13. Love Thy Neighbour – Roaring Lion

Roaring Lion was born Rafael de Leon (1908-1999) in the Caura Hills of northern Trinidad. Some other popular songs are Ugly Woman, Mary Ann and Netty, Netty. His “If you wanna be happy” was number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in May 18, 1963. He had an illustrious career, even entertaining the U.S President Franklin D Roosevelt at the Walforf Astoria in New York. When he was asked about his country he responded “The Land of Calypso“. He is the grandfather of an American actor and television personality, Alfonso Ribeiro.

Teaching Point

This song can be used as a teaching tool for social studies, religion and English Language. It can be used to discuss the importance of religion in preserving ethical and moral values in society. students can use the song to explore the singers belief on the causes of crime. For English Language, the song can be analysed by students. The teacher could ask a number of questions so students could show understanding of the message the singer wanted to share with his listeners.

Some questions the teacher can ask:

Why do you think Roaring Lion felt it important to sing a song about loving your neighbour?

What does the singer asserts that the listener would agree with him in the first stanza?

What assumptions does the singer make on the listener?

Explain the term “brotherly love”?

What advice does the singer give to achieve happiness?

What figures of speech can you identify in this song?

What does the singer suggest to the reader and why?

Song – Love Thy Neighbour

Lyrics: Love Thy Neighbour (1978)

If this little proverb you would understand
You would lend your brothers a helping hand
If this little proverb you would understand
You would lend your brothers a helping hand
Whether you are white, pink, blue or black
You have got to reach the six feet of earth and that’s that
Whether you agree or you should disagree
Still I’m pretty certain that you will agree with me
Singing life would be easier and time would be breezier
IF you love your neighbour

If you study the Lord’s teachings you will find
The Sermon on the Mount can save mankind
And make life a whole lot easier
IF you love your neighbour

We all know there is ideal happiness above
Which arises from the presence of brotherly love
So if of the joys of heaven you like to partake
This an example you should strive to emulate
Resist all temptations and refrain from strife
And try to lead a noble and an upright life
And this too you must learn, to make the best of what you earn
And strictly learn to leave your brother’s property alone
Then life would be easier and time would be breezier
IF you love your neighbour

If you study the Lord’s teachings you will find
The Sermon on the Mount can save mankind
And make life a whole lot easier
IF you love your neighbour

I can speak with biblical veracity
That love’s a passion sponsored by the divinity
And so we all should endeavour assiduously
To walk in the paths of virtue and humility
For he that humbleth himself shall exalted be
And humbled will be he whose failing is vanity
So whatever we do we we should keep in mind this view
That the other man is worth quite as much or more than you
And life would be easier and time would be breezier
IF you love your neighbour

If you study the Lord’s teachings you will find
The Sermon on the Mount can save mankind
And make life a whole lot easier
IF you love your neighbour

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