Our Model Nation
Mighty Sparrow Lyrics


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The whole population of our little nation in not a lot
But oh! what a mixture of races and culture
That's what we've got
Still no major indifference
Of race, colour, religion or finance
It's amazing to you I am sure
That we didn't get Independence before
Which means...

Trinidad and Tobago will always live on
Colonialism gone, our Nation is born... everybody
We go follow our leaders
They always do their best
Oh yes, we want to achieve, we going to aspire
We bound to be a success

It is a miracle all these difference people can dwell so well
You see we are educated to love and forget hatred
You know, you know is so
You people who are foreign
Ah got a message to give you when you going
Spread the word anywhere you pass
Tell the world there's a model nation at last
Which means...

Trinidad and Tobago will always live on
Colonialism gone, our Nation is born
We go follow our leaders
They always do their best
We want to achieve, I mihself go aspire
We bound to be a success

The revenue we make from oil and Pitch Lake is great, but wait
We got cocoa and copra, banana and sugar, coconuts, citrus
We may be small but we wealthy
Pound for pound we'll beat New York City
We got beaches and hotels built by Hilton
Our Nation ent second to anyone
Wey yuh talking?

Trinidad and Tobago will always live on
Colonialism gone, our Nation is born
We go follow our leaders
They always do their best
In order to achieve, you got to aspire
And we bound to be a success

You may not believe this but we didn't achieve this with floods of blood
It is leaders like Butler, Cipriani and the Doctor
They fight for what is right
So now I'm congratulating
All our leaders from the present
Back to the beginning
They have fought, now the battle is won
Thanks for a good job and well done
Everybody!

Trinidad and Tobago will always live on
Colonialism gone, our Nation is born
We go follow our leaders
They always do their best, oh yes




In order to achieve, ah know we got to aspire
And we bound to be a success

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of Mighty Sparrow's "Our Model Nation" celebrate the cultural diversity of Trinidad and Tobago and its status as a newly independent nation, no longer under colonial rule. It is a tribute to the leaders who helped to bring about independence, such as Butler, Cipriani and "the Doctor." The song notes that despite the country's small size, it has a wealth of resources, including oil, the Pitch Lake, cocoa, bananas, sugar, coconuts, and citrus. The song encourages listeners to spread the word about the model nation that Trinidad and Tobago has become.


The song speaks to the importance of unity and love among the country's different populations, regardless of race, colour, religion or finance. It acknowledges the efforts of leaders who helped to build bridges among the different communities, and emphasizes the need to continue striving for success. The lyrics are full of pride and optimism for the future of the nation.


Line by Line Meaning

The whole population of our little nation in not a lot
Our nation may be small in size, but it is filled with a diverse mix of races and cultures.


But oh! what a mixture of races and culture
We take pride in our diversity of people and traditions.


Still no major indifference
Despite our differences, we have achieved unity and acceptance.


Of race, colour, religion or finance
No one is discriminated against on the basis of their race, color, religion, or financial standing.


It's amazing to you I am sure
Our peaceful coexistence may seem remarkable to outsiders.


That we didn't get Independence before
Our nation's independence was long overdue.


Which means...


Trinidad and Tobago will always live on
Our nation is here to stay.


Colonialism gone, our Nation is born... everybody
We have gained our independence and everyone is invited to celebrate.


We go follow our leaders
We trust and support our leaders.


They always do their best
They work hard to ensure our nation's success.


Oh yes, we want to achieve, we going to aspire
We have lofty ambitions and we will work hard to reach our goals.


We bound to be a success
We are confident in our ability to achieve great things.


It is a miracle all these difference people can dwell so well
Our successful coexistence is nothing short of miraculous.


You see we are educated to love and forget hatred
We are taught to embrace love and reject hate.


You know, you know is so
It's true, it's true.


You people who are foreign
To those who are not from here.


Ah got a message to give you when you going
I have something to tell you before you leave.


Spread the word anywhere you pass
Spread the news wherever you go.


Tell the world there's a model nation at last
Let the world know that we are an exemplary nation.


The revenue we make from oil and Pitch Lake is great, but wait
Our nation's economy depends heavily on oil and Pitch Lake, but that's not all we have to offer.


We got cocoa and copra, banana and sugar, coconuts, citrus
We have a diverse range of agricultural products.


We may be small but we wealthy
Despite our size, we have a lot of wealth.


Pound for pound we'll beat New York City
We can hold our own compared to even the biggest cities in the world.


We got beaches and hotels built by Hilton
Our country has beautiful beaches and hotels built by a world-renowned company.


Our Nation ent second to anyone
We are just as good as any other nation out there.


Wey yuh talking?
What are you talking about?


You may not believe this but we didn't achieve this with floods of blood
We achieved our independence without major violence and bloodshed.


It is leaders like Butler, Cipriani and the Doctor
Our nation's past leaders, such as Butler, Cipriani, and the Doctor, were instrumental in our independence.


They fight for what is right
They stood up for what they believed in.


So now I'm congratulating
I want to extend my congratulations.


All our leaders from the present
All of our current leaders.


Back to the beginning
Starting from the beginning.


They have fought, now the battle is won
Our leaders have overcome many obstacles and now we have won our independence.


Thanks for a good job and well done
Thank you for doing a great job.


In order to achieve, ah know we got to aspire
We acknowledge that hard work and ambition are necessary for success.


And we bound to be a success
We are confident that we will achieve our goals.




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