In 1988, the Trinidadian calypsonian David M. Rudder composed “Haiti,” which was
inspired by C. L. R. James’s The Black Jacobins and performed at James’s funeral in
Tunapuna in 1989.
Verse 1
Toussaint was a mighty man
And to make matters worse he was black
Black and back in the days when black men knew
Their place was in the back
But this rebel still walked through Napoleon
Who thought it wasn’t very nice
And so today my brothers in Haiti
They still pay the price.
Yeah, Yeah,
Haiti I’m sorry
We misunderstood you
One day we’ll turn our heads
And look inside you
Haiti, I’m sorry
Haiti, I’m sorry
One day we’ll turn our heads
Restore your glory.
david m. rudder
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