Trinidad Carnival
Mighty Sparrow Lyrics


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Well the biggest bacchanal is Trinidad Carnival
I say the biggest bacchanal is Trinidad Carnival
All you got to do when the music play
Take you man and break away
Regardless of colour, creed or race
Jump up and shake you waist

Because that′s the spirit of Carnival
It's a creole bacchanal
So jump as you mad this is Trinidad
We don′t care who say we mad

Once more, gentlemen!

Get out your motor-car and join one another
Ah say to drink if you drinking
Brother or dance if you dancing
Don't be afraid to bug up the craft
Hold she tight, she bound to laugh
If she bust your face with she alpagat
You look for that

All of that is the Carnival
It's a creole bacchanal
So jump as you mad this is Trinidad
We don′t care who say we mad

No colour question, worst again we have Federation
So jump and be merry, well don′t care how you ugly
You could jump with black
You could jump with white
Jump until it's twelve tonight
Tuesday night when the trumpet blast
Rock and roll and play mas′

All of that is the Carnival
It's a creole bacchanal
So jump as you mad this is Trinidad
We don′t care who say we mad





Once more, gentlemen!

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of Mighty Sparrow's "Trinidad Carnival" describe the energy and spirit of the biggest carnival celebration in Trinidad. The song emphasizes the inclusivity of the event, regardless of race or creed, and encourages everyone to come together and enjoy the festivities. The lyrics also suggest that during the carnival, people should let go of their inhibitions and embrace the madness of the celebration. The song celebrates the culture of the island and the vibrant spirit that permeates the carnival atmosphere.


The opening lines of the song, "Well the biggest bacchanal is Trinidad Carnival, I say the biggest bacchanal is Trinidad Carnival," set the tone for the rest of the lyrics. The word "bacchanal" is used throughout the song to emphasize the wild and chaotic energy of the carnival. The chorus encourages participants to dance and jump as if they are crazy, and to not care about what anyone else thinks.


The song also includes specific references to Trinidadian culture, such as the use of the word "creole" to describe the carnival. This term refers to the blending of different cultures that is present in Trinidad, particularly the mix of African, European, and Asian influences. The lyrics also mention different music styles, such as rock and roll and mas (short for "masquerade").


Line by Line Meaning

Well the biggest bacchanal is Trinidad Carnival
The wildest party of all is Trinidad Carnival


I say the biggest bacchanal is Trinidad Carnival
I repeat, the wildest party of all is Trinidad Carnival


All you got to do when the music play
When the music starts, all you need to do is


Take you man and break away
Grab your partner and start dancing


Regardless of colour, creed or race
It doesn't matter your skin color, religion, or nationality


Jump up and shake you waist
Just jump and move your hips


Because that's the spirit of Carnival
This is what Carnival is all about


It's a creole bacchanal
It's a wild party with a mix of cultures


So jump as you mad this is Trinidad
Jump around like crazy, this is Trinidad after all


We don't care who say we mad
We don't care what people think about our behavior


Get out your motor-car and join one another
Get your car and join the party with others


Ah say to drink if you drinking
I suggest you drink if you are already drinking


Brother or dance if you dancing
Just dance if you feel like it


Don't be afraid to bug up the craft
Don't hesitate to show off your dance moves


Hold she tight, she bound to laugh
Hold your partner tight and she will surely laugh


If she bust your face with she alpagat
If she accidentally hits you with her shoe


You look for that
Don't worry about it, it's all part of the fun


No colour question, worst again we have Federation
There is no question of race, we even have a Federation


So jump and be merry, well don't care how you ugly
So jump around and be happy, it doesn't matter how you look


You could jump with black
You could dance with black people


You could jump with white
You could dance with white people


Jump until it's twelve tonight
Keep jumping until midnight tonight


Tuesday night when the trumpet blast
On Tuesday night when the trumpet plays


Rock and roll and play mas
Dance and play masquerade




Writer(s): Slinger Francisco

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