Mr. Grammarticalogylisationalism Is The Boss
Fela Kuti Lyrics


Now listen to me now
My brothers and sisters
I beg you now listen to me now
Oh now listen to me now
My brothers and sisters
I beg you now listen to me now

They na be man
(Which man?)
Wey talk oyinbo well well to rule our land o
(That man!)

Oh yes

[Chorus]
Him talk oyinbo pass English man!

Him talk oyinbo pass America man
Him talk oyinbo pass French man
Me I say him talk oyinbo pass Germany man

The better oyinbo you talk
The more bread you go get
School start na grade four bread
B.A. na grade three bread
M.A. na grade two bread
Ph.D na grade one bread
The better oyinbo you talk
The more bread you go get

They na be man
(Which man?)
Wey talk oyinbo well well to rule our land o
(That man!)

[Chorus]
Him talk oyinbo pass English man!

Oh yes
Him talk oyinbo pass America man

Hear it!
One more time
First thing for early morning
Na newspaper dem give us read
First thing for early morning
Na newspaper dem give us read
The oyinbo wey dey inside
Petty trader no fit to know
The oyinbo wey dey inside
Market woman no fit to read
The oyinbo wey dey inside
Na riddle for laborer man

Inside the paper
Lambastical dey
Inside the paper
Ipso facto, dey that one na Latin
Inside the paper
Jargonism dey
Inside the paper
Youth delinquency dey

Who be deliquent?
Na dem be deliquent
Who be delinquent?
The oyinbo talker delinquent
Who be delinquent?
It no be me o

They na be man
(Which man?)
Wey talk oyinbo well well to rule our land o
(That man!)

Oh yes

[Chorus]
Him talk oyinbo pass English man!

Him talk oyinbo pass America man

[Fela makes up some gibberish oyinbo]

Him talk oyinbo pass Germany man
Me I say him talk oyinbo pass French man

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noisydope1138

heard about him thru the "beware mr baker" doc, and i have to say i like him more than baker. so i downloaded his discography, listened to it over a time span of about a week or two. and THIS song hit me. he has a ton of classics, but i try to wake up to this one when i can. amazing stuff. its in my top 5 for Fela Kuti for sure

friesiaman s

@noisydope1138 ha, no one of us can ever come even close, it´s just impossible! one of the last things i found is music from pure data, which comes kind of out of nothing, by making spots and things on the screen and they start to sound and influence each other - one of the first things i remember is way back from childhood days:
we lived in a house in a tiny village out in the moor and there were these electric wires, always four of them - they went from pylon to pylon to send the elecricity (listen to "electricity" on captain beefheart´s first record "safe as milk", one of my faves of his) across the land - they were connected to the outside of the house, exactly where i went to bed in the evenings - when the autumn storms came, the wind howled in those wires, turning them into a giant windharp, producing a weird and absoluetly eerie music - to me it often sounded like some alien choirs - but i listened with the open mind of a child and found it thrilling but never threatening...
anyone for harry partch?
well, the story of the superblack jive record is even longer and finally found a kind of happy end about a year ago or so - interested?

thak you for your kind answer, you just made my day... :-)

noisydope1138

@friesiaman s i love that story, thank you for sharing it! Just when i think ive heard it all, i am humbly reminded im not even close :)

tyler sweek

Three more off the top of my head: gentleman, shuffering & shmiling, & trouble sleep yanga wake am.

Dominique Simon

A top 5 is so very hard to nail down...

Andrew Ferguson

noisydope1138 check out maceo parker’s work with james brown if you want to appreciate the saxophone

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jjames_93

I just read the lyrics and wow they seem deep. I feel such deep emotion of how Fela seems to think of the white man who colonised his people's land. As a white European I cannot begin to comprehend the reality of British/European colonisation of Africa. Knowing how Fela feels about 'oyinbo' (google says this refers to Europeans) it almost makes me think I shouldn't be allowed to listen to his other-worldly music.


But don't get me started on the instrumental element of this song, it is incredible... and now I've discovered the meaning it makes it all even greater.


Thank you Fela, you are the greatest musical discovery of my life haha

HefNFT

"I will not apologize
(I will not apologize) I will not apologize
This is for all of my peoples who understand and truly recognize
Some won't get it for that I won't
(I will not apologize) I will not apologize
(I will not apologize) I will not apologize
This is for all of my peoples who understand and truly recognize
Some won't get it for that I won't apologize"

Taofik I

Baba understood the Nigerian Psyche to perfection. If you noticed in 12.10 he was describing the ramblings of Mr. Grammar, then he ends with the word "Contract". He used the same word in The track
"Authority Stealing" he used this word because he understands the insatiable appetite for Obtaining contracts from the Government of Nigeria, this in turns allows for money to be stolen without having to actually execute or honor the contract.
Being Nigerian myself in many conversations everyone is looking for a contract with the government and in most cases it never happens and you are left holding the bag after actually paying bribes to obtain the fictitious contract.
Baba knows what makes us tick and what words to use. Amazing.

Paschal Akwetey

Today in Ghana, the boss talk oyinbo pass the englisch man. Now he first write the longest letter for the biggest englisch man wey quench. But kiddies, road accidents, people dey die, the boss dey talk oyinbo.

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