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‘Trinbago Gunman’

sung by Hamilton “Web” Alexander
composed by Hamilton Alexander

arranged by Ian Jones



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Verse 1

This is a message to my fellow Trinbagonians
People say- we on the sea to destruction
They say we wealthy
We treasury full of money
But violence and crime is our destiny.
Well I want us wake up -
Rise and shine my people
Let no one accuse us of being so evil
We must get off the seaway
That leads to only crime
Let us chart another course, I think it is time


We don’t want no shooting here in Trinbago
Stop the crime from rising,
This I want you know
There are consequences that we all will pay
So violence my people,
Let’s stop it right away.
Let’s live as one in peace and harmony.
So together we’ll achieve
A prosperous “T and T”

Verse 2

Look there was a time,
When this ship sailing.
The waters calm
Like in a swimming pool it moving.
But the sea turned rough
The waves – got very tough
All kind of problems-
On deck began happening
We cannot count on a safe journey anymore
What will happen to this ship,
No one can say for sure.
So we the passengers
May have to keep changing Skipper
We don’t want to reach the port-
That we heading for.


Verse 3

Steering wheel problems
How can we solve them? Well -
The skipper and the crew must find solutions
Murders and robberies –
Rampantly taking place
As Trinbagonians,
We should feel a sense of disgrace
For on the ship
There seem to be some who don’t care
They have other passengers
Traveling with great fear
So there must be sanity for justice to prevail
Although we are free –
It seems like we are in jail
Need the whole nation


Verse 4

Once we traveled with love,
People called us a paradise
But guns and drugs
Quickly sending us to our demise
What a situation, facing this dynamic nation
Well like a Phoenix
It will rise up and save the population
So authorities look,
Call leaders of all institutions
Bring them together;
Let us have a big convention
No one person can claim
That they have a crime plan.
To fix this problem
We need the whole nation

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“Trinbago Gunman”
Hamilton Alexander

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Born Hamilton Alexander in Trinidad, the “Web” has over thirty-five years in a musical legacy that is distinctly Trinidadian. He joined the Trinidad All Stars Steel Orchestra in 1966, and after the 1967 carnival he became a staple player.

In 1968 he was elected as a committee member and in 1969 he became the Vice-Captain. “Web” was elected captain from 1971-1977. He also held the position of trustee and vice-president of the Steelband organization Pan Trinbago.

“Web” migrated to Canada in 1977 and immediately got involved writing and performing Calypso. In the calypso Monarch competitions in Montreal, he placed second on several occasions, and he won the title two consecutive years 2001 and 2002.

He has also been participating in the Canadian Calypso Monarch since 1981. He has been a finalist on numerous occasions and his highest showing so far is second place and fourth place twice.

Currently he is the Vice President of the Organization of Calypso performing artists, (O.C.P.A.) and was also chosen to accompany Caribana on their prestigious tour to Hong Kong.


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