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Mighty Sparrow - Ten to One is Murder

Vintage Sparrow from his Badboy days.

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Comment by Michaele on September 10, 2013 at 11:47pm

Thanks Glenroy...it eases the pain...to hear him sing..!

Comment by Michaele on September 10, 2013 at 11:46pm

Thanks WST...yes we all wish Sparrow  comfort and peace...he has been in poor heatlh..

for quite some time...when he was here in Tampa, FL USA...a few years ago...he could hardly

perform.  But I was heartended and BLESSED last summer (2012) to be able to see him

perform at a tribute to him, in his home town of GRAND ROY, GRENADA...when he sang very well,

and seemed like he was in much better shape than when he came to Tampa.  So I had hoped

he could get on for more years. We all have to face getting old..with all of its issues.

WISH HIM GOOD CARE IN THE HOSPITAL  and hope for a recovery.

but it was

Comment by Glenroy R Joseph on September 9, 2013 at 1:13pm
The Mighty Sparrow is ailing, and we wish him the best, and send him our prayers. He is a most beloved artist, and the Greatest calypsonian of them all.
 
Many of us who came of age as Birdie began his domination of the calypso scene rememberr his early years as streetwise young man, full of the bravado of the streets.
"Ten to One is Murder" is his account of an incident where he was attacked by a gang and allegedly pulled a gun. I've always thought that this calypso was part of Sparrow's defense strategy, as he musically weaves a tale that anyone could sympathize with.
Notice how he says "Ah hear pitow pow and the crowd start to scatter", Insinuating there was gunfire, but not saying where it came from?
Comment by Claire Charles on March 21, 2013 at 3:33pm
The Birbie the one and only
Comment by Glenroy R Joseph on March 21, 2013 at 11:26am

If I remember correctly, Sparrow was involved in a violent confrontation and was alleged to have pulled a gun.


Whether deliberate or not,this calypso was an astute public relations move by Sparrow , which helped to generate public sympathy for "Birdie".

Notice how he mentions gunshots, without associating himself to the shooter?

Smart!

And it was also a great calypso.

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