Play That Funky Music, White Boy

Words & Music:

Wild Cherry


Bm6    C#m6  Cm6  [vamp riff - use when in doubt...]


Bm6                 C#m6  Cm6  Bm6                        C#m6  Cm6

Once I was a boogie singer---, playin' in a rock and roll band.

I never had no problems, burnin' down the one night stands.

And everything around me got to start to feelin' so low.

And I decided quickly to disco down and check out the show.




Yeah, they were dancin' and singin' and movin' to the groovin'

Bm6                                       Cm6       C#m6

And just when it hit me, somebody turned around and shouted:

Dm6                     Em6  Ebm6

"Play that funky music, white boy-------!

Play that funky music right!

Play that funky music, white boy!

Bm6           Bb         E7        G     D      Bm6     C#m6  Cm6

Lay down that boogie and play that funky music 'til you die!

'Til you die, oh 'til you die!"


I tried to understand this.  I thought they were out of their minds.

How could I be so foolish to not see I was the one behind?

So still I kept on fighting, losing every step of the way.

I said I must go back there and check to see if things still the same.




Now first it wasn't easy, changin' rock-and-rollin' minds.

And things were getting shaky, I thought I'd have to leave it behind.

But now it's so much better, I'm funking out in every way.

But I'll never lose that feelin' of how I learned my lesson that day.




They shouted, "Play that funky music!  Play that funky music!

Play that funky music!  Gotta keep on playin' funky music!


Play that funky music!" [repeat and out]

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