Who Won the Week — 9/5/2021

The idea behind Who Won the Week is to give you the opportunity to select who (or what) you think “won” this past week. Your selection can be anyone or anything — politicians, celebrities, athletes, authors, bloggers, your friends or family members, books, movies, TV shows, businesses, organizations, whatever.

I will be posting this prompt on Sunday mornings (my time). If you want to participate, write your own post designating who you think won the week and why you think they deserve your nod. Then link back to this post and tag you post with FWWTW.

My pick for who won the week this week is no one and nothing. As far as I’m concerned, it’s been a pretty shitty week. Between what’s happening with women’s rights and voting rights in Texas…

…wildfires engulfing the western states, massive hurricanes devastating the southern states, and deadly flash flooding killing people in the northeast…

…the surge in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths, while people stubbornly and selfishly refuse to wear masks and would rather self-treat for COVID using horse and cow dewormers rather than getting vaccinated…

…and the continuing chaos in Afghanistan…

…I’m depressed and exhausted and see very little to celebrate. Maybe there will be something or someone to celebrate next week.

What about you? Who (or what) do you think won the week?

Song Lyric Sunday — A Zombie By Any Other Name

For this week’s Song Lyric Sunday prompt, Jim Adams has given us the lighthearted themes of Carnival, Festival, Gala, Jamboree, and Party. Naturally, the first thing that came to mind was the song “Jumbie Jamberee.”

Say what? Never heard of that song? Of course you have. Most people know the song as either “Zombie Jamboree” or “Back to Back.” And probably with the version from either The Kingston Trio or Harry Belafonte.

Here’s the Kingston Trio version:

And here’s Harry Belafonte’s version:

“Jumbie Jamberee” was a calypso song credited to Conrad Eugene Mauge, Jr., which was the stage name of Winston O’Connor, who was born in Tobago. Another one of O’Connor’s stage names was Lord Intruder, and that was the name the song was initially released under in 1953.

Intruder was allegedly poking fun at expatriate Caribbeans (like Belafonte’s parents) who lived in New York in his song. Hence the Long Island locale of the song.

The Kingston Trio recorded “Zombie Jamboree” on their …from the Hungry i and Stereo Concert albums, both released in early 1959. Harry Belafonte recorded five versions of the song (in 1962, 1964, 1966, 1972 and 1974). It first appeared on Belafonte’s The Many Moods of Belafonte and later became one of his signature songs.

The introduction to the Kingston Trio’s version humorously credits “Lord Invader and his Twelve Penetrators” with authorship of the song instead of Lord Intruder. There really was a calypso singer named Lord Invader, but he didn’t write “Jamboree.” And the 12 Penetrators never existed

The oldest versions of the song refer to a jumbie jamboree. Jumbies are evil spirits who were thought to cause wild dancing in their victims. The song’s references to Carnival also suggest a connection to the Moko jumbie, a protecting spirit figure represented during Carnival on Trinidad by stilt walkers and dancers. The switch to “Zombie Jamboree” occurred very early with King Flash’s version with those lyrics coming out in 1956, only three years after “Jumbie Jamberee” first appeared.

Here are the lyrics to “Zombie Jamboree.”

Well, now, back to back, belly to belly, well, I don’t give a damn ’cause I done that already, back to back
Belly to belly at the zombie jamboree
Belly to belly at the zombie jamboree
(Now hear the chorus)
(You can feel that)
(Oh, what a good game)
(You’re all alone, you know)

Zombie jamboree took place in a New York cemetery (Where?)
Zombie jamboree took place in Long Island cemetery
Zombies from all parts of the island (Where?)
Some of them are great calypsonians (Some)
Since the season was Carnival they got together in bacchanal. Oh, what ya’ doin’?

Well, now, back to back, belly to belly, well, I don’t give a damn ’cause I done that already, back to back
Belly to belly at the zombie jamboree
Belly to belly at the zombie jamboree

One female zombie wouldn’t behave
She say she want me for a slave
In the one hand she’s holding a quart of wine, in the other she’s pointing that she’ll be mine
Well, believe me folks, I had to run (Why?)
A husband of a zombie ain’t no fun! (Don’t knock it!)
I says, “Oh, no, my turtle dove, that old bag of bones I cannot love.” Oh, what you doin’?

Well, now, back to back, belly to belly, well, I don’t give a damn ’cause I done that already, back to back
Belly to belly at the zombie jamboree
Belly to belly at the zombie jamboree

Right then and there she raise her feet
“I’m a-going to catch you now, my sweet
I’m gonna make you call me ‘Sweetie Pie'”
I says “Oh, no, get back, you lie!”
“I may be lyin’ but you will see (What?)
After you kiss this dead zombie.” (Blah!)
Well, I never seen such a horror in my life
Can you imagine me with a zombie wife? (Yes!)

Well, now, back to back, belly to belly, well, I don’t give a damn ’cause I done that already, back to back
Belly to belly at the zombie jamboree
Belly to belly at the zombie jamboree

FOWC with Fandango — Austere

FOWCWelcome to September 5, 2021 and to Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (aka, FOWC). I will be posting each day’s word just after midnight Pacific Time (U.S.).

Today’s word is “austere.”

Write a post using that word. It can be prose, poetry, fiction, non-fiction. It can be any length. It can be just a picture or a drawing if you want. No holds barred, so to speak.

Once you are done, tag your post with #FOWC and create a pingback to this post if you are on WordPress. Please check to confirm that your pingback is there. If not, please manually add your link in the comments.

And be sure to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this prompt. You will marvel at their creativity.