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Lyrics: OutKast – Hey Ya!

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“Hey Ya!” is pretty much about the state of relationships in the 2000s. It’s about some people who stay together in relationships because of tradition, because somebody told them, “You guys are supposed to stay together.” But you pretty much end up being unhappy for the rest of your life.

He also added:

The song isn’t autobiographical, it’s more like fantasies or tangents based on real life. Moments from my life spark a thought when I’m writing. The story was set in the 50’s, so the song was me trying do a Woody Allen kinda thing, a humorous kind of honesty.

André also revealed another source of inspiration in the creation of the song:

I had to tell Aretha Franklin that “Say A Little Prayer” had a lot to do with the song “Hey Ya!” They’re similar [time signatures]. It’s hard to explain, but listening to that song, the way the loop comes back around, is kinda how I devised “Hey Ya.” And I had to tell her that she is a big part of that song.

Engineer Pete Novak said the following about the recording process:

He would do 30 or 40 takes of each line. […] We [recorded] a lot of vocals and lived with them and trashed them. There were so many different versions of that song. If I had the files, I could let you hear 20 different versions of that song. There were lots of ideas that were interesting, but I’m happy with the way it turned it out. We had one of the verses with him singing through a vocoder. It was cool at the time, but it didn’t really work.

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The music video features André and his band The Love Below re-creating The Beatles’ performance of “I Want To Hold Your Hand” on The Ed Sullivan Show from February 9, 1964. With 3 Stacks playing all the different members of the band, he had to perform the song 23 times so the video could be shot from multiple angles.

The single achieved platinum status and reached #1 on the pop charts in multiple countries, including the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. “Hey Ya!” racked up numerous accolades, including a Grammy Award for Best Urban/Alternative Performance and a ranking of #182 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

Bryan Barber directed the music video, which won Video of the Year honors in 2004 at the BET Awards, Soul Train Music Awards, and the MTV Video Music Awards.

[Intro: André 3000]
One, two, three, uh!

[Verse 1: André 3000]
My baby don’t mess around
Because she loves me so, and this I know for sure (Uh)
But does she really wanna
But can’t stand to see me walk out the door? (Ah)
Don’t try to fight the feeling
‘Cause the thought alone is killing me right now (Uh)
Thank God for Mom and Dad
For sticking two together ’cause we don’t know how (C’mon)

[Chorus: André 3000]
Hey ya! Hey ya!
Hey ya! Hey ya!
Hey ya! Hey ya!
Hey ya! Hey ya!

[Verse 2: André 3000]
You think you’ve got it, oh, you think you’ve got it
But “got it” just don’t get it ’til there’s nothing at all (Ah!)
We get together, oh, we get together
But separate’s always better when there’s feelings involved (Ah)
If what they say is “Nothing is forever”
Then what makes, then what makes, then what makes
Then what makes, what makes, what makes love the exception?
So why oh, why oh, why oh, why oh, why oh
Are we so in denial when we know we’re not happy here?
Y’all don’t wanna hear me, you just wanna dance

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[Chorus: André 3000]
Hey ya! (Uh-oh) Hey ya! (Uh-oh)
Don’t want to meet your daddy
Hey ya! (Uh-oh)
Just want you in my Caddy (Uh-oh)
Hey ya! (Uh-oh)
Don’t want to meet your mama (Uh-oh)
Hey ya! Uh-oh
Just want to make you cumma (Uh-oh)
Hey ya! Uh-oh
I’m, I’m, I’m, I’m just being honest (Uh-oh)
Hey ya!
I’m just being honest

[Bridge 1: André 3000]
Hey, alright now, alright now, fellas (Yeah?)
Now, what’s cooler than being cool? (Ice Cold!)
I can’t hear ya
I say what’s, what’s cooler than being cool? (Ice Cold!)
Alright, alright, alright, alright, alright, alright, alright, alright
Alright, alright, alright, alright, alright, alright
Okay now, ladies (Yeah?)
Now, we gon’ break this thing down in just a few seconds
Now don’t have me break this thing down for nothing
Now I want to see y’all on your baddest behavior
Lend me some sugar, I am your neighbor
Ah, here we go!
[Refrain: André 3000]
Shake it, sh-shake it, shake it, sh-shake it (Uh-oh)
Shake it, sh-shake it, shake it, shake it, sh-shake it (Uh-oh)
Shake it like a Polaroid picture, hey ya!
Shake it, sh-shake it, shake it, sh-shake it
Shake it, shake it (Okay), shake it, sugar
Shake it like a Polaroid picture

[Bridge 2: André 3000]
Now all the Beyoncés and Lucy Lius
And baby dolls, get on the floor
You know what to do, oh, you know what to do
You know what to do

[Chorus: André 3000]
Hey ya! (Uh-oh) Hey ya! (Uh-oh)
Hey ya! (Uh-oh) Hey ya! (Uh-oh, hey ya!)
Hey ya! (Uh-oh) Hey ya! (Oh, oh, uh-oh)
Hey ya! (Uh-oh) Hey ya! (Uh-oh)

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