Songs of Jamaica (1912)
De black moul’ lie do’n quite prepare’
Fe feel de hoe an’ rake;
De fire bu’n, and it tek care
Fe mek de wo’m dem wake.
Wha’ lef fe buccra teach again
Dis time about plantation?
Dere’s not’in’ dat can beat de plain
Good ole-time cultibation.
De cuttin’ done same ole-time way,
We wrap dem in a trash,
An’ pack dem neatly in a dray
So tight dat dem can’t mash.
- Corruption of 'Martinique," the best variety of banana in Jamaica ↵
- Is (or was) made ↵
- In a toast = toasted ↵
- It is buccra's fancy, i.e., the white man likes it ↵
- In a different way; not so much at a time as we we eat ↵
- This lengthening of a monosyllable into a dissyllable is common ↵
- Wicked ↵
- It goes up to heaven with the noise, etc. This is an excellent simile as those acquainted with tropical crickets will know ↵
- Worms. i.e., grubs ↵
- In spite of the primitve methods of cultivation the bananas are just as plump ↵
- The nine-hand and only (pure ) nine-hand bunches -- none smaller, that is-grown by—this old method have a fine reputation ↵
- In trash. Any refuse is called 'trash.' Here dried banana leaves are meant ↵
- Reach ↵
- The selling of the bananas is over ↵
- Bag secured by a thread (string) round the mouth ↵
- In every way. He can eat it or sell it ↵
- Carries the sway, i.e., is Jamaica's mainstay ↵