Recess Song: Pretty Pager Butterfly
Informant Speaking: When I was going to school in Jamaica there are a few songs that we used to sing. I dont necessarily know the meanings behind them. But there is one about a butterfly that my Mom and me use to sing on my way from home when I was four years old. And it goes like this:
Pretty pager butterfly
What do you do all day
I roam around a sunny field
With nothing to do but play
Nothing to do but play
All the live long day
So fly butterfly, Fly butterfly
Dont waste your time away
I remember singing it in school when we had field days. Because in Jamaica there is a day designated for activities outside. We would run around in the field freely with other four year olds in our field day uniforms which if I remember correctly were white shorts and a white shirt. Every time I think of that song it just brings back happiness. And sometimes Ill flip back to images of me and my mother walking back home from school.
This is a unique song that I have not heard of any other renditions of this song before. Michaela is unsure where she first heard this song before. But she does believe that she first learned it at Hemmingway Preparatory School in Montego Bay, Jamaica. This song may be unique to Jamaican culture. Michaela told me that she has not heard her version or any other version of this song in the United States. I agree with Michaelas interpretation of this song; it is a song that exudes happy feelings and childhood memories. The lyrics describe a child-like freedom that only children seem to express when they have no worries or stressors that daily life may bring that adults often feel. This song is perfect for the time and location in which it is performed. Recess where there is nothing to do but play and roam in sunny fields is the perfect atmosphere for children to enjoy singing Pretty Pager Butterfly.