“The Choice is Yours (Revisited)” [Black Sheep] – lyrics for English students

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Here they come yo, here they come _ Here they come yo, here they come _ This or that? _ This or that? _ This or that? _ This or that? _ This or that? _ This or that? _ This or that? _ This or that? _ Who’s the black sheep, what’s the black sheep?

  • Besides being the name of the group, a “black sheep” is also someone that doesn’t fit in with a group; in other words, an outcast. 

Know not who I am, or when I’m coming, so you sleep

  • Sleep here refers to not paying attention or not being aware of something. As in the popular phrase, “catch someone sleeping,” to find someone who is not paying attention. 

Wasn’t in my realm, or wasn’t in your sphere _ Knew not who I was, but listen here

  • “Knew not” is an artistic/lyrical way to say, “You did not know …”

Dres, D-R-E-S, yes I guess I can start _ If it’s all right with you, I’ll rip this here joint apart

  • A “joint” here refers to the song. Often, joint is slang that can refer to any topic, especially a place, like a good restaurant, or a good song. “That’s my favorite hamburger joint.” “Turn the song up. That’s my joint!” “Rip apart” here means to rap really well to the beat of the song.

Back, middle, to the front, don’t front

  • “Front” in slang is to fake something or act in a way that gives the wrong impression to others.

Wanna a good time, gonna give you what you want _ Can I hear a hey? (hey) _ Can I get a yo? (yo) _ You got a ‘hat? (huh)

  • “Hat” is short for Jimmy hat, which is slang for Condom.

It’s for the h*** (oh) _ The styling is creative, black sheep of the Native _ Can’t be violated, or even decepticated

  • “Decepticate” is not a real word, but means the same as to Deceive, or to suffer Deceptive actions.

I got brothers in the Jungle, cousins on the quest

  • Brothers can be his real brothers or his friends/crew. The “Jungle” is a common term for the projects or the ghetto, basically, for certain kinds of lower-class neighborhoods. Cousins can also be a reference to gang terminology (Cuz), but doesn’t have to be.

Dead departed uncles, in pea porridge, may they rest

  • This is a reference to another music group and their album.

Guess, which way, what, when, how _ Mista Lawnge, Dres, Black Sheep slam… Now

  • “Slam” usually means to crash or hit with force. In this context, slam means to make a big impact with their song, or to make really good music.

Know you’ve heard the others, phonies to the lovers

  • Listeners have heard lots of other music styles, from “phonies” that lie about lavish lifestyles on their songs, to “lovers” who make romantic music.

Then of course, the choice is yours _ You can get with this, or you can get with that _ You can get with this, or you can get with that _ You can get with this, or you can get with that _ I think you’ll get with this, for this is where it’s at _ You can get with this, or you can get with that _ You can get with this, or you can get with that _ You can get with this, or you can get with that _ I think you’ll get with this, for this is kinda phat

  • ”Phat” is a slang term popular especially in the 90s hip-hop circles, but also before then, that means something really cool, good, showy.

Where’s the black sheep, here’s the black sheep _ Even if we wanted to, the flock could not be weak

  • “Weak” here refers to having little skill or talent. “Flock” of course refers to a group of sheep.

Watch me swing like this, why should I swing it like that

  • “Swing” here means to enjoy music, dancing and swaying, or otherwise having a good time. 

Because in fact, on me it might not attract _ Therefore I ignore, do as I feel inside _ I live with me, I’ve got my back tonight

  • To “have someone’s back” is to support them, protect them, or care for them.

Ya know what I’m saying _ Yo Black, I’m not playing

  • “Playing” here just means to not be serious. So if he’s “not playing,” then he is serious, or talking seriously.

Need to go with this, or go with this with no delay and _ See, in actuality, wonder can it be

  • *I wonder, can it be … ?

I made it look easy, because it is to me _ Any time capacity was filled, tried to rock it

  • To “rock something” is to have a lot of success with it. “How’d you do on your test?” “I rocked it!” 

Any time a honey gave us play, tried to knock it

  • A “honey” is a cute girl/woman. To “give play” is to show interest as if to start dating or some kind of relationship, even a casual one. To “knock something” is to turn it down or deny it.

Never was a fool, so we finished school _ Never see us sweat, and you’ll never see us drool

  • “Sweat” here means to be nervous about something, since some people sweat when they are nervous. “Drool” can mean to be in love, to follow something blindly, or simply to not be cool or to be lame. The idea is someone who drools when they see a cute lady or just does stuff that isn’t cool, like drooling. “Girls go to school, boys go to drool.”

Out to rock the globe while it’s still here to rock

  • They want to make a big impact in the world while they can. Also a play on the term “rock” which sometimes refers to planet Earth.

Don’t punch girls, and we don’t punch a clock

  • To “punch the clock” is to work a regular job with regulated hours.

Gotta go, gotta go, see you later by the cat

  • The “cat” is a reference to a pussy cat. HIstorically, it was a way to call a cute woman, though both “cat” and “pussy” often are used to call a woman’s private parts, inappropriately. He’s saying you can see him later next to his cute lady, basically.

And you can’t beat that with a bat

  • You can’t physically beat a woman, as he mentioned before (Don’t punch girls). Also, you “can’t beat something” means there is nothing better. Like, “The prices here can’t be beat.” They are the best. Similarly, there’s no better thing than being next to a pretty lady, or “the cat.”

You can get with this, or you can get with that _ You can get with this, or you can get with that _ You can get with this, or you can get with that _ I think you’ll get with this, for this is where it’s at _ You can get with this, or you can get with that _ You can get with this, or you can get with that _ You can get with this, or you can get with that _ I think you’ll get with this, for this is kinda phat _ Engine, engine, number nine _ On the New York transit line

  • A reference to another song, talking about the New York transportation system.

If my train goes off the track

  • To “go off track” is to steer away from the intended purpose or effect. He mixes the literal imagery of a train going off the track with the figurative meaning of going away from his intention.

Pick it up! Pick it up! Pick it up!

  • Reference to music where the audience would yell “Pick it up” at the DJ to turn the music volume up or to play better music, a faster beat. As slang, pick something up usually means to make it better, or to do something better, faster, etc. “You’re walking too slow. You need to pick it up.”

Back on the scene, crispy n’ clean

  • He has come back to a place or into the music industry, also to the song. Crispy and clean just means he’s dressed nicely, hair is styled nicely, maybe has some nice jewelry or shoes. Not too flashy, but clean, stylish, fancy, etc.

You can try, but then why, ’cause you can’t intervene _ We be the outcast, down for the settle

  • *We are the outcasts … “Down for the settle” plays on the usual term, “Settle down.” To be “down” is to want to do something or accept something. They are down to settle, relax, have a home, chill, have a family, etc.

Won’t play rock, won’t play the pebble

  • They don’t play rock music, not even a little bit. A pebble is a little rock, so the play is on the word “rock”, both the musical style and the physical object. 

Open the door, you best believe, we’re sliding through it … sssswiftly _ Niftily, we can make it hip to be what we are

  • “Nifty” is something cool and new. It’s an older term, so them using it is kind of a joke. To be “hip” is also a term more popular in the late 1900s describing someone who likes new and cool things. Similar to “down,” but being down to the new, cool things in culture.

Cause what we be, be the epitome, doo, dah, dipitty

  • ”Doo dah dippity” is like a silly way to sing a song. It may be a reference to “doo wop” music or the Scatting style of singing. 

So now I dwell just to say you’re plainer

  • He’s here to call other singers/rappers plain, not interesting. *you’re more plain.

Hold your cup, cause I got the container

  • He has all drinks to fill people’s cups, like at a party.

Pass a plate or, cross the fader

  • The “fader” is another term for a blunt, as in “Pass the weed.” In other words, Marijuana. Similarly, “getting faded” is getting high on marijuana, and “cross fading” is getting high on marijuana and alcohol, from multiple substances, basically. The lyrics play on all of these ideas.

Black Sheep get play like the Sony Innovator

  • They get lots of attention, mostly from women. Using the idiom “to get play” and comparing it literally to Sony, the creators of video game systems like PlayStation.

Never the traitor, party inflator _ And you can get a scoop … later

  • To “get a scoop” is to hear about something new. The “scoop” is some inside information that only certain people would know about, used often to talk about news. “What’s the scoop on that highway robbery from this morning?” The idea is something big and tasty, like an ice cream scoop.

Then the lyrics repeat.

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