Shake the Papaya Down | Lyrics

from the MMF Songbook


Shake the Papaya Down is a calypso song. It is the job of some of the people in South America to climb the papaya tree, and shake the yellow fruit off the branches.


Lyrics for 'Shake the Papaya Down'

Mama says no play;
This is a work day.
Up with the bright sun;
Get all the work done.
If you will help me,
Climb up the tall tree,
Shake the papaya down.

Shake them down,
Shake them down,
Climb the tall tree,
Shake them down,
Shake them down,
Shake them down,
Shake the papaya down.

Momma says no play;
This is a work day.
Up with the bright sun;
Get all the work done.
If you will help me,
Sweeping the floors now,
Sweeping the floors with me.

Shake them down,
Shake them down,
Climb the tall tree,
Shake them down,
Shake them down,
Shake them down,
Shake the papaya down.

Momma says no play;
This is a work day.
Up with the bright sun;
Get all the work done.
If you will help me,
Washing the clothes now,
Washing the clothes with me.

Shake them down,
Shake them down,
Climb the tall tree,
Shake them down,
Shake them down,
Shake them down,
Shake the papaya down.

Momma says no play;
This is a work day.
Up with the bright sun;
Get all the work done.
If you will help me,
Cooking the food now,
Cooking the food with me.

Shake them down,
Shake them down,
Climb the tall tree,
Shake them down,
Shake them down,
Shake them down,
Shake the papaya down.


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