Upside Down
Fela Kuti Lyrics


Upside down

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Open that book them call dictionary
Open am make you see
Open that book them call dictionary
Open am make you see
Upside down dey there proper
Open am make you see
Them recognize who work for show yes
Open am make you see
Because him get him meaning too
Legs for down yansh for up
Because him get him meaning too
Legs for down yansh for up
Upside down get him meaning too
Legs for down yansh for up
Upside down get him meaning too
Legs for down yansh for up

I don travel I don see
I'm beginning to vex up for this land
The thing wey I see I go talk
About upside up and downside down
For oversea, wey I seeeee

Communication organize
Patapata
Agriculture organize
Patapata
Electric organize
Patapata
Them system organize
Patapata
Them people organize
Patapata
Them people organize
Patapata

English man get English name
American man get American name
German man get German name
Russian man get Russian name
Chinese man get Chinese name

For African man outside don't see
I'm beginning to vex up for this land
I no to travel anywhere
Everything dey under my nose
For African man outside don't see
Fillings boku road no dey
Land boku food no dey
Area boku house no dey
People no dey bear African name
People no dey think African style
People no know Africa great
For African man outside don't seeeeeee e e

Communication disorganize
Patapata
Agriculture disorganize
Patapata
Electric disorganize
Patapata
Everything is upside down
Patapata
Everything is upside down
Patapata
disorganize
Patapata
Disorganize
Patapata
Everything is upside down
Patapata
Everything is upside down
Patapata
Disorganize
Patapata
Disorganize
Patapata...

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Writer(s): Kuti Fela Anikulapo

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

kunta kinte

Some years ago a caregiver asked me if two handful of asylum seekers could watch a football match in my ice-cream parlor. "Of couse!!" I said and af couse I was sitting in the front row," tense like a violin string", as we would say.
As soon as Italy scored i turned to the group of afrikans who came from different countries of the continent and shouted
"KEREKE KEREKE KE CHI KEKE"
They looked a little astonished to each other so I repeted
"KEREKE KEREKE KE CHI KEKE"
Then the loud "YAAAA" followed
KE CHI KEKE
YAAA
KECHI KEKE
YAA
This was the start of a friendship between one of them and me
Fela is surely known all over Afrika even by you guys
Fela opens the eyes
Fela breaks ice between different cultures
Long lives his music



All comments from YouTube:

Muscomide

Sandra killed this with her powerful vocals. Awe inspiring!

Wilson Akpan

Everything about this song is perfection! The horns, drums, strings, lyrics - and Sandra's fabulous, powerful voice. Just what you get when excellence turns extravagant. My best Fela number by far!

Jose ChadLaur

My God !!! What a music ! what a song !!! what a words !!! what a message !!!! Fela babaaa !!! Sandra Smith!!!!

Joan Montes

Los genios perduran en el tiempo !!!!

Paul Rouhan

Mid 90s. Camden Market in London. I puchased this, my first Fela Album... and what a beauty.....🕺

Vrixton Phillips

I can't get enough of this song. I just wanna play it on repeat forever
Should've been on the Voyager haha

Jide10000

Me too. He was an incredible artiste.

Tunde ezekiel

The best arranger of
music worldwide...! love you to the teeth man

norman thomas

Back in the late 70's this used to be the intro piece for Samir Ali Sadat's radio program on Temple University's WRTI in Philly.

norman thomas

@Eddie Gleason He might have also worked at WKDU, but for sure when Samir played Fela as his intro music he was working at WRTI because it came on at 6:00pm weeknights and WKDU only programmed the "Black Experience" on weekends.

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