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‘Archbishop of Pan’

sung by The Lydian Singers
composed by Len “Boogsie” Sharpe
lyrics by Gregory “GB” Ballantyne

arranged by Leston Paul & Len "Boogsie" Sharpe



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Verse 1

There is a Bishop up in de Great Beyond
Cause she gone - Great Icon
Daddy Sonny play he banjo
When she born
Was de dawn
Dis woman
Whom we call “Archbishop of Pan”

So Phase II coming out blazing Fire
Higher just for her
Wid she Lydians and and wid we pan
To raise de roof like Handel’s Messiah
An exhibition of pan excellence
As we honour dis woman


Jam jam jam jam
We jamming nonstop
Dis one is for de Archbishop
We go gih dem pan till dey drop
Dis is the Battle Hymn of de Republic
Panorama Champions music
Phase II Magic


So leh we sing
Everybody sing
“Pat Bishop we love you”
For everything –
We remembering
“Pat Bishop we love you”
From every Lydian
And every panman
“Pat Bishop we’ll always love you”

Verse 2

Just lifting people up whatever
De cost
Cultural force
Music boss
She would say boldly
Until we all have crossed
None have crossed
Jou “Billy”
And some we have to carry

She never minced words
What she think and she understand,
we love her so
She had a big panyard titivating
She stop a practice session to tell
A man doh lash de steel pan


Verse 3

(She) always talk about the still
Voice of calm
Steelbands jam
This Grand Dame
Panorama or festival
Like a psalm
She would charm
Lady B
Gone to music monastery

Ah could still hear she cow bell it ringing
She conducting hands in de air
She was a multi-talented darling
Doctor of literature and de
Trinity Cross, dat she would wear


Jam Jam jam jam
We jamming non-stop
Dis one is for de archbishop
We go give dem pan till dey drop
Dis is battle hymn of de republic
Panorama champions music
Phase II magic


Oo ooo oo
Pat bishop we will always love you
Oo ooo


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“Archbishop of Pan”
The Lydian Singers

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Composer, steelband arranger and panist Len 'Boogsie' Sharpe
Composer, steelband arranger and panist Len “Boogsie” Sharpe

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Len “Boogsie” Sharpe is an ace composer, musician and arranger. A world-renowned performer in his own right, Sharpe has received many accolades and awards including his country’s Hummingbird Medal (Gold) for his contributions to the development of the steelpan artform.

As a cultural icon in Trinidad and Tobago - pan player, arranger and composer, “Boogsie” is dedicated to creating music that people from all walks of life can appreciate and enjoy. In addition to being a lauded soloist, he also channels his musical talents through his champion steel orchestra, Phase II Pan Groove.

Gregory 'GB' BallantyneGregory “GB” Ballantyne began composing professionally in 1986, when he collaborated with Len “Boogsie” Sharpe to pen “Pan Rising” and “Dis Feeling Nice” sung by Denise Plummer. In the ensuing years he would co-write winning Panorama selections for Desperadoes and PHASE II (again).

In Trinidad, GB’s compositions have won the National Calypso Monarch (Senior and Junior) Young King, International Humour, National Queen, Unattached Monarch, South Calypso King, East Zone Monarch and have placed artistes like Rikki Jai, Devon Seale, The Mystic Prowler, Aaron Duncan, to name a few, into Winners’ Row. His credits also include National and Regional Calypso Monarch titles in Antigua and Anguilla, as well as Chutney hits such as “Tassa-Man” sung by Rooplal Gidharie and the perennial favourite “Ribbons" sung by Marilyn Williams.

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