Texas Sailor Coming Down
DESCRIPTION: Call and response: response is "Texas sailor coming down the road, you will see them"; calls include "we coming to get the prize on the road," "is the biggest banner round the town," "when you see we you got to run"
EARLIEST DATE: 1939 (WITrinidadVillage01)
KEYWORDS: bragging disguise ritual music nonballad
FOUND IN: West Indies
Dixon [Ebenezr] Philip, "Texas Sailor Coming Down the Road" (on WITrinidadVillage01)
NOTES: This is a Trinidadian Carnival song that is not in the pattern of the "tent" road marches that have come to represent commercial pre-soca calypso. The liner notes describe battle songs between masquerading bands from the early 20th century (Donald R. Hill, Maureeen Warner-Lewis, John Cowley, Lise Winer, liner notes on WITrinidadVillage01; also see Donald R. Hill, Calypso Calaloo (Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 1993), p. 56). - BS
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