4. Portrait of Trinidad – The Mighty Sniper

This song is by The Mighty Sniper. and appears on the single  Portrait of Trinidad / He Want to Pass (1965).

The Mighty Sniper’s real name was Mervyn Hodge. He won the Calypso Crown in 1965 with the “Portrait of Trinidad” and “More Production“.

Teaching Point

This song can be used as a teaching tool in History and Social Studies. It can be used to teach about the achievement of a number of people with different interest and goals in society. The song emphasizes the value of hard work and commitment.

Song: The Portrait of Trinidad

Lyrics: The Portrait of Trinidad

Trinidad is my land, and of it I am proud and glad
But I can’t understand why some people does talk it bad
But I know, all of dem wey running dey mouth
Don’t know wey dey talkin’ ’bout
They would paint here black here every day
And the right things they would never say

Like our sportsmen being rated among the best
Our scholars have sit and passed every test
And put us right ‘longside the rest
But then our Pitch Lake is the greatest one of its kind
Our sugar and oil is really refine
So you see friends, this is a real King Solomon’s mine

They does talk some nonsense
Me ain’t know wey they doing it for
‘Bout so much violence
Man, you would swear that we fighting war
Of course, we have we delinquents to face
But just like any other place
Look, the things they does say ’bout here
Is really too much for me to bear

Because my people are daily making progress
Without any form of stupidness
And in this way, we must gain success
For when we moving, we all move as one body
No bickering between you and me
For our policy stands for racial equality

Now when a stranger spending a little time in this lovely isle
Every day you see him, he always have a hearty smile
And when his time is up to depart
He would say with pride in heart
I’ll be back, you could bet your life
And if I can’t come, I go send my wife

And then he’ll tell you, he really wants her to come
To drink some rum and have plenty fun
In this great island in the sun
For Trinidadians, as foreigners do recall
It doesn’t matter whether big or small
Or if you rich or poor
Friends, we cater for one and all

So all of dem wey talking
They either drunk or they staring mad
Or maybe they forgetting Mr. Universe belongs to Trinidad
And yet, we have men of talent and skill
With high hopes of improving still
And if you think all this is a lie, the Mighty Sniper go tell you why

Now, our steelband is the best talent in the world
By calypsos our stories are told
With its rhythm to touch your soul
So, Trinidad, this lovely land of my birth
Small, but overwhelming in worth
And as you know Carnival is the greatest frolic on earth

Black Stalin- New Portrait of Trinidad

It should be noted that there was later a response by the Black Stalin – “The New Portrait of Trinidad” (1972).