Carlton Peeping At Me
Mighty Sparrow Lyrics


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Murder! Murder!
Help save me this girl start to cry
A man in the key hole peeping
Look ah see he eye
Well I ain't staying here no longer,
I am going away
I got no privacy in here,
Aye aye Carlton move from dey

Carlton is a peeping tom
(Carlton peeping at me!)
Where he get this habit from
(Carlton peeping at me!)
Yes, I come inside to rest
Ah take off me shoes and me dress
But when ah peep through the jalousie
Who ah see - Carlton peeping at me!

Then she start to bawl out
"Neighbour this thing can't be true,
I am feeling so embarrassed
I don't know what to do
I regret the day I come
To live on Laventille Hill!"
All the time she quarrelling
Carlton peeping still

Carlton is a peeping tom
(Carlton peeping at me!)
Where he get this habit from
(Carlton peeping at me!)
Oh I come inside to rest
Ah take off me shoes and me dress
But when ah peep through the jalousie
Who ah see - Carlton peeping at me!

Look at this, oh...

Shame on you, Carlton!

This time if you see
How she running all over the room
Wrapped up in blanket
But she thin like a broom
And she brassiere got two holes in front
Like if a cockroach bite out a piece
She feel so shame that Carlton see
Now she turning beast

(Murder!)

Carlton is a peeping tom
(Carlton peeping at me!)
Yes, where he get this habit from
(Carlton peeping at me!)
I come inside to rest
Ah take off me shoes and me dress
But when ah look through the jalousie
Who ah see - Carlton peeping at me!

Shame on you Carlton, shame on you!

Well I didn't know that this woman
Had two bad john son
Always beating people with iron
And walking with gun
Well, when they come they got the news
They didn't care whether true or lie
Soap water with salt and pepper
And they throw it in Carlton eye

Next time when you want to peep
Stop peeping at she, that's meh mother
Rub your eye and go to sleep
Stop peeping at she
Carlton, next time you press luck
It's meh bull pistol passing on your back




And if you must peep at somebody
Go home and peep at your own mammy!

Overall Meaning

The Mighty Sparrow's song "Carlton Peeping at Me" is a humorous take on a serious issue of privacy invasion. The song tells the story of a woman who feels violated as she notices Carlton peeping at her through her window while she's getting undressed. She calls out for help, and her neighbors come to her aid. However, Carlton persists in his behavior even as the woman bawls out in embarrassment. The song explains how the woman's anger turns to fury when she finds out that Carlton is a peeping tom who has been doing this to everyone in the neighborhood. Things take a turn for the worse when the woman's two bad johnsons, who are known for their violent behavior, step in to confront Carlton, and he is blinded by salt, pepper, and soap.


The song sheds light on the issue of privacy invasion and how it can make a person feel violated and exposed. The woman is shown as vulnerable, angry, and helpless, and the song makes a case for people to respect each other's privacy. The humor in the song helps to diffuse the seriousness of the issue and make it more accessible to listeners.


Line by Line Meaning

Murder! Murder!
There is imminent danger.


Help save me this girl start to cry
The woman is crying out for help.


A man in the key hole peeping
Carlton is peeping through the keyhole.


Look ah see he eye
The woman sees Carlton looking at her.


Well I ain't staying here no longer,
The woman wants to leave the place.


I am going away
She is leaving immediately.


I got no privacy in here,
The woman has no privacy in her current location.


Aye aye Carlton move from dey
She asks Carlton to leave.


Carlton is a peeping tom
Carlton likes to spy on people.


(Carlton peeping at me!)
The woman sees Carlton watching her.


Where he get this habit from
She wonders how Carlton developed this bad habit.


Yes, I come inside to rest
The woman came inside to take a break.


Ah take off me shoes and me dress
She took off her shoes and dress to relax.


But when ah peep through the jalousie
When she looks through the blinds...


Who ah see - Carlton peeping at me!
...she sees Carlton watching her.


Then she start to bawl out
The woman cries out.


"Neighbour this thing can't be true,
She can't believe what's happening.


I am feeling so embarrassed
The woman is embarrassed.


I don't know what to do
She is unsure how to deal with the situation.


I regret the day I come
She regrets moving to this place.


To live on Laventille Hill!"
Laventille Hill is the name of the place where she lives.


All the time she quarrelling
She keeps arguing.


Carlton peeping still
...while Carlton continues to spy on her.


Look at this, oh...
The singer is disgusted.


Shame on you, Carlton!
The singer blames Carlton for his behavior.


This time if you see
If you witness the following scene...


How she running all over the room
...the woman will run around the room.


Wrapped up in blanket
...wrapped in a blanket.


But she thin like a broom
...but she's very thin.


And she brassiere got two holes in front
Her bra has two holes in the front from wear and tear.


Like if a cockroach bite out a piece
It looks like a piece has been bitten out by a cockroach.


She feel so shame that Carlton see
She is ashamed that Carlton saw her like this.


Now she turning beast
She becomes very angry.


(Murder!)
The situation is getting worse.


Yes, where he get this habit from
The woman is still wondering how Carlton developed this habit.


Oh I come inside to rest
The woman reiterates that she came inside to relax.


Ah take off me shoes and me dress
She emphasizes that she removed her shoes and dress.


But when ah look through the jalousie
When she looked through the blinds...


Who ah see - Carlton peeping at me!
...she saw Carlton watching her again.


Shame on you Carlton, shame on you!
The singer scolds Carlton for his behavior.


Well I didn't know that this woman
The singer reveals some new information.


Had two bad john son
The woman has two violent sons.


Always beating people with iron
They are abusive and use irons to harm others.


And walking with gun
They are also carrying guns.


Well, when they come they got the news
When the sons find out...


They didn't care whether true or lie
...they don't care if it's true or not.


Soap water with salt and pepper
They prepare a mixture of soapy water with salt and pepper.


And they throw it in Carlton eye
They throw it in Carlton's eyes.


Next time when you want to peep
The singer gives some advice to Carlton.


Stop peeping at she, that's meh mother
Stop spying on her, who is like a mother figure to me.


Rub your eye and go to sleep
Rub your eye and go to bed.


Stop peeping at she
The singer repeats that he should stop spying on her.


Carlton, next time you press luck
If Carlton continues to spy...


It's meh bull pistol passing on your back
...the singer will shoot him with his gun.


And if you must peep at somebody
If you really need to spy on someone...


Go home and peep at your own mammy!
...go spy on your own mother!




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