We Like It So
Mighty Sparrow Lyrics


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(We like it so. We free!)

Neighbour, look, if I was selfish man
I wouldn't be involved in this election
I done old already, I ent want fame
Plus I ent looking for fortune again
All I asking is that you pay close attention to
The many problems we all face from dawn to dawn
You're intelligent, I think, and you should face issues
But you behaving like a moron, cussin' me fuh wey I born

But yuh pipe ent have no water, you pay too much for butter
(Take yuh steel beam and go!)
The terrible school system is such a bloody problem
(Take yuh steel beam and go!)
Agriculture's in a state, planning is inadequate
(Take yuh steel beam and go!)
The northern and southern idol, the two kingpins of bobbol
We know. We like it so

(We like it so... We free!)

Anything that's wrong, he go put it right
Georgie Porgy tell we the other night
So instead of displaying impatience
Cool yourself and gih de fellah a chance
How the hell you could say O.N.R. go do better?
Bet we send you back Grenada in a drum
We and Georgie going to put it right together
We have freeness and freedom, plenty roti, plenty rum

Hospitals have no linen, is brown paper they using
(Take yuh steel beam and go!)
Public transportation is an abomination
(Take yuh steel beam and go!)
Well, food, clothes and rent is proof
Cost of living gone through the roof
(Take yuh steel beam and go!)
Classified information for personal gain is common
We know but we like it so

(We like it so We free!)

Sparrow boy, you need psychiatric aid
To be in them bourgeois people motorcade
Me ent fraid to tell you straight to yuh face
You backing a jackass in a horse race
Georgie say all you ent getting one damn seat
O.N.R. come out to mamaguy
And Bokassa say how allyuh going to feel the heat
The penalty to oppose is high, that's political suicide

We have no house so we squat, living with cockroach and rat
(Take yuh steel beam and go!)
The cesspit flowing over, you could catch yellow fever
(Take yuh steel beam and go!)
Soldier in bulldozer break down mih shack in Morvant
(Take yuh steel beam and go!)
Is plenty sexual favours to be a ten days worker
We know but we like it so

(We like it so, We free!)

It ent have a single thing you could say
Could make me abandon mih balisier
No steel beam go fall down on top mih head
Sparrow, I's a P.N.M. till ah dead
Birdie you may be shock when ah tell you this
Hudson-Phillips is a Yankee C.I.A
And the whole ah O.N.R. is only communists
They'll take Carnival away and make people work each day

Is years you in ah union and can't get recognition... she say
(Take yuh steel beam and go!)
The unemployment levy murdering everybody
(Take yuh steel beam and go!)
Children come out ah college below elementary knowledge
(Take yuh steel beam and go!)
We grieving with frustration through maladministration
We know but we like it so

(We like it so. We free!)

This concern that you showing here for we
Could well cost you your popularity
Francisco, how come you ent understand?
We ent want no blasted opposition
Yes, just like Georgie Porgy, I done sharpen my gilpin
Waiting for the opposition tail
And anytime we catch them only backpedaling
I ent even want no bail, I ent 'fraid to make ah jail

Food you could produce here is imported from elsewhere
(Take yuh steel beam and go!)
To fish in yuh own water is jail in Venezuela
(Take yuh steel beam and go!)
No one to devise for we a good foreign policy
(Take yuh steel beam and go!)
Bribery and corruption control every decision
We know but we like it so





(We like it so. We free!)

Overall Meaning

The song "We Like It So" by Mighty Sparrow is a commentary on the state of politics and social issues in Trinidad and Tobago. The lyrics speak to the frustration and apathy felt by many citizens towards their leaders and the lack of progress in addressing societal problems. Sparrow addresses the listener directly, imploring them to pay attention to the issues they face from day to day and to hold their leaders accountable. He acknowledges that there are many problems, from the poor school system to inadequate planning and corruption, but suggests that the people have become resigned to the status quo and have grown accustomed to the problems they face.


The repeated refrain "We like it so. We free!" speaks to a sense of pride in their independence as a nation but also suggests a complacency or acceptance of the problems they face. Sparrow draws attention to the poverty, poor infrastructure, and lack of opportunities that many citizens face. He also addresses the political landscape and criticizes the opposition party for making false promises and engaging in political maneuvers. Despite the harsh criticism, the song ends on a defiant note, with Sparrow declaring his loyalty to his party and his willingness to go to jail rather than accept the status quo.


Overall, the song is a powerful statement on the many challenges facing Trinidad and Tobago and the need for citizens to hold their leaders accountable and demand change.


Line by Line Meaning

Neighbour, look, if I was selfish man
I'm not a selfish person for being involved in this election


All I asking is that you pay close attention to
Please pay attention to the problems we face


But yuh pipe ent have no water, you pay too much for butter
You have no water and overpriced butter


The terrible school system is such a bloody problem
The school system is bad


Agriculture's in a state, planning is inadequate
Agriculture is not great


The northern and southern idol, the two kingpins of bobbol
North and South are problematic


Anything that's wrong, he go put it right
Anyone who tries to solve our problems


How the hell you could say O.N.R. go do better?
You can't say O.N.R. will do better


Hospitals have no linen, is brown paper they using
Hospitals are using brown paper for linen


Public transportation is an abomination
Transportation is terrible


Well, food, clothes and rent is proof
Cost of living is high


Classified information for personal gain is common
Corruption is common


Sparrow boy, you need psychiatric aid
Sparrow needs aid for supporting the bourgeoisie


Georgie say all you ent getting one damn seat
Georgie says no seat for Sparrow


The penalty to oppose is high, that's political suicide
Opposing comes at a high cost


We have no house so we squat, living with cockroach and rat
Homeless and living with vermin


The cesspit flowing over, you could catch yellow fever
Overflowing cesspits could make people sick


Soldier in bulldozer break down mih shack in Morvant
Shacks in Morvant are destroyed


Is plenty sexual favours to be a ten days worker
Prostitution is common for short-term jobs


It ent have a single thing you could say
I'm committed to my party


Birdie you may be shock when ah tell you this
You may be shocked to hear this


And the whole ah O.N.R. is only communists
O.N.R. is communist


They'll take Carnival away and make people work each day
Carnival will be taken away and replaced with work


Is years you in ah union and can't get recognition... she say
Unions don't get recognition


The unemployment levy murdering everybody
Unemployment tax is hurting everyone


Children come out ah college below elementary knowledge
Graduates have poor knowledge


We grieving with frustration through maladministration
We're frustrated with poor governance


This concern that you showing here for we
Your concern for us


Francisco, how come you ent understand?
Why don't you understand?


Yes, just like Georgie Porgy, I done sharpen my gilpin
I'm ready for action with Georgie Porgy


The whole ah O.N.R. is only communists
O.N.R. is communist


They'll take Carnival away and make people work each day
Carnival will be taken away and replaced with work


Is years you in ah union and can't get recognition... she say
Unions don't get recognition


The unemployment levy murdering everybody
Unemployment tax is hurting everyone


Children come out ah college below elementary knowledge
Graduates have poor knowledge


We grieving with frustration through maladministration
We're frustrated with poor governance




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Calypsocalover

It is amazing how after more than 25 years plus, these songs are still very relevant today, not only in TnT, but throughout the other islands.  It shows that the Caribbean countries have not progressed. What a pity?  Play this song in any Caribbean country today and see the stark truth.  The names of some parties and players/politicians may change, but the issues are the same.   Hail, Sparrow. .

Nick Benz

The only difference now is that it's a few bags of cement instead of steel beam.

prem goberdhan

AWESOME!!! A LINGUISTICS ARTICULATION CELEBRATION.

Ave Brown

Calypsocalover .org ni

margaret ashoon

Only worst

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SuperGFlash

Wow.......this song is striking such a chord with me right now Heard it as a kid, but the impact is nothing like now.........TUNE!!

Bradley Moze

Unbelievably still relevant after 40 years.

nottingwood3

another song that is still relevant today...we still like it so sparrow

Zai Badloe

Never gets old
Lord protect this music called.. Calypso!!!♥️

Radhika Ramkhalawan

The Mighty Sparrow ....Our Legend.

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