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Azizi Lyr Req: The Monkey Married the Baboon's Sister (28) RE: Lyr Req: The Monkey Married the Baboon's Sister 02 Jun 11

Here's a version of "The Monkey Married The Baboon's Sister" from The Turks & Caicos Islands (West Indies)

Monkey married to baboon sister
Kiss his lips and make it blister
What you think they had for dinner
Black eye peas and monkey liver
Conch style, oh aunt Johnny
Conch style, oh aunt Johnny

Source: David Bowen, Cultural Officer, Turks & Caicos Tourist Board ; Rediscovery the Hidden Culture- Folk Songs; (Turks & Caicos Islands) ; posted summer 2002

[Hat tip to MorwenEdhelwen1 who included that article's link on a recent Mudcat thread on the Caribbean song Lyr Add: Big Big Sambo Gyal (jamaica)]

Here's information from David Bowen about this Turk & Caicos version of "Monkey Married The Baboon's Sister":

"The song "Conch Style," taught to me by my aunt, Mrs. Mary "Titta" Quelch of Overback, Grand Turk, is a good example of a humorous folk song. The "Conch Style" is also a folk dance where the dancer hooks one foot around the back of the other ankle with a quick shuffle step in-between to change legs. Hooking the foot represents the claw or foot of the conch."


Click for a video of "The Monkey's Wedding" [also known as The Monkey Married The Baboon's Sister] The tune of "The Monkey's Wedding" is the same one that is used for the American children's song "Paw Paw Patch". I'm not sure if the "Conch Style" song has the same tune.

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