Happy 50th Anniversary of Independence!


Uploaded by alana flores

FOR HUMAN NEED
Written by Alana Flores | Performed by Isaac Blackman, Neval Chatelal, Maria Soo Hon, Marvin Connor
Musical Production by Jamoo Good News Ltd | Video Production by Viscuna Brothers Production Company Ltd
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Spoken: To work for yourself is special, to know what you do is for you. To work for a Co-operative is even more special, to know what we do is for us. Working for ourselves together, for human need and not human greed. IYC - the International Year of Co-operatives, 2012.

IYC 2012!

For human need, not human greed
This is the answer, working together
For human need, not human greed
We backing co-operation
And this is the celebration. [Repeat]

We were born out of love and a special bond
Co-operatives unite to serve everyone
Meeting economic, cultural and social needs
Democratic in nature, our/its members to please.

For human need, not human greed
This is the answer, working together
For human need, not human greed
We backing co-operation
And this is the celebration. [Repeat]

So we go plant de land, hand in hand
We go save, we go save and build a better life
Securing jobs, food for all
We transport, play pan
Even teach de young. [Repeat]

IYC, everybody say IYC
IYC, everybody say IYC
IYC, jump 2012, look we coming, look we coming, look we coming
IYC everybody say IYC
IYC everybody say IYC
IYC, jump 2012, look we coming, look we coming, look we coming.

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Twenty twelve, twenty twelve
Co-operatives will build a better world.

For human need, not human greed
This is the answer, working together
For human need, not human greed
We backing co-operation
And this is the celebration.

Source: The lyrics posted on this blog are often transcribed directly from performances. Although it is my intention to faithfully transcribe I do not get all the words and I have a knack for hearing the wrong thing. Please feel free to correct me or to fill in the words that I miss by dropping me a message via e-mail. I'd be forever grateful. Thanks in advance!
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A Note From The Gull

This song by Alana Flores, commemorates the International Year of Cooperatives, 2012. I love its message - the We over Me, Need over Greed orientation that should characterise many constructive cooperative efforts both among individuals and countries.

Some of us are leery of cooperation [Partnership is leaky ship] and this makes the concept of cooperation messier and less attractive than the sweet simplicity of "I take care of mine, You take care of yours." For co-operative efforts to succeed, more effort is required at all levels, more generousity of spirit, more patience, more mutual respect, more equality, more communication, more transparency.

Growing a nation is cooperative work. Even though on the world stage we stand among those states that are self governing, free from larger controlling units, free to have our own opinions and to guide our own conduct, unless we are a dictatorship, respect for the interdependence of the souls within this nation should be the fuel of this independence. If we are not yet at the stage where we are all working together for each other, then our leaders must show by word and example how very much we need one another. No one must be excluded or left behind.

I will borrow and adapt the spoken introduction to the song "For Human Need" and leave it with us all at this time:
To work for yourself is special, to know what you do is for you. To work for a nation is even more special, to know what WE do is for US. Let us work for ourselves together, for human need and not human greed.
Happy Interdependence, Trinidad and Tobago!
"We backing co-operation
And this is the celebration."

"Patria est communis omnium parens" - Our native land is the common parent of us all. Keep it beautiful, make it even more so.

Blessed is all of creation
Blessed be my beautiful people
Blessed be the day of our awakening
Blessed is my country
Blessed are her patient hills.

Mweh ka allay!
Guanaguanare

Two Is Better Than One [Song]


Uploaded by sheldonblackman

TWO IS BETTER THAN ONE

By Sheldon Blackman
Album: One Big Fat Love Bomb

Where is the fire, the fire in my people?
Where is the fire, the fire in my people?
Where is the fire, oh God!

Two is better than one and a threefold cord is not easily broken
Two is better than one - the strength of few could mean that of a nation
Two is better than one and a threefold cord is not easily broken
Two is better than one...Oooh yeah, yeah, oooh yeah, yeah, yeah
Oooh yeah, yeah [Oooh yeah, yeah]
Oooh yeah, yeah [Oooh yeah, yeah, yeah]
Oooh yeah, yeah, [Oooh yeah, yeah, oooh yeah, yeah, yeah]

When you walking with your load, don't be ashamed, seek help, my brother
When you walking with your load, don't be ashamed, we need one another
When you walking with your load, don't be ashamed seek help, my brother
When you walking with your load, one is a flame but two is a fire.

Two is better than one and a threefold cord is not easily broken
Two is better than one - the strength of few could mean that of a nation
Two is better than one and a threefold cord is not easily broken
Two is better than one...Oooh yeah, yeah, oooh yeah, yeah.

Where is the fire, [Oooh yeah, yeah] the fire in my people? [Oooh yeah, yeah, yeah]
Where is the fire, [Oooh yeah, yeah] the fire in my people? [Oooh yeah, yeah, yeah]
Where is the fire, oh God? Where is the fire, oh God?

Just as Christ took hold of the cross - soon came a man to give him a hand
Just as Christ took hold of the cross - soon came a man to show us a plan
To understand... Oooh yeah, yeah, yeah.

Two is better than one and a threefold cord is not easily broken
Two is better than one - the strength of few could mean that of a nation
Two is better than one and a threefold cord is not easily broken
Two is better than one...Oooh yeah, yeah, oooh yeah, yeah, yeah.

Two is better than one and a threefold cord is not easily broken
Two is better than one - the strength of few could mean that of a nation
Two is better than one... Oooh yeah, yeah, oooh yeah, yeah, yeah

Oooh yeah, yeah, [Oooh yeah yeah]
Oooh yeah, yeah, [Oooh yeah, yeah, yeah]

Where is the fire, Oooh yeah, yeah [Oooh yeah, yeah]
The fire in my people? Oooh yeah, yeah [Oooh yeah, yeah, yeah]
Where is the fire, Oooh yeah, yeah [Oooh yeah, yeah]
The fire in my people...Oooh yeah, yeah [Oooh yeah, yeah, yeah]
Where is the fire, oh God? [Oooh yeah, yeah, yeah]
Where is the fire, oh God?

Source: The lyrics posted on this blog are often transcribed directly from performances. Although it is my intention to faithfully transcribe I do not get all the words and I have a knack for hearing the wrong thing. Please feel free to correct me or to fill in the words that I miss by dropping me a message via e-mail. I'd be forever grateful. Thanks in advance!
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A Note From The Gull

Thank you, Sheldon Blackman! You and your family are blessed and you have magnified both those blessings and their Source.

The message of the song is based on the following verses from Ecclesiastes 4:9-12
"9 Two are better than one,
because they have a good return for their labor:
10 If either of them falls down,
one can help the other up.
But pity anyone who falls
and has no one to help them up.
11 Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm.
But how can one keep warm alone?
12 Though one may be overpowered,
two can defend themselves.
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken
." SOURCE

If you are interested, you may listen to Ecclesiastes, Chapter 4, read by Max McLean.

This song is dedicated to all my country men and especially to the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition. There is wonder working power in respect, in collaboration, in real unity.

"Two is better than one - the strength of few could mean that of a nation."

"Patria est communis omnium parens" - Our native land is the common parent of us all. Keep it beautiful, make it even more so.

Blessed is all of creation
Blessed be my beautiful people
Blessed be the day of our awakening
Blessed is my country
Blessed are her patient hills.

Mweh ka allay!
Guanaguanare

Real Unity [Song]


Uploaded by wongkee83

REAL UNITY
By Machel Montano ft. Drupatee Ramgoonai [2000]

[Any help with the lyrics would be appreciated.]

Spoken: Well this one is about uniting a nation!
Why can't we all get along?
Why we fuss and fight?
Tonight we got to unite
Mister Machel and Drupatee
Wah yuh say?


Aap jaisa koi meri zindagi main aaye to baat ban jaye
Ahaan baat ban jaye
Aap jaisa koi meri zindagi main aaye to baat ban jaaye
Ahaan baat ban jaye.

Hear me now! Say...

Nothing wrong with wining on a Indian girl
Nothing wrong with wining on a Chinee girl
Nothing wrong with wining on a African girl
Nothing wrong with wining on a Syrian girl
Is huge unity [huge unity]

Aap jaisa koi meri zindagi main aaye to baat ban jaye
Ahaan baat ban jaye
Aap jaisa koi meri zindagi main aaye to baat ban jaaye
Ahaan baat ban jaye.

Hear mih story...

Me eating mih curry from Harrylal
Me invite him out to piece ah pelau
Leh we take a little jump in the bacchanal
Take a chook and a wine in the Carnival
------ and he eating dumpling and dahl
Curry crab, fry rice from de Chinee gyal
Now we take a trip down to the Port of Spain
Make a little stop by the Textile King
Pretty in we costume with plenty sequin
'Cause yuh know we love we jumping, jumping
And that is real unity [huge unity].

Drupatee!
Aap jaisa koi meri zindagi main aaye to baat ban jaye
Ahaan baat ban jaye
Come again!
Aap jaisa koi meri zindagi main aaye to baat ban jaaye
Leh me see yuh dancing! Dance together!
Ahaan baat ban jaye.

Unite the nation, unite the nation!
This is jam!...This is jam!
Unite the nation, unite the nation!
This is jam this is a soca tassa jam!

Har kisi ko chahiye tan ka milan
Kash mujhpar aaisa dil aapka bhi aaye
We have to unite the nation!
Baat ban jaye ahaan baat ban jaye

Watch me now! Say!

Every creed and race, we jumping as one
Every creed and race could jump in a band
Love on another, unite the nation
Prime minister, all politician
President, police and also villain
Unite the nation, unite the nation!

Nothing wrong with wining on a Indian girl
Nothing wrong with wining on a Chinee girl
Nothing wrong with wining on a African girl
Nothing wrong with wining on a Syrian girl
Nothing wrong with huge unity [huge unity].

Show me, show me!

Aap jaisa koi meri zindagi main aaye to baat ban jaye
Unite the nation, unite the nation!
Ahaan baat ban jaye
Sing it again!
Aap jaisa koi meri zindagi main aaye to baat ban jaaye
Unite the nation, unite the nation!
Ahaan baat ban jaye.

Everybody looking at we
How we wining down in ah unity
----- is Mister Machel with Drupatee
----- moving like ah big family
And that is real unity [huge unity].

--------- we jumping up in a band
Every single man and every woman
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Arawak, Carib, Amerindian
Unite the nation, unite the nation,
Unite the nation, unite the nation!

Aap jaisa koi meri zindagi main aaye to baat ban jaye
Unite the nation, unite the nation!
Ahaan baat ban jaye
Aap jaisa koi meri zindagi main aaye to baat ban jaaye
Unite the nation, unite the nation!
Ahaan baat ban jaye.

Everybody hug up together as one together
And love yuh sister and love yuh brother
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We got to unite the nation, unite the nation!
Bang ba-dang ba-dang, raise up yuh hand....
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This is not 'bout Carnival you know? Is about cosmopolitan.
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This is jam! Huge unity!

Source: The lyrics posted on this blog are often transcribed directly from performances. Although it is my intention to faithfully transcribe I do not get all the words and I have a knack for hearing the wrong thing. Please feel free to correct me or to fill in the words that I miss by dropping me a message via e-mail. I'd be forever grateful. Thanks in advance!
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A Note From The Gull

Thank you, Machel and Drupatee. This performance is still electric after all these years and the message of unity is timeless!

Aap jaisa koi meri zindagi main aaye to baat ban jaye
Ahaan baat ban jaye
If someone like you enters my life,
Then everything will be fine for me
Har kisi ko chahiye tan ka milan
Kash mujhpar aaisa dil aapka bhi aaye
Everyone wants physical attachment
I hope that your heart will also feel like this for me.
--Translation source.

"Patria est communis omnium parens" - Our native land is the common parent of us all. Keep it beautiful, make it even more so.

Blessed is all of creation
Blessed be my beautiful people
Blessed be the day of our awakening
Blessed is my country
Blessed are her patient hills.

Mweh ka allay!
Guanaguanare

What More? [Song]


Uploaded by IsDePanInMe

WHAT MORE?
By Black Stalin

Spoken: Say thanks, say thanks! Say thanks for the blessings!
Trini! Trini, you have it, you know!
Trini, you have it! You better doh lose it!


We have a beautiful country, healthy economy
Brilliant young people, ready and able
Blessed by the Creator, no natural disaster
All these things in front we eye and we still ent satisfy.

What more, what more, what more, what more could we ask for?
Trini, you crazy, Trini, you mad, Trini, you crazy!
What more, what more, what more, what more could we ask for?
You have it! You have it! You have it!
[What more, what more, what more, what more could we ask for?]

You hear me!

We have the world's best batsman, netball champion
Olympic silver and gold, Miss Universe and Miss World
The smallest nation ever to make the final in the soccer
Sometimes I does want to know why the Father loves we so.

What more, what more, what more, what more could we ask for?
[What more?] Sing it! [What more, what more, what more could we ask for?]
Chant it one more time!
[What more, what more, what more, what more could we ask for?]
[What more, what more, what more, what more could we ask for?]
Trini, you blessed!
[What more, what more, what more, what more could we ask for?]
What more, what more, what more?
[What more, what more, what more, what more could we ask for?]

Hear me!

Trini, you crazy, Trini, you mad!
With all these blessing, you should be glad
[You must be crazy, must be crazy, must be crazy!]
Instead of saying thanks for the blessings,
Trini, you fighting, you not uniting!
We have it, we don't know it,
Better be careful we doh lose it!
[You must be crazy, must be crazy, must be crazy!]
You got to say thanks for the blessing
But Trini, look, you not uniting!

Come, come, come, come, come, COME!!

Great mathematician, great historian
Storyteller and actor, famous musician
We invent the steelpan
Great people from this place and we still talking race?

What more, what more, what more, what more could we ask for?
You must be crazy, you must be crazy! Trini, you mad!
[What more, what more, what more, what more could we ask for?]
[What more, what more, what more, what more could we ask for?]
Trini, you mad, Trini, you mad!

All these things in we favour, we still not together
In peace and harmony in this beautiful country
All the Father blessing that we keep enjoying
All the thanks we got to give just to be more positive.

What more, what more, what more, what more could we ask for?
Trini, you crazy, Trini, you mad, Trini, you crazy!
[What more, what more, what more, what more could we ask for?]
Sing it again, sing it again!
[What more, what more, what more, what more could we ask for?]
Give thanks, give thanks, give thanks for the blessings!
[What more, what more, what more, what more could we ask for?]
Give thanks, give thanks, and stop all the fighting!
[What more, what more, what more, what more could we ask for?]
---- yes, we have it, we don't know it, be careful we doh lose it
[What more, what more, what more, what more could we ask for?]
What more, what more, what more...

What more could we ask for?

Source: The lyrics posted on this blog are often transcribed directly from performances. Although it is my intention to faithfully transcribe I do not get all the words and I have a knack for hearing the wrong thing. Please feel free to correct me or to fill in the words that I miss by dropping me a message via e-mail. I'd be forever grateful. Thanks in advance!
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A Note From The Gull

Thank you, Black Stalin! I imagine the cynics totally missing the message of this song and proceeding to recite extensive lists of what more we could be asking for. I understand that you are reminding us that in our bountiful land, WE have been given all the necessities required to sustain prosperous and peaceful lives. It is what we do with our many blessings that leads us to where we are. Many made, and continue to make decisions to grab unfair portions of these blessings or to trade these blessings for "things" or to abuse and destroy these blessings. We want the trappings of "progress" and "success" at all costs. This is the baited hook that we swallow and to which we lead our children.

"Better one handful with tranquility
than two handfuls with toil
and chasing after the wind.
"
--Ecclesiastes 4:6

I cannot speak for anyone else but in my experience, Trinidad and Tobago is the source of the best that I have ever experienced and received in my life. Wherever I am in the world, I will continue to turn in its direction and to bow before this beautiful place.

Mama and Papa, I kiss your hardworking and loving hands. In my heart I embrace the soul of my land. I salute the hope of the hopeful. How can those of us who are grateful ever refrain from singing?

"We have it, we don't know it,
Better be careful we doh lose it!
..
You got to say thanks for the blessing
But Trini, look, you not uniting!
"

Again, many thanks, Black Stalin.

"Patria est communis omnium parens" - Our native land is the common parent of us all. Keep it beautiful, make it even more so.

Blessed is all of creation
Blessed be my beautiful people
Blessed be the day of our awakening
Blessed is my country
Blessed are her patient hills.

Mweh ka allay!
Guanaguanare

Tribute To Trinidad & Tobago On Their 50th Anniversary Of Independence


Uploaded by kingofclubllc
"Mr. Panman ( MPM ) demonstrating how the "Steelpan" was played during the late forties !!" SOURCE
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A Note From The Gull

Thank you, Mr. Panman. A moving and sweet performance from one man controlling pan, keyboard and bottle. Much respect! I am bowing low.

"Patria est communis omnium parens" - Our native land is the common parent of us all. Keep it beautiful, make it even more so.

Blessed is all of creation
Blessed be my beautiful people
Blessed be the day of our awakening
Blessed is my country
Blessed are her patient hills.

Mweh ka allay!
Guanaguanare

Dr. Hedy Fry On Trinidad & Tobago's 50th Independence Day [Video]

 
Uploaded by HedyFry
"House of Commons June 2012 Hon. Hedy Fry (Vancouver Centre, Liberal): "Mr. Speaker, I stand to pay tribute to the land of my birth, Trinidad and Tobago, on its 50th anniversary of independence. A small country of 1.3 million people, Trinidad and Tobago punches well above its weight in the Commonwealth and in the world. Trinidad and Tobago is the original multicultural nation, its rich cultural diversity spawning renowned author like Vidya Naipaul and Nobel Prize poet Samuel Selvon; bringing to the world calypso, limbo and the only new musical instrument of the 20th century, the steel pan. Through effective long-term management of its natural resources, this little island is now one of the wealthiest countries in the Americas. It was recently removed from the OECD's list of developing countries and named the third best place in the Commonwealth to raise a female child. I am one female grateful for the excellent opportunities Trinidad and Tobago gave me, as a child of poor parents. On behalf of the Liberal caucus, I congratulate my fellow Trinnies on their 50th anniversary, and echo the last verse of the national anthem: Here every creed and race find an equal place and may God bless our nation." SOURCE
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"Patria est communis omnium parens" - Our native land is the common parent of us all. Keep it beautiful, make it even more so.

Blessed is all of creation
Blessed be my beautiful people
Blessed be the day of our awakening
Blessed is my country
Blessed are her patient hills.

Mweh ka allay!
Guanaguanare

The T&T I Want To See [Song]


Uploaded by seckomusic

THE T&T I WANT TO SEE
Uploaded by seckomusic

We searching and fighting and looking and accusing but we cannot find
A magic formula, what a dilemma, we running out of time
The goal is 20/20, I hear somebody say
But in the context of time that's not so far away
Show me love of country and civic pride
Be aware of your self worth from deep inside.
Change the "crabs in the barrel" mentality
Not just what's good for me but for everybody.

These are the things that I want to see in my T&T, long before 2020
Once conceived in the mind, it could become a reality, in sweet T&T
Don't wait for 2020!

A clean and transparent system and judiciary
Treat the police fairly so that they could take care of all of we
Let's get a better understanding of the youth man
Did he get a fair share of love and affection?
Or one of many children by a single female
Two or more fathers still serving time in jail
A problem that's there and it's plain to see
And must be solved with help from the powers that be.

These are the things that I want to see in my T&T, long before 2020
Once conceived in the mind, it could become a reality, in sweet T&T
Don't wait for 2020!

You cannot be independent if you cannot feed yourself
What use is the oil money if we don't have food to put on the shelf?
You would think by now we should be self sufficient
When the food crisis hit, we dollar ent worth a cent
And man, as the ultimate survivor
It might be we could see man eating one another
Let we doh wait for that to happen to we
Plant the land now with food for everybody.

These are the things that I want to see in my T&T, long before 2020
Once conceived in the mind, it could become a reality, in sweet T&T
Don't wait for 2020!

I want to feel safe when I walking 'bout the place and it late at night
A stranger in the darkness shouldn't make me think 'bout fight or flight
No illegal drugs selling in my community
Oil money spending for the good of you and me
One race, and that's the human race
The old and the needy, they must have a place
And a program for vagrants and street children
To answer the Father's call for goodwill to all men.

These are the things that I want to see in my T&T, long before 2020
Once conceived in the mind, it could become a reality, in sweet T&T
Don't wait for 2020!

Source: The lyrics posted on this blog are often transcribed directly from performances. Although it is my intention to faithfully transcribe I do not get all the words and I have a knack for hearing the wrong thing. Please feel free to correct me or to fill in the words that I miss by dropping me a message via e-mail. I'd be forever grateful. Thanks in advance!
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A Note From The Gull

Thank you to whoever composed and sang this song for our country.

"Patria est communis omnium parens" - Our native land is the common parent of us all. Keep it beautiful, make it even more so.

Blessed is all of creation
Blessed be my beautiful people
Blessed be the day of our awakening
Blessed is my country
Blessed are her patient hills.

Mweh ka allay!
Guanaguanare

Carrying The Future [Song]


Uploaded by ronawa22

CARRYING THE FUTURE
By Rondell Donawa

Spoken: This song is dedicated to all the youths of Trinidad and Tobago. The future leaders of this great nation. Let's go!

Fifty years ago, Capildeo and Williams
Went to Marlborough House up there in England
From the inception to anointed leaders
Lay the foundation - our founding fathers
Yes, they played their part, they provide the start
For youths like you and me, they left us us with a grand legacy.

On the young people shoulder we carrying the future
With baton in hand, we running hard for we land
On the young people shoulder we carrying the future
We will bear the weight to carry the ship of state.

Celebration time, celebration time, celebration time
This is a Jubilee lime!
Celebration time, celebration time, celebration time
This is a Jubilee lime!

Every patriot know it is we duty
To lift and support motherland T&T
Our attitude to our predecessors must be gratitude
For they toiled and laboured
As this nation grows every youth here knows and have to understand
The mantle is in our hands.

On the young people shoulder we carrying the future
Under Red, White and Black, we'll never be turning back
On the young people shoulder we carrying the future
Let everybody know, we committed to Trinbago.

Celebration time, celebration time, celebration time
This is a Jubilee lime!
Celebration time, celebration time, celebration time
This is a Jubilee lime!

Spoken: Alright... So, fifty years have gone and we have and next fifty and ------- to go. We, as young people have to move forward. We have to be unified. We have to live in a crime free country, an educated society. Why? One time...

Golden Jubilee - what a grand achievement
Marked in history by growth and improvement
As we march forward this 21st century
We want all aboard gathered in unity
Let us shed our fears of the last fifty years
And open up a new world for every young boy and girl.

On the young people shoulder we carrying the future
Fifty years have gone and is we now to carry on
On the young people shoulder we carrying the future
We holding the key to reach the next century.

Celebration time, celebration time, celebration time
This is a Jubilee lime!
Celebration time, celebration time, celebration time
This is a Jubilee lime!

Red, White and Black!
Red, White and Black!
Fifty years!
Red, White and Black!

On the young people shoulder we carrying the future
Under Red, White and Black, we never be turning back
On the young people shoulder we carrying the future
Let everybody know, we committed to Trinbago.

Celebration time, celebration time, celebration time
This is a Jubilee lime!
Celebration time, celebration time, celebration time
This is a Jubilee lime!

Source: The lyrics posted on this blog are often transcribed directly from performances. Although it is my intention to faithfully transcribe I do not get all the words and I have a knack for hearing the wrong thing. Please feel free to correct me or to fill in the words that I miss by dropping me a message via e-mail. I'd be forever grateful. Thanks in advance!
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A Note From The Gull

Thank you, Rondell Donawa.

"Patria est communis omnium parens" - Our native land is the common parent of us all. Keep it beautiful, make it even more so.

Blessed is all of creation
Blessed be my beautiful people
Blessed be the day of our awakening
Blessed is my country
Blessed are her patient hills.

Mweh ka allay!
Guanaguanare

Balgobin Ramdeen on Love/T&T's Independence [Video]


Uploaded by pedroraztercero
Balgobin Ramdeen: "I remember the day. I was in Parliament when we got our Independence and I stood in the front of the Parliament building there and saw the Union Jack come down and our flag - the Red, White and Black, go up and flutter in the breeze. And I told my wife, I said, "When I spoke to you for the first time I thought love was a bad thing because my heart was beating so much that I thought I'd die, and when I saw that flag go up I felt the same way."
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"Patria est communis omnium parens" - Our native land is the common parent of us all. Keep it beautiful, make it even more so.

Blessed is all of creation
Blessed be my beautiful people
Blessed be the day of our awakening
Blessed is my country
Blessed are her patient hills.

Mweh ka allay!
Guanaguanare

Independence Day - 1962


Uploaded by mintourism

THIS LAND OF OURS - PART 4

Her Royal Highness now hands over the Constitutional instruments to the Prime Minister who in turn replies:
Dr. Eric Williams: May it please your royal highness, it is with a feeling of deep pride, pleasure and satisfaction as Prime Minister of the newly independent state of Trinidad and Tobago, that I offer you for transmission to her majesty, the queen, the profound thanks and appreciation of the government, parliament and people of this country for her majesty's gracious message. We have looked forward with considerable pleasure to our entry into the Commonwealth family. Now that this goal has been achieved, I ask you to convey to her majesty an expression of our unfailing loyalty and devotion to her throne and person. We have been inspired by her good wishes and we pledge ourselves to fulfill the promise expected of us, not only by her majesty, but by all the nations of the world, to show how our small community with its people drawn from many lands of diverse racial origins and subscribing to a variety of religious beliefs can in harmonious cooperation make its contribution to the sum total of world peace, world progress and world happiness. May I conclude by expressing the hope that this visit of yours to our shores, which is not the first will certainly not be the last, and that we shall have on some future occasion the opportunity to display once more the esteem and affection in which you are held by the people of Trinidad and Tobago and to demonstrate to you the contributions which we have set out to make to world democracy and to the defence and protection of human freedom.
The leader of the Opposition Dr Capildeo now speaks:
Dr. Rudranath Capildeo: May it please your royal highness to accept our sincerest thanks from this side of the house for the signal honour you have so graciously bestowed upon us by being present among us on this unforgettable occasion. It is fitting that at this historic moment, Independence is heralded with the adornment and lustre of British parliamentary democracy and that it is dedicated to the British parliamentary tradition. Every such dedication is a barrier which evil minds will have to surmount in order to advance into totalitarian paths. Nevertheless, we enter the future with high hopes and with unbounded confidence in ourselves, we, and the other side of the house.
The ceremony is ended, parliament is inaugurated and independent Trinidad and Tobago has become the fifteenth member of the Commonwealth of Nations. What now are our responsibilities?
Dr. Eric Williams: The first responsibility that devolves upon you is the protection and promotion of your democracy. Democracy means more, much more than the right to vote and one vote for every man and every woman of the prescribed age. Democracy means recognition of the rights of others. Democracy means the equality of all in the eyes of the law. Democracy mean equality of opportunity for all in education, in the public service and in private employment, I repeat, and in private employment. Democracy means responsibility of the government to its citizens, the protection of the citizens from the exercise of arbitrary power and the violation of human freedom and individual rights. Democracy means freedom of worship for all and the subordination of the rights of any one race to the overriding right of the human race. Democracy means freedom of expression and assembly and organization.

All that is democracy. All that is our democracy to which I call upon all citizens to dedicate themselves on this our Independence Day.

This is what I meant when I gave the nation as its slogan for all time: Discipline, Production, Tolerance. Our national flag belongs to all of us, our national coat of arms with our national birds. Inspired therein is the sacred trust of all our citizens. So it is today. Please, I urge you, let it always be so. Let us always be able to say with the psalmist: "Behold how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity."
Discipline, Production, Tolerance - these are our goals. Discipline, both personal and collective, greater production at all levels, tolerance of the others point of view or religion or social custom.

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"Patria est communis omnium parens" - Our native land is the common parent of us all. Keep it beautiful, make it even more so.

Blessed is all of creationBlessed be my beautiful peopleBlessed be the day of our awakening
Blessed is my country
Blessed are her patient hills.

Mweh ka allay!
Guanaguanare

"Chutney In Yuh Soca" [Video]


Uploaded by NevGT

"CHUTNEY IN YUH SOCA" (The Birth Of Chutney/Soca Music Documentary)
Directed and produced by Karen Martinez
A NEORAMA Filmworks Production for the Arts Council of England
and Channel Four Television.
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A Note From The Gull

This engrossing video provides a concise overview of the origins of chutney music in Trinidad and Tobago and the syncretisation process that produced our chutney/soca music. It features inputs from Ajala, Rawatie Ali, Brother Marvin, Cecil Fonrose, Chris Garcia, Rikki Jai, Satnarayan Maharaj, Sonny Mann, Marcia Miranda, D.J. Shamoon Mohammed, Mungal Patasar, Sundar Popo, Rohini Rampersad, Savitri Rampersad, Drupatee Ramgoonai and Dr. Rhoda Reddock. In addition to the interesting commentaries and performances, the viewer is treated to a distracting procession of visual delights. Our people and our country are just too beautiful for words.

The following are some excerpts:
Mungal Patasar: "The whole concept of men coming out in chutney is an anachronism. Men got involved later, far later on, when the society became more liberal and allowed men to sing chutney songs in public and went more for the beat rather than the meaning of the song. People like Sundar Popo and so ventured into the ladies' arena of singing these songs in public."

Drupatee Ramgoonai: "In '87 we started "Chutney Soca". I did the Hindi in "Chutney Soca" and I did the English in "Chutney Soca" - the English version:

I don't know 'bout kaiso, what I go tell this fella
He say he going to teach me a different kind of soca
Mix some tassa with some conga, throw in some paratha
A little congo pepper, mango, then you have the answer
Is chutney soca, yay chutney soca, is dat wey have me wining down so
Yay chutney soca, yay chutney soca, is dat wey make me feel to limbo...

I sang Indian tunes all my life and you know I wanted to do this mixture with the English and the Hindi songs, and then I wanted, you know, to go international. You know calypso is going international anyhow, so I just mix the two sounds together and there I....finally, when I sang this monster hit, "Mister Bissessar", it went, as far as I know, it went worldwide and there is where I brought in the tassa which is now being played all over. The tassa is a fast rhythm beat which blends together with the soca beat.
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Brother Marvin: "The song Jahaji Bhai in Hindi means brotherhood of the boat. The conception of the song really is that all races you know came here by boat and I decide for us to unite, let us make Trinidad and Tobago our boat and all races would be brotherhood of that boat so we'd be jahaji bhai again. It's a very personal song to me because I am of, you know, different races. I may not look so but I am of different races."
Basdeo Panday: "Chutney/soca, chutney and soca, are two aspects of culture emanating from the two major ethnic groups in our society. This present trend towards cross-culturalisation in our music is therefore a step in the direction of national unity to which we aspire. And this harmony that exists between soca and chutney is a symbol of the type of complete harmonization that must characterise our society in years to come."

Rikki Jai:
"It's very significant that chutney was played on the road for Carnival this year. As you know, in past years the festival has been a predominantly calypso oriented festival and this year with the advent of Sonny Mann's "Lotala", we found it moving from the chutney market on to mainstream Carnival activities. So it's a big plus for the East Indian people of Trinidad and Tobago. It's very significant for them. It makes them feel a lot more in the Carnival than they probably felt in the past."
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"Patria est communis omnium parens" - Our native land is the common parent of us all. Keep it beautiful, make it even more so.

Blessed is all of creation
Blessed be my beautiful people
Blessed be the day of our awakening
Blessed is my country
Blessed are her patient hills.

Mweh ka allay!
Guanaguanare

God Bless Our Nation [Song]


Uploaded by UCkwt_VMwiD7aFCl-sYl3TSw

GOD BLESS OUR NATION
By Baker (1967)

We like a drop of rain in an ocean, like a drop in the sea
But many, many nations still got to learn from we
How we aspire and we achieve
It's so hard to believe
Unity that is so unique
It's fantastic, yes, so to speak.

It's fantastic, yes it is, the way how we live as one
In integration our lil nation is second to none
Here the Negroes, the white man, the Chinese, the Indian
We walk together in hand
In this wonderland of calypso, in this wonderland of steelband
Where I was born...God bless our Nation!

We may never invent a bomb, or on the moon ever land a man
Our population isn't yet a million
So then that is no disgrace for Trinidadians have set the pace
And proved every colour, creed and race
In this world could find an equal place.

So you see...
It's fantastic, yes it is, the way how we live as one
In integration our lil nation is second to none
Here the Negroes, the white man, the Chinese, their children
They play together in the sand
In this wonderland of calypso, in this wonderland of steelband
Where I was born...God bless our Nation!

All I can say is I am so proud
And I'm going to sing it out clear and loud
Yes, I'm proud of my people - each and every one of you
For contributing to humanity and ----------- we always will be
Whenever the stories are said how Trinidadians lived
What the world thought was dead.

So you see...
It's fantastic, yes it is, the way how we live as one
In integration our lil nation is second to none
Here the Negroes, the white man, the Chinese, the Indian
We jump together in a band
In this wonderland of calypso, in this wonderland of steelband
Where I was born...God bless our Nation!

Source: The lyrics posted on this blog are often transcribed directly from performances. Although it is my intention to faithfully transcribe I do not get all the words and I have a knack for hearing the wrong thing. Please feel free to correct me or to fill in the words that I miss by dropping me a message via e-mail. I'd be forever grateful. Thanks in advance!
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A Note From The Gull

Thank you, Baker!

"Patria est communis omnium parens" - Our native land is the common parent of us all. Keep it beautiful, make it even more so.

Blessed is all of creation
Blessed be my beautiful people
Blessed be the day of our awakening
Blessed is my country
Blessed are her patient hills.

Mweh ka allay!
Guanaguanare

You Are Beautiful [Song]


Uploaded by LoveCircleTV

YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL
By Eldon Blackman 

I don't know if you know how beautiful you are
Soothing, natural and cool
But you sometimes wonder if what you do is right
Or if you look the right way.
But if you know the inner you, oh yeah,
There will be no need to wonder.
It tells you that you are beautiful, very beautiful
And you are so wonderful, very beautiful
Filled with grace to be admired.

Shadows of your beauty
Reflect and capture the source of inspiration
Through the creation of your spirit
Feelings of expressing tenderness
Blessings with high and great winds
Tells you that you are beautiful, very beautiful
And you are so wonderful, very beautiful
Filled with grace to be admired
Filled with grace to be admired

Filled with grace
Filled with grace
Filled with grace.

I don't know if you know that you are so wonderful, beautiful.

Source: The lyrics posted on this blog are often transcribed directly from performances. Although it is my intention to faithfully transcribe I do not get all the words and I have a knack for hearing the wrong thing. Please feel free to correct me or to fill in the words that I miss by dropping me a message via e-mail. I'd be forever grateful. Thanks in advance!
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A Note From The Gull

Thank you, Eldon Blackman!! Wow! If I could write a song about my country - the soul of my country, this would be it.

"Filled with grace to be admired."

"Patria est communis omnium parens" - Our native land is the common parent of us all. Keep it beautiful, make it even more so.

Blessed is all of creation
Blessed be my beautiful people
Blessed be the day of our awakening
Blessed is my country
Blessed are her patient hills.

Mweh ka allay!
Guanaguanare

Trinbago Independence [Song]


Uploaded by UCrr-Mr3OnImYmOX-K47WMbw

TRINBAGO INDEPENDENCE

By Dave Lall

Trinidad, Tobago Republic ka hai amada ho gaya
Trinidad, Tobago Republic ka hai amada ho gaya
Trinidad, Tobago Independence,
Fifty years and counting with confidence
Trinidad, Tobago Republic ka hai amada ho gaya.

Eric Williams and Panday ----------------
No mind how we voting, we does unite together
Eric Williams and Panday ----------------
No mind how we voting, we does unite together
Trinidad is nice, it's a paradise
Rich culture, beautiful land
Divided we'll always fall, but together we'll always stand.

Trinidad, Tobago Independence,
Fifty years and counting with confidence
Trinidad, Tobago Republic ka hai amada ho gaya

-------- chutney and tassa, steelpan and calypso
Mighty Sparrow and Yankaran and Sundar Popo
-------- chutney and tassa, steelpan and calypso
Mighty Sparrow and Yankaran and Sundar Popo
Fifty years is gone ------------ country strong
Looking forward, not going back
Stand up tall and proud to salute the Red, White and Black.

Trinidad, Tobago Independence,
Fifty years and counting with confidence
Trinidad, Tobago Republic ka hai amada ho gaya
Trinidad, Tobago Republic ka hai amada ho gaya
Trinidad, Tobago Independence,
Fifty years and counting with confidence
Trinidad, Tobago Republic ka hai amada ho gaya
Trinidad, Tobago Republic ka hai amada ho gaya

Source: The lyrics posted on this blog are often transcribed directly from performances. Although it is my intention to faithfully transcribe I do not get all the words and I have a knack for hearing the wrong thing. Please feel free to correct me or to fill in the words that I miss by dropping me a message via e-mail. I'd be forever grateful. Thanks in advance!
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A Note From The Gull

Thank you, Dave Lall.

"Patria est communis omnium parens" - Our native land is the common parent of us all. Keep it beautiful, make it even more so.

Blessed is all of creation
Blessed be my beautiful people
Blessed be the day of our awakening
Blessed is my country
Blessed are her patient hills.

Mweh ka allay!
Guanaguanare

Gem Of The Caribbean [Song]



Uploaded by kpmmusic123

GEM OF THE CARIBBEAN
By Drupatee Ramgoonai

Weee...! This is jam. This is a Jubilee jam!
Weee...! This is a sweet Independence jam
This is a 50th Independence jam.


As far as India and Africa, ancestors from lands afar
Travelled across those lonely waters
Oh, how they toil and how they suffer
To make their contribution and to build this nation
Their great sacrifice went a long, long way
From a British colony they set T&T free
Now we celebrating Independence Day.

Oh yes, oh yes, Trinbagonians we are blessed!

Wear your Red, Black and White with pride
Raise your national flag, show them far and wide
For the past long and hard fifty years,
As a nation we govern our own affairs
We are truly an independent nation
Sweet T&T, the gem of the Caribbean
Sweet T&T, the gem of the Caribbean.

Ending slavery and indentureship
Fighting oppression - a long and hard trip
Gaining their rights to free expression
Freedom of worship to practice tradition
The colonial masters, they had to give in
Seeing in their struggles they were determined
Now let this little nation come join hands and pray
And say thanks to God for Independence Day.

Oh yes, oh yes, Trinbagonians we are blessed!

Wear your Red, Black and White with pride
Raise your national flag, show them far and wide
For the past long and hard fifty years,
As a nation we govern our own affairs
We are truly an independent nation
Sweet T&T, the gem of the Caribbean
Sweet T&T, the gem of the Caribbean.

Weeee! Fifty years of sweet Independence!

Back in '62 was liberation
We had our own nation to govern
Fifty years of Independence
We're now a nation with experience
The journey was long and hard, was no bed of roses
We build sweet T&T to make it what it is
From Governor to President and Prime Minister
May the Great Almighty bless our leaders.

Oh yes, oh yes, Trinbagonians we are blessed!

Wear your Red, Black and White with pride
Raise your national flag, show them far and wide
For the past long and hard fifty years,
As a nation we govern our own affairs
We are truly an independent nation
Sweet T&T, the gem of the Caribbean
Sweet T&T, the gem of the Caribbean.

Source: The lyrics posted on this blog are often transcribed directly from performances. Although it is my intention to faithfully transcribe I do not get all the words and I have a knack for hearing the wrong thing. Please feel free to correct me or to fill in the words that I miss by dropping me a message via e-mail. I'd be forever grateful. Thanks in advance!
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A Note From The Gull


Thank you, Drupatee Ramgoonai!

"Patria est communis omnium parens" - Our native land is the common parent of us all. Keep it beautiful, make it even more so.

Blessed is all of creation
Blessed be my beautiful people
Blessed be the day of our awakening
Blessed is my country
Blessed are her patient hills.

Mweh ka allay!
Guanaguanare

Jubilation Time For Trinbago [Song]


Uploaded by TheMusicforlife17

JUBILATION TIME IN TRINBAGO
By Mohip Poonwassie

Sabase nache, dholak bajaye
Sabase nache, dholak bajaye

Let's celebrate today our Independence Day
It's jubilation time in Trinbago
Everyone celebrating for so
From Mayaro to Toco, Los Iros to Scarborough
We dancing to chutney and calypso.

In 1962, fifty years aback
We national flag flew as they lowered the Union Jack
United as one as the anthem was sung
For the declaration at President's Ground
In 1962, fifty years aback
We national flag flew as they lowered the Union Jack
United as one as the anthem was sung
For the declaration at President's Ground
The whole country join in celebration,
Finally independent nation
The whole country join in celebration,
Finally independent nation.

Sabase nache, dholak bajaye
Sabase nache, dholak bajaye

Let's celebrate today our Independence Day
It's jubilation time in Trinbago
Everyone celebrating for so
From Mayaro to Toco, Los Iros to Scarborough
We dancing to chutney and calypso.

Mih aji used to say, "Don't be ungrateful
For what we have today we must be thankful.
Remember Papa Willy - Father of the Nation
Sir Clark and Hassanali, men of great vision."

Mih aji used to say, "Don't be ungrateful
For what we have today we must be thankful.
Remember Papa Willy - Father of the Nation
Sir Clark and Hassanali, men of great vision
They lay the foundation years ago
For the propagation of Trinbago
They lay the foundation years ago
For the propagation of Trinbago.
"

Sabase nache, dholak bajaye
Sabase nache, dholak bajaye

Let's celebrate today our Independence Day
It's jubilation time in Trinbago
Everyone celebrating for so
From Mayaro to Toco, Los Iros to Scarborough
We dancing to chutney and calypso.

Asphalt and oil, sugar, sand and sea
We country's rich soil boost the economy
Our sport ambassadors and diverse culture
We culinary flavours make us so popular
Asphalt and oil, sugar, sand and sea
We country's rich soil boost the economy
Our sport ambassadors and diverse culture
We culinary flavours make us so popular
As we celebrate this Golden Jubilee,
We must appreciate our sweet T&T
As we celebrate this Golden Jubilee,
We must appreciate our sweet T&T.

Sabase nache, dholak bajaye
Sabase nache, dholak bajaye

Let's celebrate today our Independence Day
It's jubilation time in Trinbago
Everyone celebrating for so
From Mayaro to Toco, Los Iros to Scarborough
We dancing to chutney and calypso.

Sabase nache, dholak bajaye
Sabase nache, dholak bajaye

Let's celebrate today our Independence Day
It's jubilation time in Trinbago
Everyone celebrating for so
From Mayaro to Toco, Los Iros to Scarborough
We dancing to chutney and calypso.

Sabase nache, dholak bajaye
Sabase nache, dholak bajaye

Let's celebrate today our Independence Day!

Source: The lyrics posted on this blog are often transcribed directly from performances. Although it is my intention to faithfully transcribe I do not get all the words and I have a knack for hearing the wrong thing. Please feel free to correct me or to fill in the words that I miss by dropping me a message via e-mail. I'd be forever grateful. Thanks in advance!
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A Note From The Gull

Thank you, Mohip Poonwassie, for this sweet song celebrating our nation.

"Patria est communis omnium parens" - Our native land is the common parent of us all. Keep it beautiful, make it even more so.

Blessed is all of creation
Blessed be my beautiful people
Blessed be the day of our awakening
Blessed is my country
Blessed are her patient hills.

Mweh ka allay!
Guanaguanare

Happy Independence [Song]


Uploaded by IsDePanInMe

HAPPY INDEPENDENCE
By Sally Sagram

Independence celebration once again
Independence celebration once again
50 years Jubilee for sweet T&T
Independence celebration once again.

Everybody put your hands up, let's celebrate
Rags up let's celebrate,
Flags up, let's celebrate
Throw your hands in the air
Hands up, let's celebrate,
Rags up, let's celebrate
Flags up, let's celebrate
Throw your hands in the air.

----------------- this freedom feeling
Independence again, what a sweet, sweet feeling
So come on people who celebrating
Independence again, so join the refrain
But this one is special, this one unique
This one we celebrating we Jubilee.
What an achievement, accomplishment
A real ------------ for the government
We free as a people and a nation
So come on everybody, join the celebration.

Happy Independence, Happy Independence,
Happy Independence, Happy Independence!
Trinidad, Tobago, Trinidad and Tobago
Celebrate Jubilee, celebrate everybody.
Happy Independence, Happy Independence,
Happy Independence, Happy Independence!

No time to hold on to no slavery
Come on, let's move on with positivity
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And treat other with more decency
My ancestors came here, yours came here too
And build up this country for me and for you
Free from the shackles, they turn up the soil
------------------ they work and they toil
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Happy Independence, Happy Independence,
Happy Independence, Happy Independence!
Trinidad, Tobago, Trinidad and Tobago
Celebrate Jubilee, celebrate everybody.
Happy Independence, Happy Independence,
Happy Independence, Happy Independence!

I love mih county, what a legacy
Yes, 1962 is part of we history
We must continue making this country
A model nation supremacy
In this blessed island, chutney and pan
Soca and tassa - cultural -----------
We like to jump up on Carnival day
Independently, that's a Trini
So now it's up to we in this country
Spreading -------------- unity
That's we priority.

Happy Independence, Happy Independence,
Happy Independence, Happy Independence!
Trinidad, Tobago, Trinidad and Tobago
Celebrate Jubilee, celebrate everybody.
Happy Independence, Happy Independence,
Happy Independence, Happy Independence!

Source: The lyrics posted on this blog are often transcribed directly from performances. Although it is my intention to faithfully transcribe I do not get all the words and I have a knack for hearing the wrong thing. Please feel free to correct me or to fill in the words that I miss by dropping me a message via e-mail. I'd be forever grateful. Thanks in advance!
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A Note From The Gull

Thank you, Sally Sagram.

"Patria est communis omnium parens" - Our native land is the common parent of us all. Keep it beautiful, make it even more so.

Blessed is all of creation
Blessed be my beautiful people
Blessed be the day of our awakening
Blessed is my country
Blessed are her patient hills.

Mweh ka allay!
Guanaguanare

Trinity [Song]


Uploaded by caribbeancrew

TRINITY

By Creig Camacho

In a land not far away, you'll meet an old retired soldier
Who left his home searching for an answer
He says, Lend me your ears and I'll tell you 'bout my islands
Where the trade winds sing, the people are the dancers.
A place where citizens are proud as they are free [proud and free]
The common factor is a strong unity
With every colour, creed and race, they live as one
Breathing, living under the sun.

I remember the day so clearly, off for school at 7:30
Breaking biche at the periods after lunch
Heading straight for the Oval with Big Bird start his over
And Blue Food blowing shell like a champion
Hit the Savannah for oysters when the cricket done
A coconut water, next a real nice cold one
I must get a roast corn on the highway back to South
The Trini people know what I'm talking 'bout
Crab and dumpling in a Store Bay, doubles down by the Croisee
Sucking sugar cane when you peel it with your teeth
Sancoche Saturday evening, black pudding Sunday morning
Macaroni pie and stew make your lunch complete
Parang and pastelle, Christmas time is here again
With garlic pork, ham, sorrel and the ponche-a-creme
Any time is a good time for a box ah dead
November 19, check out the Sea of Red.

Wo-oh oh oh my Trinity, beautiful islands in the Caribbean Sea
Wo-oh oh oh my Trinity, wait for me, don't leave me
'Cause I'm coming home real soon.
[Wo-oh oh oh my Trinity, wo-oh oh oh my Trinity.]

Television as a youthman, checking all your favourite programs
Mastana Bahar, Best Village and Play Your Cards Right
Your kick-up flicks with your old man, starring Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan
Excitement start from the time time they turn off all the lights
Castor oil from your mother when your tummy hurt
Licks from your teacher when you ent do your homework
Riding on your chopper trying to catch the girls
A Trini woman - most precious in the world.
Waiting months for the Carnival, the time of year is so crucial
Hugging and drinking with people that you never meet
The J'ouvert mas' is a killer, not to mention Panorama
And Peter Minshall bringing splendour to the streets
Toilet paper flying high in Skinner park
Cheering on your choice for Soca Monarch
Come Ash Wednesday, is back to work to again
Don't worry, be happy, soon is a long weekend.

Wo-oh oh oh my Trinity, beautiful islands in the Caribbean Sea
Wo-oh oh oh my Trinity, wait for me, don't forget me
'Cause I'm coming home real soon.
[Wo-oh oh oh my Trinity, wo-oh oh oh my Trinity.]

Source: The lyrics posted on this blog are often transcribed directly from performances. Although it is my intention to faithfully transcribe I do not get all the words and I have a knack for hearing the wrong thing. Please feel free to correct me or to fill in the words that I miss by dropping me a message via e-mail. I'd be forever grateful. Thanks in advance!
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A Note From The Gull


Thank you, Creig Camacho!

"Wo-oh oh oh my Trinity, wait for me, don't forget me
'Cause I'm coming home real soon."

"Patria est communis omnium parens" - Our native land is the common parent of us all. Keep it beautiful, make it even more so.

Blessed is all of creation
Blessed be my beautiful people
Blessed be the day of our awakening
Blessed is my country
Blessed are her patient hills.

Mweh ka allay!
Guanaguanare

Independence [Song]


Uploaded by mightysparrowaz

INDEPENDENCE
By Lord Bryner

People only talking but they really don't know
What's the proper meaning for Trinidad and Tobago
Cipriani start the ball rolling now the Doctor doing the bowling
So leh we help Uncle Eric to perform a real hat trick.

Because it is your land just as well as my land
This is your place and also it's my place
So let we put our heads together and live like one happy family
Democratically, educationally, we'll be independently.

Thirty-first of August, the year 1962
Will go down in history for every one of you
Forget racialism and nationalism
Let discipline, production and tolerance
Guide us to Independence.

Because it is your land just as well as my land
This is your place and also it's my place
So let we put our heads together and live like one happy family
Democratically, educationally, we'll live independently.

Conscientiously and constitutionally
Forget all this lousy rumour about racial equality
If you are an East Indian and you want to be an African
Just shave your head clean like me,
Then they can't prove your nationality.

Because it is your land just as well as my land
This is your place and also it's my place
So leh we put our heads together and live like one happy family
Democratically, educationally, we'll live independently.

A next thing again I want you to know
I must tell you plain, whether your status is high or low
The time has come at last and there's no more colonial rule, I believe
So together we will aspire, together we will achieve.

Because it is your land just as well as my land
This is your place and also it's my place
So leh we put our heads together and live like one happy family
Democratically, educationally, we'll live independently.

Source: The lyrics posted on this blog are often transcribed directly from performances. Although it is my intention to faithfully transcribe I do not get all the words and I have a knack for hearing the wrong thing. Please feel free to correct me or to fill in the words that I miss by dropping me a message via e-mail. I'd be forever grateful. Thanks in advance!
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A Note From The Gull

Thank you, Lord Bryner! A message as appropriate today as it was then, back in 1962.

"Because it is your land just as well as my land
This is your place and also it's my place
So leh we put our heads together and live like one happy family
Democratically, educationally, we'll live independently."

"Patria est communis omnium parens" - Our native land is the common parent of us all. Keep it beautiful, make it even more so.

Blessed is all of creation
Blessed be my beautiful people
Blessed be the day of our awakening
Blessed is my country
Blessed are her patient hills.

Mweh ka allay!
Guanaguanare

We Are [My Trindad And Tobago] [Song]


Uploaded by Rembunction

WE ARE [MY TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO]
By Rembunction

My Trinidad and Tobago, wo-oh woh, my Trinidad and Tobago
Keep my heart full of fire that burns so bright
Dedicated to everything that's right
Keep unity and equality in La Trinity.

We are, [one heart] we are, we are, [one soul] we ay-ay are [so brave, so bold]
We are, [building] we are, we are, [stronger] we ay-ay are [growing together]
We are, [climbing] we are, we are, [higher] we ay-ay are [reaching further]
We are, [one heart] we are, we are, [one soul] we ay-ay are.

This land is my land and my legacy
Our forefathers and foremothers fought vehemently
United so that we stand independently
Celebrating our nation's first half century.
With a culture so inherently in all ah we
I love the way we walk and talk with rhythm and such melody
I salute my country.

My Trinidad and Tobago, wo-oh woh, my Trinidad and Tobago
Keep my heart full of fire that burns so bright
Dedicated to everything that's right
Keep unity and equality in La Trinity.

We are, [one heart] we are, we are, [one soul] we ay-ay are [so brave, so bold]
We are, [building] we are, we are, [stronger] we ay-ay are [growing together]
We are, [climbing] we are, we are, [higher] we ay-ay are [reaching further]
We are, [one heart] we are, we are, [one soul] we ay-ay are.

We are mas', pan and calypso birthed from her womb
We are bright Chaconia flowers in full bloom
We're the speedy Cocrico, the Scarlet Ibis in full flight
We are kings and queens and scholars
We's a soca fete in the night
We are food and mood and gas and crude
And such a breezy attitude
This longitude and latitude, I always show my gratitude.

We are, [one heart] we are, we are, [one soul] we ay-ay are [so brave, so bold]
We are, [building] we are, we are, [stronger] we ay-ay are [growing together]
We are, [climbing] we are, we are, [higher] we ay-ay are [reaching further]
We are, [one heart] we are, we are, [one soul] we ay-ay are.

Oh island, oh island here in the sea
Let us keep swimming in oceans of integrity
Aspiring and achieving with real unity
Believing and nurturing that philosophy
And though we are not free of controversy,
I always need you close to me
I cherish our democracy and our history.

My Trinidad and Tobago, wo-oh woh, my Trinidad and Tobago
Keep my heart full of fire that burns so bright
Dedicated to everything that's right
Keep unity and equality in La Trinity.

We are, [one heart] we are, we are, [one soul] we ay-ay are [so brave, so bold]
We are, [building] we are, we are, [stronger] we ay-ay are [growing together]
We are, [climbing] we are, we are, [higher] we ay-ay are [reaching further]
We are, [one heart] we are, we are, [one soul] we ay-ay are.

I bleed Red, White and Black and there's no turning back
I see hope for the future, we must take it further
So much here to treasure, gifted beyond measure
We've done such great things and continue to do much more.

My Trinidad and Tobago, wo-oh woh, my Trinidad and Tobago
Keep my heart full of fire that burns so bright
Dedicated to everything that's right
Keep unity and equality in La Trinity.

Source: The lyrics posted on this blog are often transcribed directly from performances. Although it is my intention to faithfully transcribe I do not get all the words and I have a knack for hearing the wrong thing. Please feel free to correct me or to fill in the words that I miss by dropping me a message via e-mail. I'd be forever grateful. Thanks in advance!

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A Note From The Gull

Thank you, Rembunction! Beautiful, beautiful images and sentiments.

"We are mas', pan and calypso birthed from her womb
We are bright Chaconia flowers in full bloom
We're the speedy Cocrico, the Scarlet Ibis in full flight
We are kings and queens and scholars
We's a soca fete in the night
We are food and mood and gas and crude
And such a breezy attitude
This longitude and latitude, I always show my gratitude."

"Patria est communis omnium parens" - Our native land is the common parent of us all. Keep it beautiful, make it even more so.

Blessed is all of creation
Blessed be my beautiful people
Blessed be the day of our awakening
Blessed is my country
Blessed are her patient hills.

Mweh ka allay!
Guanaguanare