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Thread #25938   Message #3655012
Posted By: Jim Dixon
29-Aug-14 - 03:09 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Shame and Scandal (Odetta)
I think this is the same song that Claire S was referring to above. Title and lyrics below are as I found them on Spotify:

As recorded by Sir Lancelot and Gerald Clark's Caribbean Serenaders*

CHORUS: Ah, woe! Ah, me!
Shame and sorrow for the family!
Ah, woe! Ah, me!
Shame and sorrow for the family!

1. There was a family that lived on the isle
Of Saint Sebastian a long, long while.
The head of the family was a Holland man,
And the younger brother, his name was Rand.

2. The Holland man, he kept in a tower
A wife as pretty as a big white flower.
She saw the brother and she stole his heart,
And that's how the badness and the trouble start.

3. The wife and the brother they want to go,
But the Holland man, he tell them no.
The wife fall down and the evil came,
And it burned her mind in the fever flame.

4. Her eyes are empty and she cannot talk,
And the nurse has come to make her walk.
The brothers are lonely and the nurse is young,
And now you must know that my song is sung.

* on "Rough Guide to Calypso Gold" (2008)
and "Calypso Best of Trinidad" (2004)
and "Calypso Legends Sir Lancelot (1940-1952)" (2011)