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Mango Walk
(Jamaican Folk Song)
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Mango Walk
Mango Walk
Folk Song
(Jamaican Creole)
Folk Song
(English)

Mi breda did a tell yuh nuh fe go mango walk
Go mango walk, go mango walk
Mi breda did a tell yuh nuh fe go mango walk
Go mango walk, go mango walk
An nuh pick up the number 11.
Tell mi joe do tell mi joe
Tell mi joe do tell mi
Tell mi joe do tell mi joe
Why you pick up the number 11

Mi breda did a tell yuh nuh fe go mango walk
go mango walk, go mango walk
Mi breda did a tell yuh nuh fe go mango walk
go mango walk, go mango walk
An nuh pick up the number 11
Tell mi joe do tell mi joe
Tell mi joe do tell mi
Tell mi joe do tell mi joe
Why you pick up the number 11

My brother did a tell you not to go mango walk*
Go mango walk, go mango walk,
My brother did a tell you not to go mango walk,
Go mango walk, go mango walk ,
And not to steal the number 11**.
Tell me Joe, do tell me Joe,
Tell me Joe, do tell me,
Tell me Joe, do tell me Joe,
Why you steal the number 11?

My brother did a tell you not to go mango walk
Go mango walk, go mango walk,
My brother did a tell you not to go mango walk
Go mango walk, go mango walk,
And not steal the number 11.
Tell me Joe, do tell me Joe,
Tell me Joe, do tell me,
Tell me Joe, do tell me Joe,
Why you steal the number 11?

Notes

*Mango Walk is an orchard
**"Number 11" is a variety of mango in Jamaica

Then there's one more verse that goes:

I tell you, Sue, I tell you for true,
I tell you for true, I tell you
That I don't go to no mango walk
And steal all the number eleven.

*****

Here's the song with "orchard" in the place of "mango walk":

My brother did a tell you not to go to the orchard
Go to the orchard, go to the orchard,
My brother did a tell you not to go to the orchard,
Go to the orchard, go to the orchard,
And not to steal the number 11 (mango).
Tell me Joe, do tell me Joe,
Tell me Joe, do tell me,
Tell me Joe, do tell me Joe,
Why you steal the number 11?

My brother did a tell you not to go to the orchard
Go to the orchard, go to the orchard,
My brother did a tell you not to go to the orchard
Go to the orchard, go to the orchard,
And not steal the number 11.
Tell me Joe, do tell me Joe,
Tell me Joe, do tell me,
Tell me Joe, do tell me Joe,
Why did you steal the number 11?

Thanks and Acknowledgements

Many thanks to Glasceta Honeyghan for contributing this song. Thanks also to Monique Palomares for the midi music.

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