Lord Commander is a good example of the calypsonians of the fifties and sixties who placed as much emphasis on thoughtful lyrics as the did to music and rhythm.
Commander was considered the “the thinking man’s calypsonian”, since his calypsos provided a thoughtful argument that reflected a distinct point of view.
Here , Commander argues that “Police should be merry when somebody violate the law,
because that’s what the government paying them for”.
Incidentally , this classic was covered with and interesting version by a French band.
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In this classic , “You can’t finish pleasing people”, Commander advises that it’s not wise to try to satisfy everyone , and suggests that he will live his life to only suit himself , “and to hell with everybody” !
A personal favorite from back in my youth from the Commander , Mr. Action, in which he complains on the perils of being too well known.
The Commander , also known as Mr. Action , got that name because he was one of the first calypsonians to dance onstage.
Unfortunately the talented but somewhat eccentric calypsonian died in poverty in San Juan , Trinidad.
Rest in Peace , Commander!
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Apanjat chook mih kilwani :Glenroy my spelling might be off but that was in the chorus of that 1956 calypso. I also believe that it was in the same year as “Jean and Dina”. I don’t know either the singer or the name of the song but it was about voting. Any ideas?