Sparrow vs. Melody Picong
Mighty Sparrow Lyrics


Jump to: Overall Meaning ↴  Line by Line Meaning ↴

Well Melody, come close to me
I will tell you plain and candidly
Don′t stop back and smile
Because you have a face like a crocodile!

Sparrow, you shouldn't tell me that at all
I mind you when you was small
Many of the nights I used to mash your head
In crossing to go on yuh mother... babadap, babadap!

I know you think you are looking sweet
Posing here in you old false teeth
Is a lucky thing your uncle kick out
For you to get the false teeth to put in your mouth!

That is all you can say
In every angle and every way?
But the way how you watching at me
I go buss a right hook in your belly!

It look as if you want trouble here tonight
Allyuh always looking for fight
I′ll tell you this candidly
That is why the jail never empty!

You know that I'll be proud and glad
If Sampson and Delilah come back to Trinidad
But when they come, I wouldn't go in the theatre
Because look the jawbone of the ass right here!

Well, ladies and gents, to tell you this I′m sure
When the circus was here they had a big uproar
Walking hand in hand, the female chimpanzee
Take Mello for she man!

Sparrow, that is a mistake
And in my opinion you give me a headache
This is what I′m forced to say
Is the same mistake you going to make today!

Well Melody, you have me in a rage
Whining up on the stage
You feel you are looking cute
But when you finish, take off the dead man suit!

You shouldn't tell me that
This is what I am compelled to tell you flat
I hope you doesn′t say that I am crack
In a while I'll be whining behind yuh back!

Well believe, don′t touch mih flesh
I wouldn't say you fresh




Back to back, belly to belly
And I think you are slack!

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to "Sparrow vs. Melody Picong" by Mighty Sparrow depict a back-and-forth exchange between two individuals, Sparrow and Melody, engaged in a traditional form of Trinidadian calypso banter known as "picong." In this form of verbal sparring, wit, humor, and sometimes insults are exchanged in a playful manner.


From the beginning, Sparrow taunts Melody about his appearance, comparing him to a crocodile because of his smile. Melody retaliates by reminiscing about the times he used to tease Sparrow when they were younger, even mentioning how he would playfully hit Sparrow's head. Sparrow then mocks Melody's false teeth, suggesting that it was fortunate his uncle got rid of them, enabling Melody to wear them.


The banter continues as Sparrow accuses Melody of lacking creativity and constantly harping on the same topic, implying that Melody's sole focus is trying to provoke a fight. Sparrow humorously mentions his excitement about the biblical characters Sampson and Delilah returning to Trinidad, but sarcastically adds that he wouldn't attend the theater show because Melody's presence would serve as a reminder of a donkey's jawbone.


The song takes an amusing turn as Sparrow accuses Melody of getting involved romantically with a female chimpanzee when the circus was in town. Melody dismisses this as a mistake and accuses Sparrow of giving him a headache. The banter concludes with Sparrow playfully expressing his anger and challenging Melody's dancing skills, jokingly suggesting he should remove his "dead man suit" after his performance. Melody responds by warning Sparrow not to touch him and calling him slack.


Overall, "Sparrow vs. Melody Picong" demonstrates the lighthearted yet witty nature of picong in calypso music, where playful insults are exchanged in a humorous manner between performers.


Line by Line Meaning

Well Melody, come close to me
Melody, approach me closely


I will tell you plain and candidly
I will speak to you honestly and directly


Don't stop back and smile
Do not hold back your smile


Because you have a face like a crocodile!
Because your face resembles that of a crocodile


Sparrow, you shouldn't tell me that at all
Sparrow, you should not tell me such things


I mind you when you was small
I remember you from when you were young


Many of the nights I used to mash your head
I often used to hit your head


In crossing to go on yuh mother... babadap, babadap!
While passing by your mother... babadap, babadap!


I know you think you are looking sweet
I am aware that you believe you appear attractive


Posing here in you old false teeth
Presenting yourself here with your worn false teeth


Is a lucky thing your uncle kick out
It is fortunate that your uncle discarded


For you to get the false teeth to put in your mouth!
So that you could acquire false teeth to wear


That is all you can say
Is that the only thing you can say


In every angle and every way?
From every perspective and in every manner?


But the way how you watching at me
But the way you are staring at me


I go buss a right hook in your belly!
I will throw a powerful punch at your stomach!


It look as if you want trouble here tonight
It appears that you desire conflict this evening


Allyuh always looking for a fight
All of you are constantly seeking confrontations


I'll tell you this candidly
I will honestly tell you this


That is why the jail never empty!
That is why the jail is never empty!


You know that I'll be proud and glad
You know that I will be proud and joyful


If Sampson and Delilah come back to Trinidad
If Sampson and Delilah were to return to Trinidad


But when they come, I wouldn't go in the theatre
But if they do come, I would not go to the theater


Because look, the jawbone of the ass right here!
Because, look, the foolish person is right here!


Well, ladies and gents, to tell you this I'm sure
Well, ladies and gentlemen, I can assure you


When the circus was here they had a big uproar
During the circus' visit, there was great commotion


Walking hand in hand, the female chimpanzee
Walking together, the female chimpanzee


Take Mello for she man!
Took Mello for her partner!


Sparrow, that is a mistake
Sparrow, that is an error


And in my opinion you give me a headache
And, in my view, you cause me a headache


This is what I'm forced to say
This is what I am compelled to utter


Is the same mistake you going to make today!
It is the same mistake you will make today!


Well Melody, you have me in a rage
Well, Melody, you have infuriated me


Whining up on the stage
Dancing sensually on the stage


You feel you are looking cute
You believe you appear attractive


But when you finish, take off the dead man suit!
But once finished, remove the attire of a deceased person!


You shouldn't tell me that
You should not say that to me


This is what I am compelled to tell you flat
This is what I feel obliged to tell you directly


I hope you doesn't say that I am crack
I hope you do not state that I am insane


In a while I'll be whining behind yuh back!
Soon, I will be gossiping about you!


Well believe, don't touch mih flesh
Well, understand, do not touch me physically


I wouldn't say you fresh
I would not say you are attractive


Back to back, belly to belly
Facing each other intimately


And I think you are slack!
And, in my opinion, you are lazy!




Writer(s): S. Francisco

Contributed by Elena G. Suggest a correction in the comments below.
To comment on or correct specific content, highlight it

Genre not found
Artist not found
Album not found
Song not found
Comments from YouTube:

suzan cameron

The Lord Melody had an incredible and distinctive voice.

TheAto2000

I was told about this rivalry by a teacher in school in the 1990s. I'm glad to finally hear an example .Melody was already dead when I started remembering things as a child. I grew up viewing Sparrow as a rival to calypsonian Kitchener, who died in 2000. Sparrow is still alive as of writing in 2018.I'm glad to get this renewed interest in "kaiso".

Trintana

Every time I listen this lavway, I smile.
Greatest respect to these two calypso greats your memory will indeed live on!!

Dario Smagata

Yes this is the precursor to the rap battle. Rap and hip-hop comes out of Caribbean music, look at some of the earliest hip-hop records and see where they were recorded, in the reggae and calypso studios of NYC and Florida. Many things trace back to the islands!

America's Maker

Yeah, no. The dozens are the precursor to Hip Hop, same ethnic group, black Americans. I wouldn't be surprised if this was influenced by black American Jazz and bebop, blues, the dozens.

Dario Smagata

@America's Maker The dozens is just the American version of an African tradition, it all comes from the same roots. Not trying to take away from African-Americans achievements - hip hop and the dozens are American inventions, but they didn’t come out of thin air.

Elijah Smith

@Dario Smagata And this is the TRinidadian version. The American version evolved with other black American cultural aspects and music to become hip hop

Peter Paul

Classic display by two giants of Calypso! With due respect to Lord Melody, to me, Mighty Sparrow won this duel.

BUTONAE

For not knowing the meaning of "Freedom of Speech", you're no longer permitted to use the YouTube or listen to Calypso for the rest of your life. How about that?

Adrian

BUTONAE Nice try. Freedom is a privilege you lose when you abuse it, which you've done again here in suggesting one of us doesn't know this. You are now no longer permitted to speak either.

1 More Replies...
More Comments

More Versions