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4 Non Blondes — What's Up
Album: Bigger, Better, Faster, More!
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7.6

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Total ratings: 857









Released: 1992
Length: 4:48
Plays (last 30 days): 1
25 years and my life is still
Tryin' to get up that great big hill of hope
For a destination

I realized quickly when I knew I should
That the world was made up of this brotherhood of man
For whatever that means

And so I cry sometimes when I'm lying in bed
Just to get it all out what's in my head
And I, I am feeling a little peculiar

And so I wake in the morning and I step outside
And I take a deep breath and I get real high
And I scream from the top of my lungs
"What's going on?"

And I say, hey-ey-ey
Hey-ey-ey
I said "Hey, a-what's going on?"
And I say, hey-ey-ey
Hey-ey-ey
I said "Hey, a-what's going on?"

Ooh, ooh
Ooh
Ooh, uh huh
Ooh, ooh
Ooh
Ooh, uh huh

And I try
Oh my God, do I try
I try all the time
In this institution

And I pray
Oh my God, do I pray
I pray every single day
For revolution

And so I cry sometimes when I'm lying in bed
Just to get it all out, what's in my head
And I, I am feeling a little peculiar

And so I wake in the morning and I step outside
And I take a deep breath and I get real high
And I scream from the top of my lungs
"What's going on?"

And I say, hey-ey-ey
Hey-ey-ey
I said "Hey, what's going on?"
And I say, hey-ey-ey
Hey-ey-ey
I said "Hey, a-what's going on?"
And I say, hey-ey-ey
(Wake in the morning and step outside)
Hey-ey-ey
(Take a deep breath and I get real high)
(And I scream)
I said "Hey, a-what's going on?"
And I say, hey-ey-ey
(Wake in the morning and step outside)
Hey-ey, yeah yeah yeah
(Take a deep breath and I get real high)
(And I scream)
I said "Hey, a-what's going on?"

Ooh, ooh
Ooh
Ooh, uh huh

25 years and my life is still
Tryin' to get up that great big hill of hope
For a destination, mmm
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My younger brother recently posted part of the chorus on FB and got a reply from my younger sister, the next line. I didn't recognize it at all. So  he sent me the YouTube version of it. AMAZING! What a voice, what harmonies at the end...great band I never heard of before. And now to learn they've been gone a long time too...where have I been?
I wonder if this is not worth a 10, what is.
Raving reviews, and 7.6 average?
God I hate this song.
This was "Grunge Lite" back in the day.
here, where I live, the most popular radio stations play this song few times for a day. I'm sick of it. No thanks 
Some days Linda's screaming in the song is good and some days it really grates on the nerves. 
 ArianAngal wrote:
I am absolutly amazed that not 1 person has even commented on this song !!! This Song fucking says it all.....I now i wake up every morning & i look outside,then i take a deep breath and i get real fuckin high...then somewhere in the next 5-10 minutes i find myself screaming "WHATS GOIN ON"..... Not to mention since janice joplin there have been no prodominatley influencial leading,origonal female vovolists nlet alone bands that have stuck around longer than A JEWEL,in the nile ,k,or alannis morrisette......these women fuckin rocked and hit home .........Nice.....Bam there it is there......thx.....


Wow. Really excited about Linda Perry. I get it.
Uh Boy, I always thought this was Johnette Napolitano.
Guess I need to look at Now Playing more often......
 Proclivities wrote:
 idiot_wind wrote:

i wonder how this would sound
if other singers covered it


Well, there is this interesting cover.
 
That cover is fabulous! 😆🤣
 idiot_wind wrote:

i wonder how this would sound
if other singers covered it


Well, there is this interesting cover.
 idiot_wind wrote:

i wonder how this would sound
if other singers covered it

It would be with considerably less dynamics and with lots of heavy breath sounds to signify emotion!

Remarkable to think that this came out 30 years ago but man,it’s still a great song!
This is one of those songs I remember not liking when it came out, though maybe owing to my "old soul" persona, I also remember knowing I would like it one day later in life.
And damn, it's been a grip since I last heard this. That day is today! 8 rated and Long Live RP!!
What a bomb! Feels exactly the same as the first time I heard this song. If managed properly, that woman's energy could be weaponized.
I remember the first time I heard this song. I can't say that about a lot of songs. It left an impression because it gave me such a feeling of hopefulness, freedom, and possibility. Also, I just liked the music!
HEY!!!
Wow. Brings back a lot of memories. What a great song! Thanks for playing this Bill. 
Great song, Nice to hear again. Am I the only one who noticed that this song sounds a bit like bobby mc Ferrins "don't Worry be happy" ?

https://youtu.be/d-diB65scQU
One of those 'soundtrack of my life' tracks. LOUD, late at night, laying on the floor singing at the top of my lungs.
Life was messy, it was the 90's what can I say - and it still makes me sing.
 ace-marc wrote:

once a decade works for me.



i'm with you on that.  most likely one of the only songs on RP i'd rate a 1.  my god that caterwauling...thank god it's over.
 idiot_wind wrote:

i wonder how this would sound
if other singers covered it


Different, one would presume.
Sitting at my kitchen table, working with my headsets on (pandemic style work-from-home) listening to RP, of course, and I couldn't help myself from signing the "hey-ey-ey"'s.  Meanwhile, my 19 yr-old daughter making her dinner, only hearing my warbling (I'm not a great singer but ok with music guiding me) started singing the verses -- she recognized the song from just the refrain!  That's a testament to this song because she was born in 2002 and I don't think I've ever played it for her in the house before. So off came the headsets and we rocked out to the rest of the tune!  Thanks RP for a great parent-kid moment.
Wow.  It's been so long since I've heard this track that I forgot it existed.  A really good song that I always glued to.  More, good, again, louder. 
There are exactly 420 ratings at this moment. 
And poof it was gone
This song is in the soundtrack for the sci-fi series "Sense8" -- the perfect foil, gives the words a whole new meaning.
So many people dissing good music. HEEEY! HEEEY! WHAT’S GOIN’ ON?!
i wonder how this would sound
if other singers covered it
 ace-marc wrote:

once a decade works for me.



Once a decade is once too many


Dean Ween: I don’t remember where I was, or what I was doing, but I remember hearing it and thinking, “This is the most obnoxious f@cking hollering I’ve ever heard in my life.” I could envision the horrible, horrible female that was singing it, and I knew that it was gonna be a hit, just by how bad I hated it. I knew that it was going to be played for years by every f@cking bad girl band that came through my local bar, and sung on every karaoke night for the rest of time. I was just instantly overcome with a sense of dread, and of course it’s all come to pass.
*that He-Man meme flashbacks*
HEYYEYAAEYAAAEYAEYAA
I liked this the first time I heard it and still do.  
Wow! Thanks, RP!
Hell's teeth, not heard this for a while and made my whole body tingle!! 9
 ArianAngal wrote:
I am absolutly amazed that not 1 person has even commented on this song !!! This Song fucking says it all.....I now i wake up every morning & i look outside,then i take a deep breath and i get real fuckin high...then somewhere in the next 5-10 minutes i find myself screaming "WHATS GOIN ON"..... Not to mention since janice joplin there have been no prodominatley influencial leading,origonal female vovolists nlet alone bands that have stuck around longer than A JEWEL,in the nile ,k,or alannis morrisette......these women fuckin rocked and hit home .........Nice.....Bam there it is there......thx.....
 
15 years later, you've still said it all. Great song.
Wow, haven't heard this in forever!! And first time hearing here!
really?
Took me straight back to that year, first cd on new stereo, bad relationship, oh well, memories, still think this song is good
once a decade works for me.
Yup, time to play it!
scozzie wrote:
Hear Hear - and I say let us hear it here !!!
Yes, absolutely -- Bill, please play this song... It's been over 7 years since you played it!!!!
ArianAngal wrote:
I am absolutly amazed that not 1 person has even commented on this song !!! This Song fucking says it all.....I now i wake up every morning & i look outside,then i take a deep breath and i get real fuckin high...then somewhere in the next 5-10 minutes i find myself screaming "WHATS GOIN ON"..... Not to mention since janice joplin there have been no prodominatley influencial leading,origonal female vovolists nlet alone bands that have stuck around longer than A JEWEL,in the nile ,k,or alannis morrisette......these women fuckin rocked and hit home .........Nice.....Bam there it is there......thx.....
Hear Hear - and I say let us hear it here !!!
I am absolutly amazed that not 1 person has even commented on this song !!! This Song fucking says it all.....I now i wake up every morning & i look outside,then i take a deep breath and i get real fuckin high...then somewhere in the next 5-10 minutes i find myself screaming "WHATS GOIN ON"..... Not to mention since janice joplin there have been no prodominatley influencial leading,origonal female vovolists nlet alone bands that have stuck around longer than A JEWEL,in the nile ,k,or alannis morrisette......these women fuckin rocked and hit home .........Nice.....Bam there it is there......thx.....