Prince Nico sings of Mothers

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offers all you mothers this anthem today.
Pure poetry from the Motherland.
Get your pidgin on.
Enjoy.

Prince Nico Mbarga with Rocafil Jazz 1976

Sweet Mother
Sweet mother I no go forget you
for the suffer wey you suffer for me.

Sweet mother I no go forget you
for the suffer wey you suffer for me.

When I dey cry, my mother go carry me – she go say,
my pikin, wetin you dey cry ye, ye,
stop stop –  stop stop –  make you no cry again oh.

When I won’t sleep, my mother go pet me,
she go lie me well well for bed,
she cover me clothes, sing me to sleep,
sleep sleep my pikin oh.

When I get hungry, my mother go run a corner.
she go find me something when I go chop oh.

Sweet mother – sweet mother oh…

When I dey sick, my mother go cry, cry, cry,
she go say instead when I go die make she die.

She go beg God,
God help me, God help me, my pikin oh.

If I no sleep, my mother no go sleep,
if I no chop, my mother no go chop, she no dey tire

Sweet mother I never forget you
suffer wey you suffer for me yeah yeah
Sweet mother – sweet mother oh eh…

(musical interlude)

And if I forget you,
therefore I forget my life and the air I breathe.

And then on to you men,
forget, verily, forget your mother,

for if you forget your mother you’ve lost your life.

[repeat verses]

(musical interlude)

You fit get another wife, you fit get another husband,
but you fit get another mother?  No!

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