Jook For Jook
Mighty Sparrow Lyrics


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!

Writer(s): Slinger Francisco

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Lennox Pierre

I miss the true art of calypso. The Mighty Sparrow. The GOAT.

The Trinidadian Connection

That Orchestra sounds fantastic

NORMAN OSBORNE

YES*****GUNSLINGER SPARROW*****DON'T JOOK SO HARD.....STAY IN THE CORNER NOT IN THE CENTER. THE RON BERRIDGE ORCHESTRA WAS A CLASS ACT WHEY BACK WHEN.

Lois lezama

classic!

The Trinidadian Connection

Can I jook you?

Tim Szeliga

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 t'ing 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.

Tim Szeliga

Ah-hu, du-du, don't jook so hard I beggin' you -- Woye! Pepper! Ay-yi-yi, I beggin' you Stay in de' corner Not in de' center, Oh God, she shout, you gonna dig 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' 'im on de ground.

Tim Szeliga

Apart from the obvious drug injection/sex metaphor, it seems like Sparrow is an observer dragged into the fray by a wild woman in the thrall of another man. Bad roommates. I'm guessing the drug being jooked here is cocaine rather than heroin, given the frenzied response. The last verse is my best guess at Sparrow's lyric. There might be some kind of demented mumblety-peg going on, played with loaded syringes.

Tim Szeliga

Sparrow's pronounciation of "down" and "ground" have a definite "ng" sound at the end, with a hard "g". Oh well, I never see nothing so since I born For hours and hours, dey carryin' on De man felt a jook 'n' say she dead for sure But 'e miss and de needle stick in de floor. She push him 'way and she call on me jookie-jookie-jook buddy who are we [?] I don't know if I jookin if I touch a vein. She [-----] like if she in pain, bawlin',

Noel Sturrup

She shout oh gosh you gone dig it out!

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