#GETT2020 Sharp Political Comment in Calypso Form

Professor Hollis ‘Mighty Chalkdust’ Liverpool 2004 Analysis Still Relevant

Professor Hollis ‘Mighty Chalkdust’ Liverpool in 2004 Performing Still Relevant Calypso.

TOO MUCH PARTY
By Mighty Chalkdust

This thing called PNM, this thing called UNC
Is one set of dotishness to mamaguy you and me
It ent have no colour, it ent have no race
It ent have no principles or any values in place
And it was never meant to be the answer for unity
It shares no philosophy with any consistency
‘Cause if you watch the pedigree in each and every party
The difference, you see, turns out to be a case of power and money.

Them French creole in St. Ann’s, Maraval and St. Clair
They don’t hold no allegiance for no party here
Rich men does be supporting who they think going to win
Loyalty, friends means nothing, money is their thing.

That’s why PNM Kuei Tung turncoat to UNC
And Mr. Wendell Mottley’s background showed he was with DAC
Hector McClean, the speaker, swore PNM ’til he dead
And when the last election over, he was UNC instead
Augustus Ramrekersingh, I knew him in Tapia
Next thing I know he was a PNM minister
John Humphrey move from Trinity and become a member of three
So is only diehard you and grassroot me is PNM and UNC.

This thing called PNM, this thing called UNC
Is only a power play to get our sympathy
Is not ’bout African, it’s neither East Indian
It ent have nothing to do with anybody’s religion
Kamaluddin is a Muslim, Mahabir, Christian to the brim
Yet Montano, the mulatto, different race, same party you know
Ronnie Williams and Max Awon are two Chinese politicians
And while both of them love PNM, Brian Kuei Tung had a problem.

Them French creoles in St. Ann’s, Maraval and St. Clair
They don’t hold no allegiance for no party here
Rich men does be supporting who they think going to win
Loyalty, friends means nothing, money is their thing.

The name Steve Ferguson is really an East Indian
Who with Ishwar Galbaransingh, the parties they financing
Joe Esau and Emile Elias are PNM Lebanese
And yet Sabga of the same caste helps UNC pay their fees
Syrian businessman, John Rahael, PNM make him mayor
And African Wade Mark as well, UNC made him minister
PNM’s fundraising dinner had businessmen of all colour
So is only chupidee you and me is PNM and UNC.
I lie? Listen to the gospel.

This thing called PNM, this thing called UNC
With foolishness pitting we on the grounds of ethnicity
It make friends mash up fast, race hatred is en masse
It causing common people to bring out their gun and cutlass
And while poor people arguing ’bout who good and who should win
The leaders jumping like monkey from one party to party
Just look at Arthur Sanderson, Horace Broomes is a next one
And fus they could shift, they deserve a pick
For hop, skip and jump next Olympics.

Them French creole from St. Ann’s, Maraval and St. Clair
They don’t hold no allegiance for no party here
Rich men does be supporting who they think going to win
Loyalty, friends means nothing, money is their thing.

Hulsi Bhaggan left UNC to open she own party
Kamla Bissessar, NAR previously, she change ’round to UNC
Abu Bakr supported all three and now he for nobody
Errol McLeod turning ’round daily so you can’t say which side he be
ANR, my friend, walked out on Eric Williams years ago
And yet, he would tell you how he still love Eric for so
Ralph Maraj and Manning get away and Ralph was UNC next day
And yet dotish you cussing stupid me for PNM and UNC.
Peace

Professor Hollis ‘Mighty Chalkdust’ Liverpool delivers lecture ‘Calypso Art Form: More than a Metaphor,’ at Mason Hall Secondary School, Tobago in January 2019

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