Friday, 30 January 2009

Mighty Sparrow

To lighten the mood a little, here is something from the Mighty Sparrow, the greatest ever calypsonian. He is still going strong after more than 50 years and as sharp as ever, as those of us lucky enough to see him in action at the Barbican a couple of years ago can vouch.

Today's selection is "English Diplomacy", a tune from the early 1970s in which he makes the outrageous claim that an Englishman's silvery tongue is matched only by his reluctance to get his wallet out. It is plainly ridiculous, not least because our tongues are made of base metal compared to Sparrow's. Who else could come up with a line like "I cannot recompense you most adequately for the accomplished talents bestowed on me" and still make it swing?

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