Trouble Sleep Yanga Wake Am
Fela Kuti Lyrics


When trouble sleep
Yanga go wake am
Waking him dey find
Palaver, he dey find
Palaver, he go get-e o)
Palaver, he go get
Palaver

When cat sleep
Rat go bite him tail
Waking him dey find
Palaver, he dey find
Palaver, he go get-e o
Palaver, he go get
Palaver

Tenant lost him job
Him sit down for house
Him dey think of job
Mr. landord come wake am up
He say, "mister, pay me your rent"
Waking him dey find
Palaver, he dey find
Palaver, he go get-e o
Palaver, he go get
Palaver

My friend just come from prison
Him dey look for work
Waka waka day and night
Police man come stop am for road
He say, "mister, I charge you for wandering"
Waking him dey find
Palaver, he dey find
Palaver, he go get-e o
Palaver, he go get
Palaver

Mr. husband marry for church
He make big party
Then he start to spra
Because him love him wife
Him say, "wife come run away"
Bank manager run come
He say, "mister, pay me your debt"
Waking him dey find, for lagos e-o
Palaver, he dey find
Palaver, he go get-e o
Palaver, he go get
Palaver

When trouble sleep
Yanga go wake am
Waking him dey find
Palaver, he dey find
Palaver, he go get-e o
Palaver, he go get
Palaver, he go get-e o

When cat sleep
Rat go bite him tail
Waking him dey find
Palaver, he dey find
Palaver, he go get-e o
Palaver, he go get
Palaver, he go get e-o

Ra ra-ra ra

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Written by: FELA ANIKULAPO KUTI

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Lyrics

When trouble sleep
Yanga go wake am
Waking him dey find
Palaver, he dey find
Palaver, he go get-e o)
Palaver, he go get
Palaver

When cat sleep
Rat go bite him tail
Waking him dey find
Palaver, he dey find
Palaver, he go get-e o
Palaver, he go get
Palaver

Tenant lost him job
Him sit down for house
Him dey think of job
Mr. landord come wake am up
He say, “mister, pay me your rent”
Waking him dey find
Palaver, he dey find
Palaver, he go get-e o
Palaver, he go get
Palaver

My friend just come from prison
Him dey look for work
Waka waka day and night
Police man come stop am for road
He say, “mister, I charge you for wandering”
Waking him dey find
Palaver, he dey find
Palaver, he go get-e o
Palaver, he go get
Palaver

Mr. husband marry for church
He make big party
Then he start to spra
Because him love him wife
Him say, “wife come run away”
Bank manager run come
He say, “mister, pay me your debt”
Waking him dey find, for lagos e-o
Palaver, he dey find
Palaver, he go get-e o
Palaver, he go get
Palaver

When trouble sleep
Yanga go wake am
Waking him dey find
Palaver, he dey find
Palaver, he go get-e o
Palaver, he go get
Palaver, he go get-e o

When cat sleep
Rat go bite him tail
Waking him dey find
Palaver, he dey find
Palaver, he go get-e o
Palaver, he go get
Palaver, he go get e-o

Ra ra-ra ra



All comments from YouTube:

Lina

I was in a very hard, dark period of my life when I forced myself to go on a walk. I had this song suggested and played it. And suddenly, life didn't seem as bad. It sounds silly, but it's just how it happened. This song is so complex, incredibly special, there's both hardship and beauty in the sound of it. It was like a light. I started looking around and I found all that ordinary beauty I had forgotten. And I listened this song on repeat during that long walk, and I laughed for the first time after a long time, because there it was, simple happiness, the ordinary and yet magnificent greatness of being and experiencing life. The good and the bad. This song pulled me out when nothing couldn't. Thank you Mr. Kuti! I will always come back to it, and it will always be light!

BamBam!

Not silly at all, dear! Take care of yourself with good sleeping, food, exercise, ART and let yourself go with music and movement. Cheers!

Dunja Jovicic

Spot on description of comfort this song brings. It has consoled many a soul facing difficult times.

simone justice

Damn this hits home so hard! I was going through a difficult time as well and this shit really made life ok. It’s amazing to know he’s STILL touching people years later

Abidemi Ogayemi

You are very right... that's everything the song encapsulates --- good and bad at the same time... when trouble sleep , yanga come wake am

Francis Tokede

I am a classical musician and I say this with all sense of responsibility.

Fela is in the same world as the Rossinis and Handels and Bachs and Beethovens and Vivaldis and Wagners and Mozarts.

Just imagine having to score this piece of music. Just imagine it. And if you think each minute detail is not composed and noted in the production, then you don't understand how these things work.

Fela... Legend

Aframaco

I won’t even disagree with you for one moment!


I wholly concur!

A. A.

Yes it sounds folkloric and well put together at the same time.

Julian Bollerhoff

i know very little about african culture, i am just a middle class german , but still can t express how much this music touches me. So much feeling, its warm , the groove is fantastic, it gives me a glimpse of how beautiful african culture can be 

akinola Oyelola

@Tunji Babatunde-Kuola same feeling here brother.

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