16. Don’t Cry For Me (La Trinity) – Denyse Plummer

Denyse Plummer (born 1953) is a calypso and Gospel singer from Trinidad and Tobago. She experience prejudice earlier in her career as the genre was seen as Afro-Caribbean. She won the Calypso Queen Crown six times. Currently, she sings gospel.

Teaching Point

This song can be used as a teaching tool for Social Studies, Sociology, History and English Language. The teacher can identify a number of topics: racism, pluralism in society, culture, tribalism, the location of the Trinidad and Tobago, ethnic groups in Trinidad and Tobago, and contributions made by ancestral groups. Comprehension questions could explore the reasons this song was sung by the singer.

Song – Don’t Cry for Me

Lyrics: Don’t Cry For Me (La Trinity)

No longer may I seem to be a paradise of glory
Or a river of pleasure running out to the sea
But I take my refuge in a higher power you see
My body will be restored and my heritage is still beautiful to me

Don’t cry for me, my children, (Don’t cry) for all the fire that falls upon me
Don’t cry for me, my children, (Don’t cry) it was given to me to test me
But I will not be shaken, I am La Trinity
And there is no destruction, if you look you still see
There is a mountaintop, there is the sea and sand
Child, I am your rock, I am your island

Children, I am strong, immovable, so keep working, forget the pain
Always knowing that your toil is never in vain
Many hands make light work, I have two million, I am told
Just like my soldiers, they will never
No, my children will never abandon my soul

Rise up all my children, (Rise up!) forget the fire that falls upon me
There is no misconception, (Rise up!) you are the power and strength inside me
And I will not be shaken, I am La Trinity
No chaos and confusion, no doom, no tragedy
may crack on solid foundation
Child, I am your rock, I am your island

Look in the mirror, tell me what you see

a beautiful child of La Trinity
Look in the mirror, tell me what you see

a beautiful child of La Trinity

Tortured minds crying out for help, child, you have some place to go
Don’t be anxious for your life or your tomorrow
The birds, they don’t sow or reap and yet their children they feed
I shall provide abundantly
For you are worth to me much more than a bird in a tree

Don’t cry for me, my children, (Don’t cry) for all the fire that falls upon me
Don’t cry for me, my children, (Don’t cry) it was given to me to test me
But I will not be shaken, I am La Trinity
And there is no destruction, if you look, you still see
There is a mountaintop, there is the sea and sand
Child, I am your rock, I am your island

Condemnation to all who meddle and destroy my sacred contents
Only a weak one can the Devil ever torment
But my children, you are my power, you are the substance that make me strong
And tomorrow you will see
I will be a land once again bountiful and free

Rise up all my children, (Rise up!) forget the fire that falls upon me
There is no misconception, (Rise up!) you are the power and strength inside me
And I will not be shaken, I am La Trinity
Land of your creation, blessed and almighty
And when one door is locked, another one will open
Child I am your rock, I am your island

Look in the mirror, tell me what you see

a beautiful child of La Trinity
Look in the mirror, tell me what you see

a beautiful child of La Trinity
I say to look in the mirror, tell me what you see

a beautiful child of La Trinity
Look, look, look, look in the mirror now and tell me now what you see

a beautiful child of La Trinity
Look in the mirror, tell me what you see
(I see) a beautiful child of La Trinity…