Grampa's Advice
Mighty Sparrow Lyrics


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Two women in my life
One of them got to be my wife
Two women in my life
One of them got to be my wife
Betty love me but I love Myra
Gone to explain to grandpapa
"What should I do, who should I wed?"
Grampa watched me and then he said:

"The one who you love
Never marry to she
Is the one who love you
She go make you happy
Keep the one that you love
On the side all the while
But the one who love you
Take her straight down the aisle"

"Grandpapa, you making fun
That is easier said than done
How I go leave my sweetheart on top the shelf
Up and marry somebody else?"
"All you young boys ain't got no sense
I telling you from experience
A woman must love you more than you love she
Before you jump in matrimony"

"The one who you love
Never marry to she
Is the one who love you
She go make you happy
Keep the one that you love
On the side all the while
But the one who love you
Take her straight down the aisle"

"She pretty and nice and fat
But you can't marry she just for that
Nine times out of ten is true
The one you love not in love with you
So when you have a sure thing
That is where you must put your ring
If you go get married you got to be smart
Boy use your head and not your heart"

"The one who you love
Never marry to she
Is the one who love you
She go make you happy
Keep the one that you love
On the side all the while
And the one who love you
Take her straight down the aisle"

I didn't listen what mrh grampa say
That is why I suffering so today
Myra cheat me until I blind
Seven children and none ain't mine
Every time I open me mouth
She and she mumma put me out
Now I believe what meh grandpapa said
I can't forget it until I dead

"The one who you love
Never marry to she
Is the one who love you
She go make you happy
Keep the one that you love
On the shelf all the while




But the one who love you
Take her straight down the aisle"

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to Mighty Sparrow's song "Grampa's Advice" narrate the dilemma of the singer who has to choose between two women to marry - Betty, whom he loves, and Myra, who loves him. He decides to seek his grandfather's counsel, and the old man's advice is to marry the woman who loves him more rather than the one he loves, as he believes the latter will go on to make him happy, while he can keep the former by his side for the time being. The grandfather advises him to be smart rather than letting his heart take the lead. The singer, on the other hand, doesn't take the advice seriously and marries Myra only to find out later that she cheats him and bears children with other men.


The song highlights the importance of experience and wisdom while making life decisions, particularly when it comes to relationships. The grandfather's advice is rooted in practicality and understanding of human nature, while the singer's decision is based more on emotions and infatuation. The song also exposes the consequences of ignoring good advice and going against the wisdom of the elders.


Line by Line Meaning

Two women in my life
Sparrow has two women in his life, but he needs to decide which one he should marry.


One of them got to be my wife
He can only marry one of the women, and he needs to make a choice.


Betty love me but I love Myra
Sparrow loves Myra, but Betty loves him.


Gone to explain to grandpapa
Sparrow seeks advice from his grandfather.


"What should I do, who should I wed?"
Sparrow is unsure which woman to marry and seeks his grandfather's guidance.


"The one who you love Never marry to she Is the one who love you She go make you happy Keep the one that you love On the side all the while But the one who love you Take her straight down the aisle"
Sparrow's grandfather advises him to marry the woman who loves him, as she will make him happy. He should keep the woman he loves on the side and not marry her.


"Grandpapa, you making fun"
Sparrow thinks his grandfather is joking around.


"That is easier said than done How I go leave my sweetheart on top the shelf Up and marry somebody else?"
Sparrow finds it difficult to leave the woman he loves and marry someone else.


"All you young boys ain't got no sense I telling you from experience A woman must love you more than you love she Before you jump in matrimony"
Sparrow's grandfather advises him that a woman must love him more than he loves her before they get married.


"She pretty and nice and fat But you can't marry she just for that Nine times out of ten is true The one you love not in love with you So when you have a sure thing That is where you must put your ring If you go get married you got to be smart Boy use your head and not your heart"
Sparrow's grandfather tells him not to marry someone just because she is pretty, and most likely the woman he loves doesn't love him back. He should choose the woman who loves him and use his head, not his heart when getting married.


I didn't listen what mrh grampa say That is why I suffering so today Myra cheat me until I blind Seven children and none ain't mine Every time I open me mouth She and she mumma put me out Now I believe what meh grandpapa said I can't forget it until I dead
Sparrow regrets not listening to his grandfather's advice, as he is unhappy now. His wife, Myra, cheated on him and had seven children, none of which are his. Every time he tries to speak up, she and her mother throw him out. Sparrow realizes his grandfather's words were wise, and he can't forget them as long as he lives.


"Keep the one that you love On the shelf all the while"
Sparrow's grandfather advises him to keep the woman he loves nearby but not marry her.




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@peggystoutemorin4529

I was a little girl listening to Sparrow on the radio in the 60s. He's still going strong. An absolute legend.

@SocaPoliceForce

Who listening to this in 2019? this song will always be timely even for today, "The one that you love never marry to she but the one who love you going to make you happy, use your head not your heart" β€οΈπŸ‘πŸΏπŸ‘πŸΏπŸ˜‰

@chriswobil3161

All men and women should take the message seriously

@horacesubayar794

My dad is long dead now but I remember him and I listening to all the great calypsonians on records. Thanks for the memories.

@gerardvanelk23

I was a Dutch navy boy in de sixtees. Stationd in the Caraibic. Then I heard Sparrow and nver forgot his special sound and words. Graaaate!!!!!!!

@davidpiggott624

a legend. the greatest. he gave us so much hits and songs to treasure in our memories. Respect due to Slinger Francisco, the Mighty Sparrow....I"m saying this now you are still alive.

@abomu5353

...and you can say that again.

@avedwards1

Sparrow is simply the King. We love him Panama.

@laurieondris754

Sister had Mighty Sparrow reggae songs played at her reception! I live in the US, am Caucasian & never had a better time, as well as other reggae songs. Planning a trip to Jamaica when I can swing it, been sick & my aide is from there! :) God Bless us all.

@mrsullivan

Laurie Ondris not reggae darling. Calypso!

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