Patrick Frost - Lead Vocals, Steel Pan, Trombones, Keyboards, Conch Shells
Gerardo Manrique - Guitars
Jim Lucas - Bass Guitar
Carlos Del Toro - Percussion
Shawn Fernandez - Trumpets
Charlie DeChant - Tenor Sax, Flutes
Lyma Dunbar, Charlie Morris, Stan Parnes - Backing Vocals
Patrick Frost - Steel Pan, Piano, Ukulele, Bass and Percussion Samples
Originally released in 1997, Cowboys and West Indians was rerecorded for the Freshwater Calypso CD. The song tells the story of a homesick yankee torn between his love of his new life in the islands and the things he misses from home.
Just an American Boy, lost at sea,
trying to remember whatever prompted me
to leave where I came from and what I am
Like a fish out of water
Like a dissident citizen.
So, I took to the islands of the Caribbean
I was living with the Trinis.
I tried to be a West Indian
But, this yankee heart of mine is growing restless again.
It's time to saddle up my horse and ride into town again.
I played my last game of cowboys and West Indians
form the wagons in a circle. I'm coming home.
And I'm feel in' so irie as I set out to sea
Time to sail that journey home
Time to sail that journey I'm coming home.
It's been over a year since I sailed from the Keys
Through the Greater Antilles and into Southern seas.
Having so mush fun. Living bacchanal.
But, I guess I better run. I'm setting sail after Carnival.
And those island ladies.
They have been so kind to me.
You know they feed me plenty Roti
and there's one that's kinda sweet on me.
So, it make s a heart wonder should I go or stay,
but I just wanna eat a chili dog and watch a football game.
Tom Reynolds sings his hit song, "Day After Day (It's Slipping' Away)" for my upcoming CD.