This section of Bear Hat posts is normally where I talk about my history with a song, touching perhaps on why I chose a particular one.
For October, it’s a very short story: I stumbled upon Obadiah Parker’s version of “Hey Ya” many years ago and loved it.
Great covers are balancing acts–they manage to completely re-imagine music while ALSO being respectful and preserving much of what audiences enjoyed about the original. Parker’s version is, I believe, an exceptional cover, and I’ve thought “I really want to give that a shot” many times over the years.
So I did.
Original artist: OutKast
This arrangement: Obadiah Parker
Guitars, bass, vocals: Joseph Camann
Mixing: Sean Lake
My baby don’t mess around
because she loves me so and this I know for sure
But does she really wanna
But can’t stand to see me walk out the door?
Don’t try to fight the feeling
Because the thought alone is killin’ me right now
Thank God for Mom and Dad for sticking two together
‘Cause we don’t know how
You think you’ve got it
Oh, you think you’ve got it
But “got it” just don’t get it when there’s nothin’ at all
We get together, oh we get together
But separate’s always better when there’s feelings involved
Know what they say -its “Nothing lasts forever”
Then what makes, then what makes
Then what makes love the exception?
So why, oh, why, oh
Why, oh, why, oh, why, oh
Are we still in denial when we know we’re not happy here?
All right now, fellas
What’s cooler than being cool?
I can’t hear you, no, no
I said, “what’s cooler than being cool?”
All right, all right, all right, all right, all right, all right, all right, all right, all right, all right,
All right now, ladies
We’re gonna break it down in just a few seconds here
Don’t make me break it down for nothin’
I want to see you all on y’all’s baddest behavior
Lend me some sugar, I am your neighbor!
Shake it, shake, shake
shake it, shake, shake
Shake it like a Polaroid picture now, but shake it
Oh, I said said it up, shake it up, oh no, shake it up
Oh, I said shake it, oh no, no
Oh no, shake it up, shake it up, oh no, shake it up
Want to see everything I’ve created in the same place? Because you can do that!