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Radio XVI, side B, track 5: “Word Up” by Cameo

Cameo - Word UpOh, Cameo, thank you for popularizing one of the most awesome and useful phrases to come out of the modern English language.  As you may know, I come from Minnesota, and in Minnesota the phrase that pays is “You bet” (or “You betcha”, if you’re being casual).  “You bet” is an all-purpose phrase.  It’s a phrase that says you understand the instructions someone gave you, it can be an answer in the affirmative, it’s a way to say “you’re welcome”, it can even be an exclamation of excitement.  But “word up” is “you bet”‘s cool cousin from the big city.   You can use it to do all the same things, but you sound more “hip” and “with it” when you use “word up”.  Or, if you’re REALLY cool, you can just say “word”.  “Did you get that spreadsheet I sent you, Flannagan?”  “Word”.  It got played out for awhile, Cameo, but to my excitement, I’m hearing it used more and more again.  I love saying “Word up” almost as much as I love this song, which is a whole lot, Cameo.  Now the trick is to figure out how to end this post in a way so that I can say “Word up”.  There’s got to be some way to do that, right?  Word up.

“Word Up”

<awesome Cameo intro>

Yo pretty ladies around the world
Got a weird thing ta show you so tell all the boys and girls
Tell your brother, your sister, and your mama, too
‘Cause we’re about ta throw down and you’ll know just what ta do

Wave your hands in the air like you don’t care
Glide by the people as they start to look and stare
Do your dance
Do your dance
Do your dance quick, mama, come on, baby, tell me what’s the word
A word up (up up!)
Everybody say

When you hear the call you got to get it underway
Word up (up up!)
It’s the code word
No matter where you say it
You’ll know that you’ll be heard

Now all you suckah DJs who think you’re fly
There’s got to be a reason and we know the reason why
You try to put on those airs
And act real cool but you got ta realize that you’re acting like fools
Give us music, we can use it, we need to dance
We don’t have the time for psychological romance
No romance
No romance
No romance for me
Mama, come on, baby, tell me what’s the word
A word up (up up!)
Everybody say

When you hear the call you’ve got to get it underway
Ow!

<awesome Cameo jam>

Low!

Dial “L” for low

<awesome Cameo jam>

Come on, all you people say
W-O-R-D up
W-O-R-D up
W-O-R-D up
W-O-R-D up
Woo!

W-O-R-D up

W-O-R-D up

Heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeey yeah yeah!

<awesome Cameo jam>

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