My favourite songs // Songs I like episode 7

Today we’ll be seeing the first nigerian song in the series, it’s by a defunct band that once was the Sino-atrial node of the nigerian music industry
Drum roll!

“Iya Basira”
Dis na one buka wey I dey like to go
The food sweet so tey e go make your mind blow
Day and night, Iya bass
How she do am I no no
Dem tink say na jazz, my brother no be so

Chorus
People, people, make una come e oh
Iya basira e don jazz me oh
Oh oh oh
Everybody helep save me oh
I no dey sabi chop either my mother or my girlfriend’s food
People, people make una come e oh
Iya basira e go kill me oh
Oh oh oh
Everybody helep save me oh
I no dey sabi chop at my mother or my girlfriend’s food

Verse 1
No be so
I say na food go kill you
Wetin dey
Be say e get one day
Wey I say I go play go see my paddy Sunday
Na so I reach there but Sunday he don high on beer
Luckily for me in junior brother eye e clear
So e say make we stroll through the area
Little did I know I was strolling to my burial
right there where Oshodi bus dey load
Was a little buka, close to the main road
I laugh when e pass the door
He tell me say the name na iya Bashย  for short
But I bow when he order
iresi ati ewa, eran ati pure water not even minerals
I come gree say I go manage to chop am
Before I realize I dey order second round, third round, fourth round
I never still stop wetin Iya Basira e give me chop

Repeat Chorus
No be so
I know, na food go kill you

Verse 2
You think say na play
When I say that the way wey I dey (wetin do am?)
E no dey okay
Wetin be your own advice
I don dey steal my paddy money to buy Iya Basira rice
Even on my girlfriends birthday
Wey she dey wait make I take am to Ocean View
I no know when I pass di place
The only thing wey dey my mind na Iya Basira’s palm oil stew
Kilon kilon sele sele
Me I never see this kind, juju tele tele
All those people wey go vex pele pele
But I hear say iya basira na bele bele
I sure say still I go go their go sit down
Order my first round
Move to second round, third round, fourth round
I no dey ever stop
Wetin iya basira don give me chop?

Bridge
Officer I beg, follow me to the place
Everybody don tell me I dey craze
My girlfriend don leave me
My mother no gree see me, my paddy
Hmm, Iya basira you don kill me
Officer I beg, follow me to the place
Everybody don tell me I dey craze
My girlfriend don leave me
My mother no gree see me, my paddy
Hmm, Iya basira you don kill me
Oya, people, people, make una stop, officer, e don come
Policeman: where the woman?
People: E dey inside
Woman: Oga, I dey come.
Policeman: Woman na wetin you dey give people chop
Wey dey cause all this wahala
Casala oya make we talk.
Woman: Oga sir, true to God
Nothing wey I dey put for the food wey I dey cook
Na God dey make am good
Policeman: Na which kind talk be that
Say na God dey cook the food
Abi you think say I be fool
No be juju you dey put?
In fact, I dey suspect say na you wash put sotey
People dey queue come dey rush for your stew
Well, to confirm am
Me I no mind make I chop small
Give me fufu ninety naira plus dat soup wey dey draw
Chai, correct!
This food sweet no be small
She una no go vex if I still order for more
Woman: Officer no worry na de food be dis
Policeman: Oya, people, people, make una go case dismissed
Repeat Chorus till fade

Styl Plus rules! Those guys had everything going for them; looks, lyrics, lovely voices! Only thing is they came too early, they’d have been the ones rocking the endorsement parades now instead of most of the guys who are making mega bucks with minuscule talent eg D’Prince. I had the hugest crush on Shifi for the longest time, always wanted to stroke his goatee. Is he still single? I wonder. I love love love the song, it’s always a pleasure to listen to. I was listening to it while cooking indomie last night and felt so fly. The production of the song is top notch. Went to youtube to watch the video of this song and after watching it, I watched Tongolo by D’Banj. I remember how blown away I was by that song, it was nice to see the video again and remember when no one knew who Don Jazzy was.

The next song an old classic, an anthem to being yourself and knowing you’re special. The song probably saved my sanity many times when I was very young. The song was inspired by a British Eccentric and gay icon Quentin Crisp, yes! I’m talking about English man in New York!

“Englishman In New York”
I don’t drink coffee I take tea my dear
I like my toast done on one side
And you can hear it in my accent when I talk
I’m an Englishman in New York
See me walking down Fifth Avenue
A walking cane here at my side
I take it everywhere I walk
I’m an Englishman in New York

Oh oh
I’m an alien I’m a legal alien
I’m an Englishman in New York
I’m an alien I’m a legal alien
I’m an Englishman in New York

If, “Manners maketh man” as someone said
Then he’s the hero of the day
It takes a man to suffer ignorance and smile
Be yourself no matter what they say

Oh oh
I’m an alien I’m a legal alien
I’m an Englishman in New York
I’m an alien I’m a legal alien
I’m an Englishman in New York

Modesty, propriety can lead to notoriety
You could end up as the only one
Gentleness, sobriety are rare in this society
At night a candle’s brighter than the sun

Takes more than combat gear to make a man
Takes more than a license for a gun
Confront your enemies, avoid them when you can
A gentleman will walk but never run
If, “Manners maketh man” as someone said
Then he’s the hero of the day
It takes a man to suffer ignorance and smile
Be yourself no matter what they say

I’m an alien I’m a legal alien
I’m an Englishman in New York
I’m an alien I’m a legal alien
I’m an Englishman in New York

This song is just too much, plenty grammar plus beautiful music.

I’ve mentioned the next song by Seal several times in this series, it’s gotten a hold on me and refused to let me go.

“Crazy”
In a church by the face
He talks about the people going under
Only child know
A man decides after seventy years
That what he goes there for
Is to unlock the door
While those around him criticize and sleep

And through a fracture on that breaking wall
I see you my friend and touch your face again
Miracles will happen as we trip

But we’re never gonna survive unless
We get a little crazy
No we’re never gonna survive unless
We are a little
Cray cray crazy

Crazy are the people walking through my head
One of them got a gun to shoot the other one
And yet together they were friends at school
Get it, get it, get it, yeah!
If all were there when we first took the pill
Then maybe then maybe then maybe then maybe
Miracles will happen as we speak

But we’re never gonna survive unless
We get a little crazy
No we’re never gonna survive unless
We are a little
Crazy
No no we’ll never survive unless we get a little bit…

A man decides to go along after seventy years
Oh darling
In a sky full of people only some want to fly
Isn’t that crazy
In a world full of people only some want to fly
Isn’t that crazy
Crazy
In a heaven of people there’s only some want to fly
Ain’t that crazy
Oh babe Oh darlin’
In a world full of people there’s only some want to fly
Isn’t that crazy
Isn’t that crazy Isn’t that crazy Isn’t that crazy

Oh
But we’re never gonna survive unless we get a little crazy crazy
No we’re never gonna to survive unless we are a little crazy
But we’re never gonna survive unless we get a little crazy crazy
No we’re never gonna to survive unless we are a little crazy
No no never survive unless we get a little bit

And then you see things
The size of which you’ve never known before
They’ll break it
Someday
Only child know
Them things
The size
Of which you’ve never known before
Someday

Whew! What a song. What I love most about this series is that I’m finally learning the full lyrics of certain songs and I’m so admiring my good taste in music. Before the thought crosses your mind, let me just say it- I’m crazy.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s