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‘Gypsy’s Ship’

sung by “The Original DeFosto Himself”
composed by Winston Scarborough



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Verse 1

Two years ago -I told you - more money for pan
More money for calypso - Do the best you can
Did you ever listen - No Gypsy no
Your hatred for the pnm - have you acting so
You had an opportunity to be the best like aunty Joan, Gypsy
She never one day turn she back on we


Captain your ship is sinking
Captain you make culture cry
Captain you didn't heed we warning
Captain your icons ask you why
Captain you sunk your own ship
Captain your culture you deny
You never show much respect for pan and calypso
You treat we with scorn
Gypsy calypso glad you gone

Verse 2

Calypso give you money
Calypso bought you fame
Since you turn politician
You don't like calypso again
Your hero's in the desert
Struggling to survive
I beg you to raise they salaries
To keep them alive
You had an opportunity
But like stick break in your ear
So Kamla decide to move you
And put doctor Douglas last year



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“Gypsy’s Ship”
The Original DeFosto Himself

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The Original DeFosto Himself
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Winston Scarborough is considered by many to be one of the all-time great composers of steelband ‘panorama tunes.’

A performer artist himself, 2013 will mark the 35th year that Trinidad & Tobago’s Winston Scarborough (The Original DeFosto Himself - as he loves to be called) has been singing calypsos.  For him it was an uphill struggle to be recognized by the fraternity and public at large.

Abandoned by both his parents at the young age of 6 months, Scarborough was sent to the Tacarigua Orphanage in east Trinidad where he remained until age 17.  The experience in the orphanage would place an indelible stamp on him.

One of the most important aspects of DeFosto’s work as a calypsonian is the tributes he has paid in song to many of Trinidad & Tobago’s cultural icons; the late Lord Kitchener (calypsonian Aldwyn Roberts) would be one such with whom people are most familiar. 

The last three years continued to be fruitful for The Original DeFosto Himself, with the release of such hits as “Smooth Sailing;” “A Raging Storm;” “In She Rainorama” and  “Boogsie Sharpe.”

For 2013 the man of music is on the ball again with Gypsy’s Ship—the track featured here—focusing on Trinidad & Tobago’s former Minister of Arts and Multiculturalism, Winston “Gypsy” Peters - himself a former national Calypso monarch.  De Fosto has also recently released We Toco Golden Boy and We Come Out to Play.

Edited by C. Phillips


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