Man, I was in a place
Called Keeprunnin', Mississippi one time
And I heard someone on my way by
Sounded a little something like raw funk to me
So I slowed down and took a listen
And this is all I could hear, baby

Whoa-hah-hey
Whoa-hah-ha
(x5)

It got so good to me, man, that I stopped runnin'
My feets was tired anyhow
So I reached in my inside pocket
And got my harp out
Sit down by old beat-up railroad train
And get me get myself
A little of that old funky thang
{vocal "harmonica" solo}

Yeah!
Yeah, I'm ?
Yeah, whoa!
Yeah
Mm-m-hmmm
Yeah

Can you all feel what I mean?
This is what you call
Waaay-back yonder funk

Whoa ha hey
Whoa ha ha
(x19)
Say it loud!
I'm funky and I'm proud!
I'm aging!
Old funk


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    General CommentSurely one of Funkadelic's most powerful songs. For me this song evokes the distant blues roots of funk and also hints at some connection to negroe spirituals in the days of slavery. I mean "Keeprunnin' Mississippi", mouth harps, old railroad trains and the fact that the narrator is running from something, conjure up pre-abolitionist times.
    Also for a long time I thought the lyric was "My feet was tied anyhow", meaning he was shackled with leg chains. And "On my way back" not just "on my way" implying he had escaped from custody and was trying to get back home.
    Regardless, for a band not really known for lyrical depth this is some heavy shit.
    Sleepy LaBeefon May 05, 2008   Link

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