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WILD SIDE STORIES

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BAHAMIAN MUSIC

There are six basic forms of Bahamian music.

Calypso is a style of Afro Caribbean music that originated in Trinidad and Tobago and subsequently spread to the Bahamas


Soca is a form of dance music originating from many calypso music forms. It combined the melodic lilting sound of calypso with insistent percussion (often electronic these days) and local chutney music. Soca has evolved in at least 20 different Caribbean countries.


Junkanoo originated in  North Carolina, Bellize, and Jamaica as a celebration by African slaves at Christmas using junk instruments such as wash boards, cow horns, and goombay drums. Junkanoo festivals in Nassau are equivalent social functions to Mardi Gras. More history and music is found at

www.bahamasentertainers.com/Paper/jnkno.html


The Rake and Scrape style came from the Turks and Caicos where saws are scraped with a nail or butter knife. The saw is now often replaced with maracas or a guiro. A rake and scrape festival is held each year on Cat Island.


Bahamian Ska is a combination of mento, calypso, and jazz played by Jamaicans in the 1960’s with horns, piano, drums, and guitars.


Goombay is music and dance associated with the goombay drums. The goombay drum is a goatskin drum held between the legs and played with the hands. The music of goombay is similar to that of the calypso from Trinidad, where song lyricists tell stories of the everyday and extraordinary events in the local community,


An excellent source of the various flavors of Bahamian Music can be found at

www.abacoescape.com/BahamianMusic/BahamianMusic.html


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SONGS BY GORDON ENGLAND

BOAT STUCK

       OCEAN BREEZE


Mystical ocean lure me far

To find the perfect tiki bar

Golden sunsets over the sea

Needed escape sets me free


Ocean breeze take me home

To the islands where I belong

Ocean breeze clean my soul

Moonlit beach on a midnight stroll


All alone on an empty sea

Tropical islands call to me

Magical waves lead me true

Searching for your ancient clue


Ocean breeze take me home

To the islands where I belong

Ocean breeze clean my soul

Anchored up in a hurricane hole


Sailing a secret harbor

Where hidden treasures lie

Island girls dance under stars

All my dreams come alive


Clear blue water pulls me down

To rainbow reefs with coral crown

Palm trees sway in ocean breeze

Coconut rum is all I need


Ocean breeze take me home

To the islands where I belong

Ocean breeze fill my sail

To wander down the island trail


           ANNABEL


Sailed away on a salty breeze

Running from a northern freeze

Anchored up on Abaco Cay

Copper sunset on the bay


Turquoise water clear as gin

Invited me to dive right in

Watched rainbow fish hide and play

Hitched a ride on a manta ray


When I looked back up, boat was gone

Anchor line broke, help me mon

Boat’s aground on a shallow reef

Mother Ocean was a thief


Boat stuck on this rock

Funs all gone and sun so hot

Boat stuck on this rock

Sharks around, eat me not


Call for help on the radio

No one hears my tale of woe

To pass the time I drink gold rum

Hope another boat soon comes


Boat stuck on this rock

Funs all gone and sun so hot

Boat stuck on this rock

Sharks all around, eat me not


Two days later rum ran dry

No one around to hear my cry

Storm clouds turned angry grey

Boat sank in Abaco Bay


Boat stuck on this rock

Funs all gone and sun so hot

Boat stuck on this rock

Sharks around, eat me not


Sun cooked me lobster red 

Ragged reef my hands were shred

Swam so far across the bay

Sailboat came and saved the day


Boat stuck on this rock

Funs all gone sun so hot

Boat stuck on this rock

Sharks around, eat me not


          BOAT STUCK


Sailed away on a salty breeze

Running from a northern freeze

Anchored up on Abaco Cay

Copper sunset on the bay


Turquoise water clear as gin

Invited me to dive right in

Watched rainbow fish hide and play

Hitched a ride on a manta ray


When I looked back up, boat was gone

Anchor line broke, help me mon

Boat’s aground on a shallow reef

Mother Ocean was a thief


Boat stuck on this rock

Funs all gone and sun so hot

Boat stuck on this rock

Sharks around, eat me not


Call for help on the radio

No one hears my tale of woe

To pass the time I drink gold rum

Hope another boat soon comes


Boat stuck on this rock

Funs all gone and sun so hot

Boat stuck on this rock

Sharks all around, eat me not


Two days later rum ran dry

No one around to hear my cry

Storm clouds turned angry grey

Boat sank in Abaco Bay


Boat stuck on this rock

Funs all gone and sun so hot

Boat stuck on this rock

Sharks around, eat me not


Sun cooked me lobster red 

Ragged reef my hands were shred

Swam so far across the bay

Sailboat came and saved the day


Boat stuck on this rock

Funs all gone sun so hot

Boat stuck on this rock

Sharks around, eat me not


  EXPATS ON THE RUN


Expats slow to island time

Far away from home

Guided by the winds and tide

Free to drift and roam


Hometown trouble makes them run

Leaving in a hurry

Ended up in tropic sun

Natives say “Don't worry”


Through the islands expats roam

Looking for some fun

No place left to call a home

Expats on the run


Island time has such a charm

Smiles are everywhere

Surely there can be no harm

Sunsets can't compare


Through the islands expats roam

Looking for some fun

No place left to call a home

Expats on the run


Hanging out now, year to year

All their money's gone

Natives stealing all their gear

Time to move along


Through the islands expats roam

Looking for some fun

No place left to call a home

Expats on the run


Empty beaches lose their charm

Under vacant stars

Painful hearts they drown in rum

Lost in lonely bars


Through the islands expats roam

Looking for some fun

No place left to call a home

Expats on the run


Island girl helps one night

But her touch won't last

Boyfriend show up with a knife

Time to set sail fast


Through the islands expats roam

Looking for some fun

On their boats, now all alone

Expats on the run


          BAILEY'S SONG


As I look back through my years

There was a special gift

Bailey Hudson persevered

Where most of us would quit


Childbirth's journey was so hard

They said she wouldn't last

A desperate airlift under stars

Showed God's love was vast


Bailey stayed in a wheelchair

Nothin' more or less

She was an answer to our prayers

She was truly blessed


Although she couldn't run or play

Like all the other kids

Her smile made friends every day

When all received her kiss


Bailey stayed in a wheelchair

Nothin' more or less

She was an answer to our prayers

She was truly blessed


When she finished high school

She partied Texas style

Her wheelchair dance was so cool

Under moonlit sky


Bailey stayed in a wheelchair

Nothin' more or less

She was an answer to our prayers

She was truly blessed


Longhorns were her football team

She went to all their games

When they won she cheered and screamed

A winners joy proclaimed


Gary P Nunn was her man

She sang his cowboy songs

She sat in front of his band

And watched him all night long


Bailey stayed in a wheelchair

Nothin' more or less

She was an answer to our prayers

She was truly blessed



When angels came to take her home

Many mourned her life

Now she's free to run and roam

Once again in flight


No longer in a wheelchair

Now a shining princess

She was an answer to our prayers

We were truly blessed


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