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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)



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Freakin' Reviews

I haven't heard a song by Fela that I didn't like, but this is probably my favorite by a narrow margin.

Wilder Asher

@Simon Brodie Cool! Took about 10 minutes but it reallyworked!

Simon Brodie

Dont know if anyone gives a damn but in less than 15 minutes I hacked my friends Instagram account using InstaPlekt. You can find it by Googling for InstaPlekt password hack xD

Stephen Rivera

Well I agree that it is amazing, but there’s no one like Fela! Original 1, Afrobeat 1a

spanner M8

@Lucas Andrade afraid it is not as good.

Lucas Andrade

You should listen to: Newen Afrobeat feat. Seun Kuti & Cheick Tidiane Seck - Opposite People (Fela Kuti)
It is legendary!

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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.

アンダーソン

genlob peace

Matt Rosenbaum

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

Randy Hendrickson

Gotta kill capitalism first.

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