Jemma on the Ferris Wheel
Mighty Sparrow Lyrics


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Coney Island in Arima
Who tell me cyat Jemma
Coney Island in Arima
Who tell me take Jemma
We had a lot of fun up there
Until she went in the Ferris wheel chair
From the time the Ferris wheel go up so
She wet everybody below

Never me again Jemma to take you any place
Your behaviour in Arima was a shocking disgrace
I mean to say, you spoil the people fête
Rain ain't falling - everybody soaking wet
You know how shame I feel
Tell me why you wet down the Ferris wheel

Everybody start bawling:
"What kind of strange rain is this what falling?"
Stars come out and the moon high
Shining bright, not a cloud in the sky
A fella say once he get wet so
"Foreday morning under Boobooloops window"
An old woman start to complain
First time she see yellow rain

Never me again Jemma to take you any place
Your behaviour in Arima was a shocking disgrace
I mean to say, you spoil the people fête
Rain ain't falling - everybody soaking wet
Girl you know how shame I feel
You coulda do that before you went on the Ferris wheel

People scrambling for shelter
Some with rain cloak, some with umbrella
But those who far from the Ferris wheel laughing
Because they know damn well rain ain't falling
The rain fall on a Bajan big dress
From she chest and the whole dress in a mess
"What kinda thing is this?" she start to complain
"I never know rain water could stain"

Never me again Jemma to take you any place
Your behaviour in Arima was a shocking disgrace
I mean to say, you spoil the people fête
Rain ain't falling - everybody soaking wet
You know how shame I feel
Tell me why you wet down the Ferris wheel

They had to stop this merry-go-round
Rain stop! Jemma come back down
She white, white, white like piece of chalk
She so frightened the girl can't talk
People surround to hear she explain
What the whole gang of we was mistaking for rain
I nearly faint when I hear she say
The tin of orange juice she had to throw away

Never me again Jemma to take you any place
Your behaviour in Arima was a shocking disgrace
I mean to say, you spoil the people fête
Rain ain't falling - everybody soaking wet




You know how shame I feel
You coulda do that before you went on the Ferris wheel

Overall Meaning

The song "Jemma on the Ferris Wheel" by Mighty Sparrow tells the story of a disastrous outing to Coney Island in Arima. The singer took a girl named Jemma to the amusement park, where they rode the Ferris wheel. However, Jemma's behavior caused the ride to become soaked, as she apparently threw a tin of orange juice over the side. This caused confusion among the onlookers, who believed it was raining. The incident caused embarrassment for the singer and ruined the festivities for everyone.


The song uses a lighthearted, humorous tone to convey the absurdity of the situation. Sparrow's use of Trinidadian dialect adds to the playful nature of the lyrics. Additionally, the lyrics address themes of accountability and responsibility, as Jemma's actions had consequences for everyone involved. Ultimately, the song serves as a cautionary tale about the importance of considering the impact of one's actions on others.


Line by Line Meaning

Coney Island in Arima
The location of the story being told


Who tell me cyat Jemma
Wondering who recommended Jemma to the singer


Who tell me take Jemma
Questioning the decision to bring Jemma along


We had a lot of fun up there
Enjoying the amusement park before the incident occurred


Until she went in the Ferris wheel chair
The moment when things started to go wrong


From the time the Ferris wheel go up so
The beginning of the strange event


She wet everybody below
Jemma's action of dumping orange juice on everyone from above


Never me again Jemma to take you any place
The decision to never take Jemma to a public outing again


Your behaviour in Arima was a shocking disgrace
Expressing disappointment towards Jemma's actions


I mean to say, you spoil the people fête
Emphasizing how Jemma's actions ruined the festival for everyone


Rain ain't falling - everybody soaking wet
Clarifying that it wasn't really rain that made everyone wet


You know how shame I feel
The embarrassment felt due to Jemma's actions


Tell me why you wet down the Ferris wheel
Asking Jemma for an explanation


Everybody start bawling:
Everyone started to shout and cry


"What kind of strange rain is this what falling?"
People were confused as to what was happening


Stars come out and the moon high
The atmospheric condition at that moment


Shining bright, not a cloud in the sky
Emphasizing how it wasn't really raining


A fella say once he get wet so
Someone shared a funny anecdote about getting wet before


"Foreday morning under Boobooloops window"
The location of where the anecdote happened


An old woman start to complain
An elderly lady started to express her discomfort


First time she see yellow rain
The peculiar color of the orange juice


People scrambling for shelter
People were trying to find cover


Some with rain cloak, some with umbrella
Mentioning the various ways people tried to shield themselves


But those who far from the Ferris wheel laughing
The people who weren't affected were mocking the situation


Because they know damn well rain ain't falling
Aware that it wasn't really rain


The rain fall on a Bajan big dress
Describing how the orange juice stained a woman's dress


From she chest and the whole dress in a mess
The extent of the damage done by the orange juice


"What kinda thing is this?" she start to complain
The woman couldn't believe what just happened to her dress


"I never know rain water could stain"
The woman was confused as to how rainwater could stain her dress


They had to stop this merry-go-round
Stopping the Ferris wheel from turning


Rain stop! Jemma come back down
Stopping the fake rain and bringing Jemma back to the ground


She white, white, white like piece of chalk
Describing Jemma's reaction to the situation


She so frightened the girl can't talk
Jemma was too scared to speak


People surround to hear she explain
Everyone was waiting for an explanation from Jemma


What the whole gang of we was mistaking for rain
Revealing that it wasn't really rain


I nearly faint when I hear she say
The singer was shocked when he heard the truth


The tin of orange juice she had to throw away
Jemma accidentally spilt a tin of orange juice on everyone




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