Cocoanut Woman
Harry Belafonte Lyrics


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Coconut woman is calling out
And everyday you can hear her shout
Coconut woman is calling out
And everyday you can hear her shout
Get your coconut water, four for five
Man it's good for your daughter, four for five
Coco got a lotta iron, four for five
Make you strong like a lion, four for five

A lady tell me the other day
No one can take her sweet man away
I ask her what was the mystery
She say coconut water and rice curry
You can cook it in a pot, four for five
You can serve it very hot, four for five
Coco got a lotta iron, four for five
Make you strong like a lion, four for five

Coconut woman says you'll agree
coconut make very nice candy
The thing that's best if you're feelin' glum
Is coconut water with a little rum
It could make you very tipsy, four for five
Make you feel like a gypsy, four for five
Coco got a lotta iron, four for five
Make you strong like a lion, four for five

Coconut
Coconut
Coconut




Coconut
Coconut

Overall Meaning

The song "Coconut Woman" by Harry Belafonte is an interesting mix of a love story and an ode to the power of coconuts. The song is about a woman who sells coconut water and products made from coconuts in the streets. The singer hears her calling out every day, advertising her products and their benefits. The song lists the many benefits of coconuts, including hydrating and strengthening properties. The chorus repeats the phrase "four for five" which is a reference to the cost for four coconuts.


The second verse introduces a love story where the singer meets a lady who claims that the secret to keeping her man is rice curry cooked with coconut water. This suggests that coconuts have not only physical but also emotional benefits. The third verse takes a playful turn as the coconut woman suggests that coconut water mixed with rum can make one feel "like a gypsy." The use of the word "gypsy" here refers to the carefree lifestyle many associate with the Romani people.


Overall, the song "Coconut Woman" celebrates the versatility and usefulness of coconuts in everyday life while also incorporating aspects of Caribbean culture, such as rum and the trope of the "wise woman" who has a solution for everything.


Line by Line Meaning

Coconut woman is calling out
The woman selling coconuts is trying to get people's attention


And everyday you can hear her shout
She is persistent in her attempts to sell coconuts


Get your coconut water, four for five
She is selling coconut water for a reasonable price


Man it's good for your daughter, four for five
Coconut water is beneficial for children


Coco got a lotta iron, four for five
Coconut water has a lot of iron, which is important for the body


Make you strong like a lion, four for five
Drinking coconut water can make you strong and healthy


A lady tell me the other day
The singer was told a story by a woman


No one can take her sweet man away
The woman claimed that her man was loyal


I ask her what was the mystery
The singer was curious about this woman's secret


She say coconut water and rice curry
The woman believes that drinking coconut water and eating rice curry helps keep her man loyal


You can cook it in a pot, four for five
Rice curry can be easily prepared and is affordable


You can serve it very hot, four for five
The curry can be served hot for a tasty meal


Coconut woman says you'll agree
The singer suggests that people should take the coconut woman's advice


coconut make very nice candy
Coconut can be turned into delicious candy


The thing that's best if you're feelin' glum
When feeling down, the best thing to consume is...


Is coconut water with a little rum
...coconut water mixed with a little bit of rum


It could make you very tipsy, four for five
Be mindful that this drink may cause the consumer to become intoxicated


Make you feel like a gypsy, four for five
It can make you feel like dancing and having fun


Coconut
The singer repeats the word 'coconut' to emphasize its importance in the song


Coconut
Another repetition of 'coconut'


Coconut
Yet another repetition of 'coconut'


Coconut
One last repetition of 'coconut'




Lyrics Β© NEXT DECADE ENTERTAINMENT,INC., BMG Rights Management
Written by: HARRY BELAFONTE, IRVING BURGIE

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Comments from YouTube:

aureliaya

My childhood music. I used to sing this song (imagine a French child singing this in English 🀣) with my mom in the car. Lovely memories with my parents πŸ₯°

Scott Steele

No matter what I'm doing. Harry Belafonte's music any song make me want to dance.

koalafruit

Makes three of us

Gioia Lang

That makes two of us!! ;-)!

Gioia Lang

That makes two of us!!! ;-)!

Sterling Potsdam

This guy wasn't lying about coconut water... he's still kicking at 93

GxldxnVibezz Gaming

lol

Raul Duke

Psychologist: Wow you've gotten so much better! What did you do to fix your depression?
Me: I listened to Harry Belafonte

Erik Watt

facts, the belafonte method works. it just works.

Varun Bhardwaj

:) made me smile...

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