Jean & Dinah
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Mighty Sparrow
Jean and Dinah
Well the girls in town feeling bad
No more Yankees in Trinidad
They going to close down the base for good
Them girls have to make out how they could
Brother is now they park up in town
In for a penny, and in for a pound
Believe me it's competition for so
Trouble in the town when the price drop low

So when you bounce up Jean and Dinah
Rosita and Clementina, round the corner posing
Bet your life is something they selling
And if you catch them
You can get 'em all for nothing
Don't make no row, the yankees gone, Sparrow take over now

Things bad is to hear them cry
Not a sailor in town, the night clubs dry
Only West Indians like me or you
Are able to get a drink or two
And as we have things back in control
Ah seeking revenge with me heart and soul
Brother when I spread the news around
Is to see how them cave men come into town

(This verse is sometimes omitted)
When the Yankee was in full swing
Just imagine how I was suffering
Mavis told me straight to me face
How she find I too fast and out of place
No, no, no, they would start to fret
Money or not poor Sparrow can't get
Because with the Yankees they have it cool
Calypsonians too hard to fool

It's the glamour boys again
We are going to rule Port of Spain
No more Yankees to spoil the fete
Dorothy have to take what she get
All of them who used to make style
While they taking two shillling with a smile



No more hotel to rest your head
By the sweat of thy brow thou shall eat bread

Overall Meaning

The Mighty Sparrow's song "Jean and Dinah" highlighted the impact of the closure of the United States Navy base on the social and economic dynamics of Trinidad. The song discusses how the closure left many women who previously worked as prostitutes with no income, and forced them to compete with each other for the few remaining men still looking for their services. The lyrics also talked about how the local businesses and entertainment industry suffered as well, with nightclubs and hotels losing their main source of income due to the absence of US sailors.


In subsequent verses, he spoke about the resentment and bitterness felt by locals towards the Americans who had made so much money and created such a social scene before their departure. Sparrow talks about how the locals must now band together to take control of their own economy and build something sustainable without relying on the foreign occupation. He also touches on the struggles of Calypsonians, who are finding it difficult to make a good living in the wake of the base closure. The overarching message of the song is that Trinidad must find a way to move forward without relying on external forces, and that the people must come together to take charge of their own futures.


Line by Line Meaning

Well the girls in town feeling bad
The girls in town are not happy


No more Yankees in Trinidad
The American soldiers are no longer in Trinidad


They going to close down the base for good
The base is closing permanently


Them girls have to make out how they could
The girls have to find a new way to make money


Brother is now they park up in town
Now they hang out in town


In for a penny, and in for a pound
They are all in, no turning back


Believe me it's competition for so
There is a lot of competition


Trouble in the town when the price drop low
There is trouble in town when prices drop


So when you bounce up Jean and Dinah
When you come across Jean and Dinah


Rosita and Clementina, round the corner posing
Rosita and Clementina are posing on the corner


Bet your life is something they selling
They are definitely selling something


And if you catch them
If you catch them


You can get 'em all for nothing
You can get everything for free


Don't make no row, the yankees gone, Sparrow take over now
Don't make a scene, the Americans are gone and Sparrow is in charge now


Things bad is to hear them cry
It's sad to hear them cry


Not a sailor in town, the night clubs dry
There are no sailors in town and the night clubs are empty


Only West Indians like me or you
Only West Indians like us


Are able to get a drink or two
Are able to get a drink or two


And as we have things back in control
Now that we have things under control


Ah seeking revenge with me heart and soul
I am seeking revenge with all my strength


Brother when I spread the news around
When I spread the news around


Is to see how them cave men come into town
It's interesting to see how they come into town


It's the glamour boys again
The glamorous boys are back


We are going to rule Port of Spain
We are going to take over Port of Spain


No more Yankees to spoil the fete
No more Americans to spoil the party


Dorothy have to take what she get
Dorothy has to take what she can get


All of them who used to make style
All of those who used to show off


While they taking two shilling with a smile
While they were happy with two shillings


No more hotel to rest your head
There are no more hotels to stay in


By the sweat of thy brow thou shall eat bread
You have to work hard to eat




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It's 2022 and Mighty Sparrow still is fire!๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ A real icon! Thanks for bringing back so much memories

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Andrew Hall

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Born in the 90s but grew up to my parents listening to this music.

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Helen Grenade

The Mighty Sparrow's voice is a combination of sheer vulnerability and power, it gives us something to aspire and leaves us feeling more courageous. His voice is an irresistible force that combines a love of Caribbean Calypso and Soca Music with an undeniable depth of feeling. We love you dearly Sparrow.

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