Teresa
Mighty Sparrow Lyrics


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You're worse than a dog Theresa, girl you break my heart
This morning you take me dollar, now you're playing smart
This morning you come, we talk the business quiet and soft
Everytime I come you making excuses and trying to put it off.

Sparrow leh me go, boy don't hold me so
Mey Mama go know, Sparrow darling wait till tomorrow
Theresa I love you, and I always thinking of you
Yo tu quiero mucho, I really can't wait for tomorrow

Never me again Theresa, to give you a cent
I rather to give a beggar upon the pavement
I try all my best with you, but girl I know and I see
You will never, never, love anybody, all you want is the currency.

Sparrow leh me go, boy don't hold me so
Mey Mama go know, Sparrow darling wait till tomorrow
Theresa I love you, and I always thinking of you
Yo tu quiero mucho, I really can't wait for tomorrow

Now make up your mind Theresa, I ain't making joke
I don't want to use me razor, but this thing won't work
Give me back me money or else settle up socially
You could never, never take me money and then making old style on me.

Sparrow leh me go, boy don't hold me so
Mey Mama go know, Sparrow darling wait till tomorrow
Theresa I love you, and I always thinking of you
Yo tu quiero mucho, I really can't wait for tomorrow

Don't make so much noise Theresa, darling have a care
There is nothing irregular going on in here
This morning you take me dollar to buy tickets for the show
Now I come to take you out to the theatre, you bluntly refuse to go.

Sparrow leh me go, boy don't hold me so
Mey Mama go know, Sparrow darling wait till tomorrow




Theresa I love you, and I always thinking of you
Yo tu quiero mucho, I really can't wait for tomorrow

Overall Meaning

The song "Teresa" by Mighty Sparrow is about a man who is in love with a woman named Teresa, but she keeps taking advantage of him by taking his money and making excuses when he tries to spend time with her. The lyrics convey the singer's frustration with Teresa's behavior, as he calls her out for breaking his heart and only caring about money. He threatens to cut ties with her and never give her another cent, but then professes his love for her and says he can't wait to see her again.


The song is a commentary on the transactional nature of relationships and the power dynamics that can develop when one person holds the financial advantage. It also touches on themes of manipulation and false promises, as Teresa repeatedly makes excuses to avoid spending time with the singer despite his generosity.


Overall, "Teresa" is a song that speaks to the complexities of romantic relationships and the ways in which money can complicate them.


Line by Line Meaning

You're worse than a dog Theresa, girl you break my heart
You have hurt me more than any dog could, Theresa, and it has left me heartbroken


This morning you take me dollar, now you're playing smart
Earlier today, you took my money without thinking, and now you are acting like you did not do anything wrong


This morning you come, we talk the business quiet and soft
When you came earlier today, we talked about the matter in a calm and peaceful manner


Everytime I come you making excuses and trying to put it off.
Whenever I come around, you always make excuses and avoid the topic


Sparrow leh me go, boy don't hold me so
Sparrow, let me go. Don't hold me so tightly


Mey Mama go know, Sparrow darling wait till tomorrow
My mother will find out, Sparrow. Please wait until tomorrow, my darling


Theresa I love you, and I always thinking of you
Theresa, I love you and you are always on my mind


Yo tu quiero mucho, I really can't wait for tomorrow
I love you very much and I can't wait for tomorrow


Never me again Theresa, to give you a cent
I will never give you money again, Theresa


I rather to give a beggar upon the pavement
I would rather give my money to a beggar on the street


I try all my best with you, but girl I know and I see
I have done everything I can for you, but I know and see that you do not truly care for me


You will never, never, love anybody, all you want is the currency.
You will never truly love someone, all you care about is money


Now make up your mind Theresa, I ain't making joke
Theresa, it's time to make a decision, I am not joking around


I don't want to use me razor, but this thing won't work
I don't want to resort to violence, but it seems like it may be necessary to get through to you


Give me back me money or else settle up socially
Either give me my money back or we need to come to an agreement on how to resolve this situation


You could never, never take me money and then making old style on me.
You can't just take my money and then act like nothing happened


Don't make so much noise Theresa, darling have a care
Theresa, please be more careful and quiet, there is no need for all the noise


There is nothing irregular going on in here
There is nothing strange or suspicious happening here


This morning you take me dollar to buy tickets for the show
Earlier today, you took my money to buy tickets for the show


Now I come to take you out to the theatre, you bluntly refuse to go.
Now that I am here to take you to the theater, you are refusing to go in a straightforward manner




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Mystical Realms

Love this classic calypso, I grew up with it been a long time since I've heard this original version. My parents were wed in Trinidad the very year this song came out!

Rabeib Mcfarlane

The greatest

gerard remy

Sparrow was ah mad man to sing these songs yes!!!!! loool!!!

Ruby Peterkin

I really enjoyed.

xaevian callender

This song was inspired to the Mighty Sparrow by my late grandmother Theresa.

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