Bag Ah' Sugar
Mighty Sparrow Lyrics


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Even a fortune teller couldn't tell you more about woman than me
Don't care how a woman clever, I sure I smarter than she
I could size up any woman in here or on the street even though we have never met
I could tell you if she's sour, if she's salt, if she's sweet, if she's easy or she's hard to get

Now if her eyes started coming kind of sleepy when you watch she face
My advice is to take it kinda light maybe she's out for tricks
But if she smile with dimples on she cheek and if she laugh and she got open teeth
Don't let she get away, she have a bag of sugar down dey. (2x)

Some men like to see a woman very well built and have plenty butt
To be with her they're in heaven to capture her is a must
Well with me it really doesn't matter even if the chest flat like 2 fry egg
I would give she any money just as long as I could see she have two knob knee or bandy leg

If she pretends to be serious and play she's not observing you
Grab she hand if she fight to pull away from you that's a clue
Yes if she smile with dimples on she cheek and if she laugh and she got open teeth
Don't let she get away, she have a bag of sugar down dey.
Don't let she get away, she have a bag of sugar down dey.

If you have a bachelor neighbor and your girl keeps talking him bad
Saying how he's so vulgar, wearing jockey shorts in the yard
Invite the bachelor over, see if she will treat him with scorn
Keep a rather observation watch her reaction during the conversation

If when he talks she can's watch him she just bow she head or turns she face
That is a sign she is willing to go with him any time or place
So when he gone I am advising you from then on you must wear jockey shorts too
That's the only way you gon protect the sugar down dey
Don't let she get away, she have a bag of sugar down dey

Before a man settles with a woman he better know what it's all about
Especially if she have children measure the size of she mouth
A big mouth woman will settle with any man for a drink of rum
And they so easy to handle, they don't give no kind of trouble
From the time you call them they come.

And if their lips start to tremble and they blushing when they hear you speak
Take a look at the nose if it's perspiring you should know their resistance weak
And if they dress loose and kinda fluffy that is a sign of some type of pregnancy
You better run away, is only jail and courthouse down dey.
Don't let she get away, she have a bag of sugar down dey

(She have it dey, she have it dey) yes
(She have it dey, she have it dey) Open teeth woman
(Sugar) you know

(She have it dey, she have it dey) yes




(She have it dey, she have it dey) Open teeth woman
(Sugar)

Overall Meaning

The Mighty Sparrow's song "Bag Ah' Sugar" is an example of the calypso genre, which uses humor and sharp social commentary to shed light on social issues. The song is about a man who claims to have an uncanny ability to read women and their intentions. He believes that he is smarter than any woman and can easily determine if a woman is "sour, if she's salt, if she's sweet if she's easy or hard to get." Sparrow even claims that he knows more about women than a fortune teller could.


The song's opening lines introduce Sparrow's bold assertion that he knows more about women than a fortune teller could. He claims that he can size up any woman whether he has met her or not. He even suggests that he knows how to interpret a woman's gestures and subtle signs such as her sleepy eyes or dimples on her cheeks. According to the song, these signs indicate whether the woman has a "bag of sugar down dey," meaning she is sexually attractive to men. The song suggests that women are easily readable and that Sparrow, as a man, is always in control.


The song is a commentary on the stereotypical gender roles in the Caribbean, where men are seen as more powerful and intelligent than women. The song also reveals the objectification of women and how men view them as mere objects for sexual gratification. It pits men's supposed intelligence against women's supposed naivety and opens up conversations about gender power balances.


Line by Line Meaning

Even a fortune teller couldn't tell you more about woman than me
I am confident that I know more about women than anyone, including a fortune teller


Don't care how a woman clever, I sure I smarter than she
No matter how clever a woman is, I am sure that I am smarter than her


I could size up any woman in here or on the street even though we have never met
I am able to analyze any woman in this room or on the street, despite not having met her before


I could tell you if she's sour, if she's salt, if she's sweet, if she's easy or she's hard to get
Based on my analysis, I can determine if a woman is mean, salty, kind, easy to approach, or hard to win over


Now if her eyes started coming kind of sleepy when you watch she face
If a woman's eyes seem droopy or tired when you look at her face


My advice is to take it kinda light maybe she's out for tricks
Perhaps she is trying to trick you, so be cautious and don't take her too seriously


But if she smile with dimples on she cheek and if she laugh and she got open teeth
If she smiles with dimples in her cheeks and laughs with an open mouth


Don't let she get away, she have a bag of sugar down dey. (2x)
Don't let her escape, because she has something special and valuable


Some men like to see a woman very well built and have plenty butt
Some men prefer women who are curvy with a big butt


To be with her they're in heaven to capture her is a must
Being with this type of woman is a dream come true, so capturing her is a must


Well with me it really doesn't matter even if the chest flat like 2 fry egg
I don't really care about a woman's chest size or shape


I would give she any money just as long as I could see she have two knob knee or bandy leg
I am attracted to women with bent or bowed legs, and I would gladly give them money


If she pretends to be serious and play she's not observing you
If she tries to act serious and pretend that she is not paying attention to you


Grab she hand if she fight to pull away from you that's a clue
If she resists when you try to hold her hand, that is a sign that she is not interested in you


Yes if she smile with dimples on she cheek and if she laugh and she got open teeth
If she smiles with dimples in her cheeks and laughs with an open mouth


Don't let she get away, she have a bag of sugar down dey.
Don't let her escape, because she has something special and valuable


Before a man settles with a woman he better know what it's all about
A man should understand everything about the woman before committing to her


Especially if she have children measure the size of she mouth
If she has children, you should observe the size of her mouth


A big mouth woman will settle with any man for a drink of rum
Women with big mouths will settle for any man who buys them a drink


And they so easy to handle, they don't give no kind of trouble
They are easy to deal with and won't cause any problems


From the time you call them they come.
They will respond to your every call


And if their lips start to tremble and they blushing when they hear you speak
If their lips tremble and they blush when you speak to them


Take a look at the nose if it's perspiring you should know their resistance weak
If their nose is sweating, it means their resistance is weak


And if they dress loose and kinda fluffy that is a sign of some type of pregnancy
If they dress in loose and fluffy clothing, it's a sign that they might be pregnant


You better run away, is only jail and courthouse down dey.
You should get away from them because the only places down there are jail and courthouse


(She have it dey, she have it dey) yes
She has it there, she has it there


(She have it dey, she have it dey) Open teeth woman
She has it there, she has it there - referring to the woman with the open teeth smile


(Sugar) you know
This refers to the valuable thing the woman has - a bag of sugar


(She have it dey, she have it dey) yes
She has it there, she has it there


(She have it dey, she have it dey) Open teeth woman
She has it there, she has it there - referring to the woman with the open teeth smile


(Sugar)
This refers to the valuable thing the woman has - a bag of sugar




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Mighty Sparrow – Bag Ah' Sugar lyrics

Even a fortune teller couldn't tell you more about woman than me
Don't care how a woman clever, I sure I smarter than she
I could size up any woman in here or on the street even though we have never met
I could tell you if she's sour, if she's salt, if she's sweet, if she's easy or she's hard to get

Now if her eyes started coming kind of sleepy when you watch she face
My advice is to take it kinda light maybe she's out for tricks
But if she smile with dimples on she cheek and if she laugh and she got open teeth
Don't let she get away, she have a bag of sugar down dey. (2x)

Some men like to see a woman very well built and have plenty butt
To be with her they're in heaven to capture her is a must
Well with me it really doesn't matter even if the chest flat like 2 fry egg
I would give she any money just as long as I could see she have two knob knee or bandy leg

If she pretends to be serious and play she's not observing you
Grab she hand if she fight to pull away from you that's a clue
Yes if she smile with dimples on she cheek and if she laugh and she got open teeth
Don't let she get away, she have a bag of sugar down dey.
Don't let she get away, she have a bag of sugar down dey.

If you have a bachelor neighbor and your girl keeps talking him bad
Saying how he's so vulgar, wearing jockey shorts in the yard
Invite the bachelor over, see if she will treat him with scorn
Keep a rather observation watch her reaction during the conversation

If when he talks she can's watch him she just bow she head or turns she face
That is a sign she is willing to go with him any time or place
So when he gone I am advising you from then on you must wear jockey shorts too
That's the only way you gon protect the sugar down dey
Don't let she get away, she have a bag of sugar down dey

Before a man settles with a woman he better know what it's all about
Especially if she have children measure the size of she mouth
A big mouth woman will settle with any man for a drink of rum
And they so easy to handle, they don't give no kind of trouble
From the time you call them they come.

And if their lips start to tremble and they blushing when they hear you speak
Take a look at the nose if it's perspiring you should know their resistance weak
And if they dress loose and kinda fluffy that is a sign of some type of pregnancy
You better run away, is only jail and courthouse down dey.
Don't let she get away, she have a bag of sugar down dey

(She have it dey, she have it dey) yes
(She have it dey, she have it dey) Open teeth woman
(Sugar) you know

(She have it dey, she have it dey) yes
(She have it dey, she have it dey) Open teeth woman
(Sugar)



All comments from YouTube:

@Smallhorsetv

A master of Caribbean folklore and a magnificent story teller. The Mighty Sparrow.

@kevmichael2064

We Grew Up in California.... Loving Calypso....I wish I was in Trinidad and Jamaica when this song was made WOW....

@alorey24

Sparrow...you should stay on this EARTH forever! Has anyone really listened the composition, expressions, diction and poetry in this song? That's the MIGHT of SPARROW!

@texxbee

Vintage Sparrow...the best...thanks.

@cliftonaitken2191

Sparrow is the one and only. lone love

@Iam_jay_lord

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@cecilyreid9884

Any Calypso by Sparrow capture my fancy.🎢🎡
He was the greatest Calypso entertainer.
And to this day listening to his songs never grows old or cold always fresh
never less.πŸ‘πŸ½πŸ‘πŸ½πŸ‘πŸ½

@judebassey

Mighty Sparrow is the man.....

@bryanvidal8066

Sparrow is the one and only, big respect to this man, I can listen to calypso over and over again

@nellymarlenewatkinss.9443

Bryan Vidal Me Too!

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