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Opposite People
Fela Kuti Lyrics


Them go show o, them go show
Them go show themselves clear clear
Them go show o
Them go show o, them go show
Opposite people
Them go show themselves clear clear
Them go show

[Chorus]
Them go show!

Anywhere them dey
Anywhere them dey
Them go show themselves
Opposite people

Everyone dey dance
Dey dance for enjoyment (Dey dance!)
Everyone dey talk
Dey talk for communication (Dey talk!)
Everyone dey hear
Dey hear for ideology (Dey hear!)
Everyone dey think
Dey think for him progress (Dey think!)

Now now but look am, him don show himself
Opposite people
I say look am, him don show himself
Opposite people
I say look am, him don show himself
Opposite people
I say look the thing him don show himself

Everyone dey dance, him go push
Everyone dey talk, him go shout
Everyone dey hear, him go sleep
Everyone dey think, him go drink

Everyone dey dance (Him go push!)
Everyone dey talk (Him go shout!)
Everyone dey hear (Him go sleep!)
Everyone dey think (Him go drink!)

See, him don show himself

Him go dey shakara
Him go dey katakata
Him go dey shakara

[Chorus]
Him go dey shakara!
Him go dey katakata!
Him go dey shakara!

Them don show themselves
Opposite people
Them don show themselves

Him go dey shakara
Him go dey katakata

Him go dey shakara
Katakata put am together

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seyi ogs

Them go show o, them go show (They’d show themselves)
Them go show themselves clear clear (Show themselves clearly)
Them go show o
Them go show o, them go show
Opposite people
Them go show themselves clear clear
Them go show
Them go show!
Anywhere them dey (Anywhere they are)
Anywhere you dey
Them go show themselves (They’d show themselves)
Opposite people
Everyone dey dance
Dey dance for enjoyment (Dey dance!) (Everyone is dancing for enjoyment)
Everyone dey talk
Dey talk for communication (Dey talk!) (Everyone is talking for communication)
Everyone dey hear
Dey hear for ideology (Dey hear!) (Everyone hears for ideology)
Everyone dey think
Dey think for him progress (Dey think!) (Everyone is thinking for his progress)
Now now but look am, him don show himself (Look now they have shown themselves)
Opposite people
I say look am, him don show himself (look at him he’s shown himself)
Opposite people
I say look am, him don show himself
Opposite people
I say look the thing him don show himself
Everyone dey dance, him go push (Whilst everyone is dancing, he’d push)
Everyone dey talk, him go shout (Whilst everyone is talking, he’d shout)
Everyone dey hear, him go sleep (Whilst everyone is listening, he’d sleep)
Everyone dey think, him go drink (Whilst everyone is thinking, he’d be drink)
Everyone dey dance (Him go push!)
Everyone dey talk (Him go shout!)
Everyone dey hear (Him go sleep!)
Everyone dey think (Him go drink!)
See, him don show himself
Him go dey shakara (He’d be flexing)
Him go dey katakata
Him go dey shakara
Him go dey shakara!
Him go dey katakata!
Him go dey shakara!
Them don show themselves (They’ve shown themselves)
Opposite people
Them don show themselves
Him go dey shakara
Him go dey katakata
Him go dey shakara
Katakata put am together (Flexing put together equals disruption)



seyi ogs

Them go show o, them go show (They’d show themselves)
Them go show themselves clear clear (Show themselves clearly)
Them go show o
Them go show o, them go show
Opposite people
Them go show themselves clear clear
Them go show
Them go show!
Anywhere them dey (Anywhere they are)
Anywhere you dey
Them go show themselves (They’d show themselves)
Opposite people
Everyone dey dance
Dey dance for enjoyment (Dey dance!) (Everyone is dancing for enjoyment)
Everyone dey talk
Dey talk for communication (Dey talk!) (Everyone is talking for communication)
Everyone dey hear
Dey hear for ideology (Dey hear!) (Everyone hears for ideology)
Everyone dey think
Dey think for him progress (Dey think!) (Everyone is thinking for his progress)
Now now but look am, him don show himself (Look now they have shown themselves)
Opposite people
I say look am, him don show himself (look at him he’s shown himself)
Opposite people
I say look am, him don show himself
Opposite people
I say look the thing him don show himself
Everyone dey dance, him go push (Whilst everyone is dancing, he’d push)
Everyone dey talk, him go shout (Whilst everyone is talking, he’d shout)
Everyone dey hear, him go sleep (Whilst everyone is listening, he’d sleep)
Everyone dey think, him go drink (Whilst everyone is thinking, he’d be drink)
Everyone dey dance (Him go push!)
Everyone dey talk (Him go shout!)
Everyone dey hear (Him go sleep!)
Everyone dey think (Him go drink!)
See, him don show himself
Him go dey shakara (He’d be flexing)
Him go dey katakata
Him go dey shakara
Him go dey shakara!
Him go dey katakata!
Him go dey shakara!
Them don show themselves (They’ve shown themselves)
Opposite people
Them don show themselves
Him go dey shakara
Him go dey katakata
Him go dey shakara
Katakata put am together (Flexing put together equals disruption)



All comments from YouTube:

genlob

I came across Fela by chance at Glastonbury mid 1980s. I hadn't heard any African music up till then. I was stood at the top of the hill overlooking the main stage (the original market, for those old enough to remember) when I became aware of this magnetic, hypnotic thing drawing me like a moth to the flame towards the main stage. It was almost a physical thing, like an incessant heartbeat, urging me forward.
There on the stage under the pyramid, stood a horn section from the gods, the best drummer in the world, dancers that moved like big cats and a force of nature out in front. A hurricane of a man. I was blown away. Quite simply the best gig I've ever been to.

And this song is my favourite of his. It's an absolute stonker.

Thank you Fela for enriching my life.

Bob Jary

@genlob He wasn't happy was he.. Didn't stop him from doing a great show . Iirc Van Morriston played Sunday night just as there was a break in the weather which was totally magic....

genlob

Yeah, I think the Blockheaeds were on the might before. Another great show but I remember Ian getting pelted by mud and leaving before Andy Kershaw told the crowd off and he came back on.

Bob Jary

Had a similar experience with Ian Dury and the Blockheads at Glastonbury
....to be honest I'd done several microdots in an effort to resurrect my sense of humour which had been having a bit of a struggle on a couple of occasions due to all the mud.
So disregard any objective ...or subjective .. comparison

Matt Rosenbaum

What an awesome description! 💕

Micheal King

@Motlatsi Motlhamme you might have given the best description of the spiritual feeling that comes with feeling truly blessed; salute.

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Matt Rosenbaum

The best music in the world!  We should all be dancing peacefully together to Afrobeat instead of hatin'...

Bob Jary

The best !

Jo Tracy

@Randy Hendrickson don't blame Capitalism for the evils of Neoliberalism. Blaming "Capitalism" is like Blaming "Education" for bad teachers

Jo Tracy

@mutty meme not implying that AT ALL. Clearly

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