Song of the Day #952: ‘Hey Ya!’ – Outkast

A few weeks ago I went to a going-away party for a former student of my wife’s who is joining the Coast Guard. The music, served up from an iPod as I suppose most music is these days, was a mix of hip-hop and pop songs from the past decade.

At one point, Outkast’s ‘Hey Ya!’ came on and a surge of excited recognition washed over the room (ok, over the five or six people left in the room who were paying attention to the music). My 4-year-old daughter launched into one of her trademark dance moves.

It struck me that I hadn’t heard this song in years. It came out in 2003, on the band’s celebrated Speakerboxxx/The Love Below double CD, and was inescapable for at least a year or so after that. I even remember the Golden Globes playing a bastardized version of it over the red carpet show, swapping out the words with an embarrassing track name-dropping celebrities.

And then it disappeared, swallowed by the abyss of time and new product. I suppose some people would argue that a hit song deserves to die after it has its moment in the sun, and I’d probably agree about plenty of hit songs. But ‘Hey Ya!’ is a great tune that deserves to keep an audience.

It made me think about my movies-to-see lists from years past. I have about 15 titles written down from, say, 2004 that I just never got around to watching. 2005 started and I had to keep up with that year’s films. At the end of 2005, I had 15 new moves to seek out, and the ones I missed in 2004 were forgotten.

It never ends. There are thousands of movies I’ll never see, thousands of songs I’ll never hear. And I’m just talking about the things I want to see and hear but can’t get to. Who knows how many aren’t even on my radar?

What chance does a song have in the long run against an onslaught like that? Even a song that for awhile was the hottest thing in the world? A trip through a cheap set of speakers next to a bowl of pretzels in a trailer park rec room, and the wild gyrations of a little girl hearing it for the first time.

Actually, that doesn’t sound too bad.

[Intro]
One two three uh!

[Verse One – Andre 3000]
My baby don’t mess around
Because she loves me so
And this I know for shooo..
Uh, But does she really wanna
But can’t stand to see me
Walk out the dooor..
Don’t try to fight the feelin’
Because the thought alone is killing me right nooww..
Uh, thank god for mom and dad
For sticking two together
‘Cause we don’t know hooowww…
UH!

[Chorus:]
Heeeyyy… Yaaaaaaa..
Heeyy Yaaaaaaaa..
Heeeyyy… Yaaaaaaa..
Heeyy Yaaaaaaaa..
Heeeyyy… Yaaaaaaa..
Heeyy Yaaaaaaaa..
Heeeyyy… Yaaaaaaa..
Heeyy Yaaaaaaaa..

[Verse Two – Andre 3000]
You think you’ve got it
Ohh, you think you’ve got it
But got it just don’t get it
Till’ there’s nothing at
AaaaaaaaAAAAAAAaaaaaaAAAAAAaaaaaallllll..
We get together
Ohh, we get together
But seperate’s always better when there’s feelings
InvooooooOOOOOOOoooooooOOOOOOooooooOOOOOlved
If what they say is “Nothing is forever”
Then what makes, Then what makes, Then what makes
Then what makes, Then what makes LOOVVEEE?
(Love exception) So why you, why you
Why you, why you, why you are we so in denial
When we know we’re not happy heeeerrreeee…
Y’all don’t want me here you just wanna dance

[Chorus]
Heeeyyy… Yaaaaaaa.. (OHH OH)
Heeyy Yaaaaaaaa.. (OHH OH)
Heeeyyy… Yaaaaaaa.. (Don’t want to meet your daddy, OHH OH)
Heeyy Yaaaaaaaa.. (Just want you in my Caddy OHH OH)
Heeeyyy… Yaaaaaaa.. (OHH OH, don’t want to meet yo’ mama OHH OH)
Heeyy Yaaaaaaaa.. (Just wan’t to make you cumma OHH OH)
Heeeyyy… Yaaaaaaa.. (I’m, OHH OH I’m, OHH OH)
Heeyy Yaaaaaaaa.. (I’m just being honest OHH OH, I’m just being honest)

[Bridge – Andre 3000]
Hey, alright now
Alright now fellas, (YEAH!)
Now what’s cooler than bein’ cool?
(ICE COLD!) I can’t hear ya’
I say what’s cooler than bein’ cool?
(ICE COLD!) whooo…
Alright, alright, alright, alright
Alright, alright, alright, alright
Alright, alright, alright, alright
Alright, alright, Ok now ladies, (YEAH!)
And we gon’ break this thing down in just a few seconds
Now don’t have me break this thang down for nothin’
Now I wanna see y’all on y’all baddest behavior
Lend me some suga’, I am your neighbor ahh here we go!
Shake it, shake, shake it, shake it (OHH OH)
Shake it, shake it, shake, shake it, shake it, shake it (OHH OH)
Shake it, shake it like a Polaroid Picture, shake it, shake it
Shh you got to, shake it, shh shake it, shake it, got to shake it
(Shake it Suga’) shake it like a Poloroid Picture

[Verse Three – Andre 3000 (Repeating “Shake it” in background)]
Now while Beyonce’s and Lucy Lui’s
And baby dolls, get on the floor
(Get on the floor)
You know what to dooo..
You know what to dooo..
You know what to do!

[Chorus]
Heeeyyy… Yaaaaaaa.. (OHH OH)
Heeyy Yaaaaaaaa.. (OHH OH)
Heeeyyy… Yaaaaaaa.. (OHH OH)
Heeyy Yaaaaaaaa.. (Uh oh, Hey Ya)
Heeeyyy… Yaaaaaaa.. (OHH OH)
Heeyy Yaaaaaaaa.. (Uh, uh, OHH OH)
Heeeyyy… Yaaaaaaa.. (OHH OH)
Heeyy Yaaaaaaaa.. (OHH OH)

3 thoughts on “Song of the Day #952: ‘Hey Ya!’ – Outkast

  1. Dana says:

    Well, you’re waxing nostalgic today—all the way to the good old days of 2003:)

    This is, indeed, a catchy song and it will certainly find it’s way on to any “Hits of the 00’s” station.

  2. peg says:

    love your blog and wish I could have seen the little girl dance that night 🙂

  3. Amy says:

    Just as I was thinking I didn’t know this song at all, my “little” girl (of 15) starts singing and bopping around the room. When I asked if she knew it, she looked at me incredulously and said, “Yeah! It’s a BIG song.” So there you go 🙂

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