The Slave
Mighty Sparrow Lyrics


I'm a slave from a land so far
I was caught
And I was brought here from Africa
I'm a slave from a land so far
I was caught
And I was brought here from Africa
Well it was licks like fire
From de white slavemaster
Everyday I down on knees
Weeks and weeks before we cross de seas
To reach in de West Indies

And den they make me work
Oh yes ah work
Good lord no pay
Ah toil, ah toil
Ah toil, ah toil
So hard each day
I'm dying...
Yeah I'm crying...
Oh...
Oh Lord I wanna be free!

Many times ah wanted to run
But de English slavemaster
Standing dey wit de gun
Oh I know he going to shoot to kill
So ah stay, ah stay and ah pray
But ah planning still
I study night and day how to break away
Ah got to make a brilliant escape
But everytime ah tink 'bout de whip an' dem dogs
Meh body does start to shake

Because dey made me work
Oh yes ah work
Oh good lord no pay
And den ah toil, ah toil,
Ah toil, ah toil
So hard each day
I'm dying...
I'm crying...
Oh...
Oh Lord I wanna be free!

In my heart, there was much to say
Ah always hope de boss
Woulda listen to me some day
Although he knew
My request was small
It was de sting ah the whip there
To answer me when ah call
We had to chant and sing to express our feelings
To dat wicked and cruel man
That was the only medicine to make him listen
And is so calypso began

Oh when dey make you work
Oh Lord you work
Good lord no pay
And den you toil and toil
And toil and toil
So hard each day
I'm dying...
Yeah, oh Lord I'm crying...
Oh...
Oh Lord I wanna be free!

Times have changed in so many ways
Till one day somebody said
"Free de bloody slaves"
I was then put out on the street
Ah got no food, got no clothes
And no place to sleep
I had no education
And no particular ambition
This I cannot conceal
Forgot my native culture
Ah lived like a vulture
From de white boss ah had to steal

He made me work
Oh yes ah work
Oh Lord no pay
Yeah yeah yeah ah toil and toil
And toil and toil
So hard each day
I'm dying...
Oh I'm crying, oh dying...
Oh...
Oh Lord, Lord I wanna be free!

Contributed by Jasmine C. Suggest a correction in the comments below.
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Comments from YouTube:

Lucas177

Sparrow is a lyrical genius, he really takes you on a journey through his mind with his music

josweet love

@madam nutmeg matters not although it's great work by Devine but only the Mighty Sparrow could have brought it to life how he did !!

madam nutmeg

He didnโ€™t pen this . It was the great genius Winsford Devine

Shotunde Shotayo

Absolutely

Erline Andrews

One of the best songs ever recorded. The musicianship. The vocal performance. The lyrics. Everything. Amazing.

Mata Jones

heard it for the first time today and love it.... the voice , the message , the emotion.. the music fantastic

BruceLoose84

The mighty sparrow is 86 years old today, and still goin strong. God Bless the mighty sparrow

Denise Bridgeman

This is such a powerful song. Was used in a play I was in. "Up from slavery "
Sparrow is so talented.

David Mitchell

This is an ageless masterpiece.

snagapuss23

great song man!!!!

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