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sung by “The Original De Fosto Himself”
composed by Winston Scarborough
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For Pan an’
Calypso, we made the ultimate
For Culture my friends, time to treat we nice.
We cyah tighten we belt no more, and continue to be poor,
For Culture my friend, we don’t want no war!
We tired ah warn you, tired we tell you,
Tired wit’ dis ting, tired complaining... oh no, doh treat we so!
like Dr. Rowley, same ting he tell
We wah we money,….we wah we money.
When we work is what he tell we, he doh make joke with he money,
We wah we money, we wah we money.
Pan an’ calypso are twin brothers you know,
From the very start we still playing de part.
We doh wah we money sleep out, we shouting from north to south.
We wah we money, we wah we money!
We done tell
de authorities, not to touch we
For Pan and Calypso de people say.
All de sacrifices we make, time to open your eyes an’ see,
Pan an’ Calypso came a long, long way
So forward we going, forward we sailing,
Forward we moving, forward we bawling, on no….doh treat we so!
When Pan an’
Calypso meet, we does talk we ting
in de street,
Who tiefing we money, must feel de heat!
I not blaming de Government, ‘cause dey give you every cent,
Whey we money gorn? Whey we money went?
So, put back we money, put back we money,
Put back we money ....put back we money ....oh no, doh treat we so!
“The Original De Fosto Himself”
Winston Scarborough is considered by many to be one of the all-time great composers of steelband ‘Panorama tunes.’
A performer artist himself, 2017 will mark the 39th year that Trinidad & Tobago’s Winston Scarborough (The Original De Fosto 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 De Fosto’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 several years continued to be fruitful for The Original De Fosto Himself, with the release of such hits as “Smooth Sailing;” “A Raging Storm;” “In She Rainorama;” In De Minor and “Boogsie Sharpe.”
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