Since Me Born
DESCRIPTION: The singer claims he has never seen a toad wearing a beaver hat "since me born." A toad is wearing a beaver hat!? A plantain is growing under a bed? A woman has given birth to a coconut? A jackass is wearing a watch and chain?
EARLIEST DATE: 1954 (Elder-Tobago)
KEYWORDS: magic nonballad animal Caribbean
FOUND IN: West Indies(Tobago)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Elder-Tobago 29, "Since Me Born" (1 text, 1 tune)
NOTES: Elder-Tobago: "'Since me born' exemplifies one of the standard tale-telling 'opening formulae'.... It consists of denying the credibility of an act or fact in order to emphasise the veracity of the tale-teller [reporting on the fantastic feat of some obeahman [shaman]]." This is "The Derby Ram" taken seriously. Or, maybe not. - BS
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