People Everyday

by Arrested Development

Mar 24, 1992
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Lyrics for People Everyday by Arrested Development:

Intro: Speech
Hey, alright, hey, alright
Yo this is headliner from the arrested development
And right now you have missed out our celebration
Celebration of life death the destroying of our ancestors
Let me hear you say wow, wow
Say yay yay
Say wow wow yay yay wow yay wow yay...
Wow wow say yay say wow wow yay yay
Wow wow yay yay wow yay wow yay...

I am everyday people
You see, I am everyday people

Verse 1: Speech
See I was resting at the park minding my own
Business as I kick up the treble tone
On my radio tape player box, right
Just loud enough so folks could hear it's hype, see?
Outta nowhere comes the woman I'm dating
Investigation maybe she was demonstrating
But nevertheless I was pleased
My day was going great and my soul was at ease
Until a group of brothers started bugging out
Drinking the 40 oz, going the nigga route
Disrespecting my black queen
Holding their crotches and being obscene
At first I ignored them 'cause see I know their type
They got drunk and got guns and they wanna fight
And they see a young couple having a time that's good
And their egos wanna test a brother's manhood
So they came to test Speech 'cause of my hair-do
And the loud bright colors that I wear Boo !
I was a target 'cause I'm a fashion misfit
And the outfit that I'm wearing brothers dissing it
Well I stay calm and pray the niggas leave me be
But they're squeezing parts of my date's anatomy
Why, Lord, do brothers have to drill me?
'Cause if I start to hit this man he'll have to kill me

I am everyday people
I am everyday people

Verse 2: Speech
I told the niggas please let us pass, friend
I said please 'cause I don't like killing Africans
But he wouldn't stop and I ain't Ice Cube
But I had to take the brother out for being rude
And like I said before I was mad by then
It took three or four cops to pull me off of him
But that's the story y'all of a black man
Acting like a nigga and get stomped by an African

I am everyday people
I am everyday people

The moral of the story is you better look very hard at who you're stepping to, 'cause you might get killed or shot and it's not worth it
Hey, you know it, you know it, you know it, you know it, hit it!
Africans need to be loving each other and unite

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Song Facts

“People Everyday” was Arrested Development’s second single, following their debut international smash hit “Tennessee”. It is based heavily on the music and lyrics of “Everyday People” – a chart-topping 1969 song by Sly & The Family Stone.

A remix of it reached the top 10 in six countries including a #2 peak in the UK and #8 in the US. It was nominated for a Grammy in 1992 and won Best Rap Video at the 1993 MTV Music Video Awards.

Todd “Speech” Thomas was inspired to write the song based on his experiences of having different views on black culture than those in his neighborhood:

…they understood they were black, but for them black was jheri-curls, it was pimping … I’d come to understand that black culture had a lot more to do with Africa, and it was different hairstyles that we could express ourselves with, like dreadlocks and braids. So I would dress like that, and a lot of the people around me in Milwaukee would sort of mock it.

These lyrics are for the original version of the song on the album, which is different than the version that became a hit on the radio. When “People Everyday” was chosen as a single, Speech decided to remix the song and give the vocals as “more melodic type of delivery”. That remix is titled “People Everyday (Metamorphosis Mix)”.

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