15. Sip and Chat – Lord Relator

Lord Relator’s real name is Willard C. Harris (born 1948) is a Trinidadian Calypsonian. He won the Calypso Crown in 1980.

Teaching Point

This song can be used as a teaching tool for the Social Studies, Sociology, and Economics. The teacher can identify a number of topics: social responsibility, drunk driving, morality, ethics, spending, and consumerism.

Song – Sip and Chat

Lyrics: Sip and Chat

You gotta sip and chat…

The latest advisory, we must drink responsibly
The entire nation must drink in moderation
For this Christmas season, I beg you have reason
Be moderate and take it cool
Don’t let alcohol make you a fool.

Sip and chat, …

If you can’t do that
Don’t bother to come and drink out my rum
My friends, I want you to know, this year the money low, drink slow!
Sipping and chatting is the way that you have to go in Trinbago
For economical reasons I change up the rules this season
And because of that I giving you sound advice
I saying it once, I not saying it twice
This year the lime go be nice
If you visiting a friend, pick up a bag of ice
If you going by Lenny, carry a bag of ice and the lime go be nice.

[You gotta sip and chat,…]
Wey this big crowd going? It only have three more pastelles remaining, you know!
[You gotta sip and chat… Sip … sip it.]

Some people so greedy, they drinking fast and speedy
They mixing the liquor and like the pace getting quicker
They wouldn’t pick and choose, they don’t mind getting booze
Drinking like they in a race, next thing they puking inside your place.

What a disgrace!

Sip and chat… if you can’t do that
Don’t bother to come and drink out my rum
My friends, I want you to know, this year the money low
Sipping and chatting is the way that you have to go, drink slow!
For economical reasons I change up the rules this season
And because of that I giving you sound advice
I saying it once, I not saying it twice
This year the lime go be nice
If you visiting a friend, carry a bag of ice
If you going by Placid, pick up a bag of ice and the lime go be nice

[You gotta sip and chat…]
Ey, boy, how you drinking so fast? Take your time boy.
You want to finish the bottle? Wey yuh…is a dog show? Cool it nah!
[You gotta sip and chat… Sip… sip it.]

Must respect your neighbour, I beg you, watch your behaviour
Especially for Christmas, make sure that you put down some ——-
Some people just don’t think, all they want to do is drink
That kind of business cyah work
Please don’t drink on an empty stomach.

What you have to do?

Sip and chat … if you can’t do that
Don’t bother to come and drink out my rum
My friends, I want you to know, this year the money low, drink slow!
Sipping and chatting is the way that you have to go
For economical reasons I change up the rules this season
And because of that I giving you sound advice
I saying it once, I not saying it twice
This year the lime go be nice
If you visiting a friend, pick up a bag of ice
If you going by David ——–, carry a bag of ice and the lime go be nice.

[You gotta sip and chat, sip and chat, sip and chat, sip and chat]
Allyuh lucky allyuh being ice, you know, otherwise I’d ah put allyuh out already You drinking too fast! Is only a flask of whiskey I have, you know.
[You gotta sip and chat, sip and chat, sip and chat, sip and chat]
And when you see that petit quart of the rum done you know what happening? Ice or no ice, allyuh have to hit the door! I saying no more.
[Sip … sip it.]

As we getting older, responsibility we must shoulder
We have to be wiser now that they bringing the breathalyzer
If you travelling home late, please be considerate
The onus is now on you, for Christmas time please don’t overdo.

You hear what I say?

Sip and chat, sip and chat, sip and chat, if you can’t do that
Don’t bother to come and drink out my rum
My friends, I want you to know, this year the money low, drink slow!
Sipping and chatting is the way that we have to go in Trinbago
For economical reasons, I change up the rules this season
And because of that I giving you sound advice
I saying it once, I not saying it twice
This year the lime go be nice
If you visiting a friend, pick up a bag of ice
If you going by Barkie, carry a bag of ice and the lime go be nice.

[You gotta sip and chat, sip and chat, sip and chat, sip and chat]
Leave my whiskey alone! But how you drinking so fast? Is a race or what? Take your time and swallow!
[You gotta sip and chat, sip and chat, sip and chat, sip and chat]
But what happening boy? Allyuh want to buss my bar?
[Sip … sip it.]
Allyuh don’t come by me next year with this kind of habit nah, with this kind of attitude. My drinks ent go last. Haul allyuh…!

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