Say Man

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"Say Man" is a song by American musician Bo Diddley. Written under his real name of Ellas McDaniel, it was recorded by Bo Diddley in 1959 and released as a single on Checker 931. The recording became his biggest US pop hit, reaching number 20 on the Hot 100, and number three on the R&B chart. It arose from a jam session between Diddley and his maracas player Jerome Green, and featured Diddley and Green trading insults in the style of the word game known as The Dozens. Bo Diddley said of the song: "A lot of the things I did in the Chess studios, we were just goofin' around. .. They played it back, and it shocked all of us! Of course, they cut out all the dirty parts." Music critic Maury Dean, while rejecting the idea that the track is "the first rap song", says that it is "the first major soul tune to feature a total spoken patter of pal put-downs to a rockin' beat.... Bo's lightning right hand chops chords like sugar cane. The incessant beat throbs into the hot American evening nocturne of streetwise savvy. Rap - with a side of ghetto-blast humor."The recording also appeared on the album Go Bo Diddley. 


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Say man
What's that boy?
I want to tell you about your girlfriend
What about my girl?
But you don't look strong enough to take the message
I'm strong enough
I might hurt your feelings
My feelings already hurt by bein' here with you
Well, I was walking down the street with your girl the other day
And the wind was blowin' real hard
Is that right?
And the wind blew her hair into my face
Hee-hee, you know what else happened?
What happened?
The wind blew her hair into her face
And we went a little further, you want to hear the rest of it?
I might as well

The wind blew her hair into the street!
Hey, since you told me about my girl I'm gonna tell you about yours
I was walking down the street with your girl
I took her home, for a drink, you know
Took her home?
Yeah, just for a drink

But that chick looked so ugly she had to sneak up on a glass to get a drink of water
Hah-hah-hah-hah, well, you've got the nerve to call somebody ugly
Why you're so ugly the stork that brought you into the world ought to be arrested
That's alright
My mama didn't have to put a sheet over my head so sleep could slip up on me

Hey, looky here
What's that?
Where you from?
South America
What's that?
South America
You don't look like no South American to me
I'm still from South America
What part?
South Texas
Hah-hah-hah, where your western boots at?
I've got 'em on
Them ain't no boots you got on, they're broke in

Hey, looky here
What's that?
I've been trying to figure out what you is
I already figured out what you is
What's that?
You that thing I throw peanuts at
Hey, looky here
What's that?
You should be ashamed of yourself
Calling people ugly
I didn't calling you ugly
What'd you say?
I said you was ruined that's all
Oh, man, you know somethin'?
You look like you been whupped with an ugly stick
Man, I ain't got nothin' to do with this but
I believe you're tellin' right

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Bo Diddley

Ellas Otha Bates (December 30, 1928 – June 2, 2008), known by his stage name Bo Diddley, was an American rhythm and blues vocalist, guitarist, songwriter (usually as Ellas McDaniel), and rock and roll pioneer. He was also known as The Originator because of his key role in the transition from the blues to rock, influencing a host of acts, including Buddy Holly, Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones, The Velvet Underground, The Who, The Yardbirds, Eric Clapton,Elvis Presley,The Beatles, and George Michael, among others. He introduced more insistent, driving rhythms and a hard-edged electric guitar sound on a wide-ranging catalog of songs, along with African rhythms and a signature beat (a simple, five-accent rhythm) that remains a cornerstone of rock and pop. Accord… more »

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