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Anansi (/əˈnɑːnsi/ ə-NAHN-see) is an Akan folktale character. He often takes the shape of a spider and is considered to be the god of all knowledge of stories. Taking the role of trickster, he is also one of the most important characters of West African, African American and Caribbean folklore.

Raffi sings a song about Anansi on his album The Corner Grocery Store.

Lyrics[]

Anansi, he is a spider
Anansi, he is a man
Anansi, he is a lazy one
Do little as he can,
Yeah, do little as he can.

Anansi has a mango tree
He loves the fruit so ripe.
He cannot reach the mangoes
But he longs to have a bite.

Anansi, he is a spider
Anansi, he is a man
Anansi, he is a lazy one
Do little as he can,
Yeah, do little as he can.

So, Anansi tells his friend the crow,
"You're beautiful to me."
Old crow calls his friends
So they can hear his flattery.

The crows stop by the mango tree
And they bend the branches down.
Anansi watches them swing and sway
And mangoes hit the ground.

Anansi, he is a spider
Anansi, he is a man
Anansi, he is a clever one
He always have a plan
Yeah, he always have a plan

Anansi, he is a spider
Anansi, he is a man
Anansi, he is a lazy one
Do little as he can
Yeah, do little as he can.

Anansi, Anansi, Anansi, Anansi...

(Repeat to fade)

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