Gotta Jibboo
Phish (studio) Lyrics


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Momma sing sing thatcha gotta jibboo.
Papa sing gotta jibboo

Momma sing sing thatcha gotta jibboo.
Gotta jibboo and keep on drinking, too

Gotta Jibboo




Overall Meaning

is a song by the American rock band Phish, from their 2000 album Farmhouse. The song is a fusion of funk, rock, and jazz, and tells the story of a person who is encouraged by his parents to dance and have a good time. The song's title, "Jibboo," is a reference to a dance move popular in the '70s and '80s.


The opening lines, "Momma sing sing thatcha gotta jibboo / Papa sing gotta jibboo," suggest that the parents are the ones encouraging the person to dance. The phrase "gotta jibboo" is repeated throughout the song as a call to action to dance and let loose. The line "Gotta jibboo and keep on drinking, too" suggests that the person should continue to enjoy themselves and not worry about the consequences.


The song's upbeat tempo and catchy chorus make it a crowd favorite at Phish concerts. With its blend of funk, rock, and jazz, "Gotta Jibboo" showcases the band's versatility and ability to genre-bend. It is often played as an encore at concerts and is considered one of Phish's signature songs.


Line by Line Meaning

Momma sing sing thatcha gotta jibboo.
Mother says you must let loose and dance with abandon.


Papa sing gotta jibboo
Father also encourages you to let loose and dance.


Momma sing sing thatcha gotta jibboo.
Mother reiterates the importance of letting go and having fun through dancing.


Gotta jibboo and keep on drinking, too
One should continue to dance and drink, enjoying oneself to the fullest.




Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Downtown Music Publishing
Written by: TREY ANASTASIO

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