Guess Who? Kaiso Head

Friday, July 04, 2008 Clivia R 0 Comments

I'm a real Kaiso Head. I love traditional Calypso, Social Commentary. Breakdown of verse bridge and chorus. The band playing full chords and scales, with arrangement in between, and horns. Im showing my Geek haha. But its the type of Trini music that I LOVE to sing myself. Cyah do Soca cause i cant wine like Saucy and Destra.

But I love the belters like Singing Sandra and Tigress. Those powerful voiced women who would carry a tune, with strength in their voice and power in their lyrics. What makes me more impressed by this genre is that it MUST have a balance. Strong Lyrics yes. Double Entendre like only a Trini can do it [sorry other islands] but you must have melody that will make the foot tap, and a singability. YES I SAID SINGABILITY...so that the audience can grab your hook..and sing along with you..tapping their foot or clapping their hands in time and looking around each other like yes i understand it--yes i claim it...we all singing it. Balance.

That type of Genre isn't as popular as it used to be. Soca is commercial. We know that. But Kaiso makes my pores raise,and my heart huge in my chest. We still have belters...Nadia Batson makes me feel like I'm in a calypso tent sometimes...watching a finger wagging, eye rolling, tantrum throwing Singing Sandra admonishing us for our wrongs..

But now we get to the Guess Who of the post.
This song is in heavy circulation on my Ipod. Its my picker upper..cheer me up, motivational, proud of trinidad song...EVERYONE NEEDS ONE OF THESE!!

The guess who part is...Listen to the song...Arrangment for DAYSSSSSSSSS

Press play


It's Patrice Roberts.
Yes the Machel Montano protegee known for Thunder Waist [playing in my main music box]and Wuking Up and Band of the Year! uh huh. I love the Power in her voice in this song. Its earnest and so relevant. So its a pick me up song in a genre that directly appeals to me. She co-wrote this song too. So I'm doubly impressed.

Lyrics:[excuse the gaps...i typed this while i was singing it..lol..and when I couldn't figure it out i left a gap. Wouldn't it be nice is someone did this for us?Tell patrice send it to me nah..]

Ever walk through a grave yard
And the headstone bear no name
Live and die anonymous
Lord I wonder who that was
___Like a tomb For condemned
Unmarked what a shame
Came and went anonymous
Still wondering who that was
Some walk through on tip toe
Wouldn’t leave a stain
Forget other creatures
No memories remain
Of their void existence
You can’t find a trace
My creed yes my mission is to leave here a better place

Bridge 1
Truly the greatest thing that I fear [Oh na na]
Is to have lived and died and nobody know I was here
Like Mother Theresa or Joan of Ark
I’m determined to leave my mark

Chorus 1
I’m determined to be somebody
By Grace and my god above
I’m determined to be somebody
By work and the fount of love
I’m determined to be somebody

Verse 2
Mightn’t be like Einstein
E equal MC squared
He wasn’t anonymous
Everyone knows who he was
To invent like Edison
Just because he dared
He wasn’t anonymous
Everyone knows who he was
No, this blackened chicken
Can’t be lost in the maddening crowd
______Keep singing,
Young gifted and proud
Ill carve my destiny
Not by chance but my choice
The world won’t ignore me
You would remember my voice..Yeah

Bridge 2
Truly the saddest thing that I know
Is to have and come and gone and nobody care if you go
Putting roots or ___ a park
I’m determined to leave my mark

Chorus 2
I’m determined to be somebody
No matter how hard how poor
I’m determined to be somebody
The race is for who endures
I’m determined to be somebody

Verse 3
We can’t all be heroes at the end of the class
Half way anonymous
Somebody know who that was
But don’t have to be zeroes caught up in the mass
Vaguely anonymous
Tell me quick now who that was
Quiet desperation is how most will live
Remembered for what they have not for what they give
Some feel that a fortune will make them a superstar
But making a contribution is richer by far

Bridge 3
Surely the truest words ever said
The good that a man does lives on when he’s dead
Look after worm eats your bone
Your good deeds will be ____

If you want to be somebody
If you want to be somebody
The true measure of a man
If you want to be somebody
Is to lend a helping hand
If you want to be somebody
By grace and my god above
If you want to be somebody
By work and the fount of love
I’m determined to be somebody
No madder how hard how poor
I’m determined to be somebody
The race is for who endures
I’m determined to be somebody
Im determined
Im determined im determined yeah
Im determined Yeah
Im determined
Yeah



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