Good Citizen
Mighty Sparrow Lyrics


When does someone really become a good citizen?
I'd like to know for sure
Why when the ordinary man disagrees with the establishment
They call it treason?
Why should they persecute a brother for seeking black power?
Don't they know a blind man could see that this is blatant hypocrisy
The real traitors and them are all high in society
Yet the government protecting all ah dem and penalizing you and me

And in a million different ways they violate the law
It's the same good, no good bastards who oppress the poor
They selling black market, making excess profit, paying a starvation salary
These good citizens are the architects of economic slavery

They say you have the right to criticize but then you are victimized
And without any reason, many a time you find yourself
Politically paralysed by that same good citizen
Yet these fakes and phonies enjoy a long life of luxury
While they spread corruption throughout the country
When they should be arrested
They're protected and respected in the society

And in a million different ways they violate the law
It's the same good, no good bastards who oppress the poor
With their false declaration, tax evasion, defrauding customs duty
These good citizens are the architects of economic slavery

In lust, in greed, in fraud, in strife they specialize
Double deals, double deals they idolize
If you brave enough to open your mouth and criticize
One time you are ostracized and or victimized
Still they go unpunished and unaccused of any crime
While on the backs of the ordinary man these vultures climb
They use their riches and their power, make a mockery of the law
And have the law protect them same time

And in a million different ways they violate the law
It's the same good, no good bastards who oppress the poor
They controlling bootlegging, dope peddling, prostitution and piracy
These good citizens are the architects of economic slavery

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Anthony N

This was first performed n 1971 and is still relevant today.

MusicLikeRegin

What a classic. I kid you not. This Bird is the  Goat--Greatest Of All Times.

Theodora Houllier

A great calypso, sung at that time but relevant for this time.

Sam Palmer

Great legend......the mighty sparrow.

Levi Henry

One of the best Calypso for any season.

astridguri

Thanks! Now I can share! One of my absoluted favorites of his. That is, of the political ones!

Irving .d

I need the lyrics of this one urgently... pleaseeeee

Matthews Donna

A tune that suits our times.

Irving .d

You're so correct.

patrick wellington

Well said Sparrow.

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