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Agolo
Angélique Kidjo Lyrics


Morio orio
Ola djou monké n'lo
Ola djou monké
Ola djou monké n'lo

Morio orio
Ola djou monké n'lo
Ola djou monké
Ola djou monké n'lo

Morio orio
Ola djou monké n'lo
Ola djou monké
Ola djou monké n'lo

Morio orio
Ola djou monké n'lo
Ola djou monké
Ola djou monké n'lo

Eman tché foya lénin
Ifé foun gbogbo ayé
Eman tché gbagbé ifé
Ifé foun ilé baba wa
Ifé ayé ilé
Igbahoun foun ayé
Ifé ayé ilé
Igbahoun foun ayé

Agolo agolo agolo agolo
Agolo agolo agolo agolo
Agolo agolo agolo agolo
Agolo agolo agolo agolo
Agolo agolo agolo agolo
Agolo agolo agolo agolo
Agolo agolo agolo agolo
Agolo agolo agolo agolo

Morio orio
Ola djou monké n'lo
Ola djou monké
Ola djou monké n'lo

Morio orio
Ola djou monké n'lo
Ola djou monké
Ola djou monké n'lo

Morio orio
Ola djou monké n'lo
Ola djou monké
Ola djou monké n'lo

Morio orio
Ola djou monké n'lo
Ola djou monké
Ola djou monké n'lo

Eman tché foya lénin
Ifé foun gbogbo ayé
Eman tché gbagbé ifé
Ifé foun ilé baba wa
Ifé ayé ilé
Igbahoun foun ayé
Ifé ayé ilé
Igbahoun foun ayé

Agolo agolo agolo agolo
Agolo agolo agolo agolo
Agolo agolo agolo agolo
Agolo agolo agolo agolo
Agolo agolo agolo agolo
Agolo agolo agolo agolo
Agolo agolo agolo agolo
Agolo agolo agolo agolo

Morio orio
Ola djou monké n'lo
Ola djou monké
Ola djou monké n'lo

Morio orio
Ola djou monké n'lo
Ola djou monké
Ola djou monké n'lo

Morio orio
Ola djou monké n'lo
Ola djou monké
Ola djou monké n'lo

Morio orio
Ola djou monké n'lo
Ola djou monké
Ola djou monké n'lo

Morio orio
Ola djou monké n'lo
Ola djou monké
Ola djou monké n'lo

Morio orio
Ola djou monké n'lo
Ola djou monké
Ola djou monké n'lo

Morio orio
Ola djou monké n'lo
Ola djou monké
Ola djou monké n'lo

Morio orio
Ola djou monké n'lo
Ola djou monké
Ola djou monké n'lo

Lyrics © WARNER CHAPPELL MUSIC FRANCE
Written by: ANGELIQUE KIDJO, JEAN LOUIS PIERRE HEBRAIL

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

Temitope Falade

Yes... The part you didn't include is, Ori (head) employed a snake creature to guard Olajumoke.
Whenever she tries to escape, the snake will sing this song:

Ori Ori o!
Olajumoke n lo!

Translation:

Head Head!
Olajumoke is escaping

And when Ori hears the song, he will run back and prevent Olajumoke from escaping. In short, there was no escape for Olajumoke as she was doomed for life because of her pride


But I applaud how you broke down the story



All comments from YouTube:

Adnan Mundi

The real meaning of the lyrics of this song is deeper than the very few verses that Angelique Kidjo sang.
The wordings are from a popular Yoruba nation folklore about Olajumoke, a beautiful young damsel who refused all suitors until a lone dashing mysterious rich young man (very many adjectives here :-)) came along, bearing gifts. The parents had misgivings about the man who had no courting entourage, as they could find out nothing about his family origins or the source of his wealth. Against her parent's better judgement she fell head over heels in love and decided to marry the man. After the marriage, as was the custom, it was time to go with her man and that was when the drama unfolded for her and she sang this song, a desperate cry for help, but it was too late. Why? The man was a spirit being and is made of only a head ('ori' in Yoruba language) with borrowed body parts. The family members will normally go part of the way with a bride to see her safely on her way, but as they progressed on the journey to the underworld, home of the spirit man, he started returning the borrowed bits to the owners. Olajumoke was mortified, she sang and sang but she was beyond redemption, the deal had been sealed. The song was addressing her family members that Ori (head personified) is taking her (Olajumoke) away!!!

As usual with African folklores, there is a moral in the story for anyone who is discerning.

taki blaise

Quelle inspiration !!!

froggyshrooms

lovely stuff

African Tiktok

Wow, will be used for movie oneday

Temitope Falade

Yes... The part you didn't include is, Ori (head) employed a snake creature to guard Olajumoke.
Whenever she tries to escape, the snake will sing this song:

Ori Ori o!
Olajumoke n lo!

Translation:

Head Head!
Olajumoke is escaping

And when Ori hears the song, he will run back and prevent Olajumoke from escaping. In short, there was no escape for Olajumoke as she was doomed for life because of her pride


But I applaud how you broke down the story

KINYUSTE

Thank you for this grew up in Kenya listening to Kidjo 🇰🇪

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Timothy Uche Hilary

28yrs after, am still jamming this song in 2022! Africa's best!

Victoria Akoto Danso

This is definitely a timeless song, who is still jamming to this in 2021, lets gather here.

Gandonu Tolulope

2023 nd still jamming 💯🇳🇬

Kojo Cash

@Aw MyEven in 2023 we still here!❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

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