The Rebel
Mighty Sparrow Lyrics


They treat me like a savage
On me they took advantage
When I was young and growing up in town
All o′ them badjohns used to slap me down
Kicked me and all them stuff
Give me some big, big cuff
I really grew up rough and tough

Now I'm a rebel
I seeking my revenge in any kind o′ way
I'm a devil
I don't laugh, I don′t smile, I don′t play
Anytime we meet, man-to-man
It's blood and sand!

They really think I forget
How I get so much clouted
They used to bluff me when I leaving school
Take off my cap and tap me like a fool
While they were in their glee
I was in misery
Like any Good Friday bobolee

Now I′m a rebel
I seeking my revenge in any kind o' way
I′m a devil
I don't laugh, I don′t smile, I don't play
Anytime we meet, man-to-man
It's blood and sand!

All I could do was cry, cry
And go home with a black eye
When I was twelve I was a laughing stock
Done as a pappyshow from block to block
Always, always in a fix
Whenever they do their tricks
I′m always getting innocent licks

Now I′m a rebel
I seeking my revenge in any kind o' way
I′m a devil
I don't laugh, I don′t smile, I don't play
Anytime we meet, man-to-man
It′s blood and sand!

Once my schoolmaster told me
He wish police could hold me
When I was expelled I was left to roam
Put out from school, also put out from home
That's why I want to meet
Them badjohns on the street
To show them how revenge is sweet

I am a rebel
I seeking my revenge in any kind o' way
I′m a devil
I don′t laugh, I don't smile, I don′t play
Anytime we meet, man-to-man
It's blood and sand!

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Comments from YouTube:

WeeWeeJumbo

Mama's family moved from Trinidad to the Canal Zone - to Rainbow City, Panama. She sang this song to herself many years before YouTube was started, and I never heard this song myself until now.
Thanks, Edward Spencer

Gerry Hector

For me any other singer would have to take second place after the mighty Sparrow, I grew up listening to that genius

Mikdeb

The greatest Sparrow

alfredo edwards

The Great Sparrow again Panamanians love him.