"Sweet And Dandy" as written by and Frederick 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, yeah, yeah

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, yeah, yeah

Yeah there was sweet and dandy
Sweet and dandy
Sweet and dandy
Sweet and dandy
Sweet and dandy
Sweet and dandy
Sweet and dandy
Oh, sweet and dandy
There was sweet and dandy
There was sweet and dandy
There was sweet and dandy
There was sweet and dandy
There was sweet and dandy, sweet and dandy
Sweet and dandy, sweet and dandy


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"Sweet & Dandy" as written by Frederick Hibbert

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    General Commentscrappy123, I think you're wrong about the family's skepticism. It's about the nerves of Johnson and Ettie before their wedding: She is crying and he is fretting in their rooms. Their families are reassuring them.

    Ettie is being calmed by her mother, and being told by her father that she mustn't act foolish, as if she's never been to school. The first verse is about Ettie, not Johnson, and she has been to school, but her father is saying she is acting as if she hasn't.

    Johnson is told by his uncle to hold up his head, and his aunty is saying he can't act foolish as if it's not his wedding day.
    The guests are dressed up and waiting to celebrate, and in the end everything is sweet and dandy.
    bumcivilianon June 10, 2008   Link
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    General CommentA simple song about the drama of weddings, and a family's skepticism of a young couples marriage. Some of the lyrics are wrong, and the first verse is about the man (Johnson) never having been to school, not Etty.

    One of the greatest songs ever in raggae. I plan to get married to this song...
    scrappy123on June 02, 2007   Link
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    General CommentA simple song about the drama of weddings, and a family's skepticism of a young couples marriage. Some of the lyrics are wrong, and the first verse is about the man (Johnson) never having been to school, not Etty.

    One of the greatest songs ever in raggae. I plan to get married to this song...
    scrappy123on June 02, 2007   Link
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    General CommentOne of the first songs that got me into Reggae around 1976. I was a kid about 12 years old. I thought the lingo was so strange - almost like it wasn't English. But I liked the music. It was on soundtrack to The Harder They Come.

    I love roots reggae.
    NomadMonadon May 14, 2012   Link

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