Steering Wheel
Mighty Sparrow Lyrics


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She tell me "No, I ain't going Carenage
Stay right here in the garage
I am afraid and you know after hours
Down dey have night prowlers
Anything you have to do, do it here
We ain't have nothing to fear"
When I hold she to demonstrate meh plan
Is then the trouble began, man

She start to working up and working up and working up
Hmmm and she carrying on
She foot stick up in the steering wheel
And blowing the horn, if you hear it?
She father come out
Big machete in the hand and so help me
The old man started to shout, and if you hear him:

"Shame, Sparrow, shame
You're spoiling meh daughter name
I tell you don't come back here again
You are the one to blame
Take care meh daughter strain"

Can you imagine this long-legged woman
In such an awkward position?
And me, a friend of the family
Couldn't be more guilty
If she did keep she tail quiet
Nobody would'a know the garage have activity
But she keeping up like she mad
Holding she leg like a blasted flag

She start to working up and working up and working up
And she carrying on
She foot stick up in the steering wheel
Blowing the horn, if you hear it
She father come out
Big stick in the hand and so help me
The old man started to shout, oh meh Lawd:

"Shame, Sparrow, shame
You're spoiling meh daughter name
Don't come back here again
Sparrow, you are the one to blame
And take care meh daughter strain"

This time the dog started to bark
Don't talk how the garage dark
Ah start to feel in the dark because I couldn't see
She "Hee hee, boy you tickling me!"
This time she ankle quite by the gear lever
And she big toe hook the indicator
Ah fighting hard to untangle she
But the noise waking everybody

Man, she start to working up and working up and working up
And she carrying on
She foot stick up in the steering wheel
And blowing the horn...
She father come out
Big stick in the hand and the old fool
Started to shout, if you hear me

"Shame, Sparrow, shame
You're spoiling meh daughter name
I tell you don't come back here again
You are the one to blame
Take care meh daughter strain"

She little brother and she two nephew
Come outside and peeping too
Ah start to run, run away from the car
Ah couldn't face the grandmother
This time meh jacket fly, meh shoes in meh hand
Meh pants get away from meh midsection
In the dark I stumble and fall
The dog take meh socks, underpants and all

Mean she dey, she working up and working up and working up
And she carrying on
She foot stick up in the steering wheel
And blowing the horn, loud loud loud!
She father come out
One big machete in the hand, and
And the old man started to shout, if you hear him:

"Shame, Sparrow, shame
You're spoiling meh daughter name
I tell you don't come back here again
Take care meh daughter strain
Something in she brain
Take care meh daughter strain
Shame, Sparrow, shame
Take care meh daughter strain




Shame, Sparrow, shame
Take care meh daughter strain!"

Overall Meaning

The song "Steering Wheel" by Mighty Sparrow is a playful yet risqué tune about a steamy encounter in a garage. The singer's female partner initially expresses fear of going to a dangerous location down in Carenage, but the singer convinces her to stay in the garage instead. However, trouble starts when the woman begins to get carried away with pleasure, and her foot gets stuck in the steering wheel while the horn blows loudly. This attracts the attention of the woman's angry father, who confronts the singer with a machete, accusing him of spoiling his daughter's name. The song ends with the singer trying to escape from the scene after being embarrassed by the entire incident.


The song is a classic example of Mighty Sparrow's ability to weave humour and innuendo into his music while maintaining a catchy beat. Despite the bawdy subject matter, Sparrow manages to maintain a light-hearted tone throughout the song, which has helped to establish it as a favourite at Carnival celebrations in Trinidad and Tobago. The lyrics are also rich in metaphor and double entendre, making it a popular topic for discussion among music enthusiasts.


Line by Line Meaning

She tell me "No, I ain't going Carenage
She refuses to go to Carenage and would rather stay in the garage due to safety concerns


Stay right here in the garage
She wants to stay in a safe place and avoid potential danger outside


I am afraid and you know after hours
She is afraid of being out late when criminal activity is more likely to occur


Down dey have night prowlers
There are criminals around the area who are active at night


Anything you have to do, do it here
She suggests that any necessary activity should be done in the safety of the garage


We ain't have nothing to fear"
She believes that staying in the garage is safe and will allow them to avoid potential harm


When I hold she to demonstrate meh plan
When he attempts to demonstrate his plan to her


Is then the trouble began, man
The trouble started to occur when he tried to show her his plan


She start to working up and working up and working up
She becomes increasingly excited and agitated


Hmmm and she carrying on
She continues to behave erratically


She foot stick up in the steering wheel
Her foot gets stuck in the steering wheel


And blowing the horn, if you hear it?
She begins to honk the horn loudly, possibly as a result of her excitement and stuck foot


She father come out
Her father comes out of the house


Big machete in the hand and so help me
He has a machete in his hand and is possibly threatening


The old man started to shout, and if you hear him:
The father begins to yell and become angry


"Shame, Sparrow, shame
He is shaming Sparrow and blaming him for his daughter's behavior


You're spoiling meh daughter name
He is blaming Sparrow for negatively affecting his daughter's reputation


I tell you don't come back here again
He tells Sparrow not to return because of what has happened


You are the one to blame
He believes that Sparrow is responsible for what has happened to his daughter


Take care meh daughter strain."
The father wants Sparrow to be careful and cautious when it comes to his daughter


Can you imagine this long-legged woman
Sparrow is asking the listener to imagine seeing the woman in her awkward position


In such an awkward position?
Sparrow describes the woman's uncomfortable and compromising position


And me, a friend of the family
Sparrow reveals that he is a friend of the woman's family


Couldn't be more guilty
He feels guilty for what has happened


If she did keep she tail quiet
If the woman had been quiet and discreet


Nobody would'a know the garage have activity
No one would have known about the activity in the garage


But she keeping up like she mad
The woman is behaving like she is crazy, drawing unwanted attention


Holding she leg like a blasted flag
She holds her leg up and waves it around in a provocative manner, further drawing attention


This time the dog started to bark
The dog begins to bark, possibly due to the noise being made and/or the woman's behavior


Don't talk how the garage dark
The darkness of the garage may contribute to the chaos and confusion


Ah start to feel in the dark because I couldn't see
Sparrow becomes disoriented and confused due to the darkness


She "Hee hee, boy you tickling me!"
The woman seems to be amused by Sparrow's attempts to free her from the steering wheel


This time she ankle quite by the gear lever
Her ankle gets stuck by the gear lever


And she big toe hook the indicator
Her big toe hooks the indicator, causing more noise


Ah fighting hard to untangle she
Sparrow is trying his best to free her from the steering wheel and gear lever


But the noise waking everybody
The noise being made is alerting and disturbing the neighbors


She little brother and she two nephew
The woman's family members, including her younger brother and two nephews


Come outside and peeping too
They come outside to see what is going on and witness the chaos


Ah start to run, run away from the car
Sparrow begins to run away to avoid further trouble


Ah couldn't face the grandmother
He fears facing the woman's grandmother after what has happened


This time meh jacket fly, meh shoes in meh hand
Sparrow's clothes and shoes get scattered in the confusion


Meh pants get away from meh midsection
His pants fall down, adding to the humiliation


In the dark I stumble and fall
Sparrow falls down in the dark due to the chaos and fear


The dog take meh socks, underpants and all
The dog gets hold of Sparrow's socks and underpants, compounding his embarrassment


And blowing the horn... She father come out
The woman is still making noise and her father comes out once more


One big machete in the hand, and
The father is still holding a machete and is still angry


And the old man started to shout, if you hear him:
The father begins to yell again


"Shame, Sparrow, shame
He is still shaming Sparrow and blaming him for the incident


Take care meh daughter strain"
He repeats his previous warning to Sparrow to be careful with his daughter


Something in she brain
The father suggests that there is something wrong with his daughter's thinking or behavior


Shame, Sparrow, shame
The father continues to shame and blame Sparrow for the incident


Take care meh daughter strain
He repeats his warning to Sparrow to be careful with his daughter


Shame, Sparrow, shame
The father once again shames and blames Sparrow


Take care meh daughter strain!"
The father repeats his warning to Sparrow to be careful with his daughter




Writer(s): Francisco Slinger

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Comments from YouTube:

@sandyferris4536

Sparrow should have disconnected the battery before fixing the machine lol. Beautiful Caribbean classic

@noelsturrup3817

Excellent point! Especially if she knew she would carry on so! Haha

@normanosborne7367

SO MUCH ACTIVITY HAPPENING IN THE GARAGE. ALL THAT WORKING UP SHE DOING HER FEET TOUCH THE STEERING WHEEL BLOWING THE HORN****LOUD LOUD LOUD****POOR SPARROW GET CAUGHT OUT HERE. A TRUE GENIUS (5 STAR*****)

@noelsturrup3817

Di fadda did admit in the end, "Something in she vein" Haha

@smegybellend

cool