60 Million Frenchmen
Mighty Sparrow Lyrics


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Hey, you say that you love
And you'll give your heart
But you have a whole body
Why not give each part?
When a love is true
There ain't nothing you wouldn't do
The French people know the trick
So they have everybody lick!

They say is Napoleon who start this thing
Every other Frenchman only copying
People used to always say how it shouldn't be
Now this thing is rampant here in this country
Long time when you catch a man committing this crime
First thing he will say, "Oh, gosh, boy, first time"
Nowadays he making his excuse in song
Singing, "60 million Frenchmen could not be wrong!"

It's easy to say
"I love you my dear"
But you have to prove to her
Your love is sincere
There's only one way
So hear what I say
If you want to keep your sweetheart
Go to Martinique and learn the art

They say is Napoleon who start this thing
Every other Frenchmen only copying
Hear them socialism then "Who you talking to, me?"
Now this thing is rampant here in this country
Long time when you catch a man committing this crime
First thing he will say, "Oh, gosh, boy, first time"
Nowadays he making his excuse in song
Singing, "60 million Frenchmen could not be wrong!"

All over the place
People carrying on
Especially them old time calypsonian
They like the fun
Hey. I never catch none
But Blakey tell me about one
And I don't intend to rest
'Til he picture hit the express

They say is Napoleon who start this thing
Every other Frenchman only copying
People used to always say how it shouldn't be
Now this thing is rampant here in this country
Long time when you catch a man committing this crime
First thing he will say, "Oh, gosh, boy, first time"




Nowadays he singing you a brand-new song
What the song is? "60 million Frenchmen could not be wrong!"

Overall Meaning

The song "60 Million Frenchmen" by Mighty Sparrow is about the French tradition of kissing as a form of showing love and affection. The singer of the song addresses someone who claims to love their partner but is hesitant to fully express it physically. The singer discusses how in France, people embrace and kiss freely as a sign of genuine love. The song explains how it originated during the Napoleon era and how it slowly spread throughout France to become a common practice. The singer suggests that if someone wants to truly show their love, they should go to Martinique and learn the art of French kissing.


The song also highlights the social stigma associated with French kissing in some countries. The singer compares the French reputation of being romantic and passionate with the negative attitudes towards the same behavior in other cultures. The song suggests that people should embrace true love and not be ashamed of expressing it physically.


The title of the song is a reference to the phrase "60 Million Frenchmen Can't Be Wrong", which was a best-selling book in the 1930s about the cultural differences between France and the United States. The book discussed the French lifestyle, including their love of kissing as a means of expressing affection.


Line by Line Meaning

Hey, you say that you love
When you express your love to someone


And you'll give your heart
And promise to love them with all your heart


But you have a whole body
You should show your love with all of yourself


Why not give each part?
Why not express your love physically as well as emotionally?


When a love is true
If your love is genuine


There ain't nothing you wouldn't do
You will do anything for that person


The French people know the trick
The French know how to express their love fully


So they have everybody lick!
They physically express their love in a unique way


They say is Napoleon who start this thing
The French tradition of expressing love physically is attributed to Napoleon


Every other Frenchman only copying
Other French people only copied this tradition from Napoleon


People used to always say how it shouldn't be
Others expressed disapproval of the physical expression of love


Now this thing is rampant here in this country
Now this tradition is common in Trinidad


Long time when you catch a man committing this crime
In the past, when someone was caught expressing love physically, it was considered a crime


First thing he will say, "Oh, gosh, boy, first time"
People used to deny having ever expressed love physically before


Nowadays he making his excuse in song
Now, people justify their physical expression of love in song


Singing, "60 million Frenchmen could not be wrong!"
Using the justification that this tradition is popular in France as a way to excuse the physical expression of love


It's easy to say
It's easy to just say


"I love you my dear"
"I love you"


But you have to prove to her
But you have to show her


Your love is sincere
That your love is genuine


There's only one way
The only way to prove your love


So hear what I say
Listen to my advice


If you want to keep your sweetheart
If you want your relationship to last


Go to Martinique and learn the art
Learn from the French how to express love physically


All over the place
Everywhere you look


People carrying on
People are continuing to express love physically


Especially them old time calypsonian
Particularly the old calypso singers


They like the fun
They enjoy the physical expression of love


Hey, I never catch none
I haven't personally witnessed it


But Blakey tell me about one
But someone named Blakey has told me about it


And I don't intend to rest
And I won't stop until


'Til he picture hit the express
I have photographic evidence of it


What the song is? "60 million Frenchmen could not be wrong!"
Using the popularity of this French tradition to excuse the physical expression of love




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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

@mandyharewood886

I still marvel at these songs, lyrics so naughty and classy at the same time. Exactly how sex should be - naughty, yet classy. Definitely not porn but naughty fun!

As a child though, I only caught one meaning, the second was lost on me. The mark of perfect double entendre.

And don't get me started on the melodies, the arrangements capturing the essence of the Caribbean personality at the time.

It reminds me of the West Indies cricket teams of the day, perfect players converging on the scene at the same time to work magic together that cannot be replicated.

The days when I had high hopes for a bright future based on Caribbean unity. I was no less proud of Sparrow and his team than if I were Trinidadian or Grenadian. I claimed him as I claimed Bob Marley, as my own. I claimed Maurice Bishop and wept when he died.

What went wrong?



All comments from YouTube:

@irving.d4959

What a calypso genius, the great mighty Sparrow.... it's part of the programme.

@saskialegrand7847

WONDERFUL Lyrics. So true WONDERFUL music arrangement. BEST Calipso singer.KING of Calipso

@vilady340284

I was fortune to have Dr. Hollis Urban Lester Liverpool (Chalkie) as my professor for Caribbean History at the University of the Virgin Islands....One day in class he wrote the lyrics to this song on the board and asked the class what this song was about.....many of the students answered -The French Revolution....my answer -Oral Sex....Love this song.

@VIProfessor

Love to all UVI alumni!

@burtonsankeralli5445

THE SPARROW REVOLUTION!!!!

@waynekhan2728

My father (rip) played these tunes this calypso not Socca .. this brings tears to my eyes ... and I played all this sparrow for my kids as were growing up !!! Still to dis day by far DA BEST THERE EVERY WAS AND WILL BE ... SLINGER FRISCO aka THE MIGHTY SPARROW

@vernecarty4043

Masterful lyrics.
Masterful arrangement by the peerless Art DeCoteau.
There is ONE AND ONLY MIGHTY SPARROW!!#

@davidsimmons9128

Arranger is Earl Rodney

@mandyharewood886

I still marvel at these songs, lyrics so naughty and classy at the same time. Exactly how sex should be - naughty, yet classy. Definitely not porn but naughty fun!

As a child though, I only caught one meaning, the second was lost on me. The mark of perfect double entendre.

And don't get me started on the melodies, the arrangements capturing the essence of the Caribbean personality at the time.

It reminds me of the West Indies cricket teams of the day, perfect players converging on the scene at the same time to work magic together that cannot be replicated.

The days when I had high hopes for a bright future based on Caribbean unity. I was no less proud of Sparrow and his team than if I were Trinidadian or Grenadian. I claimed him as I claimed Bob Marley, as my own. I claimed Maurice Bishop and wept when he died.

What went wrong?

@habibahahmad3248

Omg these songs brings back my childhood memories 😊

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