Song Lyric Sunday | “Bad Boy/Having a Party” – Luther Vandross

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Song Lyric Sunday was created by Helen Vahdati from This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time and author Jim Adams from A Unique Title For Me is our current host. For complete rules or to join in the fun, click here.

This week’s theme is  “Birthday/Cake/Gift/Party/Surprise.

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Released in September of 1982, Luther Vandross’ sophomore album, Forever, for Always, for Love, was his second album to chart in the top 20 on the Billboard 200 and his second album to top the R&B Albums chart where it spent three weeks.

The album was certified Platinum by the RIAA, and earned Vandross his third nomination for Best R&B Vocal Performance, Male, but Marvin Gaye won for his song, Sexual Healing.

The first release from the album, Bad Boy /Having a Party, became a top five R&B hit which peaked to number-three on the Hot R&B Singles chart, and reached #55 on the Billboard Hot 100… and it became a party anthem that can still be heard at class reunions, wedding receptions, family reunions, Christmas parties and cookouts almost forty years later!

The song is about a teenage boy, grounded for staying out too late, who decides to sneak out of his home to attend the party of the year.

FUN FACTS:

  • The bridge samples the chorus from the Sam Cooke song Having a Party, but with new lyrics added to the end (“you can’t go”).
  • The song was featured during the opening credits of the 1990 film House Party.
  • Before he began a successful solo career, Vandross sang backing vocals for many top artists including Roberta Flack, Chaka Khan, Ben E. King, Bette Midler, Diana Ross, Carly Simon, Barbra Streisand, and Donna Summer, and for the bands Mandrill, Chic and Todd Rundgren’s Utopia.

Enjoy!

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Bad Boy / Having a Party

he bad boy’s swingin’ (Ha, ha, ha, ha)
Oh Yeah (Do doobie, doobie, de, de)
Well alright, (Do doobie, doobie, de, de) oh yeah
(Yeah) Well alright, (Whoa, ey)
oh yeah (bad boy’s swingin’) (Do doobie, dwiddle, de, de)
Well alright, (Dwiddle, de, Dwiddle, de, Dwiddle, de)
oh yeah (Do, do, do, de, do, yeah)
Roll back the rug everybody, move all the tables and chairs
We’re gonna have us a good time tonight
Every time that we meet, we skip and we dip to the beat, yeah
What in the world could be better than getting together again
The last time we had a party, it ended when the sun came up
That’s why your mama told you that you couldn’t go out (stay in the house)
, Bad boy, gonna sneak out tonight, he’s gonna tip out her window
Cause he sure wants to go out and dance
Everyone’s here, let ’em all in (oh yeah),
the chandelier down stairs has fallen (Well alright)
I know its hard to resist, this is the party no one wanted to miss
If you don’t get home on the double (oh Yeah),
You’re going to be in trouble (Well alright)
I hope your mama don’t look in your room
Cause if she does she’ll be here soon
She’s gonna be mad, you?re a bad boy (boy)
You got in trouble
(boy),
Say goodbye to your friends
’cause it’s gonna be a while til you see them again
Oh, Bad boy, gonna sneak out tonight, he’s gonna tip out her window
Cause he sure wants to go out and dance
(ooo yeah)
Everybody swingin’ (the bad boy’s swingin), dancing to the music
On the radio-o-o
Havin’ a party, everybody swingin’ (he’s a bad boy swingin)
Dancin’ to the music on the radio-o-no-no-no (you can’t go)
Bad boy, (oooh, bad boy) he’s gotta sneak out tonight, gonna sneak out her window
Cause he sure wants to go out and dance
Everybody swingin’ (the bad boy’s swingin), dancing to the music
On the radio-o-o
Havin’ a party, everybody swingin’ (he’s a bad boy swingin)
Dancin’ to the music on the radio-o-no-no-no (you can’t go)
Ooh (ooh bad boy) he’s gonna sneak out tonight, he’s gonna tip out her window,
d-d-d-dip out her window,
diddle, diddle, de
dippity, dippity, de, de, de,
Yeah, yeah, yeah, o-o-oh, oh yeah
Bad Boy (oh bad boy) he’s gonna sneak out tonight, he’s gonna tip out her window,
d-d-d-dip out her window,
diddle, diddle, de
Compiled from Genius Lyrics, Google, Wikipedia, Songfacts.com, Lyric Find, and YouTube.

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