Ya Ya

Lee Dorsey

About Ya Ya

"Ya Ya" is a song by Lee Dorsey. The song was written by Dorsey, Clarence Lewis, Morgan Robinson, and Morris Levy. Levy's participation in the writing has been called into question. In fact, the Flashback release of the single (image) lists only Dorsey and Lewis as writers, as do the liner notes to the American Graffiti soundtrack. The track includes session guitar player Jimmy Spruill on it. The song was inspired by a children's nursery rhyme.


Year:
1993
2:23
100 
#1

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Oh, well, I'm sittin' here, la, la
Waiting for my ya ya
Uh huh, uh huh
I'm sittin' here, la, la
Waiting for my ya ya
Uh huh, uh huh
It may sound funny
But I don't believe she's comin'
Uh huh, uh huh

Baby, honey, don't leave me worried
Uh huh, uh huh
Ye, baby, honey, don't leave me worried
Uh huh
You know that I love you
Oh, how I love you
Uh huh, uh huh

I'm sittin' here, la, la
Waiting for my ya ya
Uh huh, uh huh
I'm sittin' here, la, la
Waiting for my ya ya
Uh huh, uh huh
It may sound funny
But I don't believe she's comin'
Uh huh, uh huh

Baby, honey, don't leave me worried
Uh huh, uh huh
Ye, baby, honey, don't leave me worried
Uh huh
You know how I love you
Oh, how I love you
Uh huh, uh huh

I'm sittin' here, la, la
Waiting for my ya ya
Uh huh, uh huh
I'm sittin' here, la, la
Waiting for my ya ya
Uh huh, uh huh
It may sound funny
But I don't believe she's comin'
Uh huh, uh huh

Baby, honey, don't leave me worried
Uh huh
Ye, baby, honey, don't leave me worried
Uh huh, uh huh

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Lee Dorsey

Lee Dorsey (December 24, 1924 – December 2, 1986) was an African American pop/R&B singer during the 1960s. Much of his work was produced by Allen Toussaint with instrumental backing provided by the Meters. more »

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Written by: Clarence L Lewis, Lee Dorsey, Morris Levy

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15 facts about this song

Release Date
"Ya Ya" by Lee Dorsey was released in the year 1961.
Hit Status
The song reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, making it one of Dorsey's most successful songs.
Song Inspiration
The song is said to be based on a children's nursery rhyme.
Written by
"Ya Ya" was written by celebrated writers, including Clarence Lewis, Lee Dorsey, and Morgan Robinson.
Background Vocals
The popular group 'The Dixie Cups' provided backing vocals for this song.
Song Genre
The song is classified in the genre of Rhythm and Blues (R&B).
Lengthy Popularity
Even after several decades, "Ya Ya" continues to be a popular song, heard across many platforms and events.
Cover Versions
Various artists have performed cover versions of 'Ya Ya,' including John Lennon for his 1974 album, 'Walls and Bridges.'
Dorsey’s Influential Role
"Ya Ya" is recognized for playing a key role in establishing Dorsey’s status as an influential artist in the New Orleans music scene.
Use in Media
The song was notably used in the 1985 film "Mask" and the 2006 Tony Scott film "Déjà Vu."
Grammy Hall of Fame
In 2011, Dorsey’s "Ya Ya" was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, highlighting its historic, cultural, and aesthetic importance in the recording industry.
Musical Style
The song showcases Dorsey's unique musical style that merges elements of funk, soul, and R&B.
Successful Producer
The song was produced by Allen Toussaint, a highly respected figure in the New Orleans R&B scene.
Reference in Books
Notably, "Ya Ya" has had cultural influence beyond music - it is mentioned in Stephen King’s 1986 novel ‘It,’ as the song playing on the radio in a key scene of the story.
Album Feature
"Ya Ya" was featured in Dorsey's debut album "Ya! Ya!" which was released in 1961.

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