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Old 01-09-2004, 09:48 PM
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"My milkshake brings all the boys to the yard." Huh?

I absolutely hate this song, but let's put that aside for the moment. What exactly is the "artist" (Kelis) talking about here? Is it about young, school-age children having sex???
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Old 01-09-2004, 10:24 PM
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I love this song. Karaoke, here I come!
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Old 01-09-2004, 10:29 PM
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First of all - this song rocks. Let's be clear on that - don't know if it is the white-noise-just-about-Gary-Numan's-Cars-hook line, or just that it is just a catchy riff, but it rocks.

As for the lyric? Well, have you seen the video? With Kelis shakin' her assets in a low-cut top, I don't think you need to ask what Milkshake really means...
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Old 01-09-2004, 10:39 PM
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I looooove this song. I sing it loud at work and shake my lembas.

Damn right it's better than yours. I could teach you, but I'd have to charge.
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Old 01-09-2004, 10:40 PM
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Exactly what WordMan said. Milkshake, literally, is a shimmy. As in so many other facets of life, it's all about the boobies.

To hear Kelis tell it, it's just about the feminine mystique and flaunting and marketing ones sexuality in an expressive, attractive way.

But really, it's about the boobies.
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Old 01-09-2004, 11:22 PM
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Shoot me.
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Old 01-09-2004, 11:33 PM
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Shoot me.
Hmmm. Lookin' for a little more here, Teelo. And I am shooting you because...?
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Old 01-09-2004, 11:44 PM
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Heh, I just really really hate that song Wordman.
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Old 01-10-2004, 12:44 AM
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What I found amazing was Kelis' transformation. Anyone else remember a few years ago, when she had that really shitty single? It was something about how much she hated this guy. It's been a while since I've heard it. But she came across as a rap/hip-hop Alanis Morrisette.
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Old 01-10-2004, 12:49 AM
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My friend and I were discussing this tonight. He thought it referred to breasts as well while I thought it was about her, um...er..nether regions and oral sex. I can see the breast angle, but I think it's the other. In my unqualified opinion, that explains the "warm it up" part.

On a related note, my ten year old daughter loves that song, but she won't believe me that it's really about sexuality. She insists it's about, well, a milkshake, duh. Somehow, that's encouraging.
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Old 01-10-2004, 12:55 AM
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I always thought it was about BJs too.
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Old 01-10-2004, 12:55 AM
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What I found amazing was Kelis' transformation. Anyone else remember a few years ago, when she had that really shitty single? It was something about how much she hated this guy. It's been a while since I've heard it. But she came across as a rap/hip-hop Alanis Morrisette.
It was called "Caught Out There", containing the shouted line "I hate you so much right now!" It wasn't an awful single, IMO.
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Old 01-10-2004, 01:07 AM
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Kelis is also known for singing the hook in that Ol' Dirty Bastard song: "Hey, Dirty! Baby I got cha money, don't you worry!"
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Old 01-10-2004, 01:19 AM
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She also sang sang some vocals and had a part in the Busta Rhymes song "What It Is Right Now?"
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Old 01-10-2004, 02:39 AM
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Before tonight I woulda had no idea what the heck you were talking about. But I heard it in a bar earlier.

I hate it too.
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Old 01-10-2004, 02:59 AM
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I used to hate it, but then some chemical change swept through my brain and now it's my dirty, guilty pleasure.

I just assumed it wasn't anything specific - she could say her poundcake is better than yours, or her fluffernutter. The point is the sexual connotation, not some specific secret meeting. "My raw sexuality brings all the boys to the yard." Damn right.
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Old 01-10-2004, 03:31 AM
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eh, needs more cowbell
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Old 01-10-2004, 03:41 AM
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Maybe it's meant as a double entendre? Maybe it's meant to conjure jiggling boobies AND soft pliant lips at the same time? I hate the arrogance of the song, the instrumental riffs, and vocalizations are solid.

It does harken back to the days when females often (not always)had to display perfect skin, hair and form to get many mates (who were not necessarily aware of each other, naturally) have lots of children, and get the males to bring them food and furs to support what they think are their offspring. In other words, back to the times of the hunter/gatherer society.

It implies that females who are less than perfect in form will cease to be in the presence of her jiggling assets. This is such a broad generalization, and so arrogant that it annoys me. I, at least, am more than jiggling assets, I have a mind, and a soul. I like when my husband notices those just as much, if not more than when he notices my boobs.
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Old 01-10-2004, 07:52 AM
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As this hip-hop guy from Philadelphia I often chat with on soulseek explained to me some while ago, "milkshake means the confidence in which you carry the full package, and not just breasts, also hips, thighs, butt, etc. "I don’t know if it’s correct though, but it seems fitting with the teasing arrogance of the song.

Which kicks ass, by the way. Those fuzzed out keyboards makes this one of the best mainstream singles of 2003.
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Old 01-10-2004, 08:11 AM
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I love this song! There's something about the riff that gets me, and I like her vocals over the top. Really unusual.
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Old 01-10-2004, 09:13 AM
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It's a great song, but so it should be. Neptunes production=instant classic.

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First of all - this song rocks. Let's be clear on that - don't know if it is the white-noise-just-about-Gary-Numan's-Cars-hook line, or just that it is just a catchy riff, but it rocks.
Nice reference Wordman, I completely missed that.

I'unno, I never really considered what it was about. I just thought that it was a schoolyard style chant expressing sexual dominance. Just, the whole thing, I suppose. I'm-the-girl-the-boys-do-what-I-say type song.
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Old 01-10-2004, 10:15 AM
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It does harken back to the days when females often (not always)had to display perfect skin, hair and form to get many mates (who were not necessarily aware of each other, naturally) have lots of children, and get the males to bring them food and furs to support what they think are their offspring. In other words, back to the times of the hunter/gatherer society.

It implies that females who are less than perfect in form will cease to be in the presence of her jiggling assets. This is such a broad generalization, and so arrogant that it annoys me. I, at least, am more than jiggling assets, I have a mind, and a soul. I like when my husband notices those just as much, if not more than when he notices my boobs.
Perfect skin, hair and form were essential to hunter-gatherer societies? Got a cite for that? Oh sure, maybe among hunter-gatherer Alpha Males, but there were (and are) lots of Beta, Gamma, and Omega Males lacking in the requisites to command such, um, prized commodities.
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Old 01-10-2004, 10:34 AM
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In that clear skin, and shiny hair signified good health, and wide full hips signaled sexual maturity, and ability to give live birth, yes, these things were important to primitive societys. The males wanted a healthy female to sire children with, not some female who might die giving birth, or not be able to take hardships (like famine, or drought, or blizzard etc.) during pregnancy, someone who would stay alive long enough to raise the child. So, some level of perfection was highly desireable, for the puposes of producing offspring.

There are still aborigonal societys that empasize this kind of thing today, because life where they live is tough, and the females MUST be healthy enough to carry, give birth to and raise children so the tribe can survive. (I don't think they go for the "acquire many mates, and have children by them all to get lots of food and supplies" nowadays though.) I can see the reasonings for such things in those cases, but not in this highly technological society. It's almost an anachronism.

Such arrogance just gets under my skin. It goes beyond good self esteem, right to obnoxious. Yeah, if your pretty, flaunt it. Just don't get so arrogant that you state that EVERY male will look at you, and say you are better looking etc. than the females that they choose to be with. That's just rude, and setting yourself up for a fall when it doesn't always happen that way, when a male has no interest in you. It is such a big brag, that it can't come true. Also, why put jiggling so well that "all" the guys around you get hot and bothered above being a nice, honorable person? It's an over-the-top brag, with a large amount of arrogant self delusion in it.

(I'm actually very good looking, or so people tell me. I just don't go for that kind of arrogance, it's not "beauty" to me.)
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Old 01-10-2004, 11:03 AM
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Zabali - you're telling me you've never felt Hot? C'mon, everybody has moments where they feelin' "Day-yamn! I am smokin' today!" Of course it would be obnoxious to see someone do it in real life, but Milkshake isn't real life - it's just a song.

Good art is supposed to give voice to our innermost feelings. Sometimes our innermost feelings are "Boy, I'm Hot today!" - granted, not the most sophisticated of our innermost feelings, but it does happen.

Sure, way too many songs try to capture and express that particular innermost feeling; it just so happens that this song is better than most (damn right, it's better than most).

Lighten up.
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Old 01-10-2004, 11:10 AM
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I'd dance to it, as I said, the vocals and instrumental riffs are solid. It's just the attitude that it evokes that bothers me. (Because it seems to be going "mainstream".)

Yes, I've had days when I felt "unstoppable". I still didn't get obnoxiously arrogant about it. I just had a blast dancing the night away, seducing my man.

There's a difference between knowing/being sexy, and making fantastic brags. Either you are sexy, or you aren't. You don't need to brag if you are, just being so is enough.
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Old 01-10-2004, 11:23 AM
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There's a difference between knowing/being sexy, and making fantastic brags. Either you are sexy, or you aren't. You don't need to brag if you are, just being so is enough.
It's all good. To me, you are just stating the difference between an Introvert (the efficient woman who takes off her glasses and lets her hair down behind closed doors) and the extrovert (see Milkshake video). There's room for both. Again, I don't want to spend time with people as Out There as Kelis' character in the video - but that's just a video. I do, however, like it when someone I think is hot has a little strut in her step....at the heart of that little strut is a bit of a brag - it's just a question of degrees, right?
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Old 01-10-2004, 11:32 AM
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I choose to believe she makes really good milkshakes - Haagen-Dazs, whole milk, et cetera.

But then, I really really like milkshakes.
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Old 01-10-2004, 01:30 PM
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can't help but shake it!

Plain and simple She's talking about sex.
Basically it is the same story... sex sells it.
However you define it in your own terms....
Iswear listening to this track on the bus, people must wonder... I can't help but shake it!
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can't help but shake it!

Plain and simple She's talking about sex.
Basically it is the same story... sex sells it.
However you define it in your own terms....
I swear listening to this track on the bus, people must wonder... I can't help but shake it!
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Old 01-10-2004, 01:45 PM
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It implies that females who are less than perfect in form will cease to be in the presence of her jiggling assets. This is such a broad generalization, and so arrogant that it annoys me. I, at least, am more than jiggling assets, I have a mind, and a soul. I like when my husband notices those just as much, if not more than when he notices my boobs.
No, no, no! She says "I could teach you, but I'd have to charge." How can you teach a woman to to have jiggly boobs? She's talking about loving your body and exuding the confidence that brings boys into your yard and whatnot. It's like Hüsker Düde said:
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As this hip-hop guy from Philadelphia I often chat with on soulseek explained to me some while ago, "milkshake means the confidence in which you carry the full package, and not just breasts, also hips, thighs, butt, etc. "
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Old 01-10-2004, 02:50 PM
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I choose to believe she makes really good milkshakes - Haagen-Dazs, whole milk, et cetera.
Made With Real Breastmilk™!
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Old 01-10-2004, 08:21 PM
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I really like this song!

And it's a heck of a long way from my usual genres (see my screen name etc). It's a combination of the fuzzy beat, the singing, and that brazen 'ding!' sound .

I didn't really have to know exactly what she meant by Milkshake to enjoy the track, but I suspect it has to be some sort of sexual connotation. Watch the video.
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No, no, no! She says "I could teach you, but I'd have to charge." How can you teach a woman to to have jiggly boobs? She's talking about loving your body and exuding the confidence that brings boys into your yard and whatnot.
I think it'd be easier to teach proper jiggling technique than to teach confidence.
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I personally find this song almost idiotically repetitive, and I agree with Zabali-Clawbane that it's kind of obnoxious. I really don't like songs that encourage that catty competitiveness between women, but maybe I just need to lighten up.

Didn't Kelis also sing on Outkast's The Love Below? Is that her on "Dracula's Wedding"?
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Old 01-11-2004, 02:44 AM
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I haven't seen the video, so I assumed milkshake = "milk".....shaking.....inside a "blender". I want a chocolate milkshake now (no innuendo) but I've got this picture in my head.
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It was brought up before, but watch the video. Then you won't have any doubt.
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Old 01-11-2004, 03:32 AM
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"I could teach you, but I'd have to charge"... cuauhtemoc
had it right... she's not saying her boobies are better than yours, merely that her boob-display technique is better.

Think of two peacocks. Maybe one has brighter feathers, but doesn't have that peacock strut down. The other has dull feathers, but can shake it like a polaroid picture.

Think about it... do you go for Ricky Martin in Screech's clothes, or Screech in Ricky Martin's clothes?

(personally, I always found Screech kinda endearing, and I'm sure he'd be a good provider, but still...)
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Old 01-11-2004, 07:37 PM
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"Shake it like a polaroid picture" is from 'Hey Ya' by Outkast, though .
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Old 01-11-2004, 10:01 PM
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Ugh. This song will become the "Whoomp! There it is!" of 2003/4.

Just an awful, AWFUL song. makes me want to but a 5/16th drill bit through both of my eardrums.
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Old 01-11-2004, 11:52 PM
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Like most songs that are out at the moment, it has more to do with the rituals that mating and dating revolve around in society. Kelis states that she's got more of what it takes to get a man, and that it's not just sexual features, but also confidence. Sure, she's cocky about it, but, well, to be honest, any female who thinks she's better than another is going to be cocky about it in some respect or another.
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I really don't like songs that encourage that catty competitiveness between women, but maybe I just need to lighten up.
Rubystreak, to be honest, women are competitive by nature when it comes to finding a companion. Men are just as competitive, but they act upon it in a different manner. Women tend to be catty and mean, and men tend to display it in a physically different way. It's a natural instinct in humans and other animals that has evolved over eons. You're trying to take a basic instinct out of society, and it doesn't often work that way.

Personally, I like the song. It's got a good beat and I can dance to it, plus, I can relate to the idea of being confident that you're the woman that get the guys' attention and make other women envious. Either way, it's a dance club song! Does it really have to make any sense?
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Old 01-12-2004, 05:55 AM
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Well, it's a pretty good shake, but I don't know if it's worth five dollars...
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Well, it's a pretty good shake, but I don't know if it's worth five dollars...
I don't think Kelis' dance in the Milkshake video would cut it at Jackrabbit Slim's....
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I am with the camp that loathes this song. To those of you say you like it (to whatever varying degree): I'd love to see your pledged support 6 months from now.
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Kelis says "Milkshake is just that thing that makes a woman stand out from everyone else. It's a thing that makes you sensual and warm and maternal. It could be about breasts but I don't have huge t*** so you gotta work with what you got."
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Old 01-13-2004, 10:54 AM
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I am with the camp that loathes this song. To those of you say you like it (to whatever varying degree): I'd love to see your pledged support 6 months from now.
I've been listening to this song since August. Still love it. I told you, it's the Neptunes, therefore it's gold. They're geniuses.
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I'm torn. Torn, I tells ya. I love, love, love the music. (Yes, the Neptunes are gods. Did they even get nominated for a Grammy?)

The lyrics make me want to sign the consent form for my own lobotomy, though. I can dig what she's saying but the repetition drives me up the wall.

Luckily, the stations I listen to the most don't play Kelis, so, for now, at least, my frontal lobe will remain intact.
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I can't believe you people think Kelis has great boobies!
What milkshake? There's nothing there but a nubshake!
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I had no idea what this was referring to (I know, I know, I have a hip rating of only four or five on a scale of ten), so I went looking for information. Anyone who's like me who wants to know what this is about, you can see/hear the song here.

My reaction: Eh. It's this season's "Hot in Herre." Shake your rump this month, see it added to the Razor & Tie late-night-infomercial dance-mix collection next month, and then it disappears entirely from this universe as if it never existed.
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Old 02-01-2004, 09:07 PM
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I believe this song will make it into the next Dave Barry's Book of Worst Songs.

Its the song that you can't get out of your head; no good song ever stays in your head, right?

It does remind me of a girl I went to grade school with (Kim) who used to stand by the school at recess and supposedly let the boys see her underwear (we were 10!) I never knew if she showed any, cause the flock of guys was too much in the way; she was a bit on the short side.
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Old 02-01-2004, 09:18 PM
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On a related note, my ten year old daughter loves that song, but she won't believe me that it's really about sexuality.
I got a chuckle out of this. It reminded me of my (then) eight-year-old niece, who liked to sing Clarence Carter's "Strokin'". It was really funny to watch her shake her finger when she said, "Dat's what I be doin'".
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