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De Hammer (1986) Lyrics

By David Rudder

Lyrics to The Hammer By David Rudder (Live Performance)
Classic Calypso 1986 (Calypso Monarch Winner 1986)


David Rudder winning Calypso Monarch 1986 with his performace of the Hammer. His song was a tribute to Rudolph Charles a pioneer and visionary of the steelband movement in T&T.He was the Bandleader and Tuner of the Desperadoes Steel Orchestra from 1961 until his death at age 46 in 1985. Charles invented several instruments for the steelband, like the Nine Bass, the Rocket Pans or the Twelve Bass. Charles lead the boycott of Panorama in 1979 to fight for pan recognition and respect. He later died in 1985 (RIP).



Somewhere up in Lavantille
Many years ago
A man had a hammer
Used to follow him to and fro
He used to use it to pound a pan
Or sometimes a stupid man
All in the savannah
Never miss Panorama
One day the old hammer just disappear
Some say that it vanish into thin air

Where de man wid de hammer gone
Tell me, tell me where he gone
Anybody know where de hammer gone
Tell me, tell where he gone
Can you tell we what going on
Tell me, tell where he gone
Ah want to know where de hammer gone
Tell me, tell where he gone

Why you up and leave, [trail]
Why you make me grieve, [trail]
Hammer tell me flat, [trail]
Why you do we dat, [trail]
Well the dragon doh walk the trail no more
Well the dragon doh walk the trail no more

From April of 85
Hammer went to sleep
After years of making noise
Not even a peep
He used to move wid de dragon man
All through this soca land
Always on the scene
They used to control the barber greene
But the dragon doh walk the trail no more
Who holding the hammer I want to know

Where de man wid de hammer gone
Tell me, tell where he gone
Look Thunderbolt Williams, what going on
Tell me, tell where he gone
This thing like a police boot on meh corn
Tell me, tell where he gone
And now ah hear it by Y'De Lima on pawn
Tell me, tell where he gone

Look children
Search under yuh bed, trail
All above yuh head, trail
Look behind the door, trail,
What yuh waiting for, trail
Well the dragon doh walk the trail no more,
Well the dragon doh walk the trail no more.

On a silver chariot
Riding to the sun
Leaving fire in its wake
Spirits on the run
As we gather round that day
Ah hear sister Sheela say
How last night she see a sign
She see the hammer and it doing fine
Same time thunder roll she bawl out 'You see!'
He done start to tune a pan already

Where de man wid de hammer gone
Tell me, tell where he gone
Sister Sheela darling, what going on
Tell me, tell where he gone
This hammer giving we a heavy horn,
Tell me, tell where he gone
This thing like a police boot on meh corn
Tell me, tell where he gone

Children
Search all through the town, trail
Turn it upside down, trail
Check on top de hill, trail
On dat window sill, trail
Well the dragon doh walk the trail no more
Well the dragon doh walk the trail no more

[Ending]



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Lyrics submitted by on Jul 16, 2012 .

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