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Saturday, October 5, 2013

Calypso Rose - Fire In Me Wire (examples, lyrics, & comments)

Edited by Azizi Powell

This post showcases the Calypso song "Fire In Me Wire" by Calypso Rose. That song is also titled "Fire In Your Wire" and "Fire In The Wire".

The content of this post is presented for historical, entertainment, and aesthetic purposes.

All copyrights remain with their owners.

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INFORMATION ABOUT CALYPSO ROSE
From
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calypso_Rose
"Calypso Rose born McCartha Linda Sandy-Lewis, April 27, 1940 in Bethel, Tobago is a calypsonian. She began writing songs at the age of 15,[1] turned professional in 1964[2] and has written over 800 songs and recorded over 20 albums...

Travelling outside of Trinidad and Tobago for the first time in 1963, Rose covered the islands from Grenada to St. Thomas. She won the Calypso King contest and the Roadmarch in St. Thomas with her first recording, Cooperation. In 1966 she wrote the song Fire in Me Wire, the first calypso ever sung two years running at the Trinidad carnival, in 1966 and 1967.[3]

In the mid-70s, as well as dominating the race for the Calypso Queen Title, a title she won five years running from 1972 to 1976,[2] Rose had major hits with Constable Rose and Do Dem Back which became her first gold disc.

Rose was the first female to win the Trinidad Road March competition, in 1977 with her song Gimme More Tempo and in 1978 she took the title again with Come Leh We Jam. In the same year she won the Calypso King competition, the first time it had ever been awarded to a female. The competition's title was changed to Calypso Monarch in her honour.[3]*

She has lived in New York, since 1983"...
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McCartha Lewis was named after the American general Douglas MacArthur.

*In the beginning of the video given below as Example #2, Calypso Rose talks about the number of road marches that she won and the refusal of judges to award her two Road March King titles because of her gender.

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LYRICS: FIRE IN ME WIRE
(McCartha Lewis aka Calypso Rose)

I heard a bawling, like somebody crying
I could imagem what was happening
I saw this old lady running
Calling out to she neighbour Ramsingh
Neighbour neighbour, come o lord
My house on fire
And if yuh hear she

Fire Fire!
In meh wire papa
Ay ya yeye
O yo yoye
Fire Fire
"Spanish"*
Heat for so

Ah jump out me bed
Start holding me head
Well ah say tonight lord
somebody dead
Because this old lady
She ent living with nobody
So ah jump from meh house
And ah start bawling like ah crazy mouse
and if yuh hear me

Fire Fire!
In she wire papa
Ay ya yeye
O yo yoye
Fire Fire
"Spanish"*
Heat for so

When me neighbour Ramsingh
He came running
He thought it was a joke
Because he didnt see no smoke
She bawling come over Ramsingh
Where is the ladder
Unreel the house
And let go the water
To out the fire
and if yuh hear she

Fire Fire!
In she wire papa
Ay ya yeye
O yo yoye
Fire Fire
"Spanish"*
Heat for so

Fire Fire!
In she wire papa
Ay ya yeye
O yo yoye
Fire Fire
"Spanish"*
Heat for so

*"Spanish" means that those lyrics sung at that point in the song are in Spanish. I think the same lyrics are sung each time, but I'm only able to recognize the words "mucho aqua" [a lot of water].

Source: http://www.islandlyrics.com/lyrics-calypso_rose-fire_fire_in_me_wire_1980s_calypso.htm
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Although I've not been able to find any online commentary about this subject, I believe that "fire in my wire" refers to hot sexual energy, and not an actual fire.

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FEATURED EXAMPLES
Example #1: Fire In Your Wire - Calypso Rose



paisley7parker, Uploaded on Nov 24, 2011

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Example #2: Calypso Rose"Fire in me wire"( part1) live@Petit Bain Paris May 26th 2012



Azimuthprod2, Published on May 27, 2012

Calypso Rose "Fire in me wire"(1ère partie) en concert au Petit Bain à Paris le 26 Mai 2012
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Here's my transcription of comments that Calypso Rose makes before singing "Fire In Me Wire" during this performance. Note that her commeents begins before the start of this video. Also note that Calypso Rose refers to this song as "Fire In The Wire".

"They refused to give me the first road march.

The road march, in Trinidad and Tobago, during carnival is the most played music on the road by the steel pan and the brass. In 1968 I won the road march with a tune they call “Fire In The Wire” now being sung by nine different languages. The last territory to pick up the rights for Fire In The Wire was Japan.

And they say they couldn’t give it to me because I am a woman and they could not have given to a woman in front of the men. But, thank God, two years ago, they came and acknowledged me-no no one year ago 2011. And they made 2011 in Trinidad and Tobago “Calypso Rose Carnival Year”. And they, and they paid me all my interests and they honor me for the four road marches I won, which they denied two. And they honor me for all,

Hit me! [begins singing “Fire In Me Wire”].

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Example #3: Calypso Rose "Fire in me wire"(part2) live@Petit Bain Paris May 26th 2012



Azimuthprod2·Published on May 27, 2012

Calypso Rose ,"Fire in me wire"(2ème partie) en concert au Petit Bain à Paris le 26 Mai 2012

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Thanks to Calypso Rose for her musical legacy. Thanks also to those who are quoted in this post and thanks to the publishers of these examples on YouTube.

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2 comments:

  1. HI Azizi,
    Great site - thanks for your efforts and contribution. I don't speak Spanish but I reckon the Spanish lyrics are, "Ven aca, papito, dame mucho agua" which should translate in Trinbagonian lingo as, "Come here, daddy, gimme plenty water!"

    Warm regards,
    Brian

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    1. Thanks for your compliment, Brian.

      And thanks for the translation of the Spanish words that Calypso Ros sang for this song!

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