OutKast’s ‘Hey Ya!’ Lyrics

Long before OutKast‘s “Hey Ya!” was the go-to song on the rhythm game series, Just Dance, it was the first single to be released from André 3000‘s half of the Atlanta duo’s Speakerboxxx/The Love Below album in September of 2003. 

For three minutes straight, the ATLien croons over fast-paced and jubilant guitar strums, which helped to secure the rap group a No. 1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 on Dec. 13, 2003. The effort remained on the chart for 39 weeks. Following the song’s success and Three Stacks insisting everyone should “shake it like a Polaroid picture,” the camera company proceeded to issue a statement reminding users that shaking Polaroid photos can actually distort the image.

Check out the lyrics to OutKast’s “Hey Ya!” below.

INTRO
One, two, three, uh!

VERSE 1
My baby don’t mess around
Because she loves me so, and this I know for sure (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
’Cause the thought alone is killing me right now (Uh)
Thank God for Mom and Dad
For sticking two together ’cause we don’t know how (C’mon)

CHORUS
Hey ya! Hey ya!
Hey ya! Hey ya!
Hey ya! Hey ya!
Hey ya! Hey ya!

VERSE 2
You think you’ve got it, oh, you think you’ve got it
But “got it” just don’t get it ’til there’s nothing at all (Ah!)
We get together, oh, we get together
But separate’s always better when there’s feelings involved (Ah)
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 wanna hear me, you just wanna dance

CHORUS
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 (Uh-oh)
Hey ya! Uh-oh
Just want to make you cumma (Uh-oh)
Hey ya! Uh-oh
I’m, I’m, I’m, I’m just being honest (Uh-oh)
Hey ya!
I’m just being honest

BRIDGE
Hey, alright now, alright now, fellas (Yeah?)
Now, what’s cooler than being cool? (Ice Cold!)
I can’t hear ya
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
OK now, ladies (Yeah?)
Now, we gon’ break this thing down in just a few seconds
Now don’t have me break this thing down for nothing
Now I want to see y’all on your baddest behavior
Lend me some sugar, I am your neighbor
Ah, here we go!

REFRAIN
Shake it, sh-shake it, shake it, sh-shake it (Uh-oh)
Shake it, sh-shake it, Shake it, shake it, sh-shake it (Uh-oh)
Shake it like a Polaroid picture, hey ya!
Shake it, sh-shake it, shake it, sh-shake it
Shake it, shake it (OK), shake it, sugar
Shake it like a Polaroid picture

BRIDGE
Now all the Beyoncés and Lucy Lius
And baby dolls, get on the floor
You know what to do, oh, you know what to do
You know what to do

CHORUS
Hey ya! (Uh-oh) Hey ya! (Uh-oh)
Hey ya! (Uh-oh) Hey ya! (Uh-oh, hey ya!)
Hey ya! (Uh-oh) Hey ya! (Oh, oh, uh-oh)
Hey ya! (Uh-oh) Hey ya! (Uh-oh)

Look below to find the video for OutKast’s “Hey Ya!.”

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