Workin' for the Yankee dollah...
November 1, 2011 12:18 PM Subscribe
posted by kaibutsu (45 comments total)
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'Rum and Coca Cola' is a 1942 calypso song by Lord Invader
about women on Trinidad prostituting themselves to American soldiers. In 1944, the song was performed in the US by the Andrews Sisters
, with the verses altered but the underlying meaning of the song still intact; the song was banned from radio play, however, because of the reference to alcohol. Both versions of the song were enormously popular, and the ensuing plagiarism suits ran until 1950. The copious Rum and Coca Cola Reader
has the full story
, and over twenty versions
of the song.
"Since the Yankees came to Trinidad
They have the young girls goin' mad.
The young girls say they treat 'em nice
And they give them a better price.
They buy rum and Coca-Cola,
Go down Point Cumana.
Both mother and daughter
Workin' for the Yankee dollar."