I Wanna Take You Higher
Ike & Tina Turner Lyrics


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Hey, hey, hey, hey

Beat is gettin' stronger
The beat is gettin' longer too
Music's soundin' good to me
But I wanna, said I wanna

I wanna take you higher
Yeah, let me take you higher
Baby, baby, let me light your fire
Ooh yeah, little bit higher

Boom shacka lacka lacka
Boom shacka la boonka boo

Hey, hey, hey, hey

Beat is nitty-gritty
Music's in your city too
Music's gettin' good to me
But now don't ya, I said don't ya

Don't ya wanna get higher?
Yeah, don't ya wanna get higher?
Baby, baby, let me light your fire
Ooh ha, little bit higher

Boom shacka lacka lacka
Boom shacka la boonka boo

Hey, hey, hey, hey

Come on baby
(Higher)
Don't ya wanna get high
(Higher)
Ooh, yeah
(Higher)
Light your fire
(Fire)

Come on daddy
(Higher)
A little bit higher
(Higher)
I wanna
(Higher)
Said I wanna light your fire
(Fire)

Boom shacka lacka lacka
Boom shacka la boonka boo

Hey, hey, hey, hey

Beat is here to make you move
Music's here to help you groove
Music's soundin' good to me
But take your places

I'm gonna take you
(Higher, higher)
Yeah, baby
Gonna take ya
(Higher, higher)
Ooh, yeah



Little bit higher
C'mon daddy
(Higher)




A little bit
(Higher)

Overall Meaning

The song "I Wanna Take You Higher" by Ike & Tina Turner is a classic example of a song that draws you in with its catchy beat and leaves a lasting impression with its engaging lyrics. The song talks about the power of music to bring people together and take them to new heights of joy and excitement. The song starts with a simple beat that gradually builds in intensity, keeping the listener hooked as the lyrics talk about taking the music higher and higher.


As the beat gets stronger, the music gets longer and the sound gets better, the lyrics urge the listener to join in and let the music take them on a ride. The use of repetitive words like "Boom shacka lacka lacka Boom shacka la boonka boo" adds to the overall catchy feel of the song and makes it fun to sing along. The message of the song is clear - music has the power to lift us up and bring us together.


Overall, "I Wanna Take You Higher" is a song that embodies the spirit of 60s and its message of unity, positivity, and free-spiritedness. It has stood the test of time and remains an iconic song that brings people together on the dance floor to this day.


Line by Line Meaning

Hey, hey, hey, hey
The song is starting with an energetic vibe.


Beat is gettin' stronger
The rhythm of the music is becoming more powerful.


The beat is gettin' longer too
The length of the beat is increasing as the song progresses.


Music's soundin' good to me
The melody of the music is appealing to the singer.


But I wanna, said I wanna
The singer has a desire that needs to be fulfilled.


I wanna take you higher
The singer wants to escalate the energy of the music and take the listener to a more elevated state of mind.


Yeah, let me take you higher
The singer is requesting permission to take the listener higher.


Baby, baby, let me light your fire
The singer wants to ignite passion and excitement in the listener.


Ooh yeah, little bit higher
The singer wants to take the energy of the music up a notch to reach a higher level.


Boom shacka lacka lacka
Nonsensical lyrics meant to complement the energetic vibe of the song.


Boom shacka la boonka boo
Nonsensical lyrics meant to complement the energetic vibe of the song.


Beat is nitty-gritty
The rhythm of the music is raw and gritty in nature.


Music's in your city too
The music is not only appealing to the singer but also in demand in the city or area they are performing.


Don't ya wanna get higher?
The singer is questioning whether the listener doesn't want to reach a higher state of mind.


Yeah, don't ya wanna get higher?
The singer is repeating the question to emphasize the importance of reaching a higher state.


Baby, baby, let me light your fire
The singer wants to ignite passion and excitement in the listener.


Ooh ha, little bit higher
The singer wants to take the energy of the music up a notch to reach a higher level.


Come on baby
The singer is urging the listener to follow along with their request.


(Higher)
The singer is emphasizing the importance of reaching a higher state of mind.


Don't ya wanna get high
The singer is questioning whether the listener desires to reach a higher state of mind.


Light your fire
The singer wants to ignite passion and excitement in the listener.


Come on daddy
The singer is appealing to a male listener to join them in their quest to reach a higher state of mind.


A little bit higher
The singer wants to take the energy of the music up a notch to reach a higher level.


Said I wanna light your fire
The singer is repeating their desire to ignite passion and excitement in the listener.


Beat is here to make you move
The rhythm of the music is designed to make the listener want to dance and move physically.


Music's here to help you groove
The melody of the music is designed to help the listener get into the groove.


Take your places
The singer is imploring the listener to get ready for an increase in energy.


I'm gonna take you
The singer is making a promise to take the listener to a higher level of energy.


(Higher, higher)
The singer is emphasizing the importance of reaching a higher state of mind.


Yeah, baby
The singer is expressing enthusiasm and excitement.


Gonna take ya
The singer is reiterating their promise to take the listener to a higher level of energy.




Writer(s): SYLVESTER STEWART

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@lechat8533

It`s incredible how much quick movements all the ladies are performing while singing at the same time. Tina is an energy bomb. No wonder she managed to stay famous and present for so many years. It is always a delight and an uplifting experience to watch her.
My deepest respect, Tina!

@timburr4453

She is one of the greatest performers in music history.

@Keitarts

And Ike was no musical slouch.

@Conda17

Keitarts - quite the boxer also from what i’ve heard

@Digmen1

I am so glad That I saw her live in the 1980's I think!

@John-nz6jb

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@riderskater7248

OMG. Thank you for posting this incredible performance by Tina Turner. I've never seen this before. How on earth was Tina able to perform such high quality routines while being in an extremely abusive situation. Astounding brilliant Artist!

@stephenedgecock

she gave back as good as she got - Ike Turner

@madysmimi

Rest in peace dear lady!! There will never be another like her 😢

@porkfied

Yes so true and I knew it was coming sad.

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