Sweet and Dandy
Toots and The Maytals Lyrics


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Etty in the room a cry
Mama say she must wipe her eye
Papa say she no fi foolish
Like she never been to school at all
It is no wonder
It's a perfect pander
While they were dancing in that bar room last night
Johnson in the room afret
Uncle say he must hold up him head
Aunty say she no fi foolish
Like a no time fi him wedding day
It is no wonder
It's a perfect pander
While they were dancing in that bar room last night
One pound ten for the wedding cake
Plenty bottle of cola wine
All the people them dress up in a white
Fi go eat out Johnson wedding cake
It is no wonder
It's a perfect pander
While they were dancing in that bar room last night, yeah, yeah

Etty in the room a cry
Mama say she must wipe her eye
Papa say she no fi foolish
Like she never been to school at all
It is no wonder
It's a perfect pander
While they were dancing in that bar room last night

Johnson in the room afret
Uncle say he must hold up him head
Aunty say she no fi foolish
Like a no time fi him wedding day
It is no wonder
It's a perfect pander
While they were dancing in that bar room last night
One pound ten for the wedding cake
Plenty bottle of cola wine
All the people them dress up in a white
Fi go eat out Johnson wedding cake
It is no wonder
It's a perfect pander
While they were dancing in that bar room last night, yeah, yeah

Yeah there was sweet and dandy
Sweet and dandy
Sweet and dandy
Sweet and dandy
Sweet and dandy
Sweet and dandy
Sweet and dandy
Oh, sweet and dandy
There was sweet and dandy
There was sweet and dandy
There was sweet and dandy
There was sweet and dandy




There was sweet and dandy, sweet and dandy
Sweet and dandy, sweet and dandy

Overall Meaning

In the lyrics of the song Sweet and Dandy by Toots and The Maytals, we see the portrayal of two different scenarios. The first scenario involves a girl named Etty who is crying, and her parents telling her not to act foolishly. The second scenario is about Johnson, who is anxious on his wedding day, and his relatives telling him to hold his head up high and not to act foolish. In both situations, the individuals are being told to act in a certain way by those around them. Meanwhile, the refrain repeats, "Sweet and Dandy," which is a reference to the happy and enjoyable atmosphere of a wedding.


The lyrics of the song Sweet and Dandy explore the themes of societal pressure and the expectations put upon individuals. Both scenarios presented in the song show how individuals, whether it be Etty or Johnson, are expected to behave a certain way by those around them. They are told not to act foolishly, as if they have a certain reputation or standard to uphold. The song also highlights the joyous atmosphere of a wedding, with references made to a wedding cake, cola wine and guests in white. The refrain of "Sweet and Dandy" reinforces this happy and fun mood.


Line by Line Meaning

Etty in the room a cry
Etty is in the room crying


Mama say she must wipe her eye
Mama says that Etty should wipe her tears


Papa say she no fi foolish
Papa says that Etty shouldn't act foolish


Like she never been to school at all
Papa thinks that Etty is acting like she hasn't been to school


It is no wonder
It's not surprising


It's a perfect pander
It's the perfect situation for pleasing others


While they were dancing in that bar room last night
This all happened while they were dancing in the bar room the night before


Johnson in the room afret
Johnson is in the room nervous


Uncle say he must hold up him head
Uncle tells Johnson to hold his head up high


Aunty say she no fi foolish
Aunty tells Johnson not to act foolish


Like a no time fi him wedding day
Aunty says that it's not like it's his wedding day


One pound ten for the wedding cake
The wedding cake costs one pound ten


Plenty bottle of cola wine
There are plenty of bottles of cola wine


All the people them dress up in a white
Everyone is dressed in white


Fi go eat out Johnson wedding cake
They're going to eat Johnson's wedding cake


While they were dancing in that bar room last night, yeah, yeah
This happened while they were all dancing in the bar room the night before


Yeah there was sweet and dandy
Everything was great and wonderful


Sweet and dandy, Sweet and dandy
Great and wonderful, great and wonderful


Oh, sweet and dandy
Oh, it was great and wonderful


There was sweet and dandy
Everything was great and wonderful


There was sweet and dandy, sweet and dandy
Everything was great and wonderful, great and wonderful


Sweet and dandy, sweet and dandy
Great and wonderful, great and wonderful




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Capitol CMG Publishing
Written by: FREDERICK HIBBERT

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