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Work It
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Work It

Missy Elliott
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Song Meaning and Background of Work it by Missy Elliott


The song's lyrics helped popularize the slang term "badonkadonk" with mainstream audiences ("Love the way my butt go bum-bump-bum-bump-bump/Keep your eyes on my bum-bump-bum-bump-bump/And think you can handle this badonk-a-donk-donk").


The lyric "I put my thing down, flip it, and reverse it" is followed by the same line but in reverse. In the middle of the song, after the lyric "Listen up close while I take you backwards", the lyric "Watch the way Missy like to take it backwards" is also played in reverse.


If you have a huge [elephant trumpet], let me search it, the song's chorus says ("If you got a big [elephant trumpet] let me search it"). This is present in both the edited and explicit versions; the concealed word is intended to evoke listener inference. The song refers to sexual physical movements using onomatopoeia like "ra-ta-ta-ta" and "buboomp buboomp boomp" in both the explicit and edited versions.


The time when Elliott and Timbaland created "Work It," her biggest song, they were at the peak of their game. But they continued to be as curious and adventurous as ever.


Tim told her something he'd never told her before when they originally recorded this song: "That ain't it."


They returned to the studio after that. In his own words, "With 'Work It,' I made her go back four times," he told Rolling Stone.


Since I'm thinking, "That ain't it," Not at all. It's not like that. But when Elliott came up with the backward-vocal hook, it paid off. "Oh, we out here," I thought as she reached the reverse part. We're through. The proper icing must be used while baking a wonderful cake.


The hit, which peaked at number two on the US Billboard Hot 100 for 10 weeks, was Elliott's most popular.


Song Lyrics for Work It by Missy Elliott


DJ, please pick up your phone


I'm on the request line


This is a Missy Elliott one-time exclusive


Come on


Is it worth it, let me work it


I put my thing down, flip it and reverse it


I put my thing down, flip it and reverse it


If you got a big ***, let me search you


And find out how hard I gotta work you


I put my thing down, flip it and reverse it


I'd like to get to know you so I could show you


Put the pussy on you like I told you


Gimme all your numbers so I could phone you


Your girl actin' stank then call me over


Not on the bed, lay me on your sofa


Phone before you come, I need to shave my chocha


You do or you don't or you will or won't you


Go downtown and eat it like a vulture


See my hips and my tips, don't you?


See my ass and my lips, don't you?


Lost a few pounds and my waist for you


This the kinda beat that go ra-ta-ta


Ra-ta-ta-ta-ta-ta-ta-ta-ta-ta


Sex me so good I say blah-blah-blah


Work it, I need a glass of water


Boy, oh, boy, it's good to know you


Is it worth it, let me work it


I put my thing down, flip it and reverse it


I put my thing down, flip it and reverse it


If you got a big ***, let me search you


And find out how hard I gotta work you


I put my thing down, flip it and reverse it


Come on


If you a fly gal get your nails done


Get a pedicure, get your hair did


Boy, lift it up, let's make a toast-a


Let's get drunk, that's gonna bring us closer


Don't I look like a Halle Berry poster?


See the Belvedere playin' tricks on you


Girlfriend wanna be like me, never


You won't find a bitch that's even better


I make you hot as Las Vegas weather


Listen up close while I take it backwards


Watch the way Missy like to take it backwards


I'm not a prostitute, but I could give you what you want


I love your braids and your mouth full of floss


Love the way my ass go bum-bum-bum-bum


Keep your eyes on my bum-bum-bum-bum-bum


And think you can handle this gadong-a-dong-dong


Take my thong off and my ass go vroom


Cut the lights on so you see what I could do


Is it worth it, let me work it


I put my thing down, flip it and reverse it


I put my thing down, flip it and reverse it


If you got a big ***, let me search you


And find out how hard I gotta work you


I put my thing down, flip it and reverse it


Come on


Boys, boys, all type of boys


Black, white, Puerto Rican, Chinese boys


Why-thai-thai-o-toy-o-thai-thai


Rock-thai-thai-o-toy-o-thai-thai


Girls, girls, get that cash


If it's 9 to 5 or shakin' your ass


Ain't no shame, ladies, do your thing


Just make sure you ahead of the game


Just 'cause I got a lot of fame super


Prince couldn't get me change my name papa


Kunta Kinte a slave again, no sir


Picture black sayin', "Oh, yes a master."

 

Picture Lil' Kim dating a pastor


Minnie Me and Big Ren can out last ya


Who was the best, I don't have to ask ya


When I come out you won't even matter

 

[Music video verse:]


Got a Lamborghini so I drive faster


Just makin' hating people freakin' matter


Admit I'm the f****** name won the battle


When I drop this record here you won't even matter


Why you act dumb like "Uh, duh"


So you act dumb like "Uh, duh"


As the drummer boy go ba-rom-pop-pom-pom


Give you some-some-some of this Cinnabun

 

Is it worth it, let me work it


I put my thing down, flip it and reverse it


I put my thing down, flip it and reverse it


If you got a big ***, let me search you


And find out how hard I gotta work you


I put my thing down, flip it and reverse it


Come on


To my fellas


I like the way you work that


To my ladies


You sure know how to work that

Release Date

2002

Songwriter/s

Melissa Elliott, Timothy Mosley

Producer/s

Timbaland, Missy Elliott

Label/s

Goldmind, Elektra

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