Well Spoken Moppers
Mighty Sparrow Lyrics


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Half the trouble in the world today
Comes from people who don't know what to say
They like to use words that's big and long
And they ain't know when they using it wrong
Some Moppers come by me last Christmas Day
Eat me out and drink me in the worst of way
"Ah had a swell time," they started to boast
"But before ah go let me make a toast"
And they tell me...

Here's to my good friend I wish that he
And everybody live in enmity
I wish him ill-health and adversity
Disaster and strife eternally

I second the motion!

Ah grab meh cutlass and I tell the louse
"You better get to hell out meh house!"
"You can't do him that!" a next one said to me
"What he said should make you feel happy"
I was shocked because this was a friend of mine
I tired lend him money, we just get along fine
So when he say he like the remark
I say he must be boozed and making skylark
But he start...

May your cup of sorrow never run dry
May misfortune follow you until the day you die
You are such a nice quiet illiterate lad
Your obnoxious company make me feel glad

I second the motion!

Ah long maga one they call D'arbreu
Say "Three cheers for insipid Sparrow
The fame and fortune that he has accomplished
I wish it all would rapidly diminish
He's a fella that I have always despised
Ah don't know why people does watch him and criticize
His stupidity is unsurpassed
In other words, he's a high hypothetical ass"

May his friends bring him joy and frustration
Impose on him and lift him to degradation
He's a jolly good fellow and a kind reprobate
Unscrupulous and always inconsiderate

May I second the motion?

I couldn't believe people could be so rude
Repaying kindness with ingratitude
Lord, well ah grinding like a sugar mill
I ain't know which one of them to kill
But ah grab meh cutlass and ah pelt a blow
I never see drunken people take off so
Meh wife laugh, she laugh 'til she choke
And telling me I must learn to take a joke

"Pompomloomically speaking you're a pussyistic man," she said
"Most elaquitably full of shitification




Your splendiferous views are too catsarstical
Too cuntimoratic and too bitchilistical!"

Overall Meaning

In the first verse of Mighty Sparrow's song "Well-Spoken Moppers," he criticizes those who use big words without knowing their meaning or proper usage. He expresses that this causes half of the trouble in the world and cites an experience he had with a group of moppers who came to his house during Christmas, ate and drank without restraint, and made rude toasts wishing ill-health, adverse circumstances, and disaster for their friends. Despite Sparrow's outrage at this behavior of his supposed "friends," some of whom he had even lent money to, the moppers seemed to think their toasts were a joke and continued to make insulting toasts even towards Sparrow himself.


In the subsequent verses, Mighty Sparrow describes how his anger grows as one of the moppers wishes for his "fame and fortune" to diminish, while another criticizes his "stupidity" and insults him with big words. Sparrow eventually attacks the moppers with his cutlass, causing them to flee, and his wife laughs at his behavior, telling him to take a joke. The song is a commentary on the misuse of language, insincere friendships, and the consequences that follow when people disrespect others.


Line by Line Meaning

Half the trouble in the world today
The world has a lot of problems


Comes from people who don't know what to say
People who use big words incorrectly cause a lot of problems


They like to use words that's big and long
People use unnecessarily complicated words


And they ain't know when they using it wrong
They don't realize that they're using words incorrectly


Some Moppers come by me last Christmas Day
Some people came to my house last Christmas


Eat me out and drink me in the worst of way
They ate and drank a lot and behaved badly


"Ah had a swell time," they started to boast
They said they had a great time


"But before ah go let me make a toast"
They wanted to make a toast before they left


Here's to my good friend I wish that he
I hope my friend


And everybody live in enmity
and everyone else hate each other


I wish him ill-health and adversity
I want him to be sick and have lots of problems


Disaster and strife eternally
I want him to have never-ending problems


I second the motion!
I agree with what was said


Ah grab meh cutlass and I tell the louse
I grabbed my machete and told him


"You better get to hell out meh house!"
to leave my house immediately


"You can't do him that!" a next one said to me
Someone else said I couldn't do that


"What he said should make you feel happy"
They thought what was said should make me happy


I was shocked because this was a friend of mine
I was surprised because this person was my friend


I tired lend him money, we just get along fine
I had lent him money before and we got along


So when he say he like the remark
So when he said he liked the statement


I say he must be boozed and making skylark
I thought he was drunk and joking around


May your cup of sorrow never run dry
I hope you're always unhappy


May misfortune follow you until the day you die
I hope you have bad luck forever


You are such a nice quiet illiterate lad
You seem like a nice, quiet person who can't read


Your obnoxious company make me feel glad
I enjoy being around you even though I don't like you


Ah long maga one they call D'arbreu
There was a skinny guy called D'Arbreu


Say "Three cheers for insipid Sparrow
He said "Let's celebrate boring Sparrow


The fame and fortune that he has accomplished
Sparrow's achieved a lot of success


I wish it all would rapidly diminish
I hope it all goes away quickly


He's a fella that I have always despised
I've always hated him


Ah don't know why people does watch him and criticize
I don't understand why people pay attention to him


His stupidity is unsurpassed
He's incredibly stupid


In other words, he's a high hypothetical ass
In other words, he's a huge jerk


May his friends bring him joy and frustration
I hope his friends both make him happy and annoy him


Impose on him and lift him to degradation
I hope they make him worse


He's a jolly good fellow and a kind reprobate
He's a sociable person, but also bad


Unscrupulous and always inconsiderate
He has no morals and he's never considerate


May I second the motion?
I agree with what was said


I couldn't believe people could be so rude
I was shocked by how rude people were


Repaying kindness with ingratitude
Being ungrateful after someone is kind


Lord, well ah grinding like a sugar mill
I'm very angry


I ain't know which one of them to kill
I didn't know which one to attack


But ah grab meh cutlass and ah pelt a blow
I swung my machete and hit someone


I never see drunken people take off so
I'd never seen drunk people run away so fast


Meh wife laugh, she laugh 'til she choke
My wife laughed so hard she couldn't breathe


And telling me I must learn to take a joke
She said I needed to learn to laugh things off


"Pompomloomically speaking you're a pussyistic man," she said
She said "You are cowardly in an unnecessarily complicated way"


"Most elaquitably full of shitification
She said I was full of crap, with big words


Your splendiferous views are too catsarstical
She said my views were too ridiculous


Too cuntimoratic and too bitchilistical!"
She said they were vulgar and crazy




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Comments from YouTube:

Ayana J

'Half de trouble in de world today comes from people who doh know what to say"--still true! Tune, Sparrow, tune!!

Terry Brathwaite

THANK YOU!!!!! Another of my all time favourites!!!!!

J. Gilliard

My all time favourite Sparrow tune...."I second de motion"

Ayana J

Oh tune Sparrow, great stuff!!

Riyadh Rafique

This is why the saying goes "Think before you speak."

Sham9909

Great kaiso.

NORMAN OSBORNE

SOME MOPPERS COME BY ME LAST CHRISTMAS DAY. EAT ME OUT DRINK ME IN THE WASHED AWAY....A GRAB ME CUTLASS & AH TELL THE LOUSE, YOU BETTER GET THE HELL OUT ME HOUSE. HUMOROUS KAISO L.O.L

NORMAN OSBORNE

SPARROW AIN'T RAMPING SO HE GRAB HIS CUTLASS CHASING THE LOUSY ""BRUTE"" OUT OF HIS HOUSE.....HUMOROUS CALYPSO.

Ангелина Симонова

Hello ;)

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