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Mighty Sparrow Lyrics


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Ivy pack up she clothes to leave
Because John was down and out
All alone he was left to grieve
She had a next man in South
She said openly
I really love you Johnny
But you ain't have no money
So what will my future be
Even though you love me?

We can't love without money
We can't make love on hungry belly
Johnny you'll be the only one I'm dreaming of
You're my turtle dove
But no money no love

If you hear how he plead with she to get she to understand
Listen, mister, she tell Johnny
Leggo me blasted hand
And make up your mind
We got to break up this lime
She said poverty is a crime
You got no money
Still you tanglin' me all the blinkin' time

We can't love without money
We can't make love on hungry belly
Johnny you'll be the only one I'm dreaming of
You're my turtle dove
But no money no love

Gentleman let me tell you plain
She say I don't want to make a scene
But if you only touch me again
The police will intervene
You ain't got a cent
I couldn't even pay me rent
I had to give up me apartment
You give me nothing to eat
Now you want me to sleep on the pavement

We can't love without money
We can't make love on hungry belly
Johnny you'll be the only one I'm dreaming of
You're my turtle dove
But no money no love

Johnny nearly killed she with blows
Poor Ivy bawl like a cow
Rip up she wig and he tear down she clothes
The South man ain't want she now
Oh, Lord, what a fight
They roll until broad daylight
Charlotte street was hot that night
She get some good lick but she let go kick and some bite

We can't love without money
We can't make love on hungry belly
Johnny you'll be the only one I'm dreaming of




You're my turtle dove
But no money no love

Overall Meaning

The opening stanza of Mighty Sparrow's song "No Money No Love" paints a vivid picture of a situation that is all too common in many relationships - a partner leaving a significant other because they are struggling financially. Ivy, the singer of the song, packs up her belongings and prepares to depart from John because he is down and out. Despite openly expressing her love for John, Ivy has another man waiting for her in South and sees no viable future with John due to his financial struggles. The lines "Even though you love me? We can't love without money, We can't make love on hungry belly," suggests that Ivy believes financial stability is necessary for a successful relationship.


In the subsequent verses, the song reveals the conflict between the couple as John pleads with Ivy to understand his situation, while Ivy insists that her love for him is not enough to survive on without financial security. Ivy says poverty is a crime and accuses John of not doing enough to improve his situation. The altercation between the couple ends with physical violence, as John nearly beats Ivy to death for leaving him.


Line by Line Meaning

Ivy pack up she clothes to leave
Ivy is leaving John because he is broke.


Because John was down and out
John is financially struggling.


All alone he was left to grieve
John was left heartbroken and alone.


She had a next man in South
Ivy has another man in the southern part of the country.


She said openly
Ivy was honest and clear about her feelings.


I really love you Johnny
Ivy has love for John.


But you ain't have no money
John's lack of funds is a problem for Ivy.


So what will my future be
Ivy questions what her future with John will look like without money.


Even though you love me?
Ivy wonders if John's love is enough without money.


We can't love without money
Love alone cannot sustain a relationship.


We can't make love on hungry belly
Physical intimacy is not possible without basic necessities.


Johnny you'll be the only one I'm dreaming of
Ivy has a deep affection for John.


You're my turtle dove
John is a cherished companion for Ivy.


But no money no love
Money is essential for the survival of the relationship.


If you hear how he plead with she to get she to understand
John tried to reason with Ivy to stay.


Listen, mister, she tell Johnny
Ivy demanded John's attention.


Leggo me blasted hand
Ivy wanted John to let go of her hand.


And make up your mind
Ivy wanted John to decide and act on their future.


We got to break up this lime
Ivy wanted to end their relationship.


She said poverty is a crime
Ivy sees poverty as a societal flaw.


You got no money
John's financial situation was a problem for Ivy.


Still you tanglin' me all the blinkin' time
John is still pursuing Ivy despite his financial troubles.


Gentleman let me tell you plain
Ivy is about to be straightforward with John.


She say I don't want to make a scene
Ivy did not want public attention around her personal troubles.


But if you only touch me again
Ivy threatened to call the police if John became violent.


The police will intervene
Ivy was willing to involve the authorities to prevent violence.


You ain't got a cent
John is financially broke.


I couldn't even pay me rent
Ivy struggles to maintain her basic standard of living without John's support.


I had to give up me apartment
Ivy had to leave her apartment due to financial troubles.


You give me nothing to eat
Ivy can't even afford a meal without John's support.


Now you want me to sleep on the pavement
John's inability to provide basic needs like shelter pushes Ivy to extreme living conditions.


Johnny nearly killed she with blows
John became physically abusive towards Ivy.


Poor Ivy bawl like a cow
Ivy was in severe pain and cried out intensely.


Rip up she wig and he tear down she clothes
John inflicted bodily harm on Ivy and damaged her belongings.


The South man ain't want she now
Ivy's backup man no longer wished to be with her due to John's abuse.


Oh, Lord, what a fight
The altercation between John and Ivy was intense and violent.


They roll until broad daylight
The physical fight lasted all night.


Charlotte street was hot that night
The street was filled with chaos and violence that night.


She get some good lick but she let go kick and some bite
Ivy received physical injuries, but she fought back too.




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@user-kt2jd5bi2t

This is so relevant to today's society

@ThePutoPerro

Excellent ! Thanks for sharing.

@ZackGomez198035

This Calypso song is political. Dr. Eric Williams. 

@normanosborne7367

THE GUNSLINGER DON'T LIKE THE SITUATION IN TRINIDAD SO OF COURSE HE GOT TO SPEAK HIS MIND. LOVE WHEN CALYPSONANS PUT WORDS & LYRICS TOGETHER, NAME & SHAME POLITICIANS THEM TOO BRIGHT*****NAH*****RUN THE COUNTRY RIGHT.

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@asianfacility5682

Roaring Lion has indian roots?

@toomuchsumo

it's a live recording.

@roflrocksmysocks

@Rumpirate1956 That *is* the ending of this recording of the song. I've heard and original copy as well as this one, applause, then it cuts.

@rappadapp

Only true musicians do live recordings

@staticfanatic

why the recording isn't called "the situation in trinidad" i'll never know.

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