"Wham Bam (Shang-A-Lang)" as written by and Rick Giles....
Starry nights and sunny days
I always thought that love should be that way
But then comes a time when you're ridden with doubt
You've loved all you can and now you're all loved out
Oh Oh Baby we've been a long long way
And who's to say where we'll be tomorrow
Well my heart says no but my mind says it's so
That we got a love that isn't a love to stay

We've got a wham, bam shang-a-lang
And a sha-la-la-la-la-la babe
Wham bam shang-a-lang
And a sha-la-la-la-la-la babe

Lookin' at you I wanted to say
I think a little emotion goes a long long way
But careful now don't get caught in your dreams
Look out baby this is not what it seems
Oh Oh Baby you've been so good to me
But please Don't make it what it's not
Well I thought we agreed on what we need
So listen to me I'll tell you what we've got

We've got a wham, bam shang-a-lang
And a sha-la-la-la-la-la babe
Wham bam shang-a-lang
And a sha-la-la-la-la-la babe

I think you're seein' what I've been sayin'
'Cause I hear you singin' to the tune I'm playin'
And now that it's said and we both understand
Let's say our goodbye's before it gets out of hand so
Bye Bye Baby I'd really like to stay
But we'll remember the best time in our life

We had a wham, bam shang-a-lang
And a sha-la-la-la-la-la babe
Wham bam shang-a-lang
And a sha-la-la-la-la-la babe

Wham bam shang-a-lang
And a sha-la-la-la-la-la babe


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"Wham Bam Shang-A-Lang" as written by Rick Giles

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    QuestionWhat does the Wham Bam Shang a Lang lyric refer to? Like their relationship or something sexual? Seems like it'd be strange to include "shang a lang" as a sexual reference.
    dennis t.1on May 29, 2017   Link
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    General CommentThis gibberish could only have become a hit in the 1970s. Wham Bam Shang-a-Lang? Are you serious?
    What does Wham Bam Shang-a-Lang possibly mean?
    Listen to the first verse and it appears Wham Bam Shang-a-Lang means the couple needs to stay together. Or go grocery shopping. Or file their taxes. I’m unsure at this point.
    Verse two seems to imply things are not as they seem even though “baby has been so good to me” but “please don’t make it what it’s not.”
    Why? Because the singer clearly says he “will tell you what we’ve got.”
    And what they’ve got is a Wham Bam Shang-a-Lang and a sha-la-la-la-la thing.
    Perfectly clear at this point, right? They own a pet rock together. Or a bell-bottom recycling store. Or a Chevy van (intentional Sammy Johns reference there).
    Third verse it looks like it’s time to say goodbye. They are breaking up!
    The chorus now says “We had a Wham Bam Shang-a-Lang and a sha-la-la-la-la thing.” Notice the past-tense had in the chorus.
    This sacred union is suddenly broken. Such a pity.
    Was this a one-night stand? To quote Seinfeld, did the singer just “Ya-da-ya-da sex?”
    The world may never truly know.
    But they did know enough about this breezy 1970s soft rock song to push Wham Bam Shang-a-Lang to #16 on the Billboard Top 40 in 1976, which turned Silver into one-hit wonders.
    mdarabpouron October 08, 2017   Link

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