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1981 - Tom Tom Club

Wordy Rappinghood

What are words worth? What are words worth? - words

Words in papers, words in books Words on TV, words for crooks Words of comfort, words of peace Words to make the fighting cease Words to tell you what to do Words are working hard for you Eat your words but don't go hungry Words have always nearly hung me

What are words worth? What are words worth? - words

Words of nuance, words of skill And words of romance are a thrill Words are stupid, words are fun Words can put you on the run

mots pressés, mots sensés, mots qui disent la vérité mots maudits, mots mentis, mots qui manquent le fruit d'esprit

What are words worth? What are words worth? - words

Its a rap race, with a fast pace Concrete words, abstract words Crazy words and lying words Hazy words and dying words Words of faith and tell me straight Rare words and swear words Good words and bad words

What are words worth? What are words worth? - words

Words can make you pay and pay Four-letter words I cannot say Panty, toilet, dirty devil Words are trouble, words are subtle Words of anger, words of hate Words over here, words out there In the air and everywhere Words of wisdom, words of strife Words that write the book I like Words won't find no right solution To the planet earth's pollution Say the right word, make a million Words are like a certain person Who can't say what they mean Don't mean what they say With a rap rap here and a rap rap there Here a rap, there a rap Everywhere a rap rap

Rap it up for the common good Let us enlist the neighbourhood It's okay, I've overstood This is a wordy rappinghood, okay, bye.

What are words worth? What are words worth? - words What are words worth? What are words worth? - words He'll stop ... Don't stop ... Stop.

 

Genius Of Love

What you gonna do when you get out of jail? I'm gonna have some fun What do you consider fun? Fun, natural fun

I'm in heaven With my boyfriend, my laughing boyfriend There's no beginning and there is no end Time isn't present in that dimention He'll take my arm When we're walkin', rolling and rocking It's one time I'm glad I'm not a man Feels like I'm dreaming, but I'm not sleeping

I'm in heaven With the maven of funk mutation Clinton's musicians such as Bootsy Collins Raise expectations to a new intention No one can sing Quite like Smokey, Smokey Robinson Wailin' and shakin' to Bob Marley Reggae's expanding with Sly and Robbie

All the weekend Boyfriend was missing I surely miss him The way he'd hold me in his warm arms We went insane when we took cocaine.

Stepping in a rhythm to a Kurtis Blow Who needs to think when your feet just go With a hiditihi and a hipitiho Who needs to think when your feet just go ... Who needs to think when your feet just go ... James Brown, James Brown James Brown, James Brown

If you see him Please remind him, unhappy boyfriend Well he's the genius of love He's got a greater depth of feeling Well he's the genius of love He's so deep.

 

Tom Tom Club Theme

Instrumental

 

L'elephant

[transcription by Stephane Osstyn corrections, notes and English translation by Tina Weymouth]

L'éléphant et l'hippopotame (Se) Sont déguisés en hommes. (Ils) Ont marché au beau village, Marché, marché, marché, marché.

Sur le chemin, (ils) ont rencontré Des enfants des hommes, Et des femmes qui courraient Courraient, courraient, courraient, courraient.

Tout en courrant, les femmes pleuraient Pleuraient des grosses larmes Grosses gouttes, grosses larmes Tombaient, tombaient, tombaient, tombaient.

L'éléphant et l'hippopotame Voulaient savoir ce qu'elles avaient Voulaient savoir la raison qu'elles Pleuraient, pleuraient, pleuraient, pleuraient.

Un enfant, tout terrifié, S'est arrêté pour leur parler. Sa bouche ouvrait, mais il est resté Muet, muet, muet, muet.

*Enlevez vos costumes bêtes, Leur chantaient les oiseaux. **Gobe-mouches pipits, chouettes et hiboux Chantaient, chantaient, chantaient, chantaient:

C'est la guerre, la guerre des hommes. Ils se sont disputés. Tout autour, ils veulent tuer, Tuer, tuer, tuer, tuer.

Tuer, tuer, tuer, tuer. Tuer, tuer, tuer, tuer. Tuer, tuer, tuer, tuer. Tuer, tuer, tuer, tuer. --------------------

*Bêtes is plural for bête, which means beast, animal, or dumb creature. It also means silly, stupid, dumb, or idiotic. Since the animals are dressed as men, this is a play on words.

**In ornithology, gobe-mouches pipits are fly-catching tit-larks, or pipits, a species of bird. In botany, un gobe-mouches is defined as a fly-trap. Gobe-mouches also translates into simpleton, fool, gull, dupe, sap or, in slang, as sucker. This is another play on words. -----------------

 

THE ELEPHANT (translation into English)

The elephant and the hippopotamus Disguised themselves as men. They walked to the beautiful village, Walked, walked, walked, walked

On the path, they met The children of men And women, who were running, Running, running, running, running

As they ran, the women were crying, Crying fat tears. Large drops, big fat tears, were Falling, falling, falling, falling

The elephant and the hippopotamus Wanted to know what was the matter, Wanted to know the reason they were Crying, crying, crying, crying.

A terrified child Stopped to speak with them. His mouth opened, but he remained Mute, mute, mute, mute.

*Take off your foolish/beastly costumes, Sang to them the birds. **Pipits, screech owls, and owls were Singing, singing, singing, singing:

It is war, the war of men. They have quarreled among themselves. All around, they want to kill, Kill, kill, kill, kill

Kill, kill, kill, kill Kill, kill, kill, kill Kill, kill, kill, kill Kill, kill, kill, kill

 

As Above, so Below

Hold the symbol to your forehead Close your eyes Call the spirit of the symbol Come to me Call the symbols of the golden age One by one Call the water, fire, air and earth Come to me

As above, so below As above, so below As above, so below As above, so below

Behold the door appears before you Walk on through Observe the doorway now behind you Look ahead Call the spirit of the symbol Come to me Allow the deity to guide you Follow me

As above, so below As above, so below As above, so below As above, so below

A web of thought; of tangled vision Humanity Tear away the veil before me Set me free Tales to picture that you give to me Memory Tear away the minds that bind me Liberty

As above, so below As above, so below As above, so below As above, so below

Thank the spirit of the symbol Once you see Raise your finger to your lips now Sign of Silence Find the doorway of the symbol Pass on through Find the doorway of the symbol Pass on through...

As above, so below As above, so below As above, so below As above, so below

 

Lorelei

Lorelei Maybe you like a little melody It's not the words that move me

Lorelei Lorelei Lorelei Maybe you like a lullaby Now I can't remember why

Lorelei Lorelei Lorelei Intuation's leading us where I don't know yet

Lorelei Lorelei Something's happening Hard to place it Hard to hide it

Lorelei Lorelei What is happening I'm not sure I guess you know it

Lorelei Lorelei

Deep in the jungle of thought There comes a clearing And in the clearing There is a pool

The pool is deep The water cool This is the thought The thought is you

Lorelei Lorelei Lorelei

Intuition's leading us where I don't know yet

Lorelei Lorelei Something's happening Hard to place it Hard to hide it

Lorelei Lorelei What is happening I'm not sure I guess you know it

Lorelei Lorelei Lorelei Lorelei Lorelei Lorelei

Across the wasted plain Across the twisted dunes Beyond the colored lights The mountain looms

The air is thin The door within The sea of light The light is you

Lorelei Lorelei Lorelei ...

 

On, On, On, On ...

I'm living proof, I love you I know the truth, so do you

On and on we will come There are scores of us On and on, here we come There are more of us

Come to my room, I need you You're living proof, make your move

On and on we will come There are scores of us On and on, here we come There are more of us

You are the youth, we're with you We're living proof what we can do On and on we will come There are scores of us

On and on we will come There are scores of us On and on, here we come There are more of us

On and on ...

 

Booming and Zooming [on later issue replaced with Under the Boardwalk]

If they could see me now, Booming and Zooming If they could see me now, Booming and Zooming

F104, come in F104...... C'mon get down F104. Ho, get back up F104! Aw, now, one more time for me on the ground F1--104 get down..

'Cause you know and I know it's a private thing at twice the speed of sound blue goes to black.

You're spinning flat like a skipping stone F104 but don't green apple, ok. We want no defenstrations today, okay?

F104 where are you at? Play it Kenneth! Uh! You think you're staying cool while its getting hot,eh?

F104 here, uh, stop flapping your gums. I wear my own clothes now and I don't need you to roll up my sleeves, ok?

Uh ground here, uh, that's a couple of million, F104.

F104 here, uh, look this is a private thing and I don't want you talking about it down there with your nice friends. Cause this is a private thing, ok? Cause I've tried A and then I've tried B and then I've tried C... but no, I won't green apple.

Uh, this is the ground F104, get outa there, get outa there F104!

F104 uh, not to sweat baby, it's my hide and I can ride her out.

This is the ground get down here F104. You and I know who your hide belongs to!

F104 here, uh, I guess I'm at about 75 thousand feet and the rpm's are damn near zero, uh, maybe falling about 150 feet a second, uh, that makes about 9000 feet a minute. Uh, Like I said I've tried A and I've tried B and C, didn't do nothing. Just spinning around like a boomerang in the sky up here!...I reckon.

I got about one last shot.

Ok, this is a private thing this blue to black at twice the speed of sound. It's green silent peace, with waves around. And it's lighting up like a damn Christmas tree in here!

But we'll ignore what these little lights are saying and enjoy the view because you know and I know It's just that little old problem Our boys in Engineering find so entertaining

This is the ground, come in F104, come in F104, come in F104.

F104 here, I'd love to talk to you sweetheart but this Christmas tree is smoking and it's obscuring the view. I'm preparing to disintegrate now, I'll see you boys for a drink on the ground at about 1900 hours, okay? BYE!

If they could see me now, Booming and Zooming If they could see me now... If they could see me now, Booming and Zooming .....Booming and Zooming

 

Under the Boardwalk [on later issue replaces Booming and Zooming]

Oh when the sun beats down And burns the tar on the roof And your shoes get so hot You wish your tired feet were fireproof

Under the Boardwalk Down by the sea On a blanket with my boyfriend's where I'll be

Under the Boardwalk, out of the sun Under the Boardwalk, we'll be having some fun Under the Boardwalk, people walking above Under the Boardwalk, we'll be making love Under the Boardwalk, Boardwalk

From the park you hear the happy sound Of the carousel You can almost taste the hot dogs And french fries they sell

Under the Boardwalk Down by the sea On a blanket with my boyfriend's where I'll be

Under the Boardwalk, out of the sun Under the Boardwalk, we'll be having some fun Under the Boardwalk, people walking above Under the Boardwalk, we'll be making love Under the Boardwalk, Boardwalk

Under the Boardwalk Down by the sea On a blanket with my boyfriend's where I'll be Under the Boardwalk, out of the sun Under the Boardwalk, we'll be having some fun Under the Boardwalk, people walking above Under the Boardwalk, we'll be falling in love Under the Boardwalk, Boardwalk Boardwalk, Boardwalk ...

 
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