Dead Love: Zombie Jamboree

Zombie party! At least in Trinidad where “Zombie Jamboree, the Song That Killed Calypso” was created in 1955 by Lord Invader and his Twelve Penetrators. Yes, that’s true. I am not making that up. Sexy little back-up candle carriers replaced zombies in its performance by swivel-hipped Harry Belafonte. It’s been warbled many times by various groups, but I think it might be time for someone to shout it out for a new batch of zombies. So, here are the lyrics; the dance must be something of a stagger, shuffle, dip.


Well, now Back to back, belly to belly
Well I don’t give a damn ’cause it doesn’t matter really
Back to back, belly to belly
At the Zombie Jamboree

Now hear me callin’
Back to back, belly to belly
Well I don’t give a damn ’cause it doesn’t matter really
Back to back, belly to belly
At the Zombie Jamboree

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
Hey, since the season was Carnivale
They got together in Bacchanal

Whatcha doin’?
Back to back, belly to belly
Well I don’t give a damn ’cause it doesn’t matter really
Back to back, belly to belly
At the Zombie Jamboree

Back to back, belly to belly
Well I don’t give a damn ’cause it doesn’t matter really
Back to back, 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 (Whoa)
In the other she’s pointin’ that she’ll be mine
Now believe me folks, yes I had to run (Why?)
Husband of a zombie ain’t no fun (No nice!)
I says “Oh, no my turtle dove”
“That old bag of bones I cannot love”

Whatcha doin’? Back to back, belly to belly
Well I don’t give a damn ’cause it doesn’t matter really
Back to back, belly to belly
At the Zombie Jamboree

What a good game!
Back to back, belly to belly
Well I don’t give a damn ’cause it doesn’t matter really
Back to back, belly to belly
At the Zombie Jamboree

Right then and there she raise a *feet*
“I’m a-going to get 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 zomb-ie (Blecccch!!!)
No, I’ve never seen such a horror in me life
Can you imagine me with a zombie wife?

(YES!)
Back to back, belly to belly
Well I don’t give a damn ’cause it doesn’t matter really
Back to back, belly to belly
At the Zombie Jamboree

You’re all alone, you know.
Back to back, belly to belly
Well I don’t give a damn ’cause it doesn’t matter really
Back to back, belly to belly
At the Zombie Jamboree

—Lord Invader and his Twelve Penetrators


—Erin Orison, DEAD LOVE/The Daily Slice

  • boldlow

    Leave it to Harry Bellafante to bring rhythm and style to a Zombie-based tune. Forgot how suave his movements complemented his unmistakable vocals. Erin, what kind of dance movements would you bring to the stage at the Zombie Jamboree?

  • travel maven

    Who knew?

  • Jobiggar

    Mr. Walter Gavitt Segundo Ferguson, the great Calypsonian of Costa Rica, who lives on the Caribbean coast (and will appear in “Wandering in Costa Rica”) would love this, and have his own comments on the devil and the dead.

  • http://www.deadlovebook.com Erin Orison

    Links to the music? Lyrics to the devil and dead songs? Would love to read/listen.

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