Jack Palance
Mighty Sparrow Lyrics


It's a disgrace and a burning shame but I don't know who to blame
A big disgrace and a burning shame but I don't know who to blame
These amount of old women in the night club hustling for bob
Stand in the way of a younger girl but its time they retire, they too old

Believe me, Caroline and Josephine making more than fifty
And I'm sure, without any doubt, they could be my Granny
Still they walking 'bout at night with dey face like Jack Palance
Go to France! Move! Step aside and give your daughters a chance
I looking for youth not experience!

I can remember last year Carnival in front the cathedral
Tanty Mildred stand up cool as ever, I thought she was a beggar
So I give a shilling to Mildred saying, "Mama buy some bread"
She turn round and put she hand on she waist
And she cuss me upsided down in the place
I tell you...

But if you see the woman, brother, she more than sixty
And I'm sure, without any doubt, she could be my Granny
Still she walking 'bout at night, she old face like Jack Palance
Go to France! Move! Step aside and give young people a chance
I looking for youth not experience!

Drinking in the nightclub with my bosom friend
Who come down to spend the weekend
But when I look back, who you think I see? - One of my family
"Good heavens!" I shout out, "Mama Jacob!"
What the heck you doing in the nightclub?"
Same time the rock and roll start to play
So she hook on to a Yankee and break away
I tell you...

But if you see the woman, brother, she more than seventy
And I'm sure, without any doubt, she could be my Granny
Still she walking 'bout at night, she prune face like Jack Palance
Go to France! Move girl! Step aside and give the Sparrow a chance
Oh yes, I looking for youth not experience!

This is what I notice the other day, it's a funny thing to say
The government really should pass a law against women sixty and more
Brother, you better take it from me, if they do that the nightclubs would be empty
So leave them alone and don't get in a rage
When a Yankee drunk he don't study age
I tell you...

Whether you are twenty-four, twenty-five or eighty
I am sure it will not interest a drunken Yankee
For when you drink your scotch and soda it doesn't matter how old she is
As long as the Yankee get what is his

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Comments from YouTube:

Red-Hat Mike

sweet sweet Calypso ... memories ..thanks

Scariella

Van Dyke Parks included a section of this song on his calypso-inspired album, Discover America.

Christopher Stevenson

@cinematiccrisis youtube discover america van dyke parks

cinematiccrisis

@Pat Flannery I never found the VDP-Version, do you know where to find it?

Pat Flannery

it's not the same version, but very close

TerryMarineBMF

bam bam