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Cover art for the DoYaThing single.

DoYaThing is a single released by Gorillaz in February 2012. The song features a collaboration with James Murphy and Andre 3000.

Partnership with Converse

On February 1, 2012, the song was released and used in order to promote Converse's Chuck Taylors Gorillaz Collection.

Lyrics

I'm a pale imitator of a boy in the sky
With a cap in his head and a knot in his tie
I'm the light in the mall when the power is gone
A shadow in the corner, just playing along
I'm only laying in my bed, I'm rolling aside
But if I get a car, a moment arrived
Because I know if I ever share a living of you
You've got a volunteer, and you don't know what to do
You'd sigh gog de magog coming soon

You wanna do it, but you don't know what you're doing, baby
A-a-a-a-a-aah
You wanna feel it but you don't know what you're feeling tonight
(Alright, how are we doing?)
And if you're thinking that I don't know what you're thinking, baby
A-a-a-a-a-aah
You go on thinking, and I'll go on out and make it alright
(Alright, how do you do?)

I’m impregnable, incredible, and set in the quo
I’mma late in my rider, not a heart and soul
I got a Saturday night, or nothing instead
And if I ever had to do it, well, you know I wouldn’t care
I just get down, I love when I’m seen
Yeah, and if I wanna talk back, the message is free
Then there’s a fire, a ray, a knot in sight
And if you can’t partake, you get ‘em alive
You get a heartache

You wanna do it, but you don't know what you're doing, baby
A-a-a-a-a-aah
You wanna feel it but you don't know what you're feeling tonight
(Alright, how are we doing?)
And if you're thinking that I don't know what you're thinking, baby
A-a-a-a-a-aah
You go on thinking, and I'll go on out and make it alright
(Alright, how do you do?)

Every time we try we get nowhere
Wouldn't it be nice if we were just normal people?
Trying so hard to act like we don't care
But it's true you do
Nothing is left, so I guess I'm right

New word, onomatopoeia
Boom! Quit acting like you don't wanna be here
Fuck around and get jumped like leap year
Glock in the glove make you really wanna leave me alone
Get the fuck on, gone
Okay, okay, okay, back to the happy song
Rap ain't nothing but the art of talking shit
My girl look pretty up there, right here
My plaid past, my solid future
Astronaut ass and a gorgeous coochie
I'm an Outkast but you're into me
Summer got mad 'cause Winter blew me
That Juicy Fruit, that splooshy-sploosh
Generation X on bloopity-bloop
Get doop, gotta get doopity-doop
Everybody hit the floor, we through the roof
Like a chimney, I commend me
How come it be some lame ass nigga talking about "Ah, he don't rap enough"
But y'all rap a lot, and I'm like "wrap it up, ho!"
You ain't Scarface
You ain't Willie D
You ain't Bushwick
You ain't killin' me
Better play with your motherfucking mama
Bet you still stay with your motherfucking mama
Keep sleeping on me, I'mma rock my pajamas
In the daytime, I swear, I promise
Dare a nigga say something, tear a nigga face off
How come blacks don't play baseball?
Y'all right, know y'all can taste all
This fly shit, I stay for the take off

Do ya damn thing, do ya thing-a-thing
Do ya damn thing, do ya thing-a-thing
Do ya damn thing, do ya thing-a-thing
You ain't fresh squeezed juice, nigga, you that Tang
Do ya damn thing, do ya thing-a-thing
Do ya damn thing, do ya thing-a-thing
Do ya damn thing, do ya thing-a-thing
Wait, is you really Slick Rick? Nope, you Dana Dane

Bet it up, header ups
A lava language and the vocal volcanic
If it ain't fixed, don't broke it, don't panic
If it ain't hits, it ain't shit, God damn it
If it ain't this, it ain't dope, it don't flush
And if it ain't hip or don't hop, well then hush
"Man they sound like-"
"Man they stole your-"
"Man they look like-"
Nope, it ain't us

Ah, Do ya damn thing, do ya thing-a-thing
Do ya damn thing, do ya thing-a-thing
Do ya damn thing, do ya thing-a-thing
Is you really Slick Rick? Nope, you Dana Dane
Do ya damn thing, do ya thing-a-thing
Do ya damn thing, do ya thing-a-thing
Do ya damn thing, do ya thing-a-thing
You ain't fresh squeezed juice, nigga, you that Tang

Every time we try we get nowhere
Wouldn't it be nice if we were just normal people?
Trying so hard to act like we don't care
But it's true you do
Nothing is left, so I guess I'm right

Flip the page, our days are revelations
Space is strange
Doctor, I've got no patience
Oh, it's all a part of the process
Nothin's new, it's true
Cool, I admit, shit, I guess you're right!


Music Video

The video for "DoYaThing" was directed by Jamie Hewlett and was released on 29 February 2012.

Summary

The four Gorillaz members in Do Ya Thing

The four members in their scenes.

The music video opens to a video of a Nile Crocodile scaring a herd of Thomson's Gazelles and then cuts to 2-D waking up from bed and changing into clothes on 212 Wobble Street, London, SW21 7QJ. He then checks every room on the lower floor (Noodle's room, the bathroom, and Murdoc's room). Later on Murdoc hops on his broken chair lift so he can move downstairs, and 2-D checks the living room where the Boogieman is reading a newspaper.

Then, 2-D heads downstairs to the kitchen to get breakfast. Murdoc's chair finally reaches the end of the stairs. 2-D then sees a newspaper comic in which Murdoc is being nice to him. When 2-D looks up from the paper, Murdoc walks into the kitchen and whacks 2-D's head violently with a shoe. Murdoc then heads for the basement, glaring at 2-D before leaving. Miserable, 2-D stares despondently at his burnt toast topped with an ear before switching off the radio and heading outside the front door.

Meanwhile, Murdoc is seen upstairs performing his radio show, now playing "5/4". The camera then pans back to 2-D, and a baboon dressed as a postman hands an eviction notice to 2-D, and vastly improves his mood. With a smile on his face, 2-D wanders out into the street as the camera pans up on the house, revealing a still-giant Russel sleeping on the roof, and the repaired windmill island hanging in the sky above.

Track listing from album release

Promotional CD single
  1. "DoYaThing" (radio edit) – 4:26
  2. "DoYaThing" (full-length version) – 13:09
10" Record Store Day vinyl
  1. "DoYaThing" (full-length version) – 13:09

Trivia

  • The front album cover features a baboon that represents James Murphy, and a masked figure that represents André 3000.
  • This song did not see a release on iTunes.
  • Beats Per Minute named the track the best one of the "Three Artists. One Song" project, calling it "a potent reminder of the power of collaborative music".

External Links

Video

Gorillaz - Do Ya Thing (HD)05:06

Gorillaz - Do Ya Thing (HD)

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