Oh Yeah
Toots and The Maytals Lyrics


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Everybody, give it to me, huh
Hey, hey, hey
I want you to believe every word I say
I want you to believe every thing I do

I said, "Music is what I've got to give
And I've got to find some way to make it
Music is what I've got, baby
I want you to come on and shake it"

Shake it, shake it, baby
Oh yeah, hey
Na na na
Oh yeah, na na na

Funky, funky, funky
Funky Kingston is what I've got for you, oh yeah
Funky Kingston, yeah, is what I've got for you
Funky Kingston, oh yeah

Lemme hear your funky guitar
Yo reggae
Hear the piano, stick it to me

Watch me now, you watch me now
Playing from east to west, yeah
I just play from north to south, yeah
I love black America

People keep on asking me for
Funky Kingston




But I ain't got none
Somebody take it away from me

Overall Meaning

The song "Oh Yeah" by Toots and The Maytals is a vibrant and upbeat celebration of music and its ability to unite people across borders and cultures. The opening lines "Everybody, give it to me, huh / Hey, hey, hey / I want you to believe every word I say / I want you to believe every thing I do" set the tone for the song, as the singer implores the listener to join in and believe in the power of music.


The lyrics "Music is what I've got to give / And I've got to find some way to make it / Music is what I've got, baby / I want you to come on and shake it" emphasize the importance of music in the artist's life and the urgency with which he wants to share it with others. The call-and-response chorus "Shake it, shake it, baby / Oh yeah, hey / Na na na / Oh yeah, na na na" creates a festive, party atmosphere, encouraging listeners to dance and let loose.


The second half of the song pays homage to the genres of funk, reggae, and soul, with the lines "Funky, funky, funky / Funky Kingston is what I've got for you, oh yeah / Funky Kingston, yeah, is what I've got for you / Funky Kingston, oh yeah." The instrumental breaks showcase the talents of the musicians, and the lyrics "Lemme hear your funky guitar / Yo reggae / Hear the piano, stick it to me" invite the listener to appreciate the different elements of the song.


The final lines "People keep on asking me for / Funky Kingston / But I ain't got none / Somebody take it away from me" suggest that the artist has given everything he has to give in this song, but it still leaves listeners hungry for more. The song ends with a fade-out, leaving the listener with a sense of joy and yearning.


Line by Line Meaning

Everybody, give it to me, huh
Everyone, give me your attention and enthusiasm


Hey, hey, hey
Expression of excitement


I want you to believe every word I say
I want you to trust me completely


I want you to believe every thing I do
I want you to have faith in my actions


I said, "Music is what I've got to give And I've got to find some way to make it Music is what I've got, baby I want you to come on and shake it"
I believe music is the greatest gift I have to offer, I need to find a way to share it with the world, it's my passion, and I want you to enjoy it and dance to it


Shake it, shake it, baby Oh yeah, hey Na na na Oh yeah, na na na
Dance and move your body to the music, express yourself and have fun


Funky, funky, funky Funky Kingston is what I've got for you, oh yeah Funky Kingston, yeah, is what I've got for you Funky Kingston, oh yeah
My brand of music is funky and upbeat, and I'm sharing it with you, it's called Funky Kingston


Lemme hear your funky guitar Yo reggae Hear the piano, stick it to me
I want to hear the funky guitar sound, play some reggae-style music, and let the piano's music impress me


Watch me now, you watch me now Playing from east to west, yeah I just play from north to south, yeah I love black America
Watch me perform and give a great show, I'm playing throughout the country, I love all of America and especially the African-American culture


People keep on asking me for Funky Kingston But I ain't got none Somebody take it away from me
People keep requesting the song 'Funky Kingston', but I don't have it with me right now. Someone take care of it for me.




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: MAURICE SIMMONDS, SHAMA JOSEPH, THERON THOMAS, TIMOTHY THOMAS, JEVON HILL

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Comments from YouTube:

@charolastra54

Rest in power Toots, thanks for all, we love you!!!
♥️🎶🇯🇲 ✨

@marcusbyrne8284

RIP Toots. TRULY ONE OF THE GREATEST.

@markreeves-eo7zu

One of my favs by this wonderful group of musicians. So many great songs in truth but this one is quite special......and Bam bam.😁😁😁

@Sealice1663

pioneers of an original sound.......youll never see this again......talent like this is extinct......my thanx and appreciation

@pele7208

RIP Toots. Can hear this on repeat 24/7!

@MrPeterCheeks

thank you for posting. i am appreciative of your effort to bring this to the multitudes. smiles

@timpani1950

I believe every word Toots sings:what a good soul

@alanspunk5822

Great track pumpimg bass love it

@kirkcavenaugh758

I need this song to play more than I need my dinner

@thisguy35

of course

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