Both O Dem
Mighty Sparrow Lyrics


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I'm in love with Betty-Lou
She sister Mary say she love me too
(Both o' dem, both o' dem)
(With both o' dem, with both o' dem)
Ah tell she tings doh work out so
She say de next sister ain't bound to know,
(Both o' dem, both o' dem)
(Both o' dem, with both o' dem)
Just because I ain't like dem scandal
Deh have yuh partner fool all day
Kitchener like all dem bacchanal
So ah call Kitchy on de phone one day
Dis is what de old man say:

Do it! Do it! Do it! Oh God, Birdy
Gih she what she want,
Gih she what she want,
Gih she what she want,
Man, come on!
(Both o' dem, both o' dem)
(Both o' dem, with both o' dem)

Carlene, is you ah waited for
Ah ah want ah lover not no brother-in-law,
(Both o' dem, both o' dem)
(With both o' dem, with both o' dem)
I know all men like to roam
And I know charity begins at home
(With both o' dem, both o' dem)
(With both o' dem, both o' dem)
But de sister such ah loving child
All relationship is great
And she always wear ah charming smile
Kitchener say "Birdy, doh hesitate
There is nothing to sit and contemplate!"

Do it! Do it! Do it! Oh God, Birdy
Gih she what she want,
Gih she what she want,
Gih she what she want,
Man, come on!
(Both o' dem, both o' dem)
(Both o' dem, with both o' dem)

(Both o' dem, both o' dem)
(Both o' dem, both o' dem)

Though she prettier than me
I could boogie down better than she
(Both o' dem, both o' dem)
(Both o' dem, with both o' dem)
Ah remember Lord Melody,
Shame and scandal in de family,
(Both o' dem, both o' dem)
(With both o' dem, with both o' dem)
All de brakes ah brakes was all in vein
She ask me if ah showing off
Then she start to tackle me again
Kitchener say: "Boy you must treat dem rough
Otherwise dem woman go say you tough!"

Do it! Do it! Do it! Oh God, Birdy
Gih she what she want,
Gih she what she want,
Gih she what she want,
Man come on!
(Both o' dem, both o' dem)
(Both o' dem, with both o' dem)

If I was ah different shot
Maybe I would ah get trapped enough
(With both o' dem, both o' dem)
(With both o' dem, both o' dem)
All de offers that she made
I tink bout it but I cyah make de grade
(Both o' dem, both o' dem)
(Both o' dem, with both o' dem)
Where I empty in the spice of life
Polygamy today I dread
Thank Kitchener for his good advice
Ah still could remember what he said
De message still ringing in meh head:

Do it! Do it! Do it! Oh God, Birdy
Gih she what she want,
Gih she what she want,
Gih she what she want,
Man, come on!
(Both o' dem, both o' dem)
(Both o' dem, with both o' dem)

(Both o' dem, both o' dem)
(Both o' dem, both o' dem)





(Both o' dem, both o' dem)
(Both o' dem...)

Overall Meaning

The song "Both O Dem" by Mighty Sparrow is a humorous take on a man who is in love with two sisters, Betty-Lou and Carlene. The sisters both love him back, but he is torn between the two. He confides in the calypso legend Lord Kitchener and Kitchener advises him to give each sister what they want. The singer eventually decides to choose Carlene over Betty-Lou, even though she is not as attractive, because he wants a lover and not a brother-in-law. The song ends with the repeated chorus "Gih she what she want, man come on!" which emphasizes the importance of meeting a woman's desires.


The lyrics of "Both O Dem" demonstrate the complexity of relationships and the difficulty of choosing between two people. The singer's struggle highlights the idea that monogamy is often not an easy decision, and the advice given to him by Kitchener further emphasizes the importance of communication and compromise in relationships. The playful nature of the song's melody complements the humorous tone of the lyrics, making it a fun and enjoyable song to listen to.


Line by Line Meaning

I'm in love with Betty-Lou
I am in love with Betty-Lou


She sister Mary say she love me too
Her sister Mary says she loves me too


(Both o' dem, both o' dem)
Both of them are interested


(With both o' dem, with both o' dem)
I am interested in both of them


Ah tell she tings doh work out so
I tell her things won't work out like that


She say de next sister ain't bound to know,
She says the next sister won't find out


Just because I ain't like dem scandal
Just because I'm not into scandals


Deh have yuh partner fool all day
They have your partner fooled all day


Kitchener like all dem bacchanal
Kitchener likes all that partying


So ah call Kitchy on de phone one day
So I call Kitchener on the phone one day


Dis is what de old man say:
This is what the old man says


Do it! Do it! Do it! Oh God, Birdy
Do it! Do it! Do it! Oh God, Birdy


Gih she what she want,
Give her what she wants


Man, come on!
Man, come on!


Carlene, is you ah waited for
Carlene, you are the one I've been waiting for


Ah ah want ah lover not no brother-in-law,
I want a lover, not a brother-in-law


I know all men like to roam
I know all men like to have many partners


And I know charity begins at home
And I know it's important to take care of what's at home first


But de sister such ah loving child
But this sister is such a loving person


All relationship is great
Our relationship is great


And she always wear ah charming smile
And she always wears a charming smile


Kitchener say "Birdy, doh hesitate
Kitchener says"Birdy, don't hesitate


There is nothing to sit and contemplate!"
There's nothing to sit and contemplate


Though she prettier than me
Though she's prettier than me


I could boogie down better than she
I can dance better than she can


Ah remember Lord Melody,
I remember Lord Melody's song


Shame and scandal in de family,
Shame and scandal in the family,


All de brakes ah brakes was all in vein
All the brakes I put on were in vain


She ask me if ah showing off
She asks me if I'm showing off


Then she start to tackle me again
Then she starts to confront me again


Kitchener say: "Boy you must treat dem rough
Kitchener says "Boy, you must treat them rough


Otherwise dem woman go say you tough!"
Otherwise those women will say you're tough!


If I was ah different shot
If I were a different person


Maybe I would ah get trapped enough
Maybe I would've been trapped enough


All de offers that she made
All the offers that she made


I tink bout it but I cyah make de grade
I think about it, but I can't do it


Where I empty in the spice of life
Where I'm satisfied with the spice of life


Polygamy today I dread
Today, I dread polygamy


Thank Kitchener for his good advice
I thank Kitchener for his good advice


Ah still could remember what he said
I still remember what he said


De message still ringing in meh head:
The message is still ringing in my head


(Both o' dem...) - repeated lines
Both of them




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Comments from YouTube:

@silverbackgorillaace7899

I remember as a young boy in Belize dancing to this Big Tune. Still hits hard to this day!!!!

@shugar4847

I been in love with Sparrow since I was 8 years old. Back in the 50’s πŸ’πŸ₯€πŸŒΉπŸ¦‹πŸ‡ΉπŸ‡ΉπŸ‡ΉπŸ‡Ήβ€οΈπŸŽ‰πŸŽŠπŸ€—πŸ₯³

@brentbernard2452

Both of them ur dam right 2023 thing πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ‡ΉπŸ‡ΉπŸ‡ΉπŸ‡ΉπŸ˜‚

@ttpryce672

One of my favourite song from Sparrow.. listening in 2021

@theolamarshall-bernard

2024

@nabimikev4700

Big up mi Trini peeps πŸ‡ΉπŸ‡Ήlove this tune bad

@andrejones5441

This song will never die.

@fitzerrolcarter7127

Qlo.

@dr.patrickijewere6855

Definitely one of my favorites of Sparrows'. Still sounding awesome in 2022. Signature Sparrow lyrics, humor and story-telling leaving the rest to your imagination. The Base guitar Baseline is a Groove Master. Love the relationship between Mighty Sparrow and Lord Kitchener. Twin Masters and Mavericks of Calypso. Loving this Jam in 2022........from Lagos, Aug 18th 9.14pm

@josweetlove1537

@ Dr. Patrick Ije the Lord Kitchener (Aldwyn Roberts) died 22 years ago. May he continue to RIP.

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