Jook For Jook
Mighty Sparrow Lyrics


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De reason she man playin' jook for jook
Right in me eye, I say I 'shamed to look
De reason she man playin' jook for jook
He got a long needle in she arm which she hook
I know, jookin' is a painful thing
But de' reason like she vexed when he stop jookin'
He jook she in she belly like he jook she bad
Teresa start to bawl like if she goin' mad

Ah-hoo, doo-doo, don't jook so hard
I beggin' you
Woye! Pepper! Don't jook so hard
Ay-yi-yi, I beggin' you
Stay in de corner
Not in de center
She shout, oh gosh
You gotta take it out!

Oh, dey start back again in a different style
De two of dem close dey eyes and dey jookin' wild
Dey jook and dey jook 'til de couch break down
She lock de neck and she jookin' him on de ground
I say, I better go and part
Before any bloodshed start
She says, Sparrow boy, does it concern you?
If you come too close, we jook you too

Ah-hoo, doo-doo, don't jook so hard
Ay-yi-yi, I beggin' you
Woye! Pepper! Don't jook so hard
I beggin' you
Stay in de corner
Not in de center
She shout, oh gosh
You gotta take it out!

Well, I tired see people play lash-for-lash
Foot-for-foot and mash-for-mash
But dis jook for jook is a brand new one
See dem how dey havin' fun on de ground
My belly start to boil I'm tellin' you
I feel I could go and jook she too
She perspiring buckets of drops
She complaining but she wouldn't stop

Ah-hoo, doo-doo, don't jook so hard
Ay-yi-yi, I beggin' you
Woye! Pepper! Don't jook so hard
I beggin' you
Stay in de corner
Not in de center
She shout, oh gosh
You go jook it out!

Oh well, I never see nothing so since I born
For hours and hours, dey carryin' on
De man felt a jook and say she dead for sure
But he miss and de needle stick in de floor
She push him 'way and she call on me
Bawlin' "jookie-jookie-jook", 42 I win
I don't know if I jookin' if I touch a vein
Man, she react like if she in pain, bawlin'

Ah-hoo, doo-doo, don't jook so hard
Ay-yi-yi, I beggin' you
Woye! Pepper! Don't jook so hard
I beggin' you
Stay in de' corner
Not in de' center




She bawl, oh gosh
You go dig it out!

Overall Meaning

The song "Jook For Jook" by Mighty Sparrow tells the story of a woman named Teresa who is being "jooked," or injected with drugs, by her man. The singer witnesses this happening and is ashamed to look. Teresa seems addicted to the painful jooking and becomes upset when her man stops. He jooks her aggressively in her belly, causing her to cry out like she's going mad. The chorus pleads with the man to stop jooking so hard.


The situation escalates when the man and Teresa start jooking each other wildly, breaking furniture and causing the singer to fear for his safety. Despite Teresa's complaints and cries for him to take it out, she continues to engage in the behavior. The song ends with the needle becoming stuck in the floor and Teresa calling for the singer to try it out, which he hesitates to do.


Line by Line Meaning

De reason she man playin' jook for jook
The woman's partner is playing a game of jooking (jabbing with a needle) with her


Right in me eye, I say I 'shamed to look
The singer is embarrassed to watch the jooking happening right in front of them


He got a long needle in she arm which she hook
The man is using a long needle which the woman seems to have become addicted to injecting into her arm


I know, jookin' is a painful thing
The artist understands that jooking can be a painful experience


But de' reason like she vexed when he stop jookin'
The woman gets upset when her partner stops jabbing her with the needle


He jook she in she belly like he jook she bad
The man jabs the woman in the belly, as if he is punishing her


Teresa start to bawl like if she goin' mad
Teresa starts crying as if she is going crazy from the pain


Woye! Pepper! Don't jook so hard
The artist begs the jooker (Pepper) to not jab so hard


Ay-yi-yi, I beggin' you
Another plea for the jooker to be less forceful


Stay in de corner, not in de center
The artist advises the jooker to stay in a corner instead of being in the center of the room


She shout, oh gosh, you gotta take it out!
The woman is begging for the needle to be removed from her arm


But dis jook for jook is a brand new one
The artist has never seen this type of interaction before


See dem how dey havin' fun on de ground
The jookers are having fun rolling around on the ground


My belly start to boil I'm tellin' you
The singer is feeling upset and angry watching this situation


I feel I could go and jook she too
The singer feels anger towards the woman's partner and wants to harm him too


You go jook it out!
The woman is urging the man to continue jooking her


For hours and hours, dey carryin' on
The jooking has been happening for a long time


The man felt a jook and say she dead for sure
The man thinks he may have accidentally killed the woman with a jab from the needle


But he miss and de needle stick in de floor
The needle misses the woman and sticks in the floor instead


She push him 'way and she call on me
The woman pushes her partner away and reaches out to the artist instead


Bawlin' 'jookie-jookie-jook', 42 I win
The woman is crying out for more jooking, and seems to win the game by reaching 42 jabs


I don't know if I jookin' if I touch a vein
The artist is unsure if he is actually jabbing the woman or just touching a vein


Man, she react like if she in pain, bawlin'
The woman is crying out in pain when the singer touches her arm




Writer(s): Slinger Francisco

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