Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Trini Christmas Cake

Wanted to write Christmas song and thought of my roots (father's side) from Trinidad...

Trini Christmas Cake
©Paul Gallagher Dec. 11, 2017

Half moon - in the sky
Near zero - North... a 49
Trini Christmas - on my mind
Trini Christmas - on my mind

I wanna piece - a Christmas Cake
Trini Cake .... Black Christmas Cake
I wanna piece - a Christmas Cake
I know it took so long to make....
Cake so heavy - give me backache
Trini Cake .... Black Christmas Cake

Rum it up, Spice it up, Love id up... non stop
Is de season to celebrate,
Celebrate wid parang
Dancing an singing,
Cooking an cleaning ‘till we can’t stand

No warm id up, let’s start id up wid rum an puncha créme
I wanna piece a Christmas Cake......
Trini Cake ......Black Christmas Cake

Finally jet make touch down;
Crazy taxi ride into town
To Auntie Asha and Uncle Edwin;
Already Christmas lights - all around
Never seen so many greens
Palm trees soca in de gentle breeze
Parang from back yard, and parang from de beach
Auntie and Uncle got paint brushes and paint cans
“Christmas time; time to fresh up, Come on man,
Help me hang dese curtains dat Auntie make.

I wanna piece - a Christmas Cake
Trini Cake .... Black Christmas Cake
I wanna piece - a Christmas Cake
I know it took so long to make....
Cake so heavy - give me backache
Trini Cake .... Black Christmas Cake

Rum id up, Spice id up, Love id up... non stop
Is de season to celebrate,
Celebrate wid parang
Dancing an singing,
Cooking an cleaning ‘till we can’t stand

No warm id up, let’s start id up wid rum an puncha créme
I wanna piece a Christmas Cake......
Trini Cake ......Black Christmas Cake

Early morning, new stove deliverin'
One by one cousins join de kitchen
Assembly line, like Ford, cloves an sweet meat,
Cornmeal and more, assembly line make pastelles
All day long chitter chatter, riddem a chak chak, drinking sorrel
Me and Uncle Edwin clean de front yard an de porch
Friends lean on de fence like parrots to watch
Out come some wine an out come some rum
Out come de cuatro, bottle an de spoons
Looks like de front yard won’t be done too soon.

I wanna piece - a Christmas Cake
Trini Cake .... Black Christmas Cake
I wanna piece - a Christmas Cake
I know it took so long to make....
Cake so heavy - give me backache
Trini Cake .... Black Christmas Cake

Rum id up, Spice id up, Love id up... non stop
Is de season to celebrate,
Celebrate wid parang
Dancing an singing,
Cooking an cleaning ‘till we can’t stand

No warm id up, let’s start id up wid rum an puncha créme
I wanna piece a Christmas Cake......
Trini Cake ......Black Christmas Cake

6 PM an Christmas.... lights shining so bright
Christmas stockings hang de
palm tree... not too high
Auntie Asha still in de kitchen an floors do shine
Sky so dark all de stars a special light
Dog bark announcing de parrandero
Get ready for de chak chak, guitars, toc toc
Come de kitchen, parang all night long.... ‘til ham is gone
Call de neighbours... roti an rum,
Dancing and laughing and sing-along
It’s Christmas time, Christmas time,
Limin, limin all night long
It’s Christmas time, Christmas time,
Limin, limin all night long

I wanna piece - a Christmas Cake
Trini Cake .... Black Christmas Cake
I wanna piece - a Christmas Cake
I know it took so long to make....
Cake so heavy - give me backache
Trini Cake .... Black Christmas Cake

Rum id up, Spice id up, Love id up... non stop
Is de season to celebrate,
Celebrate wid parang
Dancing an singing,
Cooking an cleaning ‘till we can’t stand

No warm id up, let’s start id up wid rum an puncha créme
I wanna piece a Christmas Cake......
Trini Cake ......Black Christmas Cake


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