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Thread started 07/28/20 8:21am

lurker316

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What's this line from Mountains?

Prince kicks off the breakdown in Mountains by saying, "Guitars and drums on the one, huh!"

Then at about 2:45 one of the girls (Lisa, I believe) says a line I can't understand. It sounds kind of like, "Bobby's our drummer"... In the music video, the camera focuses on Bobby Z at this point and shows Lisa pointing at Bobby, so I'm pretty confident "Bobby" is the subject of the sentence/phrase.

I Googled it and came across some suggestions -- such as "Bobby on the drum - ah!" -- which sounds close to what I'm hearing, but those online lyrics are just fan guesses, so I don't know if that's conclusive.

Anyone else think they know what she's saying?

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Reply #1 posted 07/28/20 8:49am

masaba

Bobby our drummer or Bobby on the drums.

Coincidentally I feel like Prince accidentally wrote some of his most poignant lyrics in this song. The imagery of all of life's problems and challenges only being mountains and waters to pass over, is so randomly powerful it hits me hard every time.

And I say accidental only because it's such a simple concept, nothing new...nor does it seem like he spent too much time with the lyrics on this one. I just love it I guess haha
[Edited 7/28/20 8:55am]
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Reply #2 posted 07/28/20 9:00am

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lurker316 said:

Prince kicks off the breakdown in Mountains by saying, "Guitars and drums on the one, huh!"

Then at about 2:45 one of the girls (Lisa, I believe) says a line I can't understand. It sounds kind of like, "Bobby's our drummer"... In the music video, the camera focuses on Bobby Z at this point and shows Lisa pointing at Bobby, so I'm pretty confident "Bobby" is the subject of the sentence/phrase.

I Googled it and came across some suggestions -- such as "Bobby on the drum - ah!" -- which sounds close to what I'm hearing, but those online lyrics are just fan guesses, so I don't know if that's conclusive.

Anyone else think they know what she's saying?


"Bobby are the drummer"
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Reply #3 posted 07/28/20 9:21am

RJOrion

[Bait snip - luv4u]

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Reply #4 posted 07/28/20 9:42am

sulls

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They say Bobby on the drum-ah in concert
"I like to watch."
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Reply #5 posted 07/28/20 1:22pm

TrivialPursuit

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"Bobby on the drum, ahhhh, yeeeahhh, it's only mountains..."

Just when U think U've got more than enough, that's when it all up and flies away.
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Reply #6 posted 07/28/20 1:34pm

RJOrion

word?....bait snip?...nah
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Reply #7 posted 07/28/20 6:12pm

bsprout

It’s corny but during this part I always sing, ‘Savion Glover!’ (famous choreographer). But I know that’s wrong and agree it’s ’Bobby on the drum-ah’ biggrin
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Reply #8 posted 07/28/20 7:40pm

williamb610

I never knew what she said on this song! It still sounds like "Bobby on the come up! Huh!" Then, Prince screams. Or "Bobby on the cymbals, hunh!"

Checking the video...Wendy and Lisa sure LOOKED good! Damn...

[Edited 7/28/20 19:43pm]

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Reply #9 posted 07/28/20 8:16pm

ufoclub

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it always sounded ot me like "Bobby - I'm a Drummer!"

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Reply #10 posted 07/29/20 7:08am

datdude

bsprout said:

It’s corny but during this part I always sing, ‘Savion Glover!’ (famous choreographer). But I know that’s wrong and agree it’s ’Bobby on the drum-ah’ biggrin

you're so dumb! razz lol i love that though! i have a TON of such random personally "remixed" pop music lyrics like that where I crack myself up listening (and often driving) alone!

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Reply #11 posted 07/29/20 2:58pm

GaryMF

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someone should ask W&L on fb or twitter or IG. I deactivated mine so I can't. Susannah used to be pretty responsive when I was active

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Reply #12 posted 07/30/20 1:28am

smiler69

Bobby on the drum-ah!
Just an emphatic vocal on the word drum. I seem to remember the lyric written this way on the old dttp lyrics project website...
This is what it's like in the dream factory...
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Reply #13 posted 07/30/20 6:06am

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masaba said:

Bobby our drummer or Bobby on the drums. Coincidentally I feel like Prince accidentally wrote some of his most poignant lyrics in this song. The imagery of all of life's problems and challenges only being mountains and waters to pass over, is so randomly powerful it hits me hard every time. And I say accidental only because it's such a simple concept, nothing new...nor does it seem like he spent too much time with the lyrics on this one. I just love it I guess haha [Edited 7/28/20 8:55am]

Immediately after I found out Prince died I dug out my vinyl copy of Parade and put on "Sometimes It Snows In April." No emotional catharsis.

So I turned the needle back to the start of Side 2, and to hear Prince sing, "I say it's only mountains and the sea..." at a time like that? I was levelled.

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Reply #14 posted 07/30/20 12:41pm

Tom

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I was always told that was Sheila E screaming "Bobby I'm The Drummer!", as she eventually replaced him for the SOTT era.

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Reply #15 posted 07/30/20 6:50pm

TrivialPursuit

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Tom said:

I was always told that was Sheila E screaming "Bobby I'm The Drummer!", as she eventually replaced him for the SOTT era.


First, why would Sheila be singing lead or anything on "Mountains?" It's a W&L demo with Prince lyrics.

Second, it wasn't performed on the SOTT or Lovesexy Tour (unless it showed up in the piano section).

Your theory doesn't hold water. The song was recorded late 1985, well before Prince thought of breaking up the band. It's why Dez left when he did, because Prince needed him for the next three years (PR, ATWIAD, UTCM). So the band was tell together through all that time. The last Revolution show was Sept 1986, over a year later. SOTT tour didn't start until May 1987. So Sheila didn't replace him at least until September 1986. It'd make zero sense for her to say that on a record almost two years before, and simultaneously dissing one of Prince's oldest friends and bandmembers to that point.

You should confront whoever told you that, because they lied to you.

Just when U think U've got more than enough, that's when it all up and flies away.
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Reply #16 posted 07/31/20 10:14am

lurker316

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smiler69 said:

Bobby on the drum-ah! Just an emphatic vocal on the word drum.


I believe it is "Bobby the drum-ah". But I don't think the "ah" is just a random grunt independent of the word "drum".

I think they're singing "Bobby the drummer" and pronouncing the "er" as "ah". It's not uncommon to prounce the sound "er/or/ar" as "ah" or "a". For instance, sugah (sugar), flava (flavor), playa (player), gansta, etc. Now we have drummah.

As I mentioned in the original post, I was pretty close to guessing this, but instead of "the" drummer I thought they were saying "our" drummer.





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Reply #17 posted 07/31/20 1:17pm

TrivialPursuit

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lurker316 said:

smiler69 said:

Bobby on the drum-ah! Just an emphatic vocal on the word drum.


I believe it is "Bobby the drum-ah". But I don't think the "ah" is just a random grunt independent of the word "drum".


I actually think this is just as viable as a phonetic "ahh" sound independent on the word "drummer." It could be either, and honestly both are logical.

Just when U think U've got more than enough, that's when it all up and flies away.
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Reply #18 posted 07/31/20 4:38pm

GaryMF

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lurker316 said:

As I mentioned in the original post, I was pretty close to guessing this, but instead of "the" drummer I thought they were saying "our" drummer.





I agree. I always heard it as "Bobby's our drummer!" with the "s" in Bobby's and the "R" in "our" and "drummer" being dropped, so it comes out as: "Bobby ou(r) drummah!"

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Reply #19 posted 08/01/20 12:49am

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The actual drum breakdown sounds so much like Prince’s drumming style, I often wondered if it was in fact him playing, just credited to Bobby.
PIPS! Eurgh...
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Reply #20 posted 08/01/20 5:48am

GaryMF

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fishwillbite said:

The actual drum breakdown sounds so much like Prince’s drumming style, I often wondered if it was in fact him playing, just credited to Bobby.

I'm pretty sure the whole song is all programmed on the Linn, even the breakdown where it changes to a higher pitched snare, and likley all programmed by Prince.

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Reply #21 posted 08/01/20 10:06am

Shockedelicus

"Bobby on the drum - ah!" is the correct answer.

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Reply #22 posted 08/02/20 5:01am

fearnleyp

I always hear it as “Bobby, you’re the drummer!”...
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Reply #23 posted 08/03/20 5:46pm

databank

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I've been wondering about this for 29 years lol

I always heard "Bobby on drummer" but always knew it couldn't be that cos it makes no sense. I guess the "Bobby our drummer" theory is the most likely.

Can't someone ask Wendy or Lisa on FB or Twitter?

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Reply #24 posted 08/03/20 6:13pm

TrivialPursuit

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fearnleyp said:

I always hear it as “Bobby, you’re the drummer!”...


Bobby already knows that, though. Why would he be telling him that?


Just when U think U've got more than enough, that's when it all up and flies away.
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Reply #25 posted 08/03/20 11:50pm

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When I was a 16yr old new Prince fan back in the mid-late 90s, I used to think the lyric was "Tommy Barbarella", not realising at the time that Tommy wouldn't join the band for another 5 years or so lol

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Reply #26 posted 08/04/20 2:51am

BlueShakooo

I hear "Bobby on the drums".
Prince takes a breath for his scream at that moment, so it feels like it's not "drums" but "drummer".
But the closer I listen the more I hear the "s" of the word "drums".
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Reply #27 posted 08/05/20 6:45pm

GaryMF

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What about the fact that it's really Linn Lm-1 on drums, for Mountains?? smile

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Reply #28 posted 08/06/20 1:46am

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I never even noticed it was a Linn. Huh. Sounds damn good.

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Reply #29 posted 08/06/20 7:36am

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I always thought it was, "Party on the drummer!"

"He's a musician's musician..."
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