Jean Marabunta
Mighty Sparrow Lyrics


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Jean Marabunta, nobody want her
Jean Marabunta, nobody want her
So she ugly so she stupid
So she stupid so she naked
So she naked so she picky head
I don't know why the dog ain't dead.

She only picking pocket to mind sweet man
(That's her occupation)
When she can't get money to thief
You know
(She making short time for so)
Ah lie!
(If Sparrow say so is so)
Ah want every one to know
(If Sparrow say so is so)
Short time in prison for so

In the days of round the savannah
She would say yes for a banana
She was really suffering badly
Anything you have she will take it gladly
She must be think that I ain't know she
But I have pictures I could show she
How she lay down in the savannah grass
Hiding till police pass

Now,
She only picking pocket to mind sweet man
(That's her occupation)
When she can't get money to thief
You know
(She making short time for so)
Ah lie!
(If Sparrow say so is so)
Ah want every one to know
(If Sparrow say so is so)
Short time in prison for so

This disgraceful female
Smell like saltfish tail
The food in she teeth like mortar
She won't bathe she 'fraid water
And every night she begging for rum
From club to club like a real bum
And when she finish drinking all about
She doing anything with she mouth

And,
She only picking pocket to mind sweet man
(That's her occupation)
When she can't get money to thief
You know
(She making short time for so)
Ah lie!
(If Sparrow say so is so)
Ah want every one to know




(If Sparrow say so is so)
Short time in prison for so

Overall Meaning

The song "Jean Marabunta" by Mighty Sparrow revolves around a fictional character named Jean Marabunta who is undesirable and has a bad reputation. The first few lines of the song highlight the reasons why nobody wants her- she is considered ugly and stupid, and as a result, walks around naked and has a head full of lice. He wonders why the dog still hasn't killed her. Jean Marabunta's occupation is picking pockets to make money to survive. When she cannot manage to do so, she resorts to prostitution, which leads her to spend short stints in prison.


The lyrics reflect the negative stereotypes surrounding sex workers and paint a harsh picture of poverty and desperation. Sparrow also highlights the hypocrisy of the society that shuns someone like Jean Marabunta, but benefits from the services she provides. The line "She only picking pocket to mind sweet man" suggests that her clients are middle-class individuals that can afford to spare pocket change. The song infers a critique of the classes benefitting from the labor of the lower class while vilifying them.


Line by Line Meaning

Jean Marabunta, nobody want her
This is about a woman named Jean Marabunta, who nobody wants because they think she's unattractive and unintelligent.


So she ugly so she stupid
People don't want to be around her because they think she's ugly and unintelligent.


So she stupid so she naked
Because people think she's stupid, they make fun of her and strip her naked.


So she naked so she picky head
Being stripped naked leads to further humiliation, as people make fun of her hairstyle.


I don't know why the dog ain't dead.
The artist laments that even the dog hasn't mercy-killed her.


She only picking pocket to mind sweet man
Jean Marabunta has taken to stealing from men in order to please them.


(That's her occupation)
This has become her main source of income.


When she can't get money to thief
When stealing doesn't work, she resorts to prostitution.


Ah lie!
The artist is telling the truth.


(If Sparrow say so is so)
The artist is asserting that his word is reliable.


Ah want every one to know
The singer wants everyone to be aware of the situation with Jean Marabunta.


Short time in prison for so
She's going to end up in prison for a short period of time for her crimes.


In the days of round the savannah
This is a reference to a time when she used to roam around the savannah.


She would say yes for a banana
She would do anything for food, even if it meant degrading herself.


She was really suffering badly
She was in a desperate situation and had to resort to extreme measures.


Anything you have she will take it gladly
She's willing to take anything just to get by.


She must be think that I ain't know she
She probably thinks that the artist doesn't know about her past.


But I have pictures I could show she
The singer has evidence to prove that he knows about her past.


How she lay down in the savannah grass
The singer has photographic evidence of her doing something humiliating.


Hiding till police pass
She was hiding from the police because she knew she was doing something illegal.


This disgraceful female
The artist has a low opinion of Jean Marabunta.


Smell like saltfish tail
She has a strong, unpleasant odor.


The food in she teeth like mortar
Her teeth are in poor condition and have rotting food stuck in them.


She won't bathe she 'fraid water
She's afraid of water and won't take a bath or shower.


And every night she begging for rum
She's become an alcoholic and begs for alcohol every night.


From club to club like a real bum
She spends her nights going from club to club, begging for drinks and money.


And when she finish drinking all about
When she's had enough to drink, she becomes even more desperate.


She doing anything with she mouth
She's willing to perform sexual acts in exchange for alcohol or money.




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