LYRIC

[Verse 1]
25 years and my life is still
Tryin' to get up that great big hill of hope
For a destination

I realized quickly when I knew I should
That the world was made up of this brotherhood of man
For whatever that means

[Pre-Chorus]
And so I cry sometimes when I'm lying in bed
Just to get it all out what's in my head
And I, I am feeling a little peculiar

And so I wake in the morning and I step outside
And I take a deep breath and I get real high
And I scream from the top of my lungs
"What's going on?"

[Chorus]
And I say, hey-ey-ey
Hey-ey-ey
I said "Hey, a-what's going on?"
And I say, hey-ey-ey
Hey-ey-ey
I said "Hey, a-what's going on?"

[Bridge]
Ooh, ooh
Ooh
Ooh, uh huh
Ooh, ooh
Ooh
Ooh, uh huh

[Verse 2]
And I try
Oh my God, do I try
I try all the time
In this institution

And I pray
Oh my God, do I pray
I pray every single day
For revolution

[Pre-Chorus]
And so I cry sometimes when I'm lying in bed
Just to get it all out, what's in my head
And I, I am feeling a little peculiar

And so I wake in the morning and I step outside
And I take a deep breath and I get real high
And I scream from the top of my lungs
"What's going on?"

[Chorus]
And I say, hey-ey-ey
Hey-ey-ey
I said "Hey, what's going on?"
And I say, hey-ey-ey
Hey-ey-ey
I said "Hey, a-what's going on?"
And I say, hey-ey-ey
(Wake in the morning and step outside)
Hey-ey-ey
(Take a deep breath and I get real high)
(And I scream)
I said "Hey, a-what's going on?"
And I say, hey-ey-ey
(Wake in the morning and step outside)
Hey-ey, yeah yeah yeah
(Take a deep breath and I get real high)
(And I scream)
I said "Hey, a-what's going on?"

[Bridge]
Ooh, ooh
Ooh
Ooh, uh huh

[Outro]
25 years and my life is still
Tryin' to get up that great big hill of hope
For a destination, mmm

Added by

admin

SHARE

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

About "What’s Up?"

“What’s Up” was the second single from the 1992 album Bigger, Better, Faster, More! by 4 Non Blondes. It shot the band into international stardom, topping the charts in seven countries, reaching #2 in three more (including the UK) and peaking at #14 in the US, making them the first openly lesbian group to reach the top 40 there.

Bassist Christa Hillhouse recalled hearing Linda Perry working on the song for the first time:

For a short time, Linda had quit her job and she was living with me in this little 2-bedroom flat in San Francisco. She wrote the song when she was in a room down the hall. I was in my bedroom having sex, and I stopped because I heard her playing that song. I remember running down the hall and saying, ‘Dude, what are you playing? I like that.’ We had a lot of rock, thrashy stuff back then, but Linda always would pull her ballads out. I remember being struck by it. She kept looking at me, going, ‘Does this sound like something? Am I plagiarizing someone?“ I said, 'Finish the song, it’s beautiful.’ It caught on at our shows right away, people really liked it.

The song was titled “What’s Up”, despite the phrase not appearing in its lyrics, to avoid confusion with the Marvin Gaye song “What’s Going On”.

In 1994, DJ Miko covered the song with British vocalist Louise Gard. His dance club version found its biggest success in Sweden and New Zealand. In the US, it peaked at #58.

“What’s Up” is both remembered as one of the “Top 100 One-Hit Wonders” of all time and conversely one of the “Worst Songs Ever”.

It found new life in the 2010s thanks to a remake by SLACKCiRCUS titled “Fabulous Secret Powers” using characters from the 80s cartoon He-Man and the Masters of the Universe.

What’s Up? Track info

Composed by Linda Perry
Guitar Roger Rocha
Drums Dawn Richardson
Electric Guitar Linda Perry
Acoustic Guitar Linda Perry
Vocals Linda Perry
Bass Guitar Christa Hillhouse
Mastering Stephen Marcussen
Engineering Laurent Tardy
Mixing David Tickle
Recording David Tickle

Video