness
Plenty sweetness and togetherness
Music have no friends or enemies.
Everybody, Could Dingolay

‘So why you come by me for Shadow
Me and you eh no real pardner you know’
He say ‘Doc, I hear you, too, was planning to forget the media
To plant bhajee in Hard Bargain an’ rewrite the encyclopedia
Just like how I was going to leave Calypso
To go and plant peas in Tobago’

’Cause every night I lie down in meh bed
Ah hearing a Bassman in meh head
And Bong ga nak, ahhh  bon ga nak ahhh

I say, ‘Yea boy, too much bobol, I couldn’t make the grade
I put on meh garden boots, bury the doctorate in shade!
Try as I might
It was a great fight
To get the lagoon bush outta meh head
But as you well know promises doh butter bread

Bong ga nak, ahhh  bon ga nak ahhh
I’ve got One Life to Live
The most that I can do Is the best that I can do
The rest is up to you I am only passing through
‘I come in peace,’ the Shadow softly whispers
‘On meh way to get me Doctor of Letters
Imagine that! A Doc, me, this Les Coteaux Jumbie
I trusting this message to you, give to UWI dem fuh me.
Doctor K, you have a Doc too, give me some advice
What troubling me? I’ll be more precise!

I wonder what they know ‘bout human rights
A human have a right to live like a human
A wo/man have right to work well
A wo/man have right to be paid well

Remind them what I said, about When I am gorn
In Jump Judges Jump, how my name will live on
All who condemning, I speaking to you,
Keep on condemning till your time come too
Be careful don’t come down to hell
I go rip off your gizzard, put it in a coconut shell

Bong ga nak, ahhh  bon ga nak ahhh
Hard head, like yuh have stone in yuh brain
Or a bone in yuh brain, hard head

‘Mr Shadow, you think I doh know you dead!
Run! ah warning you, Tan Tan
Take yuh own advice, Run!
What use to you now really is this Doctorate?
Since you gone now to a much higher state!’

Sing boy sing, I remind him, them was lyrics too
When you dead the Government will bury you
Bong ga nak, ahhh  bon ga nak ahhh

He say, ‘Is dat self I asking mehself, gyul!
In this flood deluge I had plenty time to mull
About Donkey Days, days of the donkey cart and the bull
Now the joy riders with donkey coming to meh funeral
Doc, is this higher purpose that bring me to your gate
Pass bad boy St Peter’s, to give Directions to them clowns of State!’
With so much love and devotion we follow they direction
Go round so, and come round so
And round the bend and near the end
Then Turn Right And Turn Left
Bong ga nak, ahhh  bon ga nak ahhh

‘What matters you state?’ I ask Shadow without guile,
And I could swear fuh true, you know, the thing smile
She say you would ask, that old lady, with who a mile I walk,
In flood, through cesspits, sewers, snakes slime, grime, the bilious ole talk
Sings he: ‘Everybody is somebody and nobody is nobody
We all end up same, whether you born in luxury, or poverty

See two fishes fighting for survival
The big one swallow the small
Then up comes a big shark from no where
He make a grab and swallow the pair
Then up comes this fisherman with his hook
He grabs the shark and make a cook
Next he end up in the cemetery
And worms start eating he
Bong ga nak, ahhh  bon ga nak ahhh

Curiosity now get the better of me, so I say
‘Shadow boy, so how yuh get outta the swamp dey?’
Gyul, there appear two Kalpoo boys, they pull off they coat,
And tell me to jump quick, on they sanctuary soca boat
That is what keep me afloat.
I don’t want to gloat

I don't want to sink dat soca boat
Just don't want to sink dat soca boat
Bong ga nak, ahhh  bon ga nak ahhh

‘Down way?’ I ask, somewhat skeptically.
‘What you see? How you come? By which tributary?
From Kelly, Penal, Grande or Caroni; or down from Diego Valley?
And why you standing there, dripping swamp goo and so muddy!’
Says he, ‘Is a message I have from the great flood and beyond
That I come to give you, so you could pass it on’

Pirates in the Country/Pirates in the City
Pirates in the basement/Pirates on the Pavement
Bong ga nak, ahhh  bon ga nak ahhh

The truth is gyul, them things not on my plate
But it must be because ah this new Doctorate
That I am now sent to tell, as you know too well,
So sing Gyul, sing the chorus with me, Poverty is hell!
‘Oh, don’t set up by La Horquetta, by Caroni no partition,’
Suddenly, humble, pleading, says the apparition

Bong ga nak, ahhh  bon ga nak ahhh
I come out to play, I come out to play
Bong ga nak, ahhh  bon ga nak ahhh

‘What matters of State troubling you so?
Is this about the Sundar Popo-Stalin fiasco?
’Bout admin-police boots and bullets at UWI protest that morn
Or the bandits that take over tong, more killings each dawn
Or the chupidee plans like moving Columbus where he lie?
Or is it something about them Petrotrin files?

I told the Doc then, now I telling you Doc, Big Snakes in the country


Man they worst than mappipire
When they making they racket
They does dress up in fine jacket
Some big fat macajuel
Drink out the oil well
I doh know how they find the key
But they empty the treasury

Bong ga nak, ahhh  bon ga nak ahhh

Snakes in the Balisier And they biting hard
Snake in the Balisier Destroying Trinidad

Bong ga nak, ahhh  bon ga nak ahhh

Says he: The time come now, watch the naked hills say
Pac Pac Pac Pac Pac Pac Pac Pay De Devil!
Pac Pac Pac Pac Pac Pac Pac Pay De Devil!
Whapp Cocoyea Wadapp Cocoyea!
Whapp Cocoyea Wadapp Cocoyea!
Bong ga nak, ahhh  bon ga nak ahhh

‘Yuh vex, that though forged from the love of liberty and plenty, plenty
’Bout the Unwanted Chirren they chase out ah here to become refugee?
When they use to hug up tight tight tight
Oh what a nation oh what a sight!
One love, red and ready, falling and rising dying and birthing
Like the Galleon in the Bocas now with the sharks afloating

Ah just want to sink that soca boat, Ah just want to sink that soca boat
But I would like to see the day when love would come to stay
One Love, One Love
It would be happiness to see, such a unity
One Love, One Love
Bong ga nak, ahhh  bon ga nak ahhh

‘Oh boy, Shadow, doh haunt meh nah, let me go back to rest
You know I want no part of that commess
Like you, I planning to leave the fight for fairness and justice
And go back to planting peas in Boug Mulatresse
Leave meh nah to retire quietly, pen meh legacy
Of days of yore and other fantasy.

The Shadow point to the rivers, filled
Pac Pac Pac Pac Pac Pac Pac Pay De Devil!
Pac Pac Pac Pac Pac Pac Pac Pay De Devil!
Whapp Cocoyea Wadapp Cocoyea!
Whapp Cocoyea Wadapp Cocoyea!
Bong ga nak, ahhh  bon ga nak ahhh

Oh Les Coteau Jumbie Like yuh goin insane
Is the flood water or what? Are you right in yuh brain?
You working Obeah
Disturbing meh nirvana
‘Gyul, I am not a bad boy, but I cannot help it
Money follows money, Tic Tic tic tic tic arithmetic’

Now Mother Nature say is time to Pay the Devil
Pac Pac Pac Pac Pac Pac Pac Pay De Devil!
Pac Pac Pac Pac Pac Pac Pac Pay De Devil!
Whapp Cocoyea Wadapp Cocoyea!
Whapp Cocoyea Wadapp Cocoyea!
Bong ga nak, ahhh  bon ga nak ahhh

You already sing how they building new flyover, then was Uriah, now by Kay Donna
You sing, they building super highway straight to Maracas, now is to Toco Bay
Boy, I too expose plenty corruption, plenty politricks
I talk ahready about the parliament kicks
When they win the election the poor man eh stand a chance
You say it before, same amount ah corruption, is de Same Khaki Pants

The sugar and the oil belts say, tell them,
Now is time to Pay the Devil
Pac Pac Pac Pac Pac Pac Pac Pay De Devil!
Pac Pac Pac Pac Pac Pac Pac Pay De Devil!
Whapp Cocoyea Wadapp Cocoyea!
Bong ga nak, ahhh  bon ga nak ahhh

Doctor Shadow I say. Doh mess with meh head
Is you tell me promises cyar butter me bread

When I add meh own chorus, is then, just so, the Shadow disappear
And yet I know that he still standing there, near
Hanging in the air
Signaling ‘all clear’
Yuh know he bring he own chorus, this Shadow on the wall.
The Spoiler, returned, with Walcott, Sundar, VS Nightfall and departed souls all!

The Nobel Refrain,
Pac Pac Pac Pac Pac Pac Pac Pay De Devil!
Pac Pac Pac Pac Pac Pac Pac Pay De Devil!
Whapp Cocoyea Wadapp Cocoyea!
Bong ga nak, ahhh  bon ga nak ahhh
 
To my surprise
‘Twas not a disguise
The choir take over
Filling the atmosphere
To listen, I crossed my legs and sat
Under the brimming singing shadowy hat

Brass band strike up from nowhere
Horns, trumpets, rhythm section and grater
Drums and cymbal, shac shac and bells
And the air ring out: ‘Poverty is Hell’

Poverty is hell and the angels are in Paradise
Driving in their limousine where everything is nice and clean
A poor man living in a teeny-weeny hut
The children hungry, nothing in the pot
He gone by the neighbour to beg for some rice
The neighbour under pressure, "Boy, things ent nice."
He gone in the big shot area to beg
A police put a bullet in his teeny-weeny leg
He gone in the courts and he lost the case
The prosecutor say he have a bandit face

Poverty is hell! Poverty is hell!
Bong ga nak, ahhh  bon ga nak ahhh

You sing that ah ready, I want to interrupt
But like they couldn’t hear, or they just wouldn’t stop:

Wake up in the morning and the baby cry
The sugar pan empty, the milk bottle dry
The little boy child on the mango tree
The mango green, hurting up his belly
The young girl bawling, she wouldn’t settle
She wipe she bumsie with stinging nettle
Toilet paper they never had
They used to tootoo in the gully by the old backyard
They rub she down and they put she to sleep
The rain come down and the house does leak

Poverty is hell! Poverty is hell!
Bong ga nak, ahhh  bon ga nak ahhh

 
Why you singing that now, the flood in yuh blood? I ask again,
But they already on to the next refrain:

A poor man always dream a lot of dream
He happy like a puppy when he dream another dream
He dream that he have a new roof on the hut
He dream that he have some good food in the pot
He dream that he have a rich friend name Frank
He dream that he have a lot of cash in the bank
He dream that he pay all his bills for the month
He dream that he have a new car in the front
He dream that he have to go to a fete
He dream that his pocket have a big, fat wallet
He wake up in the night and he rush for his pants
All he found in the pocket was a whole lot of ants

Poverty is hell! Poverty is hell!

I try one more time, ‘like (Sonny) Ladoo, the lagoon invade allyuh brain?
With coral snake, scorpion, caiman, anaconda we try the swamp to drain, in vain,
But the music my protest drown out
And they finish he calypso, almost in a shout!

Ten little children, four dumplings
Mummy got to slice them thin, thin, thin
A piece for a boy and a piece for a girl
A piece for the neighbour daughter Merle
The cat in the corner looking to beg
Little Jack Horner kick him in the leg
Go in the room and look for a rat
The rat in the roof, he know about cat
Now the cat see a chickichong (yeh-yeh!)
He rush for the chickichong
But the poor little chickichong
Flew away like a chickichong
Then cockroach gone in the condensed milk
Mama get vex for she condensed milk
Who leave the condensed milk open?
“Come here you picky head, good for nothing!”
Mama get vex and she blood get hot
She buss some lash in they you-know-what

Poverty is Hell! Poverty is Hell

So much pain in they voice, I sit up with respect
You shudda long time with Doctorate marn, be decked
Now what it is you want me to know?
You have my attention, Mighty Dr Shadow!
You looking like a boo boo and yet everybody love you
Tell me, what it is you want me to do?
 
The chorus gone quiet, listening, hexed?
All eager to know, what coming next!

Gyul, I come from the flood lagoon by Kelly
Dripping with filth and muddy
To let you pass on meh story
Of the pain and the glory
Of what I see when I went under the water
Of what wonders in this filth like Columbus, I discover

So what you see? Shadow. What you see, tell we, the Chorus chants
With one voice and as if in a ganja trance!

I see plenty people crying and asking why?
Holding they head, bawling, looking up to the sky
We know God is a Trini
But like God abandon we
And now is ketch tail for we
In this the land of milk and honey.

The horror is there plain for all to see
And more so how much damage division causing all ah we
The chorus nod, we have to agree
‘Is so much Tension in T&T
Tension in we body
Tension in meh belly
They controlling we energy
So Mother Nature take charge and start singing with we

So it is Nature’s Plan, cause we get chupidee
Angry, greedy, too much thievery, no broughtupsy
To ease the Tension. Whapp Cocoyea, flood in Grande
Ease the Tension. Whaddap Cocoyea more flood in Caroni
The bickering didn’t stop so Whapp-Wadapp by UWI, the Croissee, in Diego Valley
 
For all them running off with we oil money
For all them plastics and more polluting we country
For killing we wildlife and we forestry
And splitting we up culturally
The criminals, the banditry and the jammetry
Ease the Tension. Whapp Cocoyea, Pay de Devil, One Pong ah flood
Ease the Tension. Whaddap Cocoyea Pay de Devil, 100 million Pong ah flood

Shadow sings: ‘So are we feeling the feelings baby?’
The Chorus join in: Yea we feeling the feelings
Shadow sings: ‘Are we getting the symptoms? ‘
The Chorus join in: ‘Yea, getting the symptoms’
‘Swing the thing, Whap Cocoyea
Swing the thing, Wadapp Cocoyea.
Ease the Tension. Whapp Cocoyea, Pay de Devil, One Pong ah flood
Ease the Tension. Whaddap Cocoyea Pay de Devil, more billions in flood

I face off with Shadow: ‘So Is Mother Nature telling we
To live in peace, love and harmony
That’s what you come back to tell we?
That is what why you disrupt meh sleepy?’
‘Is something else I want to leave with you,’ to appease me, he say,
Of what I see and why; it was in the flood down they.

He wave he finger and I see more shadows coming
Creeping like janjee, mapepire, and coral snakes crawling
I begin to shiver, like Plummer I quiver, What is thees?
Are these the horsemen of the apocalypse?
A swamp full of skeletons, shadows emerging
Like this is it, now, the eruption, the crescendo ending!

All those lofty bards treated with disdain
All who voices been croaking in vain
The dingolay band stretch from From Mayaro through Toco
Across to No Man’s Land through Charlottville and Scarborough in Tobago
Old people, young people, everybody
Since First Trini wo/man, the dearly departed Banwari

Pac Pac Pac Pac Pac Pac Pac Pay De Devil!
Pac Pac Pac Pac Pac Pac Pac Pay De Devil!
Whapp Cocoyea Wadapp Cocoyea!
Bong ga nak, ahhh  bon ga nak ahhh

Ah see in there some ah meh pardners too
Some who was just collateral damage, Asami, and Irmes, is you?
The Anthony’s: Sabga, ABoudain, with a pot of pelau and the ArchBishop too
The civil rights fighters like Sheila and Dana, who tried to keep alive hope
All the lagahoo spirits turn up
And meh own shadow self, drowned and resurrected from the lagoons of Chup  

Pac Pac Pac Pac Pac Pac Pac Pay De Devil!
Pac Pac Pac Pac Pac Pac Pac Pay De Devil!
Whapp Cocoyea Wadapp Cocoyea!
Bong ga nak, ahhh  bon ga nak ahhh

Poets, priests and prophets like Anson,
Sir Vidia pelting picong at all the coochoor stored in a Nightwatchman’s backpack  
Meh Colligan Pa, with he market gang, Mother Cornhusk, Papa Nisa, a bois he crack!
Skeletons and bones from overgrown tombstones neglected and vandalized
Pat orchestrating the pan, some Caribbean Pirates  toting Columbus’ lies.

Pac Pac Pac Pac Pac Pac Pac Pay De Devil!
Pac Pac Pac Pac Pac Pac Pac Pay De Devil!
Whapp Cocoyea Wadapp Cocoyea!
Bong ga nak, ahhh  bon ga nak ahhh

Poor Peter, still trying to save he drowning legacy, Banwari,
Murdered like clear Claire,  buried in the cemetery for the dreamy
Though they try to build a broad bridge, it sink
With The Other Magnificent Seven all left on the brink
Tears and more tears for the hate-tees aflowing from pains
The Noble Naparima raped and scarred and drained of the oil in she veins

Pac Pac Pac Pac Pac Pac Pac Pay De Devil!
Pac Pac Pac Pac Pac Pac Pac Pay De Devil!
Whapp Cocoyea Wadapp Cocoyea!
Bong ga nak, ahhh  bon ga nak ahhh

Is this whole lagoon tribe take up position with he
In this grand concert, the crapeaux and snakes symphony
Pac Pac Pac Pac Pac Pac Pac
Bong ga nak, bon ga nak ahhh

Take this and tell them, is the message from the swamp
What I see down there with meh costume all damp,
What Mother Nature say, why she send the flood,
Not to damage and destroy all, not to add to the flowing blood
You doing that yuhself, aheady; Is to remind you of what you could be
If you stop being chupidee; To remind you that all ah we, ‘bago too is Trini

Take that message for me to UWI
Shout it out from the Croisee to Caroni
Rio to Mayaro all the way to Toco and into Tobago
Across Grande, San Juan, dong Diego, the Creek and in the Bamboo
This is what Mother Nature send me back to say
Then just so, not shadow, but light fill up the air.

I look at the note
Surprise at what Shadow wrote
’Twas not a song of the Bassman
’Twas another’s anthem.
Of people reaching a hand to help one another
Realising they each other’s keeper
The Shadow gone, is then like Selvon I hear thunder 
As the great big chorus retreat too back up yonder
I watch the note in meh hand from the Shadow
And the grand concert for relief to save Trinbago
In the note the chant Nature choose for all to render
To honour the people, little people, who became great big saviours

Once upon a time there was a magic island
Full of magic people.
Let me tell you a story
'Bout their pain and their glory, oh yeah.

Many rivers flowed to this naked isle
Bringing fear and pain
But also a brand new style.
And of all these rivers that shaped this land
Two mighty ones move like a sculptor's hand.
And today those hands, across the land, man, they're still landscaping.
And there's no doubt we go work it out, there is no escaping.
As the river flows there are those who would change its passage.
But every common man got to under/stand up and send a message.
So put up your hand if you under/stand now. Come.

See how we moving, watch how we grooving
See how we step in style.
One lovely nation, under a groove
The Ganges done meet the Nile.
Them boys with the hidden agendas, and the mind-benders,
People done take in front.
Various smart men, and politicians can come along if they want.

Cause the people got the power, and the glory.
See how we float in style.
See how we moving, watch how we grooving.
The Ganges has met the Nile.

Differences, there will always be.
So let you be you, and I'll be me.
That's the damn ting self that makes it sweet.
Brother bring your drum, leh we start to beat.

Don't mind them politcky politicky politicky politicky politicians.
And with their politricky politricky politricky politricky situations.
We done jamming and we jamming and we jamming and jam cause we know the story.
Let them fight if they want in this land of a different glory.
So put up your hand if you understand now, come.

See how we moving, watch how we grooving
See how we step in style.
One lovely nation, under a groove
The Ganges done meet the Nile.
Them boys with the hidden agendas, and the mind-benders,
They will always do their do.
Various smart men, and politicians, dem could come along too.

'Cause we moving with the power, and the glory.
See how we float in style.
See how we moving, watch how we grooving.

See how we moving, watch how we grooving
See how we float in style.
One lovely nation, under a groove
The Ganges come meet the Nile.

Them boys with the hidden agendas, and the mind-benders,
They will always do their do.
But now that we holding hands, travelling to the promised land 
Dem could come along too.

Cause we moving with the power, and the glory.
See how we float in style.
One lovely nation heading to salvation
The Ganges has met the Nile
Oh my people oh my people keep yuh head on at all the time 
Under/stand up and be counted 
And send a message, Send a Message
See how we moving watch how we grooving
See how we float in style
One lovely nation under a groove
The Ganges has met the Nile....

I look into the water and see the Shadow, at peace, at last
‘You understand, now, why I had to by you pass?’
I look at the Shadow, ‘But that is not your calypso!’
Smilingly, he big brim hat bow, ‘yeah, that I know, I know
But ah passing the baton over
To we prophet bard David Rudder

‘From all o’ we creators and back, as you well know,
Nature, rivers, sun, seas, wind, all energies, as one, flow.

In tribute and In memorium to Winston Bailey, The Mighty Shadow. Oct 4 1941 –Oct 23 2018
With Excerpts from his calypsoes and lyrics of David Rudder’s Ganges and the Nile

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