One, two, three, uh

My baby don't mess around
Because she loves me so
And this I know fo sho (uh)
But does she really wanna
But can't stand to see me walk out the door? (Ah)
Don't try to fight the feeling
Because the thought alone is killin' me right now (uh)
Thank God for Mom and Dad
For sticking two together
'Cause we don't know how (c'mon)

Hey ya! Hey ya!
Hey ya! Hey ya!
Hey ya! Hey ya!
Hey ya! Hey ya!

You think you've got it
Oh, you think you've got it
But got it just don't get it 'til there's nothin' at all
We get together
Oh, we get together
But separate's always better when there's feelings involved
If what they say is
"Nothing is forever"
Then what makes, then what makes
Then what makes, then what makes (what makes, what makes)
Love the exception?
So why, oh, why, oh
Why, oh, why, oh, why, oh
Are we so in denial when we know we're not happy here?
(Y'all don't want to hear me, you just want to dance)

Hey ya! (Uh oh) Hey ya! (Uh oh)
Don't want to meet your daddy
Hey ya! (Uh oh)
Just want you in my Caddy (Uh oh)
Hey ya! (Uh oh)
Don't want to meet your mama
Hey ya! (Uh oh)
Just want to make you cum-a (Uh oh)
Hey ya! (Uh oh)
I'm, I'm, I'm just being honest (Uh oh)
I'm just being honest

Hey! Alright now
Alright now, fellas (Yeah?)
Now, what cooler than being cool? (Ice cold!)
I can't hear you
I say what's, what's cooler than being cool? (Ice cold!)

Alright, alright, alright, alright, alright
Alright, alright, alright, alright, alright
Alright, alright, alright, alright

Okay, now ladies (Yeah?)
Now, we gon' break this thang down in just a few seconds
Now, don't have me break this thang down for nothin'
Now, I want to see y'all on y'all baddest behavior
Lend me some sugar, I am your neighbor
Ah! Here we go

Shake it, shake, shake it, shake it, shake, shake it (Uh oh)
Shake it, shake, shake it, shake it, shake it (Uh oh)
Shake it like a Polaroid picture, hey ya!

Shake it, shake, shake it, shake it, shake, shake it
Shake it, shake it, shake it, sugar
Shake it like a Polaroid picture

Now, all Beyonce's, and Lucy Liu's
And baby dolls
Get on the floor

Get on the floor, you know what to do
You know what to do
You know what to do

Hey ya! (Uh oh) Hey ya! (Uh oh)
Hey ya! (Uh oh) Hey ya! (Uh oh)
Hey ya! (Uh oh) Hey ya! (Uh oh)
Hey ya! (Uh oh) Hey ya! (Uh oh)


Lyrics submitted by fallacies, edited by embassyrow, Lakdn

Hey Ya! Lyrics as written by Andre Benjamin

Lyrics © BMG Rights Management

Lyrics powered by LyricFind

Hey Ya! song meanings
Add Your Thoughts

80 Comments

sort form View by:
  • +17
    My Interpretation

    The man is unable to figure out if the girl he's with actually cares for him. He is distressed, and but assures himself it is fine, but he "just don't get it." He discovers her actions, but she doesn't care because she believes "separates always better when there's feelings involved," going so far as to say love is not an exception to the phrase "nothing lasts forever." He then realizes their own denial in their dysfunctional relationship, and doesn't understand why they stay in their relationship when he too does not honor it.

    The entire song is sad because he is describing the very real and serious issues that he is dealing with. This pained man, in his attempts to write a song that conveys his feelings, concludes that no one will ever care about his own problems, he is yelling saying how the audience "don't want him here they just wanna dance."

    He then lists his superficial relationships, remaining distant so as not to get hurt, finally stating this behavior is perfectly normal,because society glorifies people who are "ice cold." He then re-addresses the superficial and sexual nature of modern society, "shake it, shake, shake it like a Polaroid picture." Contemporary relationships are unable to find meaning because they "shake it," or rather, in their impatience ruin something that could be good. In contrast, past people, like mom and dad, knew how to "stick two together" while they don't know how. He then says they know what to do, meaning they know this and fully embrace what he too has come to accept.

    All the while, he has this upbeat instrumental section, existing because it is what the crowd wants, and he knows they'll be happy despite his sad lyrics, thus proving his own claim: the audience doesn't care what you're feeling, they just want to have a good time, and as a musical professional he can't ruin the happy mood. He realizes he's a popular music artist and that people just don't like or understand emotionally meaningful songs, even if it's by someone they like because society is superficial. The saddest part: people truly did think this song was happy and they did glorify it, they thought they "got it," but they "just don't get it," there is "nothing at all."

    This song is about the descent of morals and values in respect to relationships, from mom and dad's past generation to the present generation. The man changes himself, trying his best to fit in and meet the quota, however, despite his attempts to convince himself that he does meet the expectation, despite making the song upbeat, despite putting up a smile in front of the crowd, he cannot help but convey his emotion. This all proves that he is truly disheartened in the face of modern expectations: he has lost hope for love, he is losing himself, he does not believe in society.

    SeanDaNerdon September 13, 2012   Link
  • +12
    General Comment

    There's even meaning to "What's COOLER THAN BEING COOL" "ICE COLD"

    It's about how love has become completely degraded today. We confuse sex for love, and we don't have real feelings. It's "cool" to NOT SHOW EMOTIONAL ATTACHMENT. It's cooler than being cool. Be ice cold, completely emotionally unattached, cuz being a player is way more idealized than being a cool person with a steady girlfriend or boyfriend. All love is today is women showing off our goodies and men idealizing emotional unattachment. This song is deceptively deep. Love it.

    Outkast=the shit!

    jsaldarriaga86on February 02, 2007   Link
  • +4
    General Comment

    I'm not sure i completely get this song, it's kind of a mix of happy and sad. It's such a good song. I always thought it was a happy happy song, but after being forced to listen to the lyrices, it became so much better, and complex. To me, it's about the bittersweet side of love, it's great to be in love and you always want it to be like that and force it to be like it is in the movies, but sometimes it just doesn't/won't work ("you think you've got it, but got it just don't get it when there's nothing at all to get"). It's about accepting the inevitability of change ("People say that nothig lasts forever, what makes love an exception?") and acting upon it. I think he knows that the relationship is doomed, and it must be ended before it hurts them both ("separate's always better when there's feelings involved"). He is after all, just being honest. I don't really understand the bit about ("thank God for Mum and Dad for keeping two together"), but maybe it's like he's taking comfort in the fact that relationships sometimes do progress past the tough periods (if they're made to) and that kind of long term love does exist and is possible. I love the line "y'all don't want to hear me, y'all just want to dance" because to me it's what the song's about, having fun without thinking about the end, you don't want to hear, just dance, live for the moment.

    um, yeah.... I love this song (but probably not forever...)

    moomoosnakeon December 06, 2005   Link
  • +4
    General Comment

    Hey Ya: a splash of ice-cold water

    [Intro] One two three go!

    [Verse One - Andre 3000] "My baby don't mess around Because she loves me so And this I know fo shooo.."

    • Knowing that the girl loves and wants to be committed to the guy, thus she is being loyal to him.

    "Uh, But does she really wanna But can't stand to see me Walk ou the dooo.."

    • The guy is doubting the girl's intentions. He thinks the girl is not happy to be loyal to him, though he knows that the girl is sad when he leaves. In short; he thinks the girl doesn't want to have an exclusive relationship, but she doesn't want the guy to leave.

    "Don't try to fight the feelin' Because the thought alone is killing me right nooww.."

    • He doesn't want to feel; because he is afraid about what he has thought.

    "Uh, thank god for mom and dad For sticking through together 'Cause we don't know hooowww... UH!"

    • He has gained insights from parental relationships and what has happened before.

    [Verse Two - Andre 3000] "You think you've got it Ohh, you think you've go it But got it just don't get it Till' there's nothing at AaaaaaaaAAAAAAAaaaaaaAAAAAAaaaaaallllll.."

    • Illusion sets in at the first stages of a romantic/sexual relationship, but then reality sets in. Love runs out and emotions fade.

    We've been together "Ohh, we've been together But seperate's always better when there's feelings InvooooooOOOOOOOoooooooOOOOOOooooooOOOOOlved"

    • Clashing of emotions/personalities, constant fights. Being away from each other increases one's love for one another, because fights stop, longing increases, and imaginations run wild.

    "If what they say is ("Nothing is forever") Then what makes, Then what makes, Then what makes Then what makes, Then what makes LOOVVEEE? (Love exception) "

    • An illusion so many cling desperately to is that LOVE IS FOREVER. tsk tsk.

    "So why you, why you Why you, why you, why you are we so in denial When we are not happy heeeerrreeee..."

    • Acceptance of the fact that being in the relationship only creates loneliness, perhaps because of unattainable ideals.

    "Y'all don't want me here you just wanna dance"

    • Acknowledging the fact that people don't usually consider the message of the song; they only want to groove to the music.

    [Chorus] "Heeeyyy... Yaaaaaaa.. (OHH OH) Heeyy Yaaaaaaaa.. (OHH OH) Heeeyyy... Yaaaaaaa.. (Don't want to meet your daddy, OHH OH) Heeyy Yaaaaaaaa.. (Just want you in my Caddy OHH OH) Heeeyyy... Yaaaaaaa.. (OHH OH, don't want to meet yo' mama OHH OH) Heeyy Yaaaaaaaa.. (Just wan't to make you cumma OHH OH) Heeeyyy... Yaaaaaaa.. (I'm, OHH OH I'm, OHH OH) Heeyy Yaaaaaaaa.. (I'm just being honest OHH OH, I'm just being honest)"

    • Being aloof in the relationship, perhaps to avoid unpleasant situations; being honest means not playing games, which is a good thing in certain aspects

    [Bridge - Andre 3000] "Now what's cooler than bein' cool? (ICE COLD!)"

    • This gives me the shivers. Wanting total detachment.

    "Shke it, shake it like a Poloroid Picture, shake it, shake it Shh you got to, shake it, shh shake it, shake it, got to shake it (Shake it Suga') shake it like a Poloroid Picture"

    • Shake it off; not be affected by emotions
    • Picture: A focus on appearances

    [Verse Three - Andre 3000 (Repeating "Shake it" in background)] "Now while Beyonc and Lucy Lui: And baby dogs, get on the floor"

    • concentrating on the physical

    "(Get on the floor) You know what to dooo.. Yooooouuu.. know I do"

    • concentrating on actions; subduing emotions
    • Effect: gives a feeling of power

    Summary: The song describes being logical and thinking about what happens in relationships. The singer decides that the best thing to do to avoid unpleasant emotions and situations, is to be detached. The song is also about being honest about basic urges and seeking freedom from manipulation and dependency. The song acknowledges the fact that love and emotions fade, and it is impractical to stick together when happiness is gone. That is why people should just enjoy one another and not complicate things.

    I recommend this song for those who constantly seek love, when all they need is sex and a healthy self-esteem

    9tubes3tubuleson December 09, 2009   Link
  • +3
    General Comment

    I beilve Andre 3000 said that he wrote this song about the difficulties of romace and relationships. However, realizing the beat was so good he figured people would dance to it even though it's not putting romance and such in a good light, hence the line: "ya'll don't wanna hear me, ya'll just wanna dance."

    herrera152on June 04, 2004   Link
  • +3
    General Comment

    it's so fucked up that people think just because someone's famous they have the right to say "end your life" if they don't like their music. im assuming you've never met the man you wish death upon? outkast is the shit, but i wouldn't even wish death upon james blunt

    MusicIsMyCrackon June 11, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General Comment

    THIS SONG KICKS ASS AND TAKES NAMES! LMFAO! :D

    megallion November 16, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    Man , this song is awesommmeeeeee!! It's the best song! It has such a good beat....and that "shake it" part kicks ass! This is definitely the best song of 2004!

    BrazilianBoyon April 10, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    I don't mean this in a confrontational way, but I think it is ironic that rainbow said they don't care what the song is about. "Y'all don't want to hear me, you just want to dance." And I have to agree.

    eokramon April 22, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    the ultimate workout song - upbeat, motivating n generally fun. i luv it

    sk84urlifeon February 20, 2006   Link

Add your thoughts

Log in now to tell us what you think this song means.

Don’t have an account? Create an account with SongMeanings to post comments, submit lyrics, and more. It’s super easy, we promise!

More Featured Meanings

Album art
The Spy
Doors, The
Like a lot of the other comments are saying, I think this mainly about voyeurism. If the song was about his girlfriend, then why would he use the word spy. If you are a spy it means you shouldn't be caught, that is kind of the whole point, and if you are a voyeur, the whole point of the pleasure you get from it, is the fact that the other people don't know you are watching them. See a bit of a connection there?
Album art
Step
Ministry
Both as a standalone and as part of the DSOTS album, you can take this lyric as read. As a matter of public record, Jourgensen's drug intake was legendary even in the 1980s. By the late 90s, in his own words, he was grappling with massive addiction issues and had lost almost everything: friends, spouse, money and had nearly died more than once. "Dark Side of the Spoon" is a both funny & sad title for an album made by a musical genius who was losing the plot; and this song is a message to his fans & friends saying he knows it. It's painful to listen to so I'm glad the "Keith Richards of industrial metals" wised up and cleaned up. Well done sir.
Album art
Mental Istid
Ebba Grön
This is one of my favorite songs. https://fnfgo.io
Album art
Cajun Girl
Little Feat
Overall about difficult moments of disappointment and vulnerability. Having hope and longing, while remaining optimistic for the future. Encourages the belief that with each new morning there is a chance for things to improve. The chorus offers a glimmer of optimism and a chance at a resolution and redemption in the future. Captures the rollercoaster of emotions of feeling lost while loving someone who is not there for you, feeling let down and abandoned while waiting for a lover. Lost with no direction, "Now I'm up in the air with the rain in my hair, Nowhere to go, I can go anywhere" The bridge shows signs of longing and a plea for companionship. The Lyrics express a desire for authentic connection and the importance of Loving someone just as they are. "Just in passing, I'm not asking. That you be anyone but you”
Album art
Holiday
Bee Gees
@[Diderik:33655] "Your a holiday!" Was a popular term used in the 50s/60s to compliment someone on their all around. For example, not only are they beautiful, but they are fun and kind too ... just an all around "holiday". I think your first comment is closer to being accurate. The singer/song writers state "Millions of eyes can see, yet why am i so blind!? When the someone else is me, its unkind its unkind". I believe hes referring to the girl toying with him and using him. He wants something deeper with her, thats why he allows himself to be as a puppet (even though for her fun and games) as long as it makes her happy. But he knows deep down that she doesnt really want to be serious with him and thats what makes him.