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Captain, This Ship Is Sinking…

This is a satirical calypso about the twin island nation of Trinidad and Tobago, in the English Caribbean. It references the political changeover to relative newcomer, George Chambers…after the death of long-time Prime Minister Eric Williams, who died in 1981.

But the song could be describing the Trump White House! Michael Flynn! Andrew Puzder! Leaks! Intelligence investigations! Who knew what, when, where, why, how? Calypso is just awesome. This type of musical genre from the Caribbean, often utilizes rich political commentary through irony and satire. Go down for Carnival in February. Best after Rio – some may say better!

From Wiki: Calypso is a style of Afro-Caribbean music that originated in Trinidad and Tobago during the early to mid-20th century and spread to the rest of Caribbean Antilles and Venezuela. Its rhythms can be traced back to West Africa and the arrival of French planters and their slaves in the 18th century.

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Port of Spain, capital of Trinidad & Tobago, West Indies (Caribbean)

This is an SOS from the Trinidad
Location: seven miles off the coast of Venezuela
SOS! SOS! Mayday! Mayday! Mayday!
Help! Help!

The Trinidad — a luxury liner
Sailing the Caribbean Sea
With an old captain named Eric Williams
For years sailed smooth and free
But sadly, Eric Williams passed away
The ship hit rough water that day
Someone turned the bridge over
To a captain named Chambers
Meh blood crawl, things start to fall
Hold meh head when a sailor bawl

eric-williams

Former Prime Minister, Trinidad

Chorus
Captain this ship is sinking
Captain these seas are rough, oh yes
We gas tank almost empty
No electricity, we oil pressure reading low
Shall we abandon ship
Or shall we stay on it and perish slow
We doh know, we doh know
Captain you tell we what to do

The Trinidad, oh she was a beauty
With wealth that few surpass
And in her day she sailed majestically
There were few in her class
Faithfully she fulfilled her sailors need
Some were overpowered by greed
And so they pilfered slow
Some took by bulk and go
Now she look dull, she’s at a lull
She could barely sit on her hull

sinking-ship

Captain this ship is sinking
Captain these seas are rough, oh yes
We gas tank almost empty
No electricity, we oil pressure reading low
Shall we abandon ship
Or shall we stay on it and perish slow
We doh know, we doh know
Captain you tell we what to do

The Trinidad, in her day of sailing
She was a friend to one and all
She never once ever hesitated
To answer all SOS calls
And yes, well she always did her best
To help out those in distress
Now it’s so sad to see
She’s in difficulties
Though she help jeer
Some ah dem cheer
And sarcastically declare

trinidad

Captain this ship is sinking
Captain these seas are rough
We gas tank almost empty
No electricity, we oil pressure reading low
Shall we abandon ship
Or shall we sit on it and perish slow
We doh know, we doh know
Captain you tell we what to do

Now there is a lot of fingers pointing
Suspicion running strong
Who’s to be blamed for all her failures
Who’s to be blamed for doing her wrong
Now please remember I’m warning you
For thirty years, she had the same crew
Who hold the keys to her vault
So we know who is at fault
Now it’s up to you, it’s up to me
To make her worthy to go back to sea

caribbean-map

Captain this ship is sinking
Captain these seas are rough, oh yes
We gas tank almost empty
No electricity, we oil pressure reading low
Shall we abandon ship
Or shall we stay on it and perish slow
We doh know, we doh know
Captain you tell we what to do
We doh know, we doh know
Captain you tell we what to do
We doh know, we doh know
You tell we what to do
We doh know, we doh know
Captain you tell we what to do 

Listen on Youtube: The Sinking Ship (The Trinidad) – by Gypsy

Lyrics from the internet — photos: Google Images!

Go ahead and Google Trinidad Carnival in google images …I DARE you!

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