What I Say
Eric & Magill Lyrics


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Tell your momma, tell your pa,
Gonna move you back to Arkansas.
All right, baby what'd I say?
Whoa, all right, baby what'd I say?

Oh baby, oh baby.
All right, baby, what'd I say?
Baby, what'd I say?
Oh, all right, yeah.

Baby, what'd I say?
Yeah, what'd I say?
Baby, what'd I say?
Baby, what'd I say?
Oh, what'd I say?
Baby, what'd I say?

Ah well, ah hey, yeah, yeah, yeah.




Hey, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah.
All right, baby.

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of Eric & Magill's song What I Say are simple and repetitive, yet they carry a strong message of determination and decisiveness. The singer is addressing someone, urging them to inform their parents that they are moving back to Arkansas, possibly as a way of starting anew or leaving behind a difficult situation. The repeating line "All right, baby, what'd I say?" carries both a sense of affirmation and challenge, as if the singer is daring the other person to question their decision. The chorus also adds a hint of urgency and desperation, indicating that this move might be the last option available.


Overall, the song can be interpreted as a declaration of independence and personal agency. The singer is taking control of their life and making a bold move, regardless of what others might think or say. The repetitive nature of the lyrics also reinforces this idea, as if the singer is trying to convince themselves as much as the other person. The upbeat tempo and catchy melody add to the sense of determination and positivity, making the song a perfect anthem for anyone seeking to make a change in their life.


Line by Line Meaning

Tell your momma, tell your pa,
Instructing someone to inform their family that they are moving back to Arkansas.


Gonna move you back to Arkansas.
Stating the intention to relocate to Arkansas.


All right, baby what'd I say?
Asking the listener if they understand and agree with the previous statements and actions.


Whoa, all right, baby what'd I say?
Expressing enthusiasm and excitement about the listener's response.


Oh baby, oh baby.
Expressing affection or endearment towards the listener.


Baby, what'd I say?
Asserting the previous statements and seeking confirmation from the listener.


Oh, all right, yeah.
Indicating satisfaction or agreement with the listener's response.


Yeah, what'd I say?
Repeating the request for confirmation from the listener.


Oh, what'd I say?
Expressing anticipation or eagerness to hear the listener's response.


Ah well, ah hey, yeah, yeah, yeah.
Using repetitive sounds to convey excitement or enthusiasm.


Hey, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah.
Further expressing excitement and enthusiasm.


All right, baby.
Reasserting satisfaction or agreement with the listener's response.




Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Cloud9, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: Ray Charles

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