Best Jamaican Folk Songs- The Golden Collection
I came home tired, decided I am going to take an early one. It was a rough day so I just needed to get some sleep.
I was just going to check my emails and then straight to bed, but then my 8 year old daughter came into the room, volunteering to sing a new folk song she learned earlier in the day. Honestly, I'd preferred not to hear anything, but I obliged. I didn't want to disappoint her. Well, one led to another and before you know it, not only was I singing along, I was taking the lead :-), singing classics such as 'Mango Time', 'Linstead Market' and 'Long Time Gal' - sweeeet stuff! I realized how much I had missed singing these lovely tunes from my childhood in the country. Of course, by now (you would guess) I forgot about sleeping (lol). So now I've decided to share these with you. I have all the lyrics. Come on get in the action - start singing! Here now is my alphabetized collection some of the best Jamaican folk songs!! List A to D A Weh Yu Ben Deh Bad Mind People Before Me Married Brown Girl in the Ring De Ribba Ben Come Dung Dip an Fall Back Dis long time gal Click Here for the lyrics for list A - D List E to L Evening Time Goh dung ah manuel road Guava Root Linstead Market Liza -Waata come a mi y’eye Long Time Gal Click Here for the lyrics for list E - L List M to R Mango Time Mango Walk Mi Caffi Moon shine tonight Rio Grande Click Here for the lyrics for list M - R List S to Z Shine y'eye gyal When Goat Meat Done Win de Sweepstake Click Here for the lyrics for list S - Z VIDEO
Oh how much we miss? Some schools do a fairly good job trying to keep this aspect of our culture alive, but you can't help thinking that much needs to be done, don't it?
So do you have a favourite Jamaican folk song?
What is it? Share it with is using the 'comment' link below please - the more the merrier ;-)
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I ran into a local book store recently and found what I consider to be a great compilation of these and more of the best Jamaican folk songs.
Even better, it includes the sheet music for those who wish to play it on Piano or as instrumental.
It is called MANGO TIME - FOLKS SONGS OF JAMAICA by Noel Dexter and Godfrey Taylor.
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