Guh Dung A Manuel Road

This Jamaican folk song is usually sung by children who imitate the work done by men working at a quarry.

All the children will stoop and form a circle; and as they sing, each child will take up selected stones at his left and place them on the ground at his right, to be picked up by the person beside him. The stones are moved around the group  . . .  one by one, then moved in twos, threes, and fours.

The song is done slowly at first, then sung very quickly the second and third time around, adding fun and excitement to the game as the children try moving the stones fast enough without crushing their fingers.

Guh dung a Manuel Road,
Gallang bwoy, fi guh bruk rock-stone.
Guh dung a Manuel Road,
Gallang bwoy, fi guh bruk rock-stone.
Bruk dem one-by-one (galang bwoy!)
Bruk dem two-by-two (galang bwoy!)
Bruk dem three-by-three (galang bwoy!)
Bruk dem four-by-four (galang bwoy!)
Finga mash nuh cry (galang bwoy!)
‘Memba a play we’d a play (galang bwoy!)

 

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