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Uptown Funk
Song

Uptown Funk

Mark Ronson
Album:
Uptown Special

Song Meaning of Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson ft Bruno Mars


The song Uptown Funk was released in November 2014 as the first single from producer Mark Ronson’s fourth studio album, Uptown Special. It was written by Ronson, Mars and Jeff Bhasker. The song was a huge success reaching number one in 19 countries and hitting the top 10 in 15 others.


Essentially, the song is all about a person being confident in their own skin and being proud to be who they are. It is a party tune that talks about going out in your city to get your groove on and showing off your “spot”. It also carries a theme of being attractive, talented and having an exciting social life.


In the opening verse, there is a lot of cockiness to be found as Mars drops references to Michelle Pfeiffer being “that white gold” (which is a roundabout reference to cocaine). He also makes sure to drop a rap style lyric about being so hot that girls are "doing it up in a straight masterpiece."


Ronson fainted while trying to polish the guitar part during one session because the pressure surrounding "Uptown Funk" was so intense. After 82 tries, two days later in Toronto, when Ronson was performing it in front of The Hooligans, they figured out the guitar part.


The music video for the track was directed by Cameron Duddy and depicts Mars and Ronson performing in a club. It has become one of the most popular YouTube videos in history, with over 4.7 billion views as of January 2023. The song has also been featured in many TV shows including Saturday Night Live and the Ellen DeGeneres Show.


Lyrics of Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson ft Bruno Mars


Doh

Doh doh doh, doh doh doh, doh doh

Doh doh doh, doh doh doh, doh doh

Doh doh doh, doh doh doh, doh doh

Doh doh doh, doh duh (Aaaaaaow!)

 

This hit

That ice cold

Michelle Pfeiffer

That white gold

This one for them hood girls

Them good girls

Straight masterpieces

Stylin', wiling

Livin' it up in the city

Got Chucks on with Saint Laurent

Gotta kiss myself I'm so pretty

 

I'm too hot (hot damn)

Call the police and the fireman

I'm too hot (hot damn)

Make a dragon wanna retire, man

I'm too hot (hot damn)

Say my name you know who I am

I'm too hot (hot damn)

And my band 'bout that money

Break it down...

 

Girls hit your hallelujah (ooh)

Girls hit your hallelujah (ooh)

Girls hit your hallelujah (ooh)

'Cause uptown funk gon' give it to you

'Cause uptown funk gon' give it to you

'Cause uptown funk gon' give it to you

Saturday night and we in the spot

Don't believe me just watch (Come on)

 

Doh

Doh doh doh, doh doh doh, doh doh (Hah!)

 

Don't believe me just watch

 

Doh

Doh doh doh, doh doh doh, doh doh (Hah!)

 

Don't believe me just watch

Don't believe me just watch

Don't believe me just watch

Don't believe me just watch

Hey, hey, hey, oh!

 

Stop

Wait a minute

Fill my cup put some liquor in it

Take a sip, sign the check

Julio, get the stretch!

Ride to Harlem, Hollywood, Jackson, Mississippi

If we show up, we gon' show out

Smoother than a fresh jar of Skippy

 

I'm too hot (hot damn)

Call the police and the fireman

I'm too hot (hot damn)

Make a dragon wanna retire, man

I'm too hot (hot damn, hot damn)

Bitch, say my name you know who I am

I'm too hot (hot damn)

And my band 'bout that money

Break it down...

 

Girls hit your hallelujah (ooh)

Girls hit your hallelujah (ooh)

Girls hit your hallelujah (ooh)

'Cause uptown funk gon' give it to you

'Cause uptown funk gon' give it to you

'Cause uptown funk gon' give it to you

Saturday night and we in the spot

Don't believe me just watch (come on)

 

Doh

Doh doh doh, doh doh doh, doh doh (Hah!)

 

Don't believe me just watch

 

Doh

Doh doh doh, doh doh doh, doh doh (Hah!)

 

Don't believe me just watch

Don't believe me just watch

Don't believe me just watch

Don't believe me just watch

Hey, hey, hey, oh!

 

Before we leave

Let me tell y'all a little something

Uptown funk you up, uptown funk you up

Uptown funk you up, uptown funk you up, uh

I said uptown funk you up, uptown funk you up

Uptown funk you up, uptown funk you up

 

Come on, dance

Jump on it

If you sexy then flaunt it

If you freaky then own it

Don't brag about it, come show me

Come on, dance

Jump on it

If you sexy then flaunt it

Well it's Saturday night and we in the spot

Don't believe me just watch (come on)

 

Doh

Doh doh doh, doh doh doh, doh doh (Hah!)

 

Don't believe me just watch

 

Doh

Doh doh doh, doh doh doh, doh doh (Hah!)

 

Don't believe me just watch

Don't believe me just watch

Don't believe me just watch

Don't believe me just watch

Hey, hey, hey, oh!

 

Uptown funk you up, uptown funk you up (say whaa?!)

Uptown funk you up, uptown funk you up

Uptown funk you up, uptown funk you up (say whaa?!)

Uptown funk you up, uptown funk you up

Uptown funk you up, uptown funk you up (say whaa?!)

Uptown funk you up, uptown funk you up

Uptown funk you up, uptown funk you up (say whaa?!)

Uptown funk you up

Aaaaaaow!

Release Date

2015

Songwriter/s

Mark Ronson, Bruno Mars, Philip Lawrence, Jeff Bhasker, Nicholas Williams, Devon Gallaspy, Charles Wilson, Robert Wilson, Ronnie Wilson, Rudolph Taylor, Lonnie Simmons

Producer/s

Mark Ronson, Jeff Bhasker, Bruno Mars

Label/s

Columbia, Sony, RCA

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