Funkinism

by Mama Tokus

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All the right thoughts but in the wrong order Adding up to a mental disorder A minute till bored, 5 to getting bored-er This is how they want us in the new world order! Take time, concentrate Drill down to the substrate on which we’re based We’re naturally warm, we’re naturally kind This is what we’re faced with Loads more people but less connection We’re all getting sent in different directions That’s deliberate, divide and scatter Makes it easy to forget what matters What matters is love and joy and hope Magic and music, compassion…love and romance Ooh, I said love already… See I’m getting mixed up and it’s hard to remember I need to blow on my creative ember I can stay alight, or get blown out It’s what I’m talking about CHORUS X 2 Cut’n’paste gave us a taste of little bits of information Supposed to drive my imagination But maybe that shrunk our guts and brains Now we don’t wait for the long train of thought We on the bandwagons rushing by (WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY?) Whiplash! Crash! Bish, bash, bosh – ambush! Cartoon speech bubbles blowing up. Everywhere we look. No wonder I got… CHORUS X 2 So what can we do to get through the brain fog? Turn on the lights! Go slow! Think about round the bend. Maybe it’s the end But that’s a start, right? Stick together, and then we’re not apart, right Cuddle together for warmth Till the cold night brings the dawn Kill scorn – with innocence and openness Hit ‘em where it hearts…in the heart Make love and funk and art But we better mobilise soon Or else it’ll just be… CHORUS X 2
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Wiggle 04:47
INTRO Hey all you creatures! You better get down with me. We are getting down. VERSE 1 Salmon gotta swim (we gotta wiggle) - Bird gotta fly (we gotta wiggle) Whale gotta sing (we gotta wiggle) - Ant gonna carry (we gotta wiggle) Moth gotta flap (we gotta wiggle) - Beetle gotta flip (we gotta wiggle) Mole gotta dig, ya dig, ya dig - We gotta wiggle. BRIDGE VERSE 2 Hen gotta lay (we gotta wiggle) - Sloth gotta snooze (we gotta wiggle) Mantis gotta pray (we gotta wiggle) Koala just chews & chews & chews Amoeba gotta split (we gotta wiggle) - Doggie gotta slobber (we gotta wiggle) Bonobo he gotta go-go - We gotta wiggle. BRIDGE Humans are creatures but we ain’t neighbourly We don’t fly, we don’t share, we live separately Somebody teach us what it is to be On a level with a baby gazelle, a black mamba and a manatee CHANT x 2 Hands, paws, wings & fingers Wave ‘em all about like there ain’t no difference Teeth, claws, flippers and fur Coming on like the creatures we are, we gotta get down [2nd time] Come on and do the animal dance, we gotta get down BRIDGE VERSE 3 Well the hornet he hum. And the lemur they stare The rabbit they run. And the squid they squirt Waterboatman gotta row Starfish garfish monkfish funkfish Catfish flatfish, this fish that fish. Fresh fish All gotta wiggle wiggle wiggle CODA Come on do the dance, Come on do it Come on do the dance - Do it, do it Come on do the dance (somebody teach us) Come on do it (humans are creatures) Come on do the dance (somebody reach us) Do it, do it
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(Latin men) What you want is a groovy song, So you can sing it good and not too wrong Move to the music all night long, Working hard for you Mama, uh huh (Mama only) It doesn’t matter if you can’t sing. You can shake your everything (Latin men) Working hard for you Mama, oh yeah (Mama only) Coz I’m a groovy thing Head, shoulders, knees and butt, Head, shoulders, knees and butt Then you do that funky strut, Head, shoulders, knees and butt Working out to a Latin groove, Feel the heat when you boogaloo Head, shoulders, knees and butt, Head, shoulders, knees and butt And…Dance, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. Boogaloo, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. Watusi, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 Feel the heat! Ye-eh-eh [SPANISH TALK OVER 16 bars breakdown] Me encantan los sonidos que la música latina ha dado al mundo. No hubiera sido ninguno ritmo sin esta música. Sin esta música yo sería una niña muy tranquila, sin luz y calidez en mi vida, Es totalmente funky. (Latin men) What you want is a groovy song, So you can sing it good and not too wrong Move to the music all night long, Working hard for you Mama, uh huh It doesn’t matter if you can’t sing. You can shake your everything Working hard for you Mama, oh yeah Coz I’m a groovy thing Head, shoulders, knees and butt, Head, shoulders, knees and butt Then you do that funky strut, Head, shoulders, knees and butt Working out to a latin groove, Feel the heat when you boogaloo Head, shoulders, knees and butt, Head, shoulders, knees and butt And…Dance, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. Boogaloo, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. Watusi, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 Feel the heat! Ye-eh-eh And…Dance, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. Boogaloo, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. Watusi, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 Feel the heat! Ye-eh-eh It’s doesn’t matter if you can’t sing. You can shake your everything Working hard for the Mama, oh yeah So be a groovy thing!
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A great mind gave us wisdom to Help us live as one (in a dream of togetherness) But we still have to learn the lesson Over and over and over (and our teacher's gone) It's time to stop dreaming (do, do, do!) Break out your higher being Why's there all this hating? (still?) Why don't we talk about tolerating? Make love, then make some more, it's the Moment we've all been waiting for Love is what we're asking for, it's the Time, it's the time Make love, then make some more, it's the Moment the whole world's ready for Love is what we're reaching for, It's the Time, the time to make Love, make love, make love, make love, oo-oo yeah We stand at the start of a new road Taking us to Lord knows where (out there), If you're Scared to take a step towards love and happiness you're going Nowhere, nowhere, nowhere It's time to stop dreaming (do, do, do!) Reveal your higher meaning Let’s stop all the hating (yes we can!) Everybody start celebrating! Make love, then make some more, it's the Moment we've all been waiting for Love is what we're asking for, it's the Time, it's the time Make love, then make some more, it's the Moment the whole world's ready for Love is what we're reaching for, it's the Time, the time to make Love, make love, make love, make love, oo-oo yeah (If we) Stand together, par-tay together, it's Hard not to like each other Stop waiting: start dating Put hate right outta ya heart Make love, make love, make love, make love, oo-oo yeah
5.
QueenSpeech 03:57
Everyone knows about Neil Armstrong But what about Dr Mae Jemison? Who took a giant leap for womankind As the 1st black woman in space (in space, in space) Unless you count Uhura, and we do! Role model of a black chick leading from the Final Frontier Space jewellery in her fine black ear Finely tuned to the sounds of the cosmos, Like June Tyson, Alice Coltrane: Universally conscious Travellin’ on a different plane to the Nearaway place where Mother Earth Wants us: Safe in her bosom but always growing, Let the ladies lead us on the path of knowing These queens, not heard nor seen With the sound turned down too long Let’s change Herstory. Celebrate Her-oes. Time to sing Her songs These queens, not heard never seen We gonna right that wrong Let’s change Herstory. Celebrate Her-oes. Time to sing Her songs Grace Jones reigns with the Divine Right of Queens Afro-dite, she got Athena genes. Forget all that fashion hype She ain’t a model, she’s an archetype Goddess-like, with a deity’s name Sure she got fame in the image game. But let’s leave Ms Jones and Talk about the lesser-knowns And bring in her fellow Jamaican, A magic black woman let us reawaken Bring her back from the brink of forgotten. Queen Nanny! She led the slaves’ revolt Caught bullets in her teeth, blew ‘em back from a different hole Devised a strategy to limit slavery Up there with Angela Davis Honour the freedom-fighting ladies! These queens, not heard nor seen With the sound turned down too long Let’s change Herstory. Celebrate Her-oes. Time to sing Her songs These queens, not heard never seen We gonna right that wrong Let’s change Herstory. Celebrate Her-oes. Time to sing Her songs Female thought leaders seem few Try to name a lady guru Were we always supporting actors? Or was the airbrush a contributing factor? Not just the airbrush but the ducking stool. Wise women at the bottom of the village pool. Destroyed by Femicidal Man-iacs Who cut their own nose off in these attacks Holding us all back. You think all this was back in the day? No way! Misogyny’s still in play. Time to even up the hemispheres All you ladies, watchoo say? These queens, not heard nor seen With the sound turned down too long Let’s change Herstory. Celebrate Her-oes. Time to sing Her songs These queens, not heard never seen We gonna right that wrong Let’s change Herstory. Celebrate Her-oes. Time to sing Her songs
6.
VERSE 1 Dance music makes the world go round Get up and get down Beats and a bassline is a language that I speak But if the dancefloor’s pumpin’, the joint is jumping, You won’t see me I’ll be on the sidelines tapping out the rhythm on my knee BRIDGE My head will nod, I’ll shake a shoulder With every beat my heart goes faster Friends are getting down, but I won’t leave my seat CHORUS Disco Introvert - funkin’ internally I’m a Disco Introvert - I feel it spiritually Disco Introvert - I got this tendency Invisible ecstasy, inside of me - yet I’m stationery VERSE 2 Everybody wants to dance, except me Everyone wants to get up, uh get on up - not me! My brain is racing, my soul is dancing Interiorally (is that even a word?) Good music moves me, just not obviously BRIDGE I feel the song in my head not my hips I sing along, at least I move my lips Friends they pity me, but I’m happy in my seat CHORUS Disco Introvert - funkin’ internally I’m a Disco Introvert - I feel it spiritually Disco Introvert - I got this tendency Invisible ecstasy, inside of me - yet I’m stationery I don’t move my feet, music moves me, I just clap my hands x 2 LONGER CHORUS Disco Introvert - funkin’ internally I’m a Disco Introvert - I feel it spiritually Disco Introvert - something’s going on inside me I’m a Disco Introvert – feel the music interior-ly Disco Introvert - I got this tendency Invisible ecstasy, inside of me - yet I’m stationery I don’t move my feet, music moves me, I just clap my hands x 3 I don’t move my feet, music moves me
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Badass Boogie Woogie gonna melt ya face When the bass-line vibrates You be bleedin’ from the nose, As low, low, low it goes You thought it had never been done before A whole generation on the floor We danced all night just to break the law When the bottom drops out we scream for more We want Badass Boogie Woogie Make ya eardrums raw Rubbin’ shoulders, dancin’ tight Collective energy feels so right Dig that bass like anthracite Waking up the dead from their eternal night They want Badass Boogie Woogie Hit ya like a meteorite Badass Boogie Woogie gonna melt ya face When the bass-line vibrates You be bleedin’ from the nose As low, low, low it goes Bassline makes ya hips gyrate Soundtrack to how people mate On the one, then syncopate Take us to a tribal state I’ll give ya Badass Boogie Woogie Make you ululate Somewhere in our DNAz Double helix drum and baze Rhythms from back in the daze Move us now in many ways But it’s Badass Boogie Woogie It’s gonna melt ya face Badass Boogie Woogie gonna melt ya face When the bass syncopates You be bleedin’ from the nose As low, low, low it goes Badass Boogie Woogie gonna melt ya face When the bass-line vibrates You be bleedin’ from the nose As low, low, low it goes

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Enjoy a taste of Mama and her Loopstation - original beats'n'rhymes'n'funk laced with plenty of soul.

My backers on Patreon supported me to record this in the studio and to get this out there, so it's a big thank-you to the Mamatrons for making this possible!

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released March 1, 2023

All songs written by Mama Tokus.

Recorded & produced by Kristian Sharpe & Mama Tokus.

Recorded, engineered and mastered at Plymouth Music Collective by Doc Collins.

Album cover photo: Beccy Strong

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