LINSTEAD MARKET -
Linstead is a market town in Jamaica.
This song tells of the lady who goes to the Saturday market to sell ackees. The tune is cheerful but the words are sad. Her children come along to see her, but from the market
she has made not a cent, a penny, or a ‘quatty’.
Lyrics and melody are as heard on the recording by Lord Messam and his Calypsonians. Please listen to the original for that essential Jamaican Mento vibe.
I carry me ackee go a Linstead Market -
not a quattie would sell (x 2)
Lord what a night, not a bite
what a Saturday night! (x 2)
Everybody come feel up, feel up,
not a quatty will sell (x 2)
It was a fight, a fight, a big big fight
on that Saturday night (x 2)
All the pickney come run come run
come to see what mummy no bring
The Jamaican national dish of ackee and saltfish.
Curry Goat with rice and peas (kidney beans)