Simpson
Mighty Sparrow Lyrics


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Simpson!

Dey tend to say I ain't have a sense of humour
But I don't like de latest rumour
Of course I have a sense of humour
But I don't like de latest rumour
People all about, are happy to say how Sparrow kick-out
He was in some kinda collision, poor soul
An' he dead, dead and gone

AMEN!

Well every half an hour, somebody ringing up
Until they get the news, they don' know when to stop
Guess who?
Yes I knew Sparrow, a very nice fellow
Whenever we met we always said hello
Guess who?

It was Simpson, de Funeral Agency Man
Wid he coffin in he han'
Simpson, de Funeral Agency Man
Oh yes he working in de Junction

Simpson!

Is now to hear how much money I owing
So much false receipt dey showing
People start to say how dey sorry
I dead and gone they ain't get chance to sue me
Dis time, my family
Clean out a spot in de cemetery
They en worry because they hear Sparrow get kill
They wanna know which one ah dem I have in meh will

AMEN!

Somebody ring the newspaper, dey ring the radio
They just gotta find out if it's really so
Guess who?
Yes I love his records and I got every one
And now I feel so sorry to know that he is gone
Guess who?
You mean to say you don't know
Simpson the Funeral Agency Man
Wid he coffin in he han'
Simpson, oh yes de Funeral Agency Man
You know he working in de Junction

Simpson!

Mmm, ah fella tell me something, he may be lying
But he say plenty women was crying
Women who never talk to me yet
But dey crying, all their dress wet
Boo hoo, boo hoo, Sparrow dead now whe' we go do
Gimme de dagger from off the shelf
I might as well kill mehself

AMEN!

Yes they say they see a man by Piccadilly Street
With a candle in he han' and two slippers on his feet
Guess who?
Yes they say they really thought the man was out he head
He say he waiting for me, although he hear I dead
Guess who?

Everybody know
Simpson, de Funeral Agency Man
Wid he coffin in he hand
Simpson, oh yes, de Funeral Agency Man
Lord, he working in de Junction

Simpson!

I hear they did ah make ah big preparation
To head my funeral wid All-Stars steel band
Yes Sir'ee, decision was real quick
They asked the steel band men to play Sputnik
For the funeral, they hire All Stars
But for the wake was dat scamp Cyril Diaz
Biscuit and coffee set, dey ready to fete
The only disappointment is I ain't dead yet

AMEN!

I know you really, really thought the news is on the level
But the man who start this rumour is as wicked as de Devil
Guess who?

Yes it's all a joke to him, he laugh and he ain't care
Wid he nose like a funnel an he mout' touchin' he ears
Guess who?

It was Melody, de ugliest Calypsonian
With he face like a saucepan




Melody, de ugliest Calypsonian
So ugly and 'mauvais lang'!

Overall Meaning

The song "Simpson" by Mighty Sparrow is a satirical take on the sensationalist tabloid culture and what would happen if rumours about someone's death and funeral circulated before the person actually died. The song starts with Sparrow expressing his dismay at the latest rumour floating around, which says he was involved in a collision and had died. He then hilariously describes the events that follow, including people calling constantly and speculating about his finances and will. The Funeral Agency Man named Simpson, who is mistakenly believed to be responsible for the funeral arrangements, becomes a central figure of the rumours, and everyone seems to know him. Sparrow then reveals that the entire incident was a joke, started by the ugly and 'mauvais lang' Calypsonian named Melody.


The song is a commentary on how people's sense of humour can sometimes cross the line and cause unnecessary anxiety and pain. Sparrow takes a lighthearted approach to the matter and uses the power of irony to expose the absurdity surrounding it. The song is also an entertaining showcase of Sparrow's wit, wordplay and vocal ability.


Line by Line Meaning

Dey tend to say I ain't have a sense of humour
People have been saying that I don't have a sense of humor


But I don't like de latest rumour
However, I don't like the latest rumor


Of course I have a sense of humour
I do have a sense of humor


But I don't like de latest rumour
But I don't like the latest rumor


People all about, are happy to say how Sparrow kick-out
People are happy to spread the rumor that Sparrow is dead


He was in some kinda collision, poor soul
The rumor is that Sparrow was in a collision and died


An' he dead, dead and gone
And they say he is dead and gone


Well every half an hour, somebody ringing up
Every half an hour, someone calls


Until they get the news, they don' know when to stop
They don't know when to stop calling until they get the news


Yes I knew Sparrow, a very nice fellow
I knew Sparrow, he was a very nice person


Whenever we met we always said hello
We would always greet each other whenever we met


It was Simpson, de Funeral Agency Man
The person calling is Simpson, the Funeral Agency Man


Wid he coffin in he han'
He has a coffin in his hand


Guess who?
Can you guess who it is?


Simpson, de Funeral Agency Man
It's Simpson, the Funeral Agency Man


Oh yes he working in de Junction
He's working in the Junction


Is now to hear how much money I owing
Now they're talking about how much money I owe


So much false receipt dey showing
They're showing so many fake receipts


People start to say how dey sorry
People start saying how sorry they are


I dead and gone they ain't get chance to sue me
Now that I'm dead, they won't get the chance to sue me


Dis time, my family
This time, my family


Clean out a spot in de cemetery
Cleared out a spot in the cemetery


They en worry because they hear Sparrow get kill
They're not worried because they heard Sparrow is dead


They wanna know which one ah dem I have in meh will
They want to know which of them is in my will


Somebody ring the newspaper, dey ring the radio
Someone calls the newspaper and radio station


They just gotta find out if it's really so
They want to confirm if it's true


Yes I love his records and I got every one
I love Sparrow's records and I have every one


And now I feel so sorry to know that he is gone
Now I feel sorry to know that he is gone


You mean to say you don't know
Don't tell me you don't know


Lord, he working in de Junction
He's working in the Junction


Mmm, ah fella tell me something, he may be lying
A guy told me something, he might be lying


But he say plenty women was crying
But he said that many women were crying


Women who never talk to me yet
Women I have never talked to


But dey crying, all their dress wet
But they're crying and their dresses are wet


Gimme de dagger from off the shelf
Give me the dagger from the shelf


I might as well kill mehself
I might as well kill myself


Yes they say they see a man by Piccadilly Street
They say they saw a man on Piccadilly Street


With a candle in he han' and two slippers on his feet
He had a candle in his hand and was wearing two slippers


They say they really thought the man was out he head
They say they thought the man was crazy


He say he waiting for me, although he hear I dead
He said he was waiting for me, even though he heard I was dead


Everybody know
Everyone knows


Lord, he working in de Junction
He's working in the Junction


I hear they did ah make ah big preparation
I heard they made big preparations


To head my funeral wid All-Stars steel band
They planned to have my funeral with the All-Stars steel band


Yes Sir'ee, decision was real quick
The decision was made very quickly


They asked the steel band men to play Sputnik
They asked the steel band to play Sputnik


For the funeral, they hire All Stars
They hired the All Stars for the funeral


But for the wake was dat scamp Cyril Diaz
But for the wake, they got that scamp Cyril Diaz


Biscuit and coffee set, dey ready to fete
The biscuits and coffee are ready for the party


The only disappointment is I ain't dead yet
The only disappointment is that I'm not dead yet


I know you really, really thought the news is on the level
I know you really thought the news was true


But the man who start this rumour is as wicked as de Devil
But the man who started the rumor is as wicked as the Devil


Yes it's all a joke to him, he laugh and he ain't care
It's all a joke to him, he laughs and he doesn't care


Wid he nose like a funnel an he mout' touchin' he ears
With his nose like a funnel and his mouth touching his ears


It was Melody, de ugliest Calypsonian
It was Melody, the ugliest Calypsonian


With he face like a saucepan
With a face like a saucepan


Melody, de ugliest Calypsonian
Melody, the ugliest Calypsonian


So ugly and 'mauvais lang'!
So ugly and with bad language!




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