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Fela Kuti Lyrics


I get my money
Plan my plan finish
Start to go for market
Start to go for shopping
Before I reach market nko o?
Government show don enter
My plan don spoil o
Government show don enter
My plan don spoil o
Overtake don overtake overtake

Ah! I beg let us get down
Into another underground spiritual game
I beg, after my "pass o, pass o"
You go dey help me end am with "wen"
Because them go hear wen, yeah
Pass o, pass o, pass o, pass o

Wen

When they want to call, eh
When they want to call, eh
When they want to call Nigerian government
Them give am name, "Federal Military Government"
(Federal Military Government!)
For Libya dem give am name, "Liberation Council"
(Liberation Council!)
For Liberia dem give am name, "Redemption Council"
(Redemption Council!)
For Zaire dem give am name, "Revolutionary Council"
(Revolutionary Council!)
Them get different different names
For different different governments
But the correct name for them
Na "soldier go, soldier come"

Soldier go, soldier come

Soldier go, soldier come
Federal Military Government
Libya Liberation Council
Liberia Redemption Council
Zaire Revolutionary Council
Soldier go, soldier come
Soldier go, soldier come

When Obasanjo and Yar′Adua
Chop belly full and go
Them put civilian friends for there
Them shout, "Second republic!"
People wey no know dey happy
People wey know them dey look
Them baptize the civilian government
Them name am federal government
Me I know by their name
Me I call them "soldier put, soldier go"

Soldier go, soldier come
Soldier come, soldier go

Na so our lives for Africa dey roll
Since them say we get independence
The civilian government wey them dey
Na soldier dey protect them
When our lives roll small
He go go knock head for wall
When our lives roll small
He go go knock head for tree
When our lives roll small
He go go knock head for stone

When I see say our lives dey roll
Like one yeye ball
Wey one yeye wind
Dey blow from one yeye corner
I put my mouth for song
"Kalakuta Show"

Yeye rolling
Gaga gugu, gaga gugu
Woko woko, woko woko

Look the man he dey waka
Hungry dey run for him face

I put my mouth for song
"Mr. Follow Follow"

Yeye rolling
Mr. Follow Follow

Mr. Follow Follow, make you open eye
Mr. Follow Follow, make you open sense

I put my mouth for song
"Zombie o, Zombie"

Yeye rolling
Zombie o, zombie

Zombie no go go unless you tell am to go and stop
Attention, quick march, left turn
Right turn, about turn, quick march
Quick march, left turn, right turn
About turn, quick march, left turn

I put my mouth for song
"Shuffering and Shmiling"

Yeye rolling
Suffering and smiling

Every day my people dey inside bus
Forty-nine sitting, ninety-nine standing
Them dey faint, them dey wake like cock
Every day na the same thing

I put my mouth for song
"Unknown Soldier"

Yeye rolling
Unknown soldier

That my mama wey you kill
She is the only mother of Nigeria
Which kind injustice be this?
Wetin concern government inside?
If na unknown soldier
Them turn blue into red
Them turn pink into green

Soldier go, soldier come
Soldier come, soldier go

The reason suffer our suffer
He don dey show him face to us
When black man want to start business, na big wahala
Na big wahala, he go run orisirisi running
When he start the business nko? Another wahala
Another wahala, he go beg orisirisi begging
To settle wahala, na to start wahala again
To start wahala again you go fall orisirisi falling

And things don come change again
Soldier don put everybody for reverse
Na back the country take dey walk
Soldier don put everybody for reverse
Na back the country take dey walk
Soldier don put everybody for reverse

Ah, I beg, we wan change the mood of this music now
We wan inject second bass and the big conga drums
Oya, Pop

Na from back

If them wan to knock your head
Eh-eh, na from back o
If them wan to knock your head
Eh-eh, na from back o
If you wan to run, be running
Eh-eh, na from back o
If you wan to run, be running
Eh-eh, na from back o
If you wan to beg, be begging
Eh-eh, na from back o
If you wan to beg, be begging
Eh-eh, na from back o
If you wan to fall, be falling
Eh-eh, na from back o
If you wan to fall, be falling
Eh-eh, na from back o
If you wan to get wahala
Eh-eh, na from back o
If you wan to get wahala
I say, na from back o
If anybody wan to try to run forward
Soldier boots go kick am back
Eh-eh, na from back o

Ah! Oya, pass o and wen
Pass o, pass o, pass o, pass o

Wen

Ah! Oya, second bass... pop

My friend wan come buy fan
Him dey sweat for him dey sleep for room
Him dey fall level of tree
The fan na seventy-five naira
My friend him dey follow salary
Him dey try to save and save and save
Every time he nearly buy the fan
Government go add ten naira more
Every time he nearly buy the fan
Government go start one activity
Till the fan reach two hundred naira
My friend nearly die, he never die

My friend he no wan die
Die-die no dey for him dictionary
For where? Huh...
Him dey try to save and save again
Him save for one year and six months
Inside cupboard
Under pillow
Under, under cooking pot
Inside socks
Under carpet
Him dey on his way to buy the fan
When alarm come blow

Government announce second tier
Everything come tear to pieces
Everything come expensive
Even water become expensive

Second bass, jare... pop

Fan don become seven hundred naira
Me and my friend start to look ourselves
He remain small make my friend dey cry
Na laugh laugh he catch monkey
Na now he come understand him life
Enjoyment can never come him way
Na now him life dey go reverse
In Africa, him fatherland
One more time

Soldier go, soldier come
Soldier come, soldier go

Na so Africa man life dey be
Suffer don daburu him sense
When you wear police uniform
Na to collect money for road
Abi I lie?
When you wear police uniform
Na to collect money for road
I no dey lie!
Police station don turn to bank
D.P.O. na bank manager
Police station don turn to bank
I.G. na managing director
Na big e wahala for man to waka for road at anytime

So you see, my brothers
Overtake don overtake overtake, eh-yah
Overtake don overtake overtake, eh-yah

Overtake don overtake overtake!

Eh-yah
Eh-yah
Eh-yah

That my mama wey you kill
She is the only mother of Nigeria
Which kind injustice be this?
Wetin concern government inside?
If na unknown soldier
Them turn blue into red
Them turn pink into green

I get my money
Plan my plan finish
Start to go for market
Start to go for shopping
Before I reach market nko o?
Government show don enter
My plan don spoil o
Government show don enter
My plan don spoil o

Overtake don overtake overtake

Writer(s): Fela Kuti

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Ayodele Olusanmokun

@harr Esther the man is five or more generations removed from Africa, his great great great grandparents were probably born in the U.S...
How is he either or??
His heritage is African but he's an American through and through, he knows nothing about Africa, where his ancestors came from, his tribal or ethnic affiliation, his original mother tongue, or ancestral cultural traditions....
He's an African American or black American, an African man whose ancestors and forefathers were forcibly transported to the Americas 250-300yrs ago...
So to say he's either African or American is an ignorant statement, rooted in bias.
This is the way a lot of indigenous Africans regard black diasporans because they're lineage isn't entirely African..
Is it their fault their forebearers were enslaved and shipped off to far away lands many centuries ago?

The great Fela in the tradition of Pan-africanism and Pan-Africanists was trying to bridge the gap between Africa and black people all over the world, so what you're doing is counterintuitive to that movement



daniel ezem

"I get my money
Plan my plan finish
Start to go for market
Start to go for shopping
Before I reach market nko o?
Government show don enter
My plan don spoil o
Government show don enter
My plan don spoil o"
Fela wey dey see future. Na so them Ban Crypto say them dey do cyber security fuckery. 2nd Base Jare!



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The Infamous Poke In RichmondCA 94804

I am a African American Man at 41 years old I feel like I have been born again since discovering Fela Kuti. Then I found out that find out that Funmilayo Ransome Kuti was his Mother while watching "Journey Of An African Colony" on Netflix. It is INSANE how much history has been with held from us. Better late than never. I will make sure that I pass on everything that I learn to my peers and my family. One love everyone reading this. Peace, Good Health, and endless BLESSINGS!!

Ayodele Olusanmokun

@harr Esther the man is five or more generations removed from Africa, his great great great grandparents were probably born in the U.S...
How is he either or??
His heritage is African but he's an American through and through, he knows nothing about Africa, where his ancestors came from, his tribal or ethnic affiliation, his original mother tongue, or ancestral cultural traditions....
He's an African American or black American, an African man whose ancestors and forefathers were forcibly transported to the Americas 250-300yrs ago...
So to say he's either African or American is an ignorant statement, rooted in bias.
This is the way a lot of indigenous Africans regard black diasporans because they're lineage isn't entirely African..
Is it their fault their forebearers were enslaved and shipped off to far away lands many centuries ago?

The great Fela in the tradition of Pan-africanism and Pan-Africanists was trying to bridge the gap between Africa and black people all over the world, so what you're doing is counterintuitive to that movement

Ayodele Olusanmokun

@daniel ezem An African that is five generations removed from his ancestral land of Africa and whose roots are American is an African American..
No way to twist it and call him just an Afrcian, leaving out the American.

he's more American than African in actuality, having never set foot on the motherland and having no sense of his African origins..
You cant just throw away the American and call him an African

George Lewis

I am white and remember that this music got barely any exposure in the West in the 1970s. I also feel cheated! I am digging deeply into it now, and I'm happy Fela left us such an extensive catalog. Cheers and thanks for the info!

Glenn Nkanang

It's good to know that African Americans are getting to know more about Africa through other sources. This should be encouraged. This would engender proper enlightenment and engagement with their African brethren. Furthermore, it'll let them have proper perspectives about Africa other than the misinformation they've been getting from mainstream Western media which are bent on having Africa portrayed and viewed from the Tarzan movie perceptions of Africa. When African Americans begin to know and view Africa beyond wildlife, strife, wars, hunger and starvation, then a new dawn would have been birthed.

Jmtou

Paix à toi et à toute ta famille.

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Nguzo LoveInLoFi

How does this man make a 30 min song and make it seem like it ended too soon?

isabella iwuoha

When they say a musician , they are in fact referring to Fela

Jah

@Akeem Pierre love it I

Elijah Messaoud

I'm an African Italian and since my father told me about the rasta movement I become so proud of my ancestors. Fela was a great man who loved his people. Africa motherland!!

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