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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Ska Children's Song "Pick It Up!" (with lyrics)

Edited by Azizi Powell

This post showcases the Ska children's song "Pick It Up!". An animated video and live video of this song are featured in this post along with information about GOGO13, information about Hepcat, and my transcription of that song's lyrics.

The content of this post is presented for cultural, entertainment, and aesthetic purposes.

Thanks to the composer/s and the vocalists for this song. Thanks also to all those who are quoted in this post, and thanks to the publisher of this video on YouTube.

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INFORMATION ABOUT GOGO13
From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GOGO13
"GOGO13 is an American ska band formed in 1993 by singer and artist Parker Jacobs and currently based out of Huntington Beach, California.

Originally formed in St. George, Utah in 1993, the first incarnation of GOGO13 lasted for just under a year but were nevertheless credited as extremely influential figures within Utah's thriving ska scene during the first half of the 1990s. In 2001, following the band's rediscovery through their association with the popular Orange County band The Aquabats, GOGO13 permanently reunited and continue to play shows throughout the southwestern region. The band released their first studio album, I Like It!, in April 2012...

GOGO13 may be currently best known for their musical contributions to Yo Gabba Gabba!, namely the original song "Pick It Up", featuring Alex Désert of Hepcat, which was featured in an animated short designed by Jacobs. The short won the award for "Excellence in Humor" at the 2008 ASIFA-East Animation Festival, while the song remains a staple of GOGO13's live shows, eventually appearing several years later on the Gabba CD Music Is...Awesome!, Vol. 3 soundtrack ("at last", an enthusiastic review on AllMusic wrote).[6]"...

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INFORMATION ABOUT HEPCAT
From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hepcat_(band)
"Hepcat is a ska and reggae band formed in southern California in 1989. Their soulful harmonies and mellow rhythms were unlike those of contemporaries and more akin to musicians from the heyday of 1960s Jamaican ska, also referred to as the first wave."...

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LYRICS: PICK IT UP
(GOGO13 featuring Alex Désert of Hepcat

[sound of someone knocking on the door]
(Girl) It’s dad!
(Boy) He can’t come in!
What a mess. What a mess. What a mess.
What a mess. What a mess. What a mess.
(Father) Young boy and young girl,
What have you done?
Your room! It is a mess.
There are clothes everywhere.
On the floor, on the dresser.
There’s a roller skate in the corner.
What do you want me to do, hurt myself?
We can't have that.
We can’t have that.
What I want you to do
is clean this up right now.
I want you to
Pick it up! Pick it up! Pick it up!
Pick it up! Pick it up! Pick it up!
Pick it up! Pick it up! Pick it up!
Pick it up! Pick it up! Pick it up!
Pick it up! Pick it up! Pick it up!
Pick it up! Pick it up! Pick it up!
Pick it up! Pick it up! Pick it up!

Come on, people, let’s clean it up.
(Right now!)
But you can’t clean unless you pick it up.
(An hen).

Pick it up! Pick it up! Pick it up!
Pick it up! Pick it up! Pick it up!
Pick it up! Pick it up! Pick it up!
Pick it up! Pick it up! Pick it up!
Pick it up! Pick it up! Pick it up!
Pick it up! Pick it up! Pick it up!
Pick it up! Pick it up! Pick it up!

Ah ha ha ha
Now that is what I like to see.
A room so clean
I could eat off the floor.
Not that I would.
You can go outside and play with your friends,
Ride your bike, even watch tv.
I don’t mind as long as you keep your room clean.
And, remember, when in doubt
Pick it up! Pick it up! Pick it up!
Pick it up! Pick it up! Pick it up!
Pick it up! Pick it up! Pick it up!
Pick it up! Pick it up! Pick it up!
Pick it up! Pick it up! Pick it up!
Pick it up! Pick it up! Pick it up!
Right!
No more mess, no more mess, no more mess.
No more mess, no more mess, no more mess.
Yeah!
-snip-
Transcription by Azizi Powell from the video. Additions and corrections are welcome.

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SHOWCASE VIDEOS:
Example #1: GOGO13 - Pick It Up (Live)



thetross, Uploaded on Sep 22, 2008

gogo13 playing pick it up live at the glass house in pomona. as heard on yo gabba gabba.

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Example #2: Ska Kids Entertainment



Sub x Sub, ya lo sabes.. Xd, Uploaded on May 14, 2009

Pick it up pick it up pick it up¡¡¡¡

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4 comments:

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    1. Greeting, Samuel.

      Thanks for your comment.

      This is a cool song, isn't it.

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  2. Yeah, cool song. Thanks for the info.

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    1. You're welcome, Gee Ruelas.

      I'm glad I happened upon that Ska song. It's fun for children and adults.

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