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‘Pan Scientist (Tribute To Bertie)’

sung by Mark Roberts
composed by Hayden Lynch & Mark Roberts

   

 

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LYRICS

Verse 1

Now that Bertie Marshall leave the land
Having devoted his life to pan
He said that those in authority
Never took the invention seriously
He said you know I give it my best
Now I am going to take ah rest
I doh want no bawling
No mourning or groaning
Just celebrate my contribution

Chorus 1

Is time for we to - celebrate
Bertie Marshall - pan scientist
This Highlanders man
Who amplified the pan
Toiling day and night
Just to get it right
Bertie - hello Bertie
We all miss you boy
You brought us so much joy
Bertie - hello Bertie
We all miss you boy
We all miss you boy

Verse 2

Left arranging to experiment
Devote more time to the instrument
Loving and caressing constantly
I must say it responded kindly
Even though finance hampered progress
I know the relationship was bless
I was always happy real merry and jolly
This is how you must remember me

Chorus 2

Is time for we to - celebrate
Bertie Marshall - pan scientist
Double tenor man
Put harmonics in pan
Toiling day and night
Just to get it right
Bertie - hello Bertie
We all miss you boy
You brought us so much joy
Bertie - hello Bertie
We all miss you boy
We all miss you boy
_________________

Bridge

He did some bad arrangements you know
And the records they are there to show
Mister Walker where yuh daughter
Let All Valleys be exalted too
Just to name ah few

Verse 3

Then came the big collaboration
The Bertie-Charlo combination
New instruments we begin to see
As they extended the pan family
For philharmonics we had no fear
Pavarotti couldn’t believe he ear
Yes we achieve plenty
We shake up Carnegie
With the tone that Bertie give to we

Chorus

Is time for we to - celebrate
Bertie Marshall - pan scientist
Harmonica man
Revolutionize pan
Toiling day and night
Just to get it right
(Bertie - hello Bertie
We all miss you boy
You brought us so much joy
Bertie - hello Bertie
We all miss you boy
We all miss you boy) x2


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“Pan Scientist (Tribute To Bertie)”
Mark Roberts

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Oscar - Mark Roberts
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“Oscar” Mark Roberts is from the twin island Republic of Trinidad & Tobago (Trinidad to be specific) W.I.  He has a love of music from childhood, with a preference for a mouth organ as a choice of Christmas gift every year even as other 12-year-olds wanted toy cars, trucks, etc.  Mark had the ability to play any Christmas Carol he heard on the radio on his mouth-organ.

In 1970 the legendary Desperadoes Steel Orchestra was the band Mark Roberts joined, located as it was within his community. Five years later, he and other Laventille youths formed the band Music Maker.  His affiliation with with Desperadoes afforded him the opportunity to tour internationally extensively.

Under the leadership of the late great Rudolph Charles and master arranger - the late “Sir” Clive Bradley, Mark Roberts says he was afforded informal but extremely valuable music education.  His musical journey continues - as, he says, music is a living thing. “Every day is one of learning.”

He started composing in 1991 with his first publication being in 2006 with Clive Gone in honor of Clive Bradley’s memory, and vocalized by Brache. Celebrating Crawl sung by Chucky and honoring the memory Desperadoes’ legendary bass player Frank “Crawl” Findley followed in 2008.  For 2010 he not only composed but also vocalized Pow Pow Doi Doi (Bad Boy); two years later in 2012 he followed up with Who Is Copeland. In Panorama 2013 Mark Roberts presented the pan world with Ralph; for the 2014 season, he returns with Thanks To WST and the track featured here, Pan Scientist (Tribute to Bertie).


Hayden Lynch

Hayden Lynch hails from Trinidad W.I., where he was born in 1957 in the village of Tunapuna, east Trinidad. At age five he started to play Pan on an old tenor pan in his back yard. The first song he learned, which was self-taught, was “Somewhere My Love.”

Lynch’s first experience of playing in a steelband, Klondyte, was when he was just nine. He went on to play for many others orchestras such as Delphonic, Curepe Scherzando, Sforzata and Desperadoes just to name a few. In 1990 he migrated to the USA and continued playing pan with ADLIB and Despers USA.

Lynch has penned several pieces in the last few years including 2011’s Children You Must Love Your Mother, 2012’s Steel Pan Melody and 2013’s Gih Dem Something, Baron and Steel Pan Melody.  He is co-writer of the track featured here—Pan Scientist (Tribute To Bertie)

 
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