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‘This One For Pan Woman’

sung by Karen Eccles
composed by Tellison “Tello” Forde
arranged by Frankie McIntosh



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Verse 1

Got ah requisition, from Pan Woman
Compose ah song for we
For we contribution and dedication
Throughout pan history
One with a real sweet melody
To have de savannah jumpy
We go play we self here for panorama
Is real bacchanal in de savannah


This song, composed for pan women
Sincerely done for thee
Show and tell all ah dem pan men
About your pan history
Dis song composed for pan women,
We at home dey in panyard nightly
We go play we self here in de savannah
We come to take over panorama

Verse 2

Was real intriguing, what dey requesting
A real sweet melody
No hesitation, imagination
Just brought me to dis key
While conjugating
Thoughts were compiling
As I kept dem lyrically
Knowing dat dis appealing requisition
Will be executed musically


Verse 3

Thoughts of pan women
Their contribution
Was very clear to see
Their executions, varied renditions
Of songs played through history
Their requisition, got my attention
And expedited consciously
Dat is how I arrived at dis conclusion
To celebrate you with dis melody


Verse 4

Now dis composition, for your attention
Was done whole heartedly
Now play your steel pan
From memorization
For the whole world to see
De innovation, steel orchestration
Which came to you inherently
As you exhibit here in panorama
You are manifestant in pan history



Ah tell meh pan man, to watch de children
Take care ah baby, doh worry ‘bout me
But if yuh miss me, yuh know ah ready
Savannah jumpy, watch meh on TV


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“This One For Pan Woman”
Karen Eccles

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 Karen Eccles
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Karen Kay Eccles-Thomas – (Karen Eccles) daughter of the south land (Marabella) in Trinidad - fondly called “Kay” or “Mags” was born into a family of pastors and gospel singers. She now resides in Port-of-Spain, bringing with her a wealth of talent.
Karen - songwriter, dramatist, dancer, calypsonian, is one of Trinidad & Tobago’s foremost entertainers since the mid-seventies and has been on the stage either as a representative in the Best Village competition, performing with the Marabella Folk Choir (MCFC) and the Arawak Dance Company or singing background vocals for many calypsonians.

She has been in the Monarch semi-finals, NWAC Queens and NACC Young Kings on several occasions, and also twice as a reserve in the Monarch finals, frontline singer with the bands Earforce, Traffic and Maritime Wavelength. Song festival winner 1996, Calypso Queen 2004, top 20 awardee and 3rd place winner in the 50th anniversary Independence Calypso Monarch competition are some of Karen’s achievements.

Karen, once a cast member of Kaiso House, Kaiso Karavan and Klassic Ruso, can now be seen every calypso season at the Divas Calypso Cabaret International – Nu Pub (formerly Mas Camp Pub).

Tellison Forde
Tellison “Tello” Forde

Tellison ‘Tello’ Forde is the son of an “Invader” - Cecil “Coye” Forde - and Beryl Isaac. He was born at 67 Rosalino Street in Woodbrook, Trinidad, adjacent to the pan yard of Invaders Steel Orchestra.

That “Tello” was the son of an Invader was proven when Invaders performed at his christening. Father Cecil took the Steeldrum throughout Russia, and was one of the first to introduce Pan in Spain and Morocco in North Africa. Young Tellison followed in his father’s footsteps by becoming a member of Invaders Steel Orchestra, and also played tenor pan in New York’s Moods Pan Groove, Pan Rebels and Bramblers USA.

“Tello” enlisted in the US Navy from November 1972 to December 1984, during which time he had the good fortune to serve under the late Commander W.W. Pippenger aboard the USS Brumby DE 1044 which arrived in Chaguaramas, Trinidad in November 1975.

Tellison returned to dedicated service with Sealift Command Department of the Navy for 13 years, always keeping his tenor pan at hand.

He is well known within the steelband community for compositions such as Prophet of Pan and Coye: Pan Religion, among others.

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