Carnival Jumbie

Poem from Dancing in the Rain by John Lyons

Jumbie jump high
Jumbie jump low
Jumbie jumpin to calypso

Jumbie doin a dance
in de silk-cotton tree
he waitin for jouvay
an steelban music to breakaway

Jumbie jump high
Jumbie jump low
Jumbie jumpin to calypso

At six in de morning
steelban come out
people winin dey body
ole mas all about

Jumbie jump high
Jumbie jump low
Jumbie jumpin to calypso

Jumbie jump in a steelban
an everybody know
when he move he body
he's like a black-smoke shadow

Jumbie jump high
Jumbie jump low
Jumbie jumpin to calypso

Jumbie have no flesh
he have no waist to hol'
buh jus look how he movin'
wid no bumsey to roll

Jumbie jump high
Jumbie jump low
Jumbie jumpin to calypso

 

 

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Carnival Jumbie