Governor's Ball
Mighty Sparrow Lyrics


The governor had a ball, I'd never seen nothing so yet
A mad woman jumped the wall and invade the fête
Prospect with the baton in hand, conducting the police band
He say "The woman shake she waist in the Governor's face"

Telling everybody inside the place
(Shake your baton like Mister Prospect)
I couldn't believe the woman was so bold-face
(Shake your baton like Mister Prospect)
Shake it up again, shake it up again, mama yo
(Shake your baton like Mister Prospect)
Calypso, Calypso Maestro
(Shake your baton like Mister Prospect)

Mister Prospect stopped the band but that was a big mistake
Because now the mad woman wouldn't give him a break
She said "If you want to conduct this band it is your hard luck
Now fellows one, two, three - follow me!"

That is how I like to hear music played
(Shake your baton like Mister Prospect)
I'm here to see how the mad woman break away
(Shake your baton like Mister Prospect)
Fa So La Ti Do, Do Re Me Fa So, La Ti Do
(Shake your baton like Mister Prospect)
Piano man let me hear you blow
(Shake your baton like Mister Prospect)

The Governor tell the guard "Put this lunatic outside
The woman is really mad and she should be tied"
When the soldier make his move, she say "What you trying to prove?
I'm only having fun - attention!"

Now behave yourself and do as I say
(Shake your baton like Mister Prospect)
About turn, you soldier, turn 'round and walk away
(Shake your baton like Mister Prospect)
Listen soldier boy, let me stay and enjoy the Governor's Ball
(Shake your baton like Mister Prospect)
Mister Prospect, don't stop at all
(Shake your baton like Mister Prospect)

In spite of all the comments Prospect still ain't make no fuss
The woman was just a pest but not dangerous
She hug up the Governor tighter than a wrestler,
"Now your Excellency, dance with me!"

I was up in the mad house resting easy
(Shake your baton like Mister Prospect)
The sweet music of the band had me bazodee
(Shake your baton like Mister Prospect)
So let the music play, let the music play, let it play
(Shake your baton like Mister Prospect)
Governor, let we break away
(Shake your baton like Mister Prospect)

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GovComp

As a youngster in the late 60's, these were my favorite records to play. Sparrow was the master and although the soca took over from calypso, tracks such as Madam Dracula, Royal Jail etc are still my favorites..... Long live 'calypso'.

Verne Carty

And the arrangement of Art D was absolutely peerless! Long live the king!

Pamela Long

Lovely composition. Great tribute to Anthony Prospect.

Phyllis Thorpe

I love it when THE MIGHTY SPARROW use his great imagination to come up with calypsoes like this, Queen of the band etc.

Jeremy Pierre

The Mighty Sparrow was and will always be the greatest calypsoian that ever lived

Allison Gaskin

He was one of the greatest and always will be .I love his music, I grew up in Guyana and our neighbor played music every weekend

NORMAN OSBORNE

A TRUE GIANT OF THE KAISO / SOCA ART FORM.

jamhombre

My father loved this song, miss you dad. RIP

Windsor Guy

My dad spent time working in South America in the 60's. He also toured around the West Indies and the Caribbean. I grew up listening to the records he bought and I've been hooked on Island music my whole life. What a life. FA SO LA TI DO, DO RE MI FA SO LA TI DO, Calypso, Calypso maestro!!!!!!

Paul Archibald

Then there were those of us in the smaller islands (like St Kitts) who actually played this tune in our own little calypso bands. Those were great days. Sparrow's influence swept right through the Caribbean.

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