"Transformer" as written by and Thomas Decarlo/burton Callaway....
I, I, I, I, I, I
Know how to transorm
I transform
I transform
I'm a transformer
I, I, I, I, I, I
Know how to transorm
I transform
(I can do it)
I'll transform
(I can do it)
I'm a transformer

I'm just being myself
Plus I gotta be me too
Silly of me to think that
I couldn't bring myself to be you
Ah but behold there is benevolence
Behind this but I don't stare enough
Be careful 'cause I'll kill you
With kindness
That's why I'm dressed quite neatly
'Cause it's easy and discreetly they seek me
And when they reach me and see me they
Believe me completely
I'm a real live wire I ain't lying
If it's between me and you I ain't dying
I can transform, I can transform,
I can transform
Without even trying wow

I, I, I, I, I, I
Know how to transorm
I transform
I transform
I'm a transformer
I, I, I, I, I, I
Know how to transorm
I transform
I'll transform
I'm a transformer

Now I'm someone else
Now someone can be me too
Behold the beautiful and bold everyday I
Wake up to be new
Oh but it's simple but they still
Can understand why
I think I can, I think I can,
I think I can oh can I?
I'm a microchip off the old block
You know not but I was a robot
And I sold rock and you would get
For sho shoot with a gold
Glock boy I rode pac
Something that you won't see again
What the hell might as well be a friend
I can transform, I can transform,
No telling who I will have to
Be again.

I, I, I, I, I, I
Know how to transorm
I transform
I transform
I'm a transformer
I, I, I, I, I, I
Know how to transorm
I transform
I'll transform
I'm a transformer


Lyrics submitted by plexus, edited by ChipperSpiff

"Transformer" as written by Marlene (gb) Moore Brian Joseph Burton

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    General CommentI personally think that this song is about having different lifestyles or personalities that come out into the open at different times during one's life.

    The personalities obviously represent change and well, transformation of a character in different appearances.

    Although there are probably many other interpretations of it, that's just my opinion.
    Xgadon April 13, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentCorrected lyrics:

    (Hook)
    I, I, I, I, I, I
    Know how to transform
    I transform
    I transform
    Im a transformer
    I, I, I, I, I, I
    Know how to transform
    I transform(I can do it)
    I transform(I can do it)
    Im a transformer


    Im just being myself
    Plus I gotta be me too
    Silly of me to think that
    I couldnt bring myself to be you
    Ah but behold there is benevolence
    Behind this but dont stare though
    Be careful cause ill kill you
    With kindness
    Thats why Im dressed
    quite neatly cause Its easy
    And discreetly they seek me
    And when they reach me they see me
    Then believe me completely
    Im a real live wire, I aint lying
    If its between me and you, I aint dying
    I can transform, I can transform, I can transform
    Without even trying wow

    (Repeat hook)

    Now Im someone else
    Now someone can be me too
    Behold the beautiful and bold
    Everyday I wake up to be new
    Oh but its simple but they still can't understand why
    I think I can, I think I can, I think I can or can I
    Im a microchip off the old block
    You know not but I was a robot
    And I sold rock and you would get
    Fo sho shot with a gold glock, boy I rode Pac

    It's something that you wont see again
    What the hell might as well be a friend
    I can transform,I can transform, aint no tellin who i'll have to be again

    (Repeat hook)
    fortheloveon May 31, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this song is about being able to adapt and become whatever the situation calls for.
    fortheloveon May 31, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti'm haven't listened to this song enough to attempt to draw out a meaning, but the bassline is kicking!
    neomarticon June 13, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIsn't Dangermouse a bit of a nerd? I think this is also a bit of a referance to the old TV show and toys.

    "Im a microchip off the old block
    You know not but I was a robot"

    Not saying the whole thing is about that, but I think that's where the insperation comes from...
    Philemon_Crowleyon July 02, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song pretty much is just insane. In a good way.

    I would try and interpret this, but I really can't. The best I can do is that perhaps its talking about crack dealers in the 80's. the mention of pac, "I used to be a robot" (robots being considered retro) and selling rock, but I don't think either member of gnarls barkley would have such a shallow message in there songs (in comparison to there others at least, which by common consensus are also rather hard to decrypt.)
    galactoron August 03, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAnyone know what the pac line is about? Something about drugs, guns, and mindless robots? Props to the old school and Tupac?

    I like the opening line with different voice effects doing different transformed identities of cee-lo.

    Also, I think there should be a lyric correction in there somewhere:

    "I'ma transform, independent of who I have to be again"
    teraldinhoon June 14, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree with some aforementioned views. Its about how you're not the same person from the beginning to the end of your life. you change and are what you need to be at every point in your life.

    at one point in his life (when he was young) he was a dealer and that's who he had to be.

    now he is grown, has a family, and he dresses neatly and can "kill you with kindness"

    and he doesn't know what he may transform into later:

    "aint no tellin who i'll have to be again."
    choiceofbeverageon November 09, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti agree with all of you. this song to means that one can't be pigeon held in one stereotypical view. I'm a black dude with dreads so i can definitely identify with this song. and people should really check out the version they did of this at the abbey road studios. it was sort of acoustic. check it out on youtube.
    M.Fixxon March 20, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI always thought it was "never tell me who I have to be again" which would gowith the whole "killing striotypes" theory.

    I'm actually also a "black dude with dreads" but because of my own personal ability to transform via understanding social constructs and moving beyond me, only someone who hadn't spoken a word with me would describe me as such.

    anyway thats what i took from the song. a rebelion against social norms. But the song following his life sounds totally legitamate too.
    DeCeeVeeeon July 10, 2008   Link

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