Harry in The Piggery
Mighty Sparrow Lyrics


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Since Harry come from New York
They say he like plenty pork
Since Harry come from New York

They say he like plenty pork
At night when you sleeping
Harry gone out creeping
Forsaking his wife and children
And he sleeping in the pig pen

So,
Neighbour! Neighbour! Come! Come and see
(Harry in the piggery!)
Oh, oh, oh, you really surprise me
(Harry in the piggery!)
Harry you going crazy
(Harry in the piggery!)
Call he wife, call he wife
Ah longing to show she
(Harry in the piggery!)

When Harry wife got the news
I know she was so confused
But she had to keep steady
What she go do, we done catch him already
She was inside stranded
He was caught red handed
The ungrateful dog leave he wife
And gone to sleep by a hog

Neighbour! Neighbour! Come quick and see
(Harry in the piggery!)
Looky there! Looky there, that is Harry
(Harry in the piggery!)
Mm, Harry, you really surprise me
(Harry in the piggery!)
Come quick! Look Harry
(Harry in the piggery!)

So they send for a police
To see what happen to the beast
The police bring a doctor
Doctor say that the pig was in order
Then you should hear Harry
"This is a free country!
Tell prosecutor Mike
Ah man have a right to sleep where he like!"

Yeah,
Neighbour! Neighbour! Come quick and see
(Harry in the piggery!)
Oh, Harry, you really surprise me
(Harry in the piggery!)
Mm, you must be going crazy
(Harry in the piggery!)
Call he wife, call he wife
Look at Harry
(Harry in the piggery!)

Shame on you!
Shame on you Harry!

Monday morning ah hurry
Down to the courthouse to hear about Harry
This time if you see the feller
Three times uglier than Dracula
Without any question
The prosecutor mention
"Throw him in the brig,
A monkey have no right to sleep by a pig!"

So,
Neighbour! Neighbour! Come quick and see
(Harry in the piggery!)
People! People! Come quick and see
(Harry in the piggery!)
Oh, oh, you really surprise me
(Harry in the piggery!)
Mm, Harry you be going crazy
(Harry in the piggery!)

(Harry in the piggery!)
(Harry in the piggery!)
(Harry in the piggery!)
Play something! Play that piece, man!
(Harry in the piggery!)

(Harry in the piggery!)
(Harry in the piggery!)
(Harry in the piggery!)
(Harry in the piggery!)

No man, Harry, no man!
(Harry in the piggery!)
(Harry in the piggery!)
(Harry in the piggery!)

Shame on you Harry!
(Harry in the piggery!)
(Harry in the piggery!)
(Harry in the piggery!)

(Harry in the piggery!)
(Harry in the piggery!)
(Harry in the piggery!)
(Harry in the piggery!)

(Harry in the piggery!)
(Harry in the piggery!)




(Harry in the piggery!)
(Harry in the piggery!)

Overall Meaning

The Mighty Sparrow's “Harry in The Piggery” tells the story of a man named Harry who comes from New York and has an unusual liking for pork. The song describes how Harry sneaks out at night, abandoning his wife and children to go sleep in the pig pen. The chorus repeats the phrase “Harry in The Piggery,” in a call and response manner, inviting the whole neighborhood to come and see the shameful act.


The second verse describes how Harry’s wife reacts when she hears the news. Her confusion on what to do is evident, but she keeps steady and calls someone to catch him. The final verse explains how Harry ends up in court, and the prosecutor labels him a monkey who doesn't have the right to sleep by a pig. The ending of the song is a chant of “Shame on you, Harry,” while the band plays on.


The song is a commentary on the taboo of bestiality but is done in a humorous way, using satire to bring the topic up for discussion. It is also a critical commentary on infidelity and the impact it has on the affected parties, focusing on the vulnerable position women are left in by their husbands' actions.


Line by Line Meaning

Since Harry come from New York
They say that since Harry came from New York, he enjoys eating a lot of pork.


At night when you sleeping
During the night while others are sleeping,


Harry gone out creeping
Harry goes out secretly, as if trying not to be noticed by anyone else.


Forsaking his wife and children
He completely abandons his wife and children.


And he sleeping in the pig pen
He goes to sleep in the pig pen with the pigs.


They say he like plenty pork
People say Harry likes to eat a lot of pork.


Neighbour! Neighbour! Come! Come and see
People call out to others to come and see what has happened.


(Harry in the piggery!)


Oh, oh, oh, you really surprise me
People express their shock at Harry's behavior.


Harry you going crazy
People think that Harry must be losing his mind.


Call he wife, call he wife
They tell someone to call Harry's wife.


Ah longing to show she
They are eager to show Harry's wife what he has done.


When Harry wife got the news
When Harry's wife hears about what he has done,


I know she was so confused
She becomes bewildered and unsure of what to do.


But she had to keep steady
Nevertheless, she remains calm and composed.


What she go do, we done catch him already
She wonders what she should do, but they have already caught him.


She was inside stranded
She is stuck inside and doesn't know what to do.


He was caught red handed
They caught Harry in the act of sleeping in the pig pen.


The ungrateful dog leave he wife
Harry left his wife, even though she had been good to him.


And gone to sleep by a hog
He went to sleep next to a pig in the pig pen.


Looky there! Looky there, that is Harry
People point out that the man in the pig pen is Harry.


Come quick! Look Harry
They tell others to come quickly to see Harry in the pig pen.


So they send for a police
They send for the police to come and deal with Harry's behavior.


To see what happen to the beast
The police come to see what has happened to the pig.


The police bring a doctor
The police bring a doctor to examine the pig.


Doctor say that the pig was in order
The doctor says that the pig is fine and healthy.


Then you should hear Harry
Then Harry speaks.


"This is a free country!
Harry argues that he has the right to do what he wants in a free country.


Tell prosecutor Mike
He tells them to let Prosecutor Mike know what he has said.


Ah man have a right to sleep where he like!"
He argues that he has a right to sleep where he pleases.


Monday morning ah hurry
On Monday morning, he hurries to the courthouse.


Down to the courthouse to hear about Harry
He goes to the courthouse to hear what will happen to him.


This time if you see the feller
This time, he looks even worse than before.


Three times uglier than Dracula
He looks three times as ugly as the fictional character, Dracula.


Without any question
There is no doubt that he is guilty.


The prosecutor mention
The prosecutor says something about Harry.


"Throw him in the brig,
The prosecutor calls for Harry to be imprisoned.


A monkey have no right to sleep by a pig!"
He makes a comparison between Harry and a monkey and argues that he has no right to sleep with a pig.


People! People! Come quick and see
People call out to others to come and see what has happened to Harry.


Mm, you must be going crazy
They think that Harry must be losing his mind.


(Harry in the piggery!)


Shame on you Harry!
People express their disapproval of Harry's behavior.


Play something! Play that piece, man!
They ask someone to play music.


No man, Harry, no man!
They express their disapproval again, addressing Harry directly.




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Comments from YouTube:

shjakes

The melodious chorus is a feature of kaisos of yesteryear that I will always treasure..."March of Dimes" set the standard.

wfcpeters77

thank you, sir. amazing channel

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