Dan Is The Man
Mighty Sparrow Lyrics


Captain!
There′s a traitor on board!
Examine the horn!

According to the education you get when you small,
You will grow up with true ambition and respect from one and all.
But in my days in school, they teach me like a fool,
The things they teach me ah should be ah block-headed mule.

And wey dey teach yuh?
Dey teach mih:
Pussy has finished his work long ago an' now he resting an′ ting.
Solomon a Gundy was born on ah Monday, de ass in de lion skin.
Winkin, Blinkin and Nod, sail off in ah wooden sloop,
De 'gouti lose he tail an' de
Alligator fighting, to make monkey-liver soup!
An′ Dan, is the man, in the van!

Wepsee mama!

De poems an′ de lessons dey write an' sen′ from England
Impress me dey were trying to cultivate comedians!
Comic books made more sense:
You know it's fictitious, without pretence.
Cutteridge wanted to keep us in ignorance!

Tell me if dis eh chupidness:
Humpy-Dumpty sat on a wall!
Humpy-Dumpy did fall!
Goosey, Goosey Gyander?
Where shall I wander?
Ding, dong, del! l
Pussy in de well!
R-I-K-K-I-T-I-K-K-I-Ah-T-Ah-V
Ah Rikki Tikki Tikki Tikki Tavi!
Dan, is de man, in de van!
Wepsee mama! Yep!

Ah say, Cutteridge was plenty times more advanced dan dem scientist,
I en believe dat no one man could write so much stupidness.
Aeroplanes didn′ come so soon,
Scientists used to make de grade in balloon.
Cutteridge make a cow jump over the moon!

An' then he tell dem:
Tom, Tom de piper′s son!
Teef ah pig an' away he run!
Once dere was a woman who lived in ah shoe,
She had so many children she didn' know what to do!
Dickory a-dickory dock!
De mouse ran up de clock!
De lion and de mouse,
Ah woman pushing ah cow
To eat grass on top of ah house!
Ah an′ Dan, is de man, in de van!

Aeyyyyyyuh!
Wipsee mama!

How I happen to get some education my friends, me eh know!
All dey teach me is about Beer Rabbit an′ Rumpelstilskin-o.
Dey wanted to keep me down indeed, dey try dey best, but didn' succeed
You see, mih head was duncee an′ up to now ah cyar read!

Who cares about:
Peter, Peter was ah pumpkin eater?
Some little, little people tie Gulliver?
When I was sick an' lay a-bed
I had two pillow at my head?
De goose lay de golden egg?
De spider catch a fly?
Morocoy with wings flapping in de sky?
Dey beat me like ah dog to learn dat in school,
If me head was bright ah woulda be a dahm fool!

With Dan is de man in de van
Can a pig dance a jig for a fig?
Twirly and Twisty were two screws!
Mister Mike, goes to school, on a bike!
Dan is de man, in de van!
Dan is de man, in de van!
Yeah! Dan is de man, in de van!

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Captain!
There's a traitor on board!
Examine the horn!
According to the education you get when you small,
You will grow up with true ambition and respect from one and all.
But in my days in school, they teach me like a fool,
The things they teach me ah should be ah block-headed mule.

And wey dey teach yuh?
Dey teach mih: p** has finished his work long ago an' now he resting an' ting.
Solomon a Gundy was born on ah Monday, de a** in de lion skin.
Winkin, Blinkin and Nod, sail off in ah wooden sloop,
De 'gouti lose he tail an' de alligator fighting, to make monkey-liver soup!
An' Dan, is the man, in the van!

Wepsee mama!

De poems an' de lessons dey write an' sen' from England
Impress me dey were trying to c**tivate comedians!
Comic books made more sense: you know it's fictitious, without pretence.
Cutteridge wanted to keep us in ignorence!

Tell me if dis eh chupidness:
Humpy-Dumpty sat on a wall!
Humpy-Dumpy did fall!
Goosey, Goosey Gyander?
Where shall I wander?
Ding, dong, del!l
p** in de well!
R-I-K-K-I-T-I-K-K-I-Ah-T-Ah-V
Ah Rikki Tikki Tikki Tikki Tavi!
Dan, is de man, in de van!
Wepsee mama! Yep!

Ah say, Cutteridge was plenty times more advanced dan dem scientist,
I en believe dat no one man could write so much stupidness.
Aeroplanes didn' come so soon, scientists used to make de grade in balloon.
Cutteridge make a cow jump over the moon!

An' then he tell dem:
Tom, Tom de piper's son!
Teef ah pig an' away he run!
Once dere was a woman who lived in ah shoe,
She had so many children she didn' know what to do!
d***ory a-d***ory dock!
De mouse ran up de clock!
De lion and de mouse,
Ah woman pushing ah cow
To eat grass on top of ah house!
Ah an' Dan, is de man, in de van!
Aeyyyyyyuh!
Wipsee mama!

How I happen to get some education my friends, me eh know!
All dey teach me is about Beer Rabbit an' Rumpelstilskin-o.
Dey wanted to keep me down indeed, dey try dey best, but didn' succeed
You see, mih head was duncee an' up to now ah cyar read!

Who cares about:
Peter, Peter was ah pumpkin eater?
Some little, little people tie Gulliver?
When I was sick an' lay a-bed
I had two pillow at my head?
De goose lay de golden egg?
De spider catch a fly?
Morocoy with wings flapping in de sky?
Dey beat me like ah dog to learn dat in school,
If me head was bright ah woulda be a dahm fool!

With Dan is de man in de van
Can a pig dance a jig for a fig?
Twirly and Twisty were two screws!
Mister Mike, goes to school, on a bike!
Dan is de man, in de van!
Dan is de man, in de van!
Yeah! Dan is de man, in de van!



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SocaPhD

Sparrow is indeed one of our best calypso singers and performers of all time. But quite a few of his classic calypsos were composed by others and quietly purchased by Sparrow. This does not take away from Sparrow's genius as a Calypso singer and performer. I would give the greatest Calypso composer title to the Mighty Spoiler and the greatest composer of calypso melodies title to the Lord Kitchener.

Anita G

There will never be another Sparrow, God bless him,

Asa Ramlal

I grew up listening to this, my dad used to play it for me as a kid. To this day I still know most of the words to most of his songs lol

Suresh Maharaj

Pat Castagne could not have composer better than this. This was his best.

Smylemik

I remember singing this song at Carifesta 1981 at the National Stadium Barbados I was just 11 years old Opening ceremony mass choir full works

Wendy S. King

Isn't it funny that Sparrow and the Dalai Lama are the same age and born 5 days apart? One a saint of music, one a saint of meditation....amazing world! They are
both 80 this week. Happy Birthday to them. How they have both enriched our lives~

Jarrod Butts

@28105wsking I did not know that :)

Joycelyn Wilburg

My dad looovveed Mighty Sparrow. So do I. Must be DNA. Would like to get the compleate works of the man.

Linett Boyd

Ohhhhh.....songs of my childhood...wonderful childhood days

Katwaski53

Sparrow is a musical magician. When he goes, that will be the end of a one awesome era in Kaiso.

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