Saltfish
Mighty Sparrow Lyrics


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Saltfish stew is what I like
So doo-doo, give me day and night
I like you food, so don't find me rude
My favorite, I sure every man in here already eat it

Saltfish
Nothing in the world sweeter than
Saltfish
English, colloquial, Bajans
Saltfish
It's sweeter than meat
When you want to eat
All saltfish sweet

Very well, I like the taste
Though the smell, sometimes out of place
It hard to take, but make no mistake
I want you to know, it's because it extra sweet it smelling so boy it's

Saltfish
Big money does run behind it
Saltfish
Man does lick down man to find it
Saltfish
It's sweeter than meat
When you want to eat
All saltfish sweet

Some like it hot, some like it cold
No matter what, I take it young or old
When it serve with wine, man does stew it fine
Put no pepper, the bone in the centre does be sweet like sugar

Saltfish
Some men does get drunk to taste it
Saltfish
Some does go and hide to face it
Saltfish
It's sweeter than meat
When you want to eat
All saltfish sweet

I would die, a happy man
If I close me eye, with piece in me hand
Bury me, in the cemetery
Any money, put a saltfish picture on me tombstone saying

Saltfish
Sparrow was it's greatest lover
Saltfish
He even adored the odor
Saltfish
It's sweeter than meat




When you want to eat
All saltfish sweet

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to Mighty Sparrow's song "Saltfish" are a playful celebration of one of the Caribbean's most beloved dishes. The song begins with the singer expressing his love for saltfish stew, insisting that everyone in the room must have tried it already. He hails saltfish as being "sweeter than meat" and proudly declares that it is his favorite food. The chorus repeats the refrain of "Saltfish, nothing in the world sweeter than, Saltfish, English, colloquial, Bajans, Saltfish, it's sweeter than meat, when you want to eat, all saltfish sweet."


The second verse touches on some of the less desirable aspects of saltfish - its strong smell and the fact that it can be hard to stomach for some people. However, Sparrow insists that the extra sweetness of the dish makes it all worthwhile. He also highlights the fact that saltfish is a valuable commodity, with "big money" chasing after it and some people resorting to violence to get their hands on it. The verse ends with a reference to the different ways in which saltfish can be prepared and enjoyed.


The final verse takes a more sentimental turn, with Sparrow declaring that he would die a happy man with a piece of saltfish in his hand. He requests that a saltfish picture be put on his tombstone, and proclaims himself to be saltfish's greatest lover, even adoring its odor.


Overall, "Saltfish" is a light-hearted tribute to one of the Caribbean's most iconic foods. It celebrates both the deliciousness and the cultural significance of saltfish, while also acknowledging some of its less desirable aspects.


Line by Line Meaning

Saltfish stew is what I like
I enjoy eating saltfish stew


So doo-doo, give me day and night
I want to eat saltfish both day and night


I like you food, so don't find me rude
I enjoy your food, so please don't be offended


My favorite, I sure every man in here already eat it
Saltfish is my favorite food and I am sure that many people here have eaten it before


Saltfish
Referring to Saltfish


Nothing in the world sweeter than
There is nothing sweeter than saltfish


English, colloquial, Bajans
Saltfish is eaten by people who speak English, colloquially known as 'Bajans'


It's sweeter than meat
Saltfish is sweeter than meat


When you want to eat
Whenever you feel like eating


All saltfish sweet
All saltfish is sweet


Very well, I like the taste
I enjoy the taste of saltfish


Though the smell, sometimes out of place
Although the smell of saltfish can sometimes be overpowering


It hard to take, but make no mistake
It can be difficult to handle the smell, but don't be mistaken


I want you to know, it's because it extra sweet it smelling so boy it's
The reason it smells so strong is that it's extra sweet


Saltfish
Referring to Saltfish


Big money does run behind it
There is a lot of money to be made from saltfish


Man does lick down man to find it
People will do whatever it takes to get their hands on saltfish


Some like it hot, some like it cold
Some people enjoy eating their saltfish hot, while others prefer it cold


No matter what, I take it young or old
Regardless of how it's prepared, I will eat saltfish


When it serve with wine, man does stew it fine
When saltfish is served with wine, people cook it to perfection


Put no pepper, the bone in the centre does be sweet like sugar
Don't add pepper to the saltfish, as the bone in the center will taste sweet like sugar


Saltfish
Referring to Saltfish


Some men does get drunk to taste it
Some people will get drunk in order to enjoy the taste of saltfish


Some does go and hide to face it
Some people will hide to eat their saltfish


It's sweeter than meat
Saltfish is sweeter than meat


When you want to eat
Whenever you feel like eating


All saltfish sweet
All saltfish is sweet


I would die, a happy man
I would die a happy man


If I close me eye, with piece in me hand
If I died holding a piece of saltfish, I would be content


Bury me, in the cemetery
When I die, bury me in the cemetery


Any money, put a saltfish picture on me tombstone saying
If possible, put a picture of saltfish on my tombstone


Sparrow was it's greatest lover
Sparrow loved saltfish more than anyone else


He even adored the odor
He even loved the smell of saltfish


It's sweeter than meat
Saltfish is sweeter than meat


When you want to eat
Whenever you feel like eating


All saltfish sweet
All saltfish is sweet




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@roseprescod4327

All salt fish sweet..still listening 2023โค

@seonadams164

And beyond

@ikongchin3088

He will always be my # 1 calypsonian. He was the ultimate showman. I saw him perform several times here in JAMAICA. He was always popular and we always looked forward to his new release.

@whothecapfits6910

Listening in 2024 โค

@Offsure

His voice is beautiful. This is a calypso classic song.๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ฎ

@deltaXna

The funniest song of all time ๐Ÿคฃ

@morbid1957

The man Sparrow. Enjoyed singing some of his songs as a child.๐Ÿ˜„

@chrisdu7653

big money does run behind it and that is a fact even today my favorite song by the MIGHTY SPARROW!!!!!!!!

@akeemx1

Is when u get big u understand the lyrics.... moms and pops was rellll vicey ....geeeezzzzzzzz

@krisaaliyahkyr5904

Love this song. Best version ever!! ๐ŸŽถput a saltfish picture..on meh tombstone saying..."SALTFISH".. Sparrow was its greatest lover.."๐ŸŽถ

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