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This Jamaican calypso song dates back to at least 1907, when it appeared in Walter Jekyll’s book, Jamaican Song and Story. It is now often played at a fast pace for dancing, but was originally sung slow and plaintively by a mother who couldn’t sell enough at the market to feed her children.

Lyrics

ALL WOMEN: Carry me akee go a Linstead Market Not a quattie would sell

Carry me akee go a Linstead Market Not a quattie would sell
WOMEN AND MEN: O Lawd, what a night, not a bite, What a Sa-tee-day night
Lawd, what a night, not a bite, What a Sa-tee-day night

CHINYERE: Everybody come feel dem, feel dem Not a quattie woud sell

WOMEN:Everybody come feel dem, feel dem Not a quattie woud sell

WOMEN AND MEN: O Lawd, what a night, not a bite, What a Sa-tee-day night
Lawd, what a night, not a bite, What a Sa-tee-day night

MAUREEN: Every body come feel dem feel dem Not a quattie would sell

WOMEN: Everybody come feel dem feel dem ‘(til me akee get sof’(MAUREEN)

WOMEN AND MEN: O Lawd, what a night, not a bite, What a Sa-tee-day night
Lawd, what a night, not a bite, What a Sa-tee-day night

CAROL/JUDI/ALLISON: See dem pikney come lin-ger-ing fo what dey mooma nah bring

WOMEN: See dem pikney come lin-ger-ing fo what dey mooma nah bring

WOMEN AND MEN: O Lawd, what a night, not a bite, What a Sa-tee-day night
Lawd, what a night, not a bite, What a Sa-tee-day night

CHERYL: Hear me call louder “Akee, Akee” Red an’ pretty dem tan

WOMEN: Buy dem fo’ yo’ Sunday morning breakfast
Rice an’ akee am (gnam) gran’

WOMEN AND MEN: O Lawd, what a night, not a bite, What a Sa-tee-day night

Lawd, what a night, not a bite, What a Sa-tee-day night

O Lawd, what a night, not a bite, What a Sa-tee-day night
Lawd what a night, not a bite, What a Sa-tee-day night
O Lawd, what a night, not a bite, What a Sa-tee-day night
Lawd, what a night, not a bite, What a Sa-tee-day night

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