CULTURE | BAY ISLANDS' SONGS

As many know, the Bay Islands' were colonized by the British in the 18th century and for most of their native island songs are actually English songs you will find all throughout the many Caribbean countries you find today. Some of these songs also have African heritage as there were also many who were brought as slaves back in those days.


However, these songs are much less known version of the ones you may have heard today or find online. Here are a few of those songs:


The London Bridge

The London Bridge is falling down Falling down, falling down London Bridge is falling down My fair lady

Build it up with brick and stones Brick and stones, brick and stones Build it up with brick and stones My fair lady

If you pass by here I'll cut off your neck

Cut off your neck, cut off your neck

If you pass by here I'll cut off your neck My fair lady

Shake it up like a bottle of milk, bottle of milk

Bottle of milk, bottle of milk

Shake it up like a bottle of milk

My fair lady


Rock a Bye Baby

Rock a bye baby on the tree top

When the wind blows the cradle will rock

When the bow brakes the cradle will fall

Down will come baby cradle and all


Buckle My Shoe

One, two, buckle my shoe

Three, four, shut the door

Five, six, pick up the stick

Seven, eight, lay them straight

Nine, ten, a big fat hen


Obeah Doctor

Obeah doctor, can you tell

What can make this lady well

For she is sick and ready to die

And that will make her mama cry


Mary Had a Little Lamb

Mary had a little lamb

Little lamb, little lamb

Mary had a little lamb

Its fleece was white as snow

And everywhere that Mary went

Mary went, Mary went

Everywhere that Mary went

The lamb was sure to go

He followed her to school one day

School one day, school one day

He followed her to school one day

It was against the rules

He made the children laugh and play

Laugh and play, laugh and play

He made the children laugh and play

To see a lamb at school