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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Machel Montano - "Ministry Of The Road" (videos & lyrics)

Edited by Azizi Powell

This post showcases three videos of and lyrics for Machel Montano's song "Ministry Of The Road". "Ministry Of The Road" (M.O.R) is the 2014 Trinidad & Tobago Carnival's Soca Road March Song.

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

All copyrights remain with their owners.

Thanks to the composers of this song. Thanks also to Machel Montano for performing this song and thanks to the publishers of these videos on YouTube.

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FEATURED VIDEOS
Video #1: Machel Montano: Ministry Of The Road”

Machel Montano - Ministry Of Road (M.O.R.) | Official Music Video | Soca 2014| Trinidad Carnival


Machelmontanomusic Published on Feb 21, 2014

Song Written by Jelani "Pops" Shaw, Kasey Phillips, Nikholai Greene & Machel Montano
Produced & Mixed by P.A.G.E., Precision Productions & Machel Montano
Background Vocals by Nikita Browne, Jenna De Leon & Jelani Shaw
Mastered by Mike Wells, CA

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Video #2: MACHEL MONTANO | MINISTRY OF ROAD (M.O.R) | LYRICS



MrCaribKaraoke, Published on Jan 20, 2014

Lyrics video for Machel Montano's MOR ( Ministry of Work ), written by Jelani Shaw, Machel Montano and Kasey Phillips, produced by Precision Productions

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Video #3: Machel Montano - "Ministry of Roads" Winning Performance Power Soca Monarch 2014 [HD]



Mike Sam, Published on Mar 1, 2014

Power Soca Monarch Results
1. Machel Montano - "Ministry Of The Road"
2. Hollice "Mr Kill@" Mapp - "Rolly Polly"
2. Neil Iwer George - "Mama Oye"
2. Destra Garcia - "Mash Up"

2014 International Soca Monarch Finals (Power & Groovy Categories) at Haseley Crawford Stadium
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Notice the three way tie for second place.
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LYRICS*
(Jelani "Pops" Shaw, Kasey Phillips, Nikholai Greene & Machel Montano)

Work! Work! Work Work!
Down on de ground (3x)
So giwwe more
We wa more
Giwwe more
We wa more!
And giwwe stage
We wa staaaage
Down on de ground (3x)
We wa staaaage
Down on de ground (4x)

See for dis carnival
Nobody waiting long
Cya stay in a traffic jam
Or wait by de hospital
We ready to make a mas
Trucks dem line up in town
People ready to run
One million coming down
Or wait by de hospital
We ready to make a mas
Trucks dem line up in town
People ready to run
One million coming down
Ah say

On de road or in a party
We come to work!
When you jamming on somebody
Ah say
On de road or in a party
We come to work!
When you jamming on somebody
We come to work!
Make a decision
Work!
To mash up every ground
Work!
When yuhsee carnival come

Giwwe a Ministry a’ Rooooad
More road
To build when we mash up on de road
More road.
Fix up when we movin to de stage
More stage
Nobody cya stop we
If iz lock up, charge or pay money

Giwwe road
We have authority now to…
Work! [3x]
We have authority now to…
Work [4x]
Down on de ground! [4x]
Jump on de ground now
Work!
Mash up de ground now
Work!
Jump on de ground now
Work!
Mash up de ground now
Work!
Say, mash it up now
Work!
Yah, mash it up now
Work!
Hey, mash it up now
Work!
Say, mash it up now
Work!

Say giwwe more
We wa more
Giwwe more
We wa more!
And giwwe stage
We wa stage
Down on de ground [3x]
We wa stage
Down on de ground [4x]
As we come off de stage
Dey say dat we break it down
Yes, we mash up d place
To build it back up in town.

Coming round de savannah
Heading down by de square
We building up everything
When we done mash up everywhere
To build it back up in town
Ah saaaay-aaa

Look at all the 18-wheelers rollin’
We come to work!
Watch material they totin’
We come to work!
Make a decision
Work!
To mash up every ground
Work!
When you see carnival come

Giwwe a Ministry a' Roooad
More road
To build when we mash up on de road
More road.
Fix up when we movin to de stage
More stage
Nobody cya stop we
If iz lock up, charge or pay money
Giwwe road
We have authority now to…
Work! [4x]
Down on de ground! [4x]
Jump on de ground now [etc]
[repeat “We want more etc]

We want more! [7x]
Giwwe a Minstry a’ Road
More road
To build when we mash up on de road
We want more!
Giwwe a Minstry a’ Road
More road
To build when we mash up on de road
We want more!
Fix up when we moving to de stage
More stage
More road
Fix up when we moving to de stage
More stage
Nobody cya stop we [etc]
[continue repeating previous lyrics]

*These are partial lyrics that I transcribed from the words given in the video that is presented above as Example #2.
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One of the reasons why the song "Ministry Of The Road" is so creative is the dual meanings for certain of its words. Besides it's standard English meaning, in this song the word "work" and the phrase "work it" means "to do something (such as dance) very well".

The word "mash up" in this song is another example of the songwriters' creativity. I'm presuming that "mash up" has the same meaning in this Trini song as it does in the definition given in this online Jamaican dictionary: http://niceup.com/patois.html "Mash up"/"Mash down" means "destroy" and "Mash it up" means "a huge success". "Destroy" here probably has the same meaning as "killed it" in African American slang (to do something exceptionally well, in this case, performing very well.) Notice that "Mash Up" is the title for one of the three songs that tied for second place in the Soca Monarch Finals given above.
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Here are standard English words for a few other words from the "Ministry Of The Road" song:
giwwe - give us
wa - want
cya - can't

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