Lying Excuses
Mighty Sparrow Lyrics


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Maggie darling, sugar dumpling, doh
Get so mad, please let me explain
Dodo darling, sugar dumpling, doh
Get so mad, please let me explain
If yuh see me with some woman, ah
Doh want yuh misunderstand, whatever
Do might see me do,
Know my love is true I'm not being
Unfaithful tuh you
De woman yuh catch me with in de bed
Really didn't have no place tuh rest
She head
Business close down, she loss she work
Disappointed suffering from shock
So ah take she home jus to relax and
Cheer she up.
And is softly she said to me, boy ah
So tired and so sleepy
Casually she sat on de bed, and ask
Me tuh massage she leg
That's all, that is all, that is all.
Troublemakers, wind spread rumours
Fuh confusion, ohh- noo, doh take dem on
Just be trusted and doh do nuttin, try
And understand, I'll never do you no wrong
Darling you I've never decieved
There is no need to disbelieve, Give yuh
Trust and yuh faith in me and ah promise
You there'll be no infidelity
De lady yuh saw me with de other night
She and she husband just had ah fight
Ah find it was really looking so bad, how
The hell she closing
She sit down deh and start tuh cry like she
Going mad.
De 2000 ah gih tuh she, was to buy ah
Sandwich and ah coffee
Not another ting ain't happy, me and de
Gyal deh ain't nuttin
That's all, that is all, that is all.
Let nobody, cause you tuh be, jealous and
Confuse, doh mind dem and deh newss
Oh-oh-oh- ohhh lawwd!
Deh want we to mash up, so deh could come
And shack up,
We'll be like, two fools singing the blues
Doh know when these women will stop, others
Trying to me set up
Trying to give you de impression, something's
When my darling nuttin ain't going on
De gyal ah was with behind de lampost
Doh vex because ah was holding she clothes
She's ah oldie from in East, is her body ah
Wring she teeth
Ah was only trying tuh hol she fuh de police.
De reason meh hand was in she bosom
Ah was feeling to see if she had ah gun!
She didn't ha no gun by she chest, that is why
Ah was searchin under she dress
That's all, that is all, that is all.
Jus because I am such ah nice guy, some way,
Some how, always with me it wrong
Ohh lawd! Helpin people, seem to be my trouble
Gyal ah seeing it now, no more will it be
Ohh lawd! From now on deh go help deh self
Take deh problems to someone else, too much
Cacah and confusion and ah know to meh self
I am ah innocent man
Ah know deh go tell you me and Miss Leach
Was seen making love on Maracas beach
Well the fact is she had on ah bikini and was
Attack by African bees and very bravely I
Cover she with meh whole body.
Well she love meh neck and she grab meh hand
Admit that she pull me down in de sand
Ah feel skimy on meh behind




Ah couldn't help it ah had tuh fight
That's all, that is all, that is all.

Overall Meaning

The song "Lying Excuses" by Mighty Sparrow is a humorous take on a man trying to explain his actions and reassure his partner that he is faithful. He addresses her as "Maggie darling" and "sugar dumpling" and repeatedly asks her not to get mad and to let him explain himself. He claims that if she sees him with other women, she should not misunderstand as he is not being unfaithful to her. He explains that the woman she caught him with in bed was suffering after the closure of her business and had nowhere to go. He took her home to cheer her up and it was just a massage that she requested. He reassures his partner that he has never deceived her and asks her to have faith in him.


The song is a lighthearted take on a common theme in many love songs - infidelity. Mighty Sparrow uses humor and wit to make light of a serious issue and tries to reassure his partner that his intentions were pure. It's interesting to note that the woman in the song who he takes home to cheer up is never named or given a voice. She is merely a pawn in his story to excuse his actions.


Line by Line Meaning

Maggie darling, sugar dumpling, doh
Addressing the listener with pet names, requesting their attention


Get so mad, please let me explain
Asking for forgiveness and a chance to clarify


Dodo darling, sugar dumpling, doh
Repeating the request for attention with more pet names


Get so mad, please let me explain
Repeating the request for forgiveness and clarification


If yuh see me with some woman, ah
Addressing the possibility of being seen with another woman


Doh want yuh misunderstand, whatever
Assurance that it was not an act of unfaithfulness


Do might see me do,
Emphasizing the innocence of the situation


Know my love is true I'm not being
Reiterating the sincerity of the relationship


Unfaithful tuh you
Assurance of fidelity


De woman yuh catch me with in de bed
Addressing being caught with another woman


Really didn't have no place tuh rest
Explaining why the woman was in bed


She head
Implying that she had been through a lot


Business close down, she loss she work
Explaining the woman's hardships


Disappointed suffering from shock
Further explaining the woman's situation


So ah take she home jus to relax and
Explaining the singer's intentions


Cheer she up.
More explanation of the artist's intentions


And is softly she said to me, boy ah
Recounting a conversation with the woman


So tired and so sleepy
Describing the woman's condition


Casually she sat on de bed, and ask
Continuing to recount the conversation


Me tuh massage she leg
Explaining the woman's request


That's all, that is all, that is all.
Emphasizing the innocence of the situation


Troublemakers, wind spread rumours
Addressing gossip and rumors


Fuh confusion, ohh- noo, doh take dem on
Advising not to engage with gossip


Just be trusted and doh do nuttin, try
Encouraging trust and faith in the relationship


And understand, I'll never do you no wrong
Assurance of loyalty


Darling you I've never deceived
Reiterating the truthfulness of the relationship


There is no need to disbelieve, Give yuh
Encouraging trust in the relationship


Trust and yuh faith in me and ah promise
Offering reassurance


You there'll be no infidelity
Reiterating the promise of fidelity


De lady yuh saw me with de other night
Addressing being seen with another woman again


She and she husband just had ah fight
Explaining the woman's situation


Ah find it was really looking so bad, how
Further explanation of the situation


The hell she closing
Implying the woman was in a difficult situation


She sit down deh and start tuh cry like she
Describing the woman's reaction


Going mad.
Further describing the woman's reaction


De 2000 ah gih tuh she, was to buy ah
Explaining giving the woman money


Sandwich and ah coffee
Further explanation of the gift


Not another ting ain't happy, me and de
Emphasizing the innocence of the situation


Gyal deh ain't nuttin
Reiterating the singer's innocence


That's all, that is all, that is all.
Emphasizing the innocence of the situation


Let nobody, cause you tuh be, jealous and
Advising not to be swayed by others


Confuse, doh mind dem and deh newss
Encouraging disregard for gossip and rumors


Oh-oh-oh- ohhh lawwd!
Expression of exasperation


Deh want we to mash up, so deh could come
Implied negative intentions of gossipers


And shack up,
Further implication of negative intentions


We'll be like, two fools singing the blues
Describing the consequences of giving in to gossip


Doh know when these women will stop, others
Implying persistence of infidelity rumors


Trying to me set up
Accusing others of trying to set the artist up


Trying to give you de impression, something's
Describing the intentions of gossipers


When my darling nuttin ain't going on
Reiterating the singer's innocence


De gyal ah was with behind de lampost
Addressing being seen with another woman


Doh vex because ah was holding she clothes
Explaining the situation with the woman


She's ah oldie from in East, is her body ah
Describing the woman


Wring she teeth
Indicating the woman's dissatisfaction


Ah was only trying tuh hol she fuh de police.
Explaining the singer's actions


De reason meh hand was in she bosom
Explaining why the artist's hand was in the woman's bosom


Ah was feeling to see if she had ah gun!
Explaining the artist's intentions


She didn't ha no gun by she chest, that is why
Explaining why the search was unnecessary


Ah was searchin under she dress
Further explanation of the search


That's all, that is all, that is all.
Emphasizing the innocence of the situation


Jus because I am such ah nice guy, some way,
Humorous self-deprecation


Some how, always with me it wrong
Further self-deprecation


Ohh lawd! Helpin people, seem to be my trouble
Humorous explanation of the singer's troubles


Gyal ah seeing it now, no more will it be
Describing a decision made by the artist's partner


Ohh lawd! From now on deh go help deh self
Further explanation of the decision


Take deh problems to someone else, too much
Encouraging others to seek help elsewhere


Cacah and confusion and ah know to meh self
Addressing the frustration caused by gossip and rumors


I am ah innocent man
Reiterating the artist's innocence


Ah know deh go tell you me and Miss Leach
Anticipating more rumors


Was seen making love on Maracas beach
Addressing a specific rumor


Well the fact is she had on ah bikini and was
Explaining the actual situation


Attack by African bees and very bravely I
Further explanation of the situation


Cover she with meh whole body.
Further explanation of the situation


Well she love meh neck and she grab meh hand
Describing the woman's reaction


Admit that she pull me down in de sand
Further describing the situation


Ah feel skimy on meh behind
Describing the experience


Ah couldn't help it ah had tuh fight
Ending the story on a humorous note


That's all, that is all, that is all.
Emphasizing the innocence of the situation




Writer(s): francisco, slinger

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@kesterrichards438

I've been a fan of The Mighty Sparrow since I was 4 years old, and to this day, I'm 21 now, and I still love this song like its the first time I ever heard it. He's truly the King Of Calypso may his music live on foreverπŸ™πŸΏ

@beverlybeepath2807

My dad used to play these when we were very young and he would always be laughing .... Took me 40 years to realize what he was laughing at ... RIP Dad You sneaky bastard .... #love the classics

@maishaisha

Anyone listening in 2020? Much love to the one and only Mighty Sparrow from Uganda πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡¬, Kenya πŸ‡°πŸ‡ͺ, and Tanzania πŸ‡ΉπŸ‡Ώ! We’ve loved your music for decades!

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4/21/2021

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6/16/2021 in the heart of Dixie, Alabama

@allfruitsripecanada4369

Who’s listening in 2020? The entire planet is on lockdown from covid19 and I’m at home with my family, going down memory lane. I hope that we all make it through this terrible time. In the meantime I’ll enjoy some great music from a West Indian legend. Thank you Slinger Francisco. All the best folks. One love.

@Suteruni

One love <3

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Stay safe

@johnoshei5768

I wish soca were still like this, or that calypso like this were still made.

@shqa574

The King of Calpyso!

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