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Sweet and Dandy

from Songs About Girls by Prince Perry

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Toots and The Maytals are another seminal reggae band that helped shape my musical life and tastes. I am deeply grateful to them for the rich wonderful gifts they gave all of us.

As usual there were so many great tracks to choose from for a cover. I chose Sweet and Dandy because of the story and how it resonated with me at the time I was making the record.

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Sweet and Dandy (Toots Hibbert)

Etty in the room a cry
Mama say she must wipe her eye
Papa say she no fi foolish
Like she never been to school at all
It is no wonder
It's a perfect pander
While they were dancing in that bar room last night.

Johnson in the room afret
Uncle say he must hold up him head
Aunty say she no fi foolish
Like a no time fi him wedding day
It is no wonder
It's a perfect pander
While they were dancing in that bar room last night.

One pound ten for the wedding cake
Plenty bottle of cola wine
All the people them dress up in a white
Fi go eat out Johnson wedding cake
It is no wonder
It's a perfect pander
While they were dancing in that bar room last night.

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from Songs About Girls, released December 12, 2009
Written by Toots Hibbert!!

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Charismatic, compelling and peripatetic, Prince Perry channels his coming of age idols of Elvis Costello, Terry Hall and Joe Strummer into a unique blend of passionate, ska-infused rock and roll that leaves you feeling like it’s not too late to be happy with your life. Or at least someone else's whom you know well enough to borrow their car. ... more

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