Monday, August 11, 2014

Lord Kitchener -"Nosey Mother in Law" (Calypso sound file and lyrics)

Edited by Azizi Powell

This is Part III of a three part series on songs about mother-in-laws. This post showcases the Trinidad & Tobago Calypso song "Nosey Mother-In-Law" by Lord Kitchener. Information about the Lord Kitchener and the lyrics to this song are also included in this post.

Click for Part I of this series. Part I showcases the song Mmatswale (English translation: "mother-in-law") by the South African Afro-Pop group "Malaika".

Click for Part II of this series. Part II showcases the American R&B song "Mother-In-Law" by Ernie k-Doe.

Notice the similarities between how mother-in-laws are depicted in the American and Caribbean song and how different mother-in-laws are depicted in the South African song.

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Thanks to Lord Kitchener for his musical legacy. Thanks also to all those who are quoted in this post and thanks to the publishers of these videos on YouTube.

"Aldwyn Roberts (18 April 1922 – 11 February 2000), better known by the stage name Lord Kitchener (or "Kitch"), was one of the most internationally famous calypsonians.[1]

He moved to Port of Spain and had his first commercial success in 1942 with the calypso song "Green Fig" (also known as "Mary, I am Tired and Disgusted"). By 1945, he was known as Lord Kitchener. He toured Jamaica for six months in 1947-8 with Lord Beginner (Egbert Moore) and Lord Woodbine (Harold Philips) before they took passage on the Empire Windrush to England in 1948.

He found further success in the UK in the 1950s, building a large following in the expatriate communities of the West Indian islands. His fame continued throughout the 1950s, when calypso achieved international success. Kitchener became a very important figure to those first 5,000 West Indian migrants to the UK. His music[4] spoke of home and a life that they all longed for but in many cases couldn't or wouldn't return to. He immortalised the defining moment for many of the migrants in writing the Victory Calypso with its lyrics "Cricket, Lovely Cricket" to celebrate West Indies cricket team's first victory over England in England, in the 2nd Test at Lord's in June 1950. This was one of the first widely known West Indian songs, and epitomised an event that historian and cricket enthusiast C. L. R. James defined as crucial to West Indian post-colonial societies. The song, later recorded by Lord Beginner, is rarely credited to Lord Kitchener although Tony Cozier and many who attended the Test at The Oval can attest that it was a Kitch composition...

Kitchener returned to Trinidad in 1962. He and the Mighty Sparrow proceeded to dominate the calypso competitions of the sixties and seventies. Lord Kitchener won the road march competition ten times between 1965 and 1976, more times than any other calypsonian. For 30 years, Kitchener ran his own calypso tent, Calypso Revue, within which he nurtured the talent of many calypsonians. Calypso Rose, David Rudder, Black Stalin and Denyse Plummer are among the many artists who got their start under Kitchener's tutelage. Later he moved towards soca, a related style, and continued recording until his death. Kitchener's compositions were enormously popular as the chosen selections for steel bands to perform at the annual National Panorama competition during Trinidad Carnival. He recorded his most commercially successful song, "Sugar Bum Bum" in 1978. He retired in 1999."...
The Calypsonian Lord Kitchener took his name from Lord Horatio Kitchener (1850 - 1916). "Kitchener was a British military leader and statesman who, as secretary of state for war in the first years of World War One, organised armies on an unprecedented scale. He was also depicted on the most famous British army recruitment poster ever produced."

SHOWCASE VIDEO: Kitchener - Nosey Mother - In - Law.wmv

roger Ramirez, Uploaded on May 16, 2010

(Lord Kitchener)

It’s worse than before.
I’m tired of this nosey mother-in-law.
It’s worse than before.
I do not like that nosey mother-in-law.
They become a nuisance to married life
They want to tell you how to live with your wife
Well, it is misery, sorrow, and war
To live with a nosey mother-in-law

They come to your place.
They want to be a ruler in every case.
They lie down in bed
And it’s your wife got to do all the work instead
At 10 o clock they ain’t get up yet
And they ordering they coffee and cigarette
So it is misery, sorrows, and war
To live with a nosey mother-in-law

The wife may be nice
But the mother will surely give her bad advice.
“Your husband no good
And he doesn’t treat you as he really should.”
So she listens to what the mother say
Then comes the fighting and quarrelling.
Boys, it is misery, sorrows, and war
To live with a nosey mother-in-law.

As you turn your back
The mother –in-law starts to make your attack.
“Don’t you see the man is gone out too long
Why don’t you leave him and come back home?”
So that is the ending of everything
Your wife presents you back with the ring.
So it is misery, sorrows, and war
To live with a nosey mother-in-law
Transcription from the recording by Azizi Powell. Additions and corrections welcome.

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