Wanted Dead Or Alive
Mighty Sparrow Lyrics

The rule of the tyrants decline
The year, 1979
From Uganda to Nicaragua
It's bombs and bullets all the time

So they corrupt, so they vile
So it's coup after coup all the while
Human rights they violate
They thought they were so great
So in disgrace now they live in exile

Gairy is a wanted man
Idi Amin is a wanted man
Shah of Iran tried so hard to survive
He, too, is wanted dead or alive

Strikes, demonstrations & wars
Injustice is always the cause
Politicians turn too soon from
Poor people into tycoons
Corruption must bring harass

South African Vorster resign in disgrace
Muzurewa take away Ian Smith place
The Uganda devil was easily cat straddled
Beaten up and chased - what a waste.

Gairy is a wanted man
Patrick John is a wanted man
The Shah of Iran try so hard to survive
He too was wanted dead or alive.

The shah had a short time to live
Because the Ayatollah don't forgive
When you see church ruling state
With pure vengeance and hate
Situation must be explosive

General Somoza from Nicaragua
Thought it was easy with the Sandinistas
With the help of Venezuela, Panama and Cuba
They kick him straight to America.

Gairy is a wanted man
Bokassa is a wanted man
Ali Bhutto try so hard to survive
He too was wanted dead or alive.

Grenada mongoose was bad and so brave
They send the old bishop straight to the grave
After that well Gairy skip town
With the diary of the Obeah gong
No more people to enslave

Trinidad neighbors expected more mayhem
Anytime anything can happen to them

Eric Williams taking a backseat to avoid
But everybody know he a fraidy cat

Gairy is a wanted mam
Park Chung Hee was a wanted man
Acheam Pong fight so hard to survive
He too was wanted dead or alive

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Laawae R

I clearly remember this song playing over the airwaves after the Grenada revolution,which took place on the March 13th ,1979.This is one song that I'll never forget.Hearing it still reminds me of the time period growing up in Grenada. I was 7 when the revolution happened and 12 by the time the Americans invaded on October 23,1983.Both events scared the life out of me!


This song was also a big part of my childhood, basically teached me current affairs , especially what was going on in Grenada so close .

Aj Stlucie

Timeless music will fit any age.
Hail Hail Sparrow!

Kris S.

Lord have mercy Sparrow was a brilliant man.

Sarnath Kerala

is a brilliant

Nelly MARLENE Stergiou

Kris S. He still alive " He is still the Greatest 💜

Michael Boyce

Love this! This used to play on New York's FM Stations all the time!

African Mermaid 🧜‍♀️

Yup!!! 👌🏽👌🏽👌🏽

Jazz Hog

Sparrow tells the story in epic form ! One of the greatest songs ever...

DJ Suge Bryant

I been searching for this song for a 🔥 Hot minute,i remember listening to this when i was in little league baseball, back im the late 70! #SALUTE MR. SPARROW THE #LEGEND!

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