B G Plantain
Mighty Sparrow Lyrics


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A woman write a letter to the doc inquiring
"Tell me why you ban B.G. plantain"
"Doctor," she said, "I am inquiring
Why de hell you ban B.G. plantain?
Doctor, I can′t take it no longer
Like if you want me to suffer with hunger
Trinidad plantain ain't good at all
And so the men making style wid dem, so they small"

But one B.G. plantain does full up de pot
It′s so satisfying, 'specially when hot
Lord knows ah suffering
Since you ban B.G. plantain
It is to much to bear
Doctor, you too unfair
I will do anything
To taste a B.G. plantain

Dear Doctor, I hope you will agree
To change the law and show some sympathy
Even tho' you are angry with B.G.
Why should you make we pay de penalty?
You say you want us to use local plantain
But dis is one time you ain′t know wha′ you doing
De plantain here in this place
Too small, too soft, and got no blasted taste

But one B.G. plantain does full up de pot
It's so satisfying, ′specially when hot
Lord knows ah suffering
Since they ban B.G. plantain
It is to much to bear
Doctor, you too unfair
I will do anything
To taste a B.G. plantain

Woy oy oy
Aye aye aye, mama

She tell me even when she sleeping it's confusion
Dreaming how she have a big plantain in she hand
"Mister," she said, "ah going staring mad
You can′t imagine how ah want dis thing so bad"
Freighter from B.G. so I send de girl by him
When she come back she fuming and cussing
Asking if I ain't hear wha′ she say
She want plantain and I send she for sikiye

But one B.G. plantain does full up de pot
Lord knows ah suffering
Since they ban B.G. plantain
It is to much to bear
Doctor, you too unfair
I will do anything
To taste a B.G. plantain

Since de B.G. boat don't bring plantain again
Only up in Toco you could find some good size grain
De vendors in de city only fas and bobol face
Except for Massy Fay and big-nose Amal Bess
Still dem is joke to real B.G. plantain
When it hanging on de tree it still dragging
Long like a man hand, tough like iron
Dat is why ah want de Doctor to raise de ban

One B.G. plantain does full up de pot
It's so satisfying, ′specially when hot
Lord knows ah suffering
Since they ban B.G. plantain
It is to much to bear
Doctor, you too unfair




I will do anything
To taste a B.G. plantain

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to Mighty Sparrow's "B.G. Plantain" revolve around the frustration and longing for a type of plantain that has been banned by the doctor. A woman writes a letter to the doctor, questioning why he has banned the "B.G." plantain, and pleads with him to reconsider the ban. She explains the inadequacy of the local plantain and the satisfaction that the B.G. plantain provides when added to a pot. The lyrics also explain that the ban has caused the woman and others to suffer, and they are willing to do anything to taste a B.G. plantain.


The song captures the theme of longing for something that has been taken away or forbidden, and the frustration and desperation that comes with that. The ban on the B.G. plantain represents a larger issue of control and decision-making, as the doctor's decision affects the lives of many. The lyrics also demonstrate the importance of food culture and the sensory experience and pleasure that comes with eating. The longing for B.G. plantain is not just a hunger for sustenance, but also a craving for something delicious and satisfying.


Line by Line Meaning

A woman write a letter to the doc inquiring
A woman wrote a letter to the doctor to ask why B.G. plantains were banned.


"Tell me why you ban B.G. plantain"
The woman asked the doctor why he banned B.G. plantains.


"Doctor," she said, "I am inquiring
The woman addressed the doctor and asked why B.G. plantains were banned.


Why de hell you ban B.G. plantain?
The woman questioned the doctor's decision to ban B.G. plantains.


Doctor, I can't take it no longer
The woman expressed that she could no longer handle the ban on B.G. plantains.


Like if you want me to suffer with hunger
The woman felt like the doctor was purposely causing her to suffer from hunger by banning B.G. plantains.


Trinidad plantain ain't good at all
The woman believed that the plantains in Trinidad were not as good as B.G. plantains.


And so the men making style wid dem, so they small
The woman implied that Trinidadian men were not as well-endowed because they ate Trinidadian plantains instead of B.G. plantains.


But one B.G. plantain does full up de pot
One B.G. plantain could fill up an entire cooking pot.


It's so satisfying, 'specially when hot
B.G. plantains were especially satisfying when hot.


Lord knows ah suffering
The woman was suffering due to the ban on B.G. plantains.


Since you ban B.G. plantain
The woman's suffering was due to the ban on B.G. plantains.


It is to much to bear
The woman could not bear the ban on B.G. plantains any longer.


Doctor, you too unfair
The woman believed that the doctor was being unfair in banning B.G. plantains.


I will do anything
The woman was willing to do anything to taste a B.G. plantain.


To taste a B.G. plantain
The woman wanted to taste a B.G. plantain.


Dear Doctor, I hope you will agree
The woman hoped that the doctor would agree with her plea.


To change the law and show some sympathy
The woman wanted the doctor to change the law and be sympathetic to her plea.


Even tho' you are angry with B.G.
The doctor may be angry with B.G., but the woman still wanted him to lift the ban on B.G. plantains.


Why should you make we pay de penalty?
The woman wondered why she and others had to suffer the consequences of the ban on B.G. plantains.


You say you want us to use local plantain
The doctor wanted people to use local plantains instead of B.G. plantains.


But dis is one time you ain't know wha' you doing
The woman believed that the doctor was mistaken in banning B.G. plantains.


De plantain here in this place
The plantains in Trinidad were not as good as B.G. plantains, according to the woman.


Too small, too soft, and got no blasted taste
The Trinidadian plantains were small, soft, and lacked flavor, in the woman's opinion.


Woy oy oy Aye aye aye, mama
These are interjections and do not have a specific meaning in the context of the song.


She tell me even when she sleeping it's confusion
The woman was so preoccupied with the ban on B.G. plantains that she even dreamt about it.


Dreaming how she have a big plantain in she hand
In her dream, the woman imagined herself holding a large B.G. plantain.


"Mister," she said, "ah going staring mad
The woman declared that she was going insane over her intense desire for B.G. plantains.


You can't imagine how ah want dis thing so bad
The woman's craving for B.G. plantains was intense beyond description.


Freighter from B.G. so I send de girl by him
The woman arranged for her friend to go on a freighter from B.G. to bring back B.G. plantains for her.


When she come back she fuming and cussing
The woman's friend returned angry and swearing about not being able to find B.G. plantains.


Asking if I ain't hear wha′ she say
The woman's friend was frustrated that she was unable to find B.G. plantains.


She want plantain and I send she for sikiye
The woman mistakenly sent her friend to look for a different type of plantain, sikiye, instead of B.G. plantains.


Since de B.G. boat don't bring plantain again
The boat from B.G. no longer brings B.G. plantains.


Only up in Toco you could find some good size grain
B.G. plantains could only be found in Toco.


De vendors in de city only fas and bobol face
The vendors in the city sold poor quality plantains, according to the woman.


Except for Massy Fay and big-nose Amal Bess
Only two vendors, Massy Fay and big-nose Amal Bess, sold decent plantains, according to the woman.


Still dem is joke to real B.G. plantain
However, these vendors still did not compare to the quality of B.G. plantains.


When it hanging on de tree it still dragging
B.G. plantains were so large that they drooped down from the tree branches.


Long like a man hand, tough like iron
B.G. plantains were long and tough, like a man's hand and iron, respectively.


Dat is why ah want de Doctor to raise de ban
The woman wanted the doctor to lift the ban on B.G. plantains because they were superior in size and taste.




Writer(s): S. Francisco

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Comments from YouTube:

@davidmarquez4634

Kaiso Kaiso !! Pure Genuis !!!! Lyrics, melody and orchestration fuh days!

@normanosborne7367

THE TRUE ESSENCE OF CALYPSO DEEP FROM THE ROOT (SOULFUL CLASSIC)

@aliyahlalchand1112

Mawn I love love love Sparrow

@romemeka

British Guiana Plantain

@Multi197519751975

please what is the name of this song? @

@marverem

BG Planting (British Guyana Planting)

@tabutamborim

The reply you got was not quite right ... BG=British Guyana ... but it's "plantain" ... "BG Plantain"... a fruit in the banana family ... in the Spanish Caribbean it's "platano" ... much bigger than a banana, hence the "double entendre" in the lyrics ... the lady is asking for something a lot bigger!

@henryganteaume3595

@Anthony Pierre great explanation

@hollisterfleming202

it is OK