Short Little Shorts
Mighty Sparrow Lyrics


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The Governor crazy
He change the law for a lady
The Governor crazy
He change the law for a young lady
A policeman had she under arrest
Claiming she wasn't properly dressed
But when the news reach around that was big uproar
The Governor get mad and change the law

Leave her alone, do you understand
Hands off, don't touch, that's my command
He said I love to see her in the Bermuda Shorts
Yes darling you look so pretty in the short little shorts

Oh, oh, my dear
This time if you see she
With the shorts roll up, up above the knee
That's what she was wearing
You could imagine how the Governor staring
Yes he watch till he mouth start to dribble
Then he scratch he head and he fix he spectacle
Looking as pale as if he was dead
With his two big eyes popping out his head

Leave her alone, do you understand
Hands off, don't touch, that's my command
He said I love to see her in the Bermuda Shorts
Yes darling you look so pretty in the short little shorts

You talking 'bout figure
She had a shape like a real Coca-Cola
So when she said goodbye
The Governor had water in his eyes
It looked as if he was planning to attack
So the Secretary and them had to hold him back
Because the way he watch she
If they didn't hold him back he would have bite up the lady

Leave her alone, do you understand
Hands off, don't touch, that's my command
He said I love to see her in the Bermuda Shorts
Yes darling you look so pretty in the short little shorts

Taxi drivers hold up
Just to see how the shorts was rolled up
She think it was so cute
But in my opinion it was like a bathing suit
Donkeys just bounced off with a cars
And the donkey wouldn't move a jot further
All the stevedores quit working on the Wharf
Still the Governor don't want her to take it off

Leave her alone, do you understand
Hands off, don't touch, that's my command




He said I love to see her in the Bermuda Shorts
Yes darling you look so pretty in the short little shorts

Overall Meaning

In the song Short Little Shorts, Mighty Sparrow sings about a Governor who changes the law to allow a young lady wearing Bermuda shorts to continue wearing them despite being under arrest by a policeman who claimed she wasn't properly dressed. The Governor becomes infatuated with her and is mesmerized by her figure, causing him to change his previous stance on the issue. The song highlights the absurdities of power and the importance of individual freedoms.


The lyrics suggest that the Governor is corrupt and willing to change the law for personal gain. The Policeman's actions and the Governor's reaction highlight the patriarchal society where women are often judged by their appearance rather than their actions. The song also points out the negative implications that come with such actions where powerful people use their power for personal gains.


Line by Line Meaning

The Governor crazy
The Governor is acting irrationally


He change the law for a lady
The Governor is changing the law to favor a young lady


A policeman had she under arrest
A policeman had arrested her


Claiming she wasn't properly dressed
The policeman claimed she was not dressed appropriately


But when the news reach around that was big uproar
The news caused a big commotion


The Governor get mad and change the law
The Governor gets angry and changes the law in favor of the young lady


Hands off, don't touch, that's my command
The Governor commands to leave the young lady alone


He said I love to see her in the Bermuda Shorts
The Governor loves to see the young lady in shorts


Yes darling you look so pretty in the short little shorts
The Governor thinks the young lady looks very pretty in her shorts


You talking 'bout figure
Referring to the young lady's physique


She had a shape like a real Coca-Cola
The young lady had an hourglass figure


The Governor had water in his eyes
The Governor was emotional upon seeing the young lady leave


It looked as if he was planning to attack
The Governor appeared to have aggressive intentions


So the Secretary and them had to hold him back
The Secretary and others had to physically restrain the Governor


Because the way he watch she
The way the Governor was watching the young lady


If they didn't hold him back he would have bite up the lady
The Governor would have bitten the young lady if not held back


Taxi drivers hold up
Taxi drivers stopped to observe


Just to see how the shorts was rolled up
To see how the young lady was wearing her shorts


Donkeys just bounced off with a cars
Donkeys ignored the cars and continued to move


And the donkey wouldn't move a jot further
The donkey would not move any further


All the stevedores quit working on the Wharf
All the workers stopped working to observe the young lady


Still the Governor don't want her to take it off
The Governor still wants the young lady to keep wearing her shorts




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@anthonytenia3232

Further Back In Times. forget the music just listen to the Lyrics and the Diction man......That's why he was and still is the GREATEST for me......Well done Francisco........Thank You and GOD BLESS You and Yours man....................

@oungkarmaharaj5860

Sparrow was born to sing calypso.

@normanosborne7367

THE GOVERNOR CRAZY AH HEAR HE CHANGE THE LAW FOR A LADY. NOT ONLY IN TRINBAGO BUT HERE IN ENGLAND TOO. GREAT TUNE FROM THE CALYPSO BASKET.

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