7. King Liar – Lord Nelson

Lord Nelson (Robert Nelson) was born 1930 in Tobago. King Liar is one of his most popular calypso songs.

Teaching Point

This song, though amusing, can be used as a teaching tool for English Language, specifically the use of senses in speech, figurative language and storytelling. It can be used to teach students how figurative language is used in poetry and songs.

Song: King Liar

Lyrics: King Liar

I know some of you wouldn’t believe me
But if I lie, ask meh good friend Marky
It was a big lying competition
To see who they would crown as lying champion

Liars from all parts of the West Indies
Big shot liars from all dem foreign countries
From a field about a thousand or so entry
In two days it boil down and leave just three

I had meh eye on “Liar de Lion”
‘Cause I know he does come with some good ones
But they had a younger fella named Devo
Come from some village there in Tobago

He says he father is Tobago’s best fisherman
Catch a fish a mile wide, 80 feet in span
He had to tie it on de boat and swim back to land
To get he brother Eric to give him a hand

Yuh hear lie, Dat is lie
Lie, yuh hear lie
Teacher Percy say if yuh tell ah lie
You going to hell as soon as yuh die

Liar de Lion, he laugh till he sweat
He say Mr Devo eh say nothin’ yet
If you really want to hear bout fishin’
Let me blow you mind, now listen to something

When you talking bout fish, yuh just hit de spot
I was hoping you did believe it or not
The fish yuh father caught, fuh you it was great
But is dem small fish meh father does use fuh bait

Lion went ahead on points in de show
Completely eliminated Mr Devo
De next man to beat was “Wil The Outrageous”
He ask de judges if he could lie first

The judges asked Lion, the Lion agreed
He said any topic Wil pick is alright with me
He outrageous, I strong, let we meet head on
And when we done see who head fit to wear de crown

Yuh hear lie, Dat is lie
Lie, yuh hear lie
Teacher Percy say if yuh tell ah lie
You going to hell as soon as yuh die

De outrageous say that he knew a tailor
Comes to making suit, de man is a master
If you show him a man coming round a corner
He could make him a suit and don’t even measure

Ah talking bout suit sitting down correct
Expertly made and fitting perfect
He used to sew for Shakepeare, make suit for Hamlet
And up to this day he eh make a mistake yet

You know de crowd went wild, they couldn’t cool down
Ah say Liar de Lion losing he crown
De judges brought de crowd back to order
And ask de Lion to lie ’bout a tailor

He said my man is de best, Rolfy is his name
Cutting cloth, making suit is his game
Doh show him de man, my tailor is class
Just show him de corner whey de fella pass
And he go make a suit, dat is tailor

Yuh hear lie, King liar
Teacher Percy say if yuh tell ah lie
You going to hell as soon as yuh die

Teacher Percy say if yuh tell ah lie
You going to hell as soon as yuh die

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