Yellow Fever
Fela Kuti Lyrics


Different different fever na him dey
Different different fever na him dey
Different different fever na him dey
Different different fever na him dey

Malaria fever nko? (He dey!)
Jaundice fever nko? (He dey!)
Hay fever nko? (He dey!)
Influenza fever nko? (He dey!)
Inflation fever nko? (He dey!)
Freedom fever nko? (He dey!)
Yellow fever nko? (He dey!)

[Chorus]
Na him dey bring the matter now he dey!

Yellow fever nko? (He dey!)

[Chorus]
Na him dey bring the matter now he dey!

I say tell them make them hear (You say!)
All fever na sickness (You say!)
Original sickness (You say!)
Hay fever na sickness (You say!)
Original sickness (You say!)
Malaria na sickness (You say!)
Original sickness (You say!)
Jaundice na sickness (You say!)
Original sickness (You say!)
Influenza na sickness (You say!)
Original sickness (You say!)
Inflation na sickness (You say!)
Original sickness (You say!)
Freedom na sickness (You say!)
Original sickness (You say!)

Yellow fever nko? (You say!)

[Chorus]
Original and artificial he dey!

Yellow fever nko? (You say!)
One more...

[Chorus]
Original and artificial he dey!

Bom bom bom, tell me now...

Original catch you
Your eye go yellow
Your yansh go yellow
Your face go yellow
Your body go weak
I say but later if you no die inside
The yellow go fade away

Artificial catch you
You be man or woman
Na you go catch am yourself
Na your money go do am for you
You go yellow pass yellow
You go catch moustache for face
You go get your double colour
Your yansh go black like coal
You self go think say you dey fine
Who say you fine?

[Chorus]
Na lie, you no fine at all!
At all, na lie!

My sister, who say you fine?

[Chorus]
Na lie, you no fine at all!
At all, na lie!

Yellow fever

[Chorus]
You dey bleach, o you dey bleach!

You dey bleach, o you dey bleach
African mother
You dey bleach, o you dey bleach
Sissi wey dey go
Yellow fever
Stupid thing
Yeye thing
Fucking thing
Ugly thing
Yellow fever
You dey bleach, o you dey bleach
African mother
You dey bleach, o you dey bleach
Sissi wey dey go
Yellow fever

Now to the underground spiritual game
Underground where dey down for school
Over there for school, yes

Where dey go say: teacher
Oya!

[Chorus]
Teacher!

Who steal my bleaching?
My precious bleaching?
I buy am for shopping
For forty naira
How I go yellow?
How I go find out?
I go die o
I go die o
I go die o

According to complaint
Complaint must get answer
I beg please, help me help teacher
Oya, foolish
Oya!

[Chorus]
Foolish!

Who steal your bleaching?
Your precious bleaching?
You buy am for shopping
For forty naira
You self all yellow
How you go find out?
Your face go yellow
Your yansh go black
Your moustache go show
Your skin go scatter
You go die o
You go die o
You go die o
You go die o

[Chorus]
You dey bleach, o you dey bleach!

You dey bleach, o you dey bleach
African mother
You dey bleach, o you dey bleach
Sissi wey dey go
Yellow fever
Stupid thing
Yeye thing
Fucking thing
Ugly thing
Yellow fever
You dey bleach, o you dey bleach
African mother
You dey bleach, o you dey bleach
Sissi wey dey go
Yellow fever

Writer(s): Kuti Fela Anikulapo Copyright: BMG Vm Music France, Fko Music

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Silk Queen

Lyrics to Yellow Fever :
Different different fever na him dey
Different different fever na him dey
Different different fever na him dey
Different different fever na him dey

Malaria fever nko? (He dey!)
Jaundice fever nko? (He dey!)
Hay fever nko? (He dey!)
Influenza fever nko? (He dey!)
Inflation fever nko? (He dey!)
Freedom fever nko? (He dey!)
Yellow fever nko? (He dey!)

[Chorus]
Na him dey bring the matter now he dey!

Yellow fever nko? (He dey!)

[Chorus]
Na him dey bring the matter now he dey!

I say tell them make them hear (You say!)
All fever na sickness (You say!)
Original sickness (You say!)
Hay fever na sickness (You say!)
Original sickness (You say!)
Malaria na sickness (You say!)
Original sickness (You say!)
Jaundice na sickness (You say!)
Original sickness (You say!)
Influenza na sickness (You say!)
Original sickness (You say!)
Inflation na sickness (You say!)
Original sickness (You say!)
Freedom na sickness (You say!)
Original sickness (You say!)

Yellow fever nko? (You say!)

[Chorus]
Original and artificial he dey!

Yellow fever nko? (You say!)
One more...

[Chorus]
Original and artificial he dey!

Bom bom bom, tell me now...

Original catch you
Your eye go yellow
Your yansh go yellow
Your face go yellow
Your body go weak
I say but later if you no die inside
The yellow go fade away

Artificial catch you
You be man or woman
Na you go catch am yourself
Na your money go do am for you
You go yellow pass yellow
You go catch moustache for face
You go get your double colour
Your yansh go black like coal
You self go think say you dey fine
Who say you fine?

[Chorus]
Na lie, you no fine at all!
At all, na lie!

My sister, who say you fine?

[Chorus]
Na lie, you no fine at all!
At all, na lie!

Yellow fever

[Chorus]
You dey bleach, o you dey bleach!

You dey bleach, o you dey bleach
African mother
You dey bleach, o you dey bleach
Sissi wey dey go
Yellow fever
Stupid thing
Yeye thing
Fucking thing
Ugly thing
Yellow fever
You dey bleach, o you dey bleach
African mother
You dey bleach, o you dey bleach
Sissi wey dey go
Yellow fever

Now to the underground spiritual game
Underground where dey down for school
Over there for school, yes

Where dey go say: teacher
Oya!

[Chorus]
Teacher!

Who steal my bleaching?
My precious bleaching?
I buy am for shopping
For forty naira
How I go yellow?
How I go find out?
I go die o
I go die o
I go die o

According to complaint
Complaint must get answer
I beg please, help me help teacher
Oya, foolish
Oya!

[Chorus]
Foolish!

Who steal your bleaching?
Your precious bleaching?
You buy am for shopping
For forty naira
You self all yellow
How you go find out?
Your face go yellow
Your yansh go black
Your moustache go show
Your skin go scatter
You go die o
You go die o
You go die o
You go die o

[Chorus]
You dey bleach, o you dey bleach!

You dey bleach, o you dey bleach
African mother
You dey bleach, o you dey bleach
Sissi wey dey go
Yellow fever
Stupid thing
Yeye thing
Fucking thing
Ugly thing
Yellow fever
You dey bleach, o you dey bleach
African mother
You dey bleach, o you dey bleach
Sissi wey dey go
Yellow fever



All comments from YouTube:

Vijay Suresh

I wish more Indians discovered this song. As a southern Indian Tamil growing up in Mumbai, there was a very uncomfortable inferiority complex in my community revolving around our dark skinned appearance. Many years after Fela, BLM has risen, and Fairness Creams in India have been pulled back. Making the word Fair or Whitening illegal on skin lightening products doesn't mean original sickness is gone.

My support for African culture as a Tamil has only invited racial slurs. One day, I hope we too recover from Yellow Fever.

One Love

Grace Akinyemi

This is such a beautiful comment <3 I hope one day we all recover from yellow fever

Asd Fgh

Bless you Brother!

Simba Jones

@Anaam Sings hundred percent people!!!!

Patrick Otshumbe

@Norzang Dawa Shengha Bhutia Wow..now that's what a call a flex...AfroBeat in the Himalayans

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John K. Atchley

I bought this LP while assigned to Lagos from 1975 to 1978. Some of the best music ever, hypnotic, just close your eyes, absorb and let yourself move. Never did go to the night club on Ikorodu Rd, but heard a lot about it. He got the powers that be so angry that soldiers threw his mother out of a second story window. Fela Ransome Kuti was not just a really good, prolific musician, he was also an incredibly sharp social critic. He skewered all the crazy malfunctions of Nigerian government and society better than anyone. Yellow fever was the craze to bleach one's skin to look lighter and thus higher class. Think he skewered that affectation pretty well. FRK was very proud to be African.

geraldo geraldo

Yellow fever, malaria fever, eurofever, cough fever, money fever, resource fever...

geraldo geraldo

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Maurille Koumedjro

I feel this musique

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Gold L

When he changed his surname from Ransome-Kuti to Anikulapo-Kuti ("Anikulapo" in yoruba means "One who has death in his pouch"), he meant his music will never die. Now we know. Watching him live put you into a spell-like trance. God bless you, abami eda!

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