Try Again
Mighty Sparrow Lyrics


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In the beginning if you do not succeed
Don′t feel your efforts were all in vain
A little more determination is all you may need
Success only comes after heavy strain
Sometimes we have to do it
Over and over again
Before we begin to see the light
Difficulties are ever present
Just like the sun and the rain
One day we gon' learn to do it right

′Til then we must try
Try again
Try not to complain
Learn to bear the strain
Trials and tribulations
Is their for everyone
The problems that we face each day
We should never let them stay
Don't let complacency block your way
I say try
Try again
Never give in
No pain, no gain
Life can complicated
And you can get damn frustrated
But then hold steadfast
A little time will pass
Try again
You will succeed
At last

Though not exclusively but especially the young
You want easy answers for everything
But when the preachers and the teachers
Having it hard in this town
Oh, what a job they have explaining
Showing the young people how they must persevere
More and more
Convincing them life is hard but it's sweet
Self discipline and application is the key to be sure
Before they can relax on easy street

′Til then they must try
Try again
Try not to complain
Learn to bear the strain
Life is what you make of it
Stop telling me you can′t do it
Destiny is your hand
Totally at your command
The only thing now is you to understand
You must try
Try again
Never give in
No pain, no gain
Stand up erect, don't falter
Like the rock of Gibraltar
So be courageous
Show your fortitude and class
In the end you will succeed
At last

Children today
Some of them does boast
Some does brag
They going to school merely to have fun
Well some of them ain′t even have a book in they bag
Security guard catching them with gun
Serious violence has increased
And is now out of hand
No respect from Father
No love from son
Girl children showing a weird sense of pride
In the evil they done
Praising who had the most abortion

You've got to try
Try again
Try to not complain
Learn to bear the strain
To yourself you must be honest
Then you could find happiness
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And I hope a coconstrain
A mind is a terrible thing to waste
You must try
Try again
Never give in
No pain, no gain
Going to school with weapon
Could only bring self-destruction
Without no reward
You might be a great warlord
But the pen is mightier than the sword

So get up and get
Be responsible to yourself
Stop acting like the world owe you a living
Your quality of life depends upon you, no one else
Integrity comes from deep within
The disadvantages you may had
As youth growing up
Makes you feel that you must play tit for tat
But whether was child abuse, mental cruelty, or what
It must stop
You can′t spite others because of that

You've got to try
Try again
Try not to complain
Learn to bear the strain
None of us have to suffer
We can control we future
For whatever the mind perceive
Surely it can be achieved
Stop doubting yourself and say
"I believe
I go try
Try again
Never give in
No pain, no gain"
Show them your full potential
Ain′t limited to Carnival
For whenever the steel band pass
And we finish play we mas
Still we must have success within our grasp

Try
You've gotta try
Try




You've gotta try
Try again

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to Mighty Sparrow's song "Try Again" convey a message of perseverance and resilience in the face of challenges and obstacles. The song encourages listeners to not give up easily and to keep trying until they achieve success. The opening lines emphasize that failure does not mean that one's efforts were in vain; rather, it suggests that determination and persistence are essential for achieving one's goals. The lyrics also acknowledge the presence of difficulties in life, comparing them to the ever-present sun and rain. The chorus repeats the refrain of "try again, try not to complain" as a reminder to remain focused and determined, even in the face of trials and tribulations.


The song further highlights the importance of self-discipline and application, particularly for the younger generation. It criticizes the notion of seeking easy answers and urges young people to persevere and understand that life can be both hard and sweet. The lyrics contrast the challenges faced by preachers and teachers with the desires of young people for an easier life. It reminds them that discipline and application are the keys to success, emphasizing that destiny is in their hands and encouraging them to never give in. The song also addresses social issues such as violence, lack of respect, and strange pride in wrongdoing. It emphasizes the need for individuals to be responsible, honest, and strive for their own happiness.


Overall, "Try Again" is a song that promotes a positive mindset and a resilient attitude towards life's challenges. It encourages listeners to embrace determination, perseverance, and self-discipline as essential attributes for achieving success.


Line by Line Meaning

In the beginning if you do not succeed
If you don't succeed at first, don't be discouraged.


Don't feel your efforts were all in vain
Don't think that your efforts were pointless.


A little more determination is all you may need
You might just need a bit more determination.


Success only comes after heavy strain
Success only comes after enduring hardships.


Sometimes we have to do it
Sometimes we have to keep trying


Over and over again
Repeatedly.


Before we begin to see the light
Before we start seeing positive results.


Difficulties are ever present
Challenges are always there.


Just like the sun and the rain
Just like the natural elements of sun and rain.


One day we gon' learn to do it right
Eventually, we will learn to succeed.


′Til then we must try
Until then, we must keep trying.


Try again
Attempt again.


Try not to complain
Avoid complaining.


Learn to bear the strain
Adapt to and endure difficulties.


Trials and tribulations
Challenges and hardships.


Is their for everyone
Are present in everyone's life.


The problems that we face each day
The challenges we encounter daily.


We should never let them stay
We should not allow them to persist.


Don't let complacency block your way
Don't allow contentment to hinder your progress.


I say try
I suggest trying.


Never give in
Never surrender or give up.


No pain, no gain
You must endure hardships to achieve success.


Life can complicated
Life can be complex.


And you can get damn frustrated
And you can become extremely frustrated.


But then hold steadfast
But then remain determined.


A little time will pass
Some time will elapse.


You will succeed
You will achieve success.


At last
Finally.


Though not exclusively but especially the young
Although not solely, but particularly the young.


You want easy answers for everything
You desire simple solutions for everything.


But when the preachers and the teachers
But when the religious leaders and educators


Having it hard in this town
Experiencing difficulties in this city.


Oh, what a job they have explaining
Oh, how challenging their task of explaining is.


Showing the young people how they must persevere
Teaching the youth how they should persist.


More and more
Increasingly.


Convincing them life is hard but it's sweet
Persuading them that life is tough, but also enjoyable.


Self discipline and application is the key to be sure
Self-control and commitment are essential, without a doubt.


Before they can relax on easy street
Before they can enjoy a comfortable life.


Til then they must try
Until then, they have to continue trying.


Life is what you make of it
The quality of life depends on your actions.


Stop telling me you can′t do it
Stop claiming you are incapable of doing it.


Destiny is your hand
You control your own destiny.


Totally at your command
Completely under your control.


The only thing now is you to understand
The only thing left is for you to comprehend.


None of us have to suffer
None of us need to endure hardship.


We can control we future
We can control our future.


For whatever the mind perceive
Because whatever the mind perceives


Surely it can be achieved
Certainly, it can be accomplished.


Stop doubting yourself and say
Stop questioning yourself and say


I believe
I have faith.


I go try
I will attempt.


Show them your full potential
Demonstrate your complete ability.


Ain′t limited to Carnival
Isn't restricted to Carnival.


For whenever the steel band pass
Because whenever the steel band passes


And we finish play we mas
And we finish playing our masquerade


Still we must have success within our grasp
Still, we must have success within our reach.


Children today
Current generation of children


Some of them does boast
Some of them boast.


Some does brag
Some brag.


They going to school merely to have fun
They go to school just to have fun.


Well some of them ain′t even have a book in they bag
Well, some of them don't even have a book in their bag.


Security guard catching them with gun
Security guards catching them with guns.


Serious violence has increased
Serious violence has escalated.


And is now out of hand
And is now beyond control.


No respect from Father
Lack of respect from fathers.


No love from son
No love from sons.


Girl children showing a weird sense of pride
Girls showing a strange sense of pride.


In the evil they done
In the wrong they have committed.


Praising who had the most abortion
Praising those who have had the most abortions.


To yourself you must be honest
You must be honest with yourself.


Then you could find happiness
Then you can find happiness.


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United Negro College Fund.


And I hope a coconstrain
And I pray for a contribution.


A mind is a terrible thing to waste
A mind is a valuable resource that should not be squandered.


Going to school with weapon
Attending school with a weapon.


Could only bring self-destruction
Can only lead to self-destruction.


Without no reward
Without any reward.


You might be a great warlord
You might become a powerful leader.


But the pen is mightier than the sword
But the written word has more influence than physical strength.


So get up and get
So, rise and take action.


Be responsible to yourself
Take responsibility for yourself.


Stop acting like the world owe you a living
Stop behaving as if the world owes you a living.


Your quality of life depends upon you, no one else
Your quality of life depends on your own actions.


Integrity comes from deep within
Integrity originates from within oneself.


The disadvantages you may had
The disadvantages you may have had.


As youth growing up
As you grow up.


Makes you feel that you must play tit for tat
Makes you feel like you have to retaliate.


But whether was child abuse, mental cruelty, or what
But whether it was child abuse, mental cruelty, or anything else.


It must stop
It must come to an end.


You can't spite others because of that
You cannot resent others because of that.


None of us have to suffer
None of us have to endure hardship.


We can control we future
We can control our future.


For whatever the mind perceive
Because whatever the mind perceives.


Surely it can be achieved
Certainly, it can be accomplished.


Stop doubting yourself and say
Stop questioning yourself and say


I believe
I have faith.


I go try
I will attempt.


Try
Attempt.


You've gotta try
You have to try.


Try
Attempt.


You've gotta try
You have to try.


Try again
Attempt again.




Writer(s): Simon Wilcox, Mike Green, Jason Centeno, Seth Trotter, Doug Mccarthy, Robert Ragan

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@natureislegirl8947

Playing this song for my 5 year old son who gets frustrated when he doesn't get sthg right the first time. This song is timeless.

@tempfambam3243

My child hood jamaican mom Nigerian step dad

@tempfambam3243

I'm cryinggg ooooo

@jackymore9394

Great tune mighty sparrow legend ..

@ChristianMosi

Still playing this in 2017 ❤️

@annsocialnurse8933

Thank you for sharing this wonderful song here!

@nigelvanderpool963

still playing this song 2019

@jackymore9394

Happy mothers day mom RIP this was one of your favorite songs..my heart is filled with tears listing so much good memories..

@edwardspencer63

jacky more Sorry to hear about your mom. Please accept my condolences. God bless.

@smackerrichardson1802

Rip

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