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“Cat First, Dog Second”

sung by Crazy
written by Gregory Ballantyne
music by Ibo Joseph & Skies Abraham



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Verse 1

Tired hear the song - that how a dog -
is a man’s best friend
Tell them that they wrong –
is time for that foolishness to end
Check out mankind’s history –
and observe the stats
Dogs can’t make man happy –
not as much as cats
Little puppies - have they value –
and this ain’t jive
But if you want to see
real man come alive.


Get a little pussy and lend him
Leave it overnight - let it befriend him
If he playing hard –
just leave it in the yard
Any little pussy going to bend him
Get a little pussy and show him
As a little pussy run below him
He running late for work
He staying home to stroke
As that little pussy get to know him.

Verse 2

Only ah blind man –
go put a dog in front a pussy
I could understand –
because a dog come like eyes for he
A seeing eye-dog would guarantee
that the owner reach
But for sure yuh would never see
no cat on a leash
Pussycat – so knock about –
you cyar tie it down
You leave it at home –
it go find a hideout in town.


Mister I.M.F. - snatch a cat
in a hotel room
He got charge for theft – larceny
of the fruit of the loom
Pussy cat - was a lucky charm -
for Tiger Woods
Since he wife – raise the alarm
he cyar play good
And if a man in - the breeding business
is money like sand
To line Juliana cat –
that will bring millions.

Verse 3

From Jimmy Swaggart –
back to Bill Clinton –
the record shows
All men love they cat – but love to hide it -
under we nose
A man is very possessive –
despite all the chat
Another man he wouldn’t give
ah feel in his cat
But he love to go horsing around –
with a next man own
And when his get touch –
is knife and gun and tombstone.


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“Cat First, Dog Second”

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Crazy - born Edwin Ayoung in  1944, on Maraval Road in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad of a Venezuelan mother and Trinidadian father of Chinese descent, was - in his youth - as skilled and competitive in his country’s national pastime of cricket, as he has been now for years as a world-travelled musician, performing artist and composer.

Though dubbed The “Loveable Lunatic of Soca,” Ayoung has time and again not been given his due in his native land, yet remains one of the most commercially successful artists on the international soca scene. An experimentalist, he pioneered the unique musical genre known as Parang Soca and played a leading role in promoting Chutney Soca. Crazy would go on to sing several monster smashes in parang soca, including Muchacha and Homemade Wine.

A brilliant double-entendre artiste at its best - Edwin Ayoung has delighted in pushing the envelope in his humorous and witty manner.  With songs like Paul, Nani Wine and Suck Meh Soucouyant to name but three, this illustrious performer remains a staple in the music world.

He’s been ranked in the top three for Trinidad & Tobago’s annual national calypso monarch competition - his best showing being at position two with Dustbin Cover.  He captured the prestigious Road March title (the ‘tune for the road’ during Carnival Monday and Tuesday) in 1985 with Suck Meh, Soucouyant.

This hard-working hit-making machine and best-selling soca artiste over the years has stayed in the public consciousness, serving up such ditties and classics as Drive It, Dis Is How and Coldsweat.

On the pan scene, Crazy sang one of the most popular ‘pan tunes’ in years; written by Amrit Samaroo, 2007’s Band From Space captured the imagination of the steelband music community worldwide, becoming the panorama selection for some, and part of the overall repertoire for others.

Edwin Ayoung makes his home in California on the USA’s west coast, with frequent trips back to the land of his birth.

Edited by C. Phillips


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