Wednesday, June 27, 2007

The Midnight Robber Speaks

Ah does bade in acid and scrub meh teeth in the.ashes of Caroni and grease meh foot beyond petroleum jelly

One midnight in eternity a mighty ancient wind blow from the Kalahari to the Gobi and sweep through the Sahara and there I form and rise out of the belly of the pit of hell. I is the Scorpion King!

Androctonus Crassicauda, master of the isms, schisms and flesh eating dwellers. I am the last word of the iron bird laid to rest at piarco the father of the fatherless who have no roof over their heads. Famine, tsunami, aides, when the dust blow I does cause wars, earthquakes. Revenge is mine and ah reach Trinidad ah reach! I have no beginning and I have no end. No muddah make me.
Hooves like ten thousand camels across the Atlantic in a heartbeat sprinkling Sahara dust. Grains settle in grown man eye and turn children lungs to husk! Dust cannot cover the rising or setting sun and curdle the blood of all dem wining woman.

When that upstart baby bush try to outsmart, ah send my handmaidens Osama and Saddam but I come to Trinidad, ah show myself in person. Watch meh ah was cley, doh make joke with upstarts. Ah does squeeze the juice from the hangman noose and eat the dictator liver for meh supper. Ah does bade in acid and scrub meh teeth in the ashes of Caroni and grease meh foot beyond petroleum jelly. There is no pain that I have not caused.
Oh, see oh people, clat, you ain’t see. The c-o-r-p-s-e of your beloved nation rotting under six feet of the hot Sahara.

I was vanquished by my enemies cut into bits and pieces and cast down into the belly of hell and Satan himself made an appeal. And when I laugh a roar more terrible than Ivan tumbling over Grenada to make politicians scamper like pot hounds in the gutter. I was born to darkness. Upon my birth the sun cower in the east. I take the tears of muddahs and missing children and government lies to mix and make venom for my tail. Ah reach, ah reach Trinidad ah reach. Take the helm from the trembling hands of the captain manning the ship and leave him in a shallow grave for he granny to find. I go have dem running helter smelter naked and no pants from Chatham to Otaheite. De last time I come to view the situation and skin an old fox. Exact revenge on all them people who talk talk talk and pave pave pave and leave de pan dey to suffer. All dem who think they could duck and run I will find you in the blazing sun next to a 4-inch coffin for a 6-foot man.

When you take muddahs and children and put them to sleep in the rain for your campaign and remember that I is the one man who plaster meh mansion with the skin of newborn babes and wove hammocks with the hair of pharaohs harem.
I am the scorpion king. My sting far worse than the packers of potent poison in polyester, government assassins, train to trap your fears and barrel your tears, nozzle to temple, I badder than Burrows! Paul go pay for all. Alutrin meh hair and give me alcola to drink, ah ain’t care, have no fear, I is the Scorpion King.- Earl Thomson

The transcribed speech is from a Midnight Robber performer, it gives you an idea of the dialect, the usage and vocabulary that is characteristic of the carnival
character from Trinidad and Tobago. - thebookmann

29 comments:

Anonymous said...

wow the midnight robber can really talk¨TRINI.¨ I am a student of holy faith convent couva and i was told to do some research on some dude called ´THE MIDNIGHT ROBBER´ But when i read this speech it explained so much!!!!!! I hope that this site gets more visitors and that young people(like me) will at least be brave enough to leave a meaningful. comment.Enjoy this speech. I IS THE SCOROPION KING!!!!!

Anonymous said...

My son has a school project to do on the Midnight Robber.....This speech personifies the character...I was able to read it for him in the tone of the Robber....I think he understands the character so much more now.

Maurus Nexus said...

I believe the costume in the picture is one of the earlier portrayals of the Mellancolly Marauder, member of the Midnight Robber Band, Mystery Raiders. Please credit, thanks.


You may find some more info about him and his band here:
http://www.youtube.com/user/Mellancolly

Anonymous said...

Wow im from holycross my momework is to make a midnightrobber speech and this makes it way easier.

Anonymous said...

dat was real cool!!!! i real lyk dat story dread!!!!!!i am a student of HOLY FAITH CONVENT,PENAL and i hav a project 2 act as d midnight robber and dat explain so much so now i hav an idea of what 2 do!!!!!! its so helpful!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

I am a student from south trinidad and i just get homework to do on this midnight robber guy-curse his ugly ass for makin me get a darn hard project to du-but dis site does help-just dis midnight robber guy is ridiculous

Anonymous said...

the midnight robber is an absolute asshole-he shud go back where he come from-hell-stupid donkeyhole

Anonymous said...

very creative dialect, I have a project for school to compose a Midnight Robber speech and this site was very useful

Anonymous said...

i am also a student of holy faith convent couva and i was also told to do some research on the midnight robber and i am now certainly sure thati'm gonna be getting 100% on my project!!!!

Anonymous said...

blehh i go holy faith couva n me geh ah project in this ;/

Anonymous said...

ah from hfc to dread and this info. rel help me on that project
:)

Anonymous said...

i am from holy faith convent couva an i have 2 do this speech in drama

Anonymous said...

i go holy faith convent couva to hi although i dont knoe u people but this info really helped

Anonymous said...

:O! All ah we from convent? weey LOL! Buh me in form 1 >.>

Anonymous said...

tatest from holy cross uh doh say paste n copy

Anonymous said...

this speech really helped me out a lot with my assignment for drama.and I also got to holy faith convent.

Anonymous said...

Hey I am from holy faith convent couva too and this thing was really helpful to me. I had to use this for a project in drama and surely I am getting full marks. Hurray!!!!

Anonymous said...

wow....this was pretty helpful. I'm a student at St. Agustine Girls High School..I don't think I could play the midnight robber because of my american accent... oh well...............

Anonymous said...

This helped me a lot on a passage for skool...Im from Newtown Girls

Anonymous said...

this was really helpful for my speech:from hillview college

Kelsey Ralph said...

LMFAO.! All i seeing is holy faith convent :') Buh good story doh.! eplains pently.! hav a project fuh 2morrow St.Francios :D sum besides HFC :D

Anonymous said...

form one hillview college has to write a speech and make a costume for d midnight robber

dis helpin a lot

Anonymous said...

i am also from hillview and i think u two are vasu and savitur. form 1 had to make up some speech like de midnite robber and dress up as in. it was not for drama, but instead literature, and we either had to do that or make up some calypso of anything and sing if some of our religions could not allow us to to the midnight robber crap. i did not know what to do but i read both vasu and savitur, poems to get an idea and foung out that they both searched on the same site. i was told that it was here. although i might still never use this midnight robber poem or do the calypso cause i don`t care about most of school, i find that this is pretty cool information, that can help out anyone, who of course don`t have a problem reciting that they came out ah de pits ah hell and meet sataan because of their religion like me.

Anonymous said...

Student from St. Joseph's Convent San Fernando. This site helps a lot, but you must be Trini to understand what is going on. It's a bit too long though and if it could be shorter but with a similar idea. When needed for a project, I can't say everything here and it's not so easy to summarize it. Thanks anyway. :)

Anonymous said...

Bitches from naps only could take man!

Anonymous said...

hey im from hfcc and I have a project to do on this guy-person-dude in drama and this rel help me hope I get full mrks stupid project

Anonymous said...

I go to St benedicts college .... I hope this helps with my drama protect

Anonymous said...

this is not very help ful but what is it talking about!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

this really helped me in my music project and english a i am a student of EL Dorado West Sec

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