The Grammy For Song Of The Year Goes To

  
By:  johnrussell  •  2 months ago  •  18 comments

The Grammy For Song Of The Year Goes To

THIS IS AMERICA by Childish Gambino  has won the Grammy Award for Song Of The Year.

Thoughts?

Don't be shy.

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JohnRussell
1  author  JohnRussell    2 months ago

The very first grammy winning song of the year, in 1959

VOLARE - songwriters Franco Migliacci and Domenico Modugno

It's hard to escape the perception that those were happier times

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
2  Buzz of the Orient    2 months ago

For me and anyone else who is unable to open YouTube:

THIS IS AMERICA

[Intro: Choir]
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Yeah, yeah, yeah, go, go away
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Yeah, yeah, yeah, go, go away
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Yeah, yeah, yeah, go, go away
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Yeah, yeah, yeah, go, go away


[Bridge: Childish Gambino & Young Thug]
We just wanna party
Party just for you
We just want the money
Money just for you (Yeah)
I know you wanna party
Party just for free
Girl, you got me dancin' (Girl, you got me dancin')
Dance and shake the frame (Yeah)
We just wanna party (Yeah)
Party just for you (Yeah)
We just want the money (Yeah)
Money just for you (You)
I know you wanna party (Yeah)
Party just for free (Yeah)
Girl, you got me dancin' (girl, you got me dancin', Yeah)
Dance and shake the frame (Ooh)


[Chorus: Childish Gambino]
This is America
Don't catch you slippin' now
Don't catch you slippin' now

Look what I'm whippin' now
This is America (Woo)
Don't catch you slippin' now
Don't catch you slippin' now

Look what I'm whippin' now

[Verse 1: Childish Gambino, Young Thug, Blocboy JB & 21 Savage]
This is America (Skrrt, skrrt, woo)
Don't catch you slippin' now (Ayy)

Look how I'm livin' now
Police be trippin' now (Woo)

Yeah, this is America (Woo, ayy)
Guns in my area (Word, my area)
I got the strap (Ayy, ayy)
I gotta carry 'em

Yeah, yeah, I'ma go into this (Ugh)
Yeah, yeah, this is guerilla (Woo)

Yeah, yeah, I'ma go get the bag
Yeah, yeah, or I'ma get the pad

Yeah, yeah, I'm so cold like, yeah (Yeah)
I'm so dope like, yeah (Woo)
We gon' blow like, yeah (Straight up, uh)


[Refrain: Choir & Childish Gambino]
Ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh, tell somebody
You go tell somebody
Grandma told me
Get your money, Black man (get your— Black man)
Get your money, Black man (get your—Black man)
Get your money, Black man (get your—Black man)
Get your money, Black man (get your—Black man)
Black man


[Chorus: Childish Gambino, Young Thug, Slim Jxmmi & Quavo]
This is America (Woo, ayy)
Don't catch you slippin' now (Woo, woo, don't catch you slippin' now)
Don't catch you slippin' now (Ayy, woah)

Look what I'm whippin' now (Slime!)
This is America (Yeah, yeah)
Don't catch you slippin' now (Woah, ayy)
Don't catch you slippin' now (Ayy, woo)

Look what I'm whippin' now (Ayy)

[Verse 2: Childish Gambino, Quavo, Young Thug, 21 Savage &Blocboy JB]
Look how I'm geekin' out (Hey)
I'm so fitted (I'm so fitted, woo)
I'm on Gucci (I'm on Gucci)
I'm so pretty (Yeah, yeah, woo)
I'm gon' get it (Ayy, I'm gon' get it)
Watch me move (Blaow)

This a celly (Ha)
That's a tool (Yeah)
On my Kodak (Woo) Black

Ooh, know that (Yeah, know that, hold on)
Get it (Woo, get it, get it)
Ooh, work it (21)
Hunnid bands, hunnid bands, hunnid bands (Hunnid bands)
Contraband, contraband, contraband (Contraband)

I got the plug in Oaxaca (Woah)
They gonna find you like "blocka" (Blaow)


[Refrain: Choir, Childish Gambino, & Young Thug]
Ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh, tell somebody
America, I just checked my following list, and
You go tell somebody
You mothafuckas owe me
Grandma told me
Get your money, Black man (Black man)
Get your money, Black man (Black man)
Get your money, Black man (Black man)
Get your money, Black man (Black man)
Black man

(1, 2, 3—get down)
Ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh, tell somebody
You go tell somebody
Grandma told me, "Get your money"
Get your money, Black man (Black man)
Get your money, Black man (Black man)
Get your money, Black man (Black man)
Get your money, Black man (Black man)
Black man


[Outro: Young Thug]
You just a black man in this world
You just a barcode, ayy
You just a black man in this world
Drivin' expensive foreigns, ayy

You just a big dawg, yeah
I kenneled him in the backyard
No, probably ain't life to a dog
For a big dog

You want my opinion, John?

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I do understand English, in fact I even taught it, but I guess I just don't understand American.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
2.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @2    2 months ago

I just watched a video of Domenico Modugno singing Volare on the Ed Sullivan show, and I didn't understand it either, so I guess I'm not much good with foreign languages.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
2.1.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @2.1    2 months ago

Well, okay, I saw This is America - don't know if you can open Tudou Music, but here it is:  Welcome to America. 

https://video.tudou.com/v/XMzYyMjQ4NTk2OA==.html?spm=a2h0k.8191414.0.0&from=s1.8-1-1.2

Nice, lots of killing (a whole gospel choir?).  Can I watch Yellow Submarine now?

 
 
 
JohnRussell
2.1.2  author  JohnRussell  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @2.1    2 months ago
I just watched a video of Domenico Modugno singing Volare on the Ed Sullivan show, and I didn't understand it either, so I guess I'm not much good with foreign languages

thats why the video i posted is the bobby rydell version

 
 
 
XDm9mm
2.2  XDm9mm  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @2    2 months ago
I do understand English, in fact I even taught it, but I guess I just don't understand American

Hi Buzz.

Your understanding of English is obviously fine as is your understanding of "American" English (it's a given that our dialects here in the colonies differ somewhat from 'proper English' of the Crown!!jrSmiley_82_smiley_image.gif

However, I will submit that the vast majority of Americans, have absolutely no idea what was trying to be conveyed by the ghetto trash language of that particular piece of noise by the purported "artists".

Have a wonderful day.

PS:  I did attempt to open the "toduo.com" link below with no success.   I did get a lot of what I surmise were Chinese characters on my screen.  Now I can only hope that there were no trojans hidden in there!!! 

 
 
 
JohnRussell
2.2.1  author  JohnRussell  replied to  XDm9mm @2.2    2 months ago
However, I will submit that the vast majority of Americans, have absolutely no idea what was trying to be conveyed by the ghetto trash language of that particular piece of noise by the purported "artists".

Oh, I think they do. The song and video are a commentary on black on black violence, all gun violence, police on black violence, media sensationalism , and sickness of the American soul. It doesnt take a tremendous amount of effort to get that from the song and video.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
2.2.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  XDm9mm @2.2    2 months ago
"...it's a given that our dialects here in the colonies differ somewhat from 'proper English' of the Crown!!"

LOL.  I would say spelling as well as dialects, as my computer's American operating system and Windows keeps telling me.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
2.2.3  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  JohnRussell @2.2.1    2 months ago

Personally I always preferred to listen to social commentary songs sung by Bob Dylan - a lot more understandable and did not need a video to enhance them.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
2.2.4  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  XDm9mm @2.2    2 months ago
"Now I can only hope that there were no trojans hidden in there!!!"

Ho ho!  Now Xi Jinping is watching you.

 
 
 
CB
2.2.5  CB   replied to  JohnRussell @2.2.1    2 months ago

Hidden Meanings Behind Childish Gambino's 'This Is America' Video Explained

I do not know if this is going to play here ( a lot of Youtube vids have stopped being "friendly") so. . .go there.

 
 
 
Sparty On
3  Sparty On    2 months ago

Don't listen to the disaffected Buzz.   Nothing short of total capitulation to their ways will make them happy.   However they are still the minority, albeit a very loud minority.    That said, this is more like many of us feel, James Brown:

Living in America

We ain't perfect but warts and all we are pretty darn good.   No matter what the haters are pushing these days.

 
 
 
JohnRussell
4  author  JohnRussell    2 months ago

I could see giving This Is America a special award for contemporary social commentary in music or something like that, but I don't think this sort of thing should be "the song of the year". In the first place, it's acclaim came much more for the video than for the song. In the second place, such news is depressing. The arts need to uplift us more.

 
 
 
Sparty On
4.1  Sparty On  replied to  JohnRussell @4    2 months ago

Agree John.  

There's a reason awards shows like this ratings are going down precipitously.   People are starting to care less and less about these popularity contests.   Its not about whats best but rather what forwards an agenda or whats the most provocative.   I guess thats one way to look at it.

One would think song of the year might be one of the most popular songs rather than being only a musically ordinary, socially provocative hit job.

 
 
 
Ender
5  Ender    2 months ago

Isn't this Danny Glover's son?

 
 
 
Freewill
5.1  Freewill  replied to  Ender @5    2 months ago
Isn't this Danny Glover's son?

No.  They are not related.

 
 
 
Freewill
6  Freewill    2 months ago

I'll be honest, as a white man realize I'm not going to understand all the symbolism or the stories being told in this video, at least certainly not those that come solely from a black man's perspective.  I find the images sad and extremely frightening quite honestly, and perhaps that is his point as he runs away in complete horror at the end of the video.  I don't like it, and I don't think we're supposed to. Certainly not a view of America that we think about daily from our sofa in the suburbs, or in line at Starbucks.  But maybe it should be, and maybe ALL of us (white, black, brown or purple) could think about what we might do to help change it.   

And I find it amusing that so many "experts" or critics line up to explain it to us.  Why don't they just ask the artist Donald Glover himself?  I'd be far more interested in his explanation, as I have found him to be tremendously talented in both his music and his TV show Atlanta.  He is one of my son's very favorite artists going back even to his time on the comedy show Community.  Just a multi-talented fascinating guy with whom I think it would be cool to share a beer and talk about his art and his views.

 
 
 
Ender
6.1  Ender  replied to  Freewill @6    2 months ago

Ok, not a fan of modern music and not a fan of award shows. But, after reading what you wrote, I had to actually watch the vid.

 
 
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