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Whats Up
Song

Whats Up

4 Non Blondes
Album:
Bigger, Better, Faster, More!

Song Meaning and Background of What's Up? by 4 Non Blondes


Released in 1992, "What's Up" by 4 Non Blondes quickly became an anthem of the 90s, capturing the spirit of the era with its powerful vocals, infectious melody, and introspective lyrics. Led by the distinctive voice of lead singer Linda Perry, the song resonated with audiences, providing a platform for self-discovery and empowerment.


At its core, "What's Up" is a song that delves into the complexities of life, identity, and the search for meaning. The lyrics, though often open to interpretation, touch upon themes of introspection, questioning societal norms, and the pursuit of personal authenticity. Lines like "And I say, hey yeah, hey yeah, I said hey, what's going on?" echo the universal sentiment of trying to make sense of the world and one's place in it.


The song's chorus, with its anthemic quality, serves as a rallying cry for those seeking connection and understanding. The repetition of the question "What's going on?" reinforces the idea of collective introspection and the shared human experience. The powerful vocals of Linda Perry add emotional depth to the chorus, making it a cathartic expression of the desire for clarity and purpose.


"What's Up" made a significant impact on 90s pop culture, achieving mainstream success and earning the 4 Non Blondes a dedicated fan base. The song's catchy and relatable nature led to its inclusion in numerous soundtracks, TV shows, and commercials, solidifying its place as a quintessential 90s anthem. The enduring popularity of "What's Up" is evident in its continued presence on playlists, radio stations, and cultural references.


The success of "What's Up" also played a crucial role in elevating the profile of 4 Non Blondes and showcasing the songwriting and vocal prowess of Linda Perry. Beyond her time with the band, Linda Perry went on to have a successful career as a songwriter and producer, working with artists across various genres.


Lyrics of What's Up? by 4 Non Blondes


25 years and my life is still

Tryin' to get up that great big hill of hope

For a destination

 

I realized quickly when I knew I should

That the world was made up of this brotherhood of man

For whatever that means

 

And so I cry sometimes when I'm lying in bed

Just to get it all out what's in my head

And I, I am feeling a little peculiar

 

And so I wake in the morning and I step outside

And I take a deep breath and I get real high

And I scream from the top of my lungs

"What's going on?"

 

And I say, hey-ey-ey

Hey-ey-ey

I said "Hey, a-what's going on?"

And I say, hey-ey-ey

Hey-ey-ey

I said "Hey, a-what's going on?"

 

Ooh, ooh

Ooh

Ooh, uh huh

Ooh, ooh

Ooh

Ooh, uh huh

 

And I try

Oh my God, do I try

I try all the time

In this institution

 

And I pray

Oh my God, do I pray

I pray every single day

For revolution

 

And so I cry sometimes when I'm lying in bed

Just to get it all out, what's in my head

And I, I am feeling a little peculiar

 

And so I wake in the morning and I step outside

And I take a deep breath and I get real high

And I scream from the top of my lungs

"What's going on?"

 

And I say, hey-ey-ey

Hey-ey-ey

I said "Hey, what's going on?"

And I say, hey-ey-ey

Hey-ey-ey

I said "Hey, a-what's going on?"

And I say, hey-ey-ey

(Wake in the morning and step outside)

Hey-ey-ey

(Take a deep breath and I get real high)

(And I scream)

I said "Hey, a-what's going on?"

And I say, hey-ey-ey

(Wake in the morning and step outside)

Hey-ey, yeah yeah yeah

(Take a deep breath and I get real high)

(And I scream)

I said "Hey, a-what's going on?"

 

Ooh, ooh

Ooh

Ooh, uh huh

 

25 years and my life is still

Tryin' to get up that great big hill of hope

For a destination, mmm

Release Date

1993

Songwriter/s

Linda Perry

Producer/s

David Tickle

Label/s

Interscope, Atlantic

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