"What If" as written by and Durrell/walker Babbs....
What if, every guy I saw
What if, was sittin' down at the bar
What if, I told him to give me a call
What if, what if, what if, what if
What if, every guy in the place
What if, was all up in my face
What if, what would you say
What if, what if, what if, what if

you're the jealous man
one who doesn't understand
that i'm attractive so of course men want to take my hand
and lead me off round the corner or maybe to their place
but when they speak you get mad jumping all up in they face
but on the other hand when women come and speak to you
you kiss and hug them like it's something that you let me do
you're only jealous 'cause you know that ish you put me through
i might turn right around and do that bull shit to you

What if, every guy I saw
What if, was sittin' down at the bar
What if, I told him to give me a call
What if, what if, what if, what if
What if, every guy in the place
What if, was all up in my face
What if, what would you say
What if, what if, what if, what if

you're the lying dude
one who doesn't know the rules
if you goin' cheat burn the receipt from the hotel room
but instead you're up in my face saying you were at friends
but they all call asking me where the hell you been

why they keep treatin' us this way
i guess it's a new game we play
we'll play,
we'll cut you (oh)
we'll kill you (oh)
we don't have to take it no more

What if, every guy I saw
What if, was sittin' down at the bar
What if, I told him to give me a call
What if, what if, what if, what if
What if, every guy in the place
What if, was all up in my face
What if, what would you say
What if, what if, what if, what if

What if, every guy I saw
What if, was sittin' down at the bar
What if, I told him to give me a call
What if, what if, what if, what if
What if, every guy in the place
What if, was all up in my face
What if, what would you say
What if, what if, what if, what if

why they keep treatin' us this way
i guess it's a new game we play
we'll play,
we'll cut you (oh)
we'll kill you (oh)
we don't have to take it no more

What if, every guy I saw
What if, was sittin' down at the bar
What if, I told him to give me a call
What if, what if, what if, what if
What if, every guy in the place
What if, was all up in my face
What if, what would you say
What if, what if, what if, what if

What if, every guy I saw
What if, was sittin' down at the bar
What if, I told him to give me a call
What if, what if, what if, what if
What if, every guy in the place
What if, was all up in my face
What if, what would you say
What if, what if, what if, what if

What if, every guy I saw
What if, was sittin' down at the bar
What if, I told him to give me a call
What if, what if, what if, what if
What if, every guy in the place
What if, was all up in my face
What if, what would you say
What if, what if, what if, what if


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"What If" as written by Durrell Babbs Jeffery Walker

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    General CommentThis is about a woman who is in a relationship with a man. the woman is fed up with him cuz he is being unfair. the man gets all jealous when guyz even talk to her but when he talks to woman, he is all over them. and he cheats on her and doesnt even bother gettin rid of the evidence. and aaliyah is speaking for all the woman who r going through the same stuff she is. and during the chorus, she is asking her man all these what ifs. like what would he do if this happened.
    Tribabe2007on May 22, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti agree with tribabe but that is only half of the story. there is another story on an allegorical level, a technique that has its roots way back to negroe spirituals and soul music. she uses the guise of a bad relationship to tell about the bigger relationship between black people and the racism that still exists although many people dont see it. she most explicitly makes reference to this in the lyrics:

    Why they keep treatin us this way
    I guess it's a little game we play
    We'll burn you (oh), we'll cut you (oh)
    We'll kill you (oh)
    We don't have to take it no more

    many r & B and souls artists tend to sing about love but if you know the history you can hear what they are really talking about.
    skeedypeedyon February 22, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIt's actually "Hot grits is a new game we play".
    PERFECTION.
    Ian-samaon August 09, 2009   Link

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