"Papa's Got A Brand New Bag" as written by and James Brown....
Come here sister, Papa's in the swing
He ain't too hip, about that new breed babe
He ain't no drag
Papa's got a brand new bag

Come here mama, and dig this crazy scene
He's not too fancy, but his line is pretty clean
He ain't no drag
Papa's got a brand new bag

He's doing the Jerk
He's doing the Fly
Don't play him cheap 'cause you know he ain't shy
He's doing the Monkey, the Mashed Potatoes
Jump back Jack, See you later alligator

Come here sister
Papa's in the swing
He ain't too hip now
But I can dig that new breed babe
He ain't no drag
He's got a brand new bag

Oh papa! He's doing the Jerk
Papa, he's doing the Jerk
He's doing the twist, just like this
He's doing the Fly every day and every night
The thing's, like the Boomerang
Hey, come on
Hey! Hey, come on
Hey! Hey, he's put tight, out of sight
Come on. Hey! Hey!


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"Papa's Got a Brand New Bag" as written by James Brown

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    General CommentDoes anyone have any idea what he's talking about? What is the thing with the bag?
    thordfosson April 26, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIts about drugs
    shazzzmon April 26, 2006   Link
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    General CommentAnd sex
    shazzzmon April 26, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIt's definatly about drugs. They come in bags. I believe, Heroine. I'm not quite sure, it seems as though he was high when he wrote these lyrics.
    Gizzelon April 10, 2007   Link
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    General CommentActually I think Papa's Got A Brand New Bag in this case is about that man is having a new style. He has new moves, new looks, for example used to be ugly or or fashioned.
    The jerk, The fly, the mashed potatoes are dance moves and James Brown used to be somekind dance instructor.
    Of course it may include some drugs, but definetely sex..but it comes after the song, song is about getting the girl ;)
    meekohon December 14, 2007   Link
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    General CommentNo drug ref. The song is about a new life style that you like. :) Positive mesage.
    FRYEGUYon April 04, 2008   Link
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    My InterpretationThis is not too much of a challenge. Meanings are often hidden, but James left us some clues. Consider James was on the streets of Alabama at an early age while his mom was upstairs turning tricks. Multiple families shared dwellings, so it was usual to see your inlaws and cousins on a daily basis, sharing meals and good times. So my synopsis is the song is about in-breeding. James was clever enough to give the song a double meaning so it wouldn't be right there in your face. He gives us a few clues with " that new BREED dance " and Papa's in the den ( or bed ), sometimes Papa's in the swing. Anyhow, just my thoughts and the beat goes on nonetheless! Been studying the tune and one day it hit me what it might be all about ...
    nworbsemajon May 19, 2013   Link
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    General CommentWas a common slang phrase in the fifties and sixties. The new bag is a new girl on his arm
    eric102079on March 31, 2016   Link

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