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(+LYRICS+TRANSLATION) MUSIC REVIEW: CHILD OF THE WORLD BY FALZ THE BAHD GUY “WHY DID FALZ DO HIS EYES LIKE THIS NA?”

(+LYRICS+TRANSLATION) MUSIC REVIEW: CHILD OF THE WORLD BY FALZ THE BAHD GUY “WHY DID FALZ DO HIS EYES LIKE THIS NA?”

Interestingly, the song “Child of the world” by Falz the bahd guy was released in 2017 but this was not accompanied with a visual. However, the artiste has now released the visual to the 2017 song that has reflective lyrics.

I really like this song because it brings to fore that HIV/AIDS is still out there even though people have suddenly become mum about it or they are now careless about who or what they sleep with. The awareness seems to have overtime been relegated to the background. Some years back, people feared HIV/AIDS a lot. For one, two or some reasons, people no longer fear HIV/AIDS (If you ask me, I really don’t know why. May be  the thing don hold them for body that they had rather take a risk for a 5/10/20/30 minutes or 1 hour enjoyment or 1 day enjoyment (since some people are sex maniacs), than stay alive).

Some people especially guys are even ready to get down with you without condom, so shameless! This is the kind of song on-air personalities should play regularly, but they wont; I guess you know the kind of songs they love to play…

LYRICS TO CHILD OF THE WORLD BY FALZ

INTRO

Yeah, God, Ah, Ah

VERSE 1

Apple of her mother’s eye, she be trophy daughter. Mummy raised her. Daddy never dropped a dollar. Daddy ran away, didn’t want to have a child
Mummy wasn’t ready, still remember how she cried.

But time flies, allthat one is in the past life. Shola ti mature, gbogbo body ti di large size
She just collect law degree for Unilag, first class in the bag, make her mummy to dey brag
She went to be an intern for her Uncle. Just a little hustle before she go to law school
My daughter, the Lord will be your muscle. Omo Jesu, Mummy know she love the gospel
But Uncle Peter Agbaya, Ala yi ni ti ju (Shameless elderly person). One late night became wild in the sitting room
Uncle please stop, shhh be silent, uncle didn’t stop till he broke the hymen.

PRE- CHORUS
Am I a fool? Shey I don go astray? Am I a victim of my circumstance?
Omo luwa bi ti bo so wa ye and now I’m feeling like I don loss my way. (A child with good behavior has now fallen into the hands of those of the world that are immoral)
Am I a fool? Shey I don go astray? Am I a victim of my circumstance?
Omo luwa bi ti bo so wa ye and now I’m feeling like I don loss my way. (A child with good behavior has now fallen into the hands of those of the world that are immoral)

CHORUS

Oh oh oh, oh oh oh, I be Child of the world, I don become a child of the world
Eh eh eh, eh eh eh, I be Child of the world, I don become a child of the world
Oh oh oh, oh oh oh, I be Child of the world, I don become a child of the world
Eh eh eh, eh eh eh, I be Child of the world, Ah, I don become a child of the world

VERSE 2

She don dey look for that thing she dey resist before; she never had a daddy figure so she need the luck
Uncle Peter don create beast, she can’t tame the stuff; she like make e rough, she can’t have enough
She met some ladies wey go like rub shoulder on some quick business with a high turn over
Say if you ride stick, you go ride range rover; Aristo Plc shey you wan be Stake holder
Now with Sugar daddy loving everyday; she don dey get the pay
If you get the dollar spend the pay, no dey negotiate
She’s in deeper, her whole life don deteriorate. Many belle she don get, she don terminate
Queen runs girl, she no get any competition. Gomino Senator, she’s giving every politician
Somebody tell am say the consequences no dey likely, until she tested positive to HIV

INTERLUDE

I know sometimes, e go be like say u no fit bear the shame, like e better make you just end am, put out the flame, speak up, no be you get the blame, speak up. I can help with the pain

VERSE 3

She promised not to disappoint, I guess she broke her vow
She let herself go, she let Mummy down. But she go fight to defeat that depression
As long as she’s alive she can still find redemption
She’s getting people sensitized about the virus. She’s now hoping that her story might inspire us
Don’t be like me, help me tell the young ones. Don’t come to realize it after you’re long gone
Please don’t be a fool now, don’t go astray. Don’t be a victim of your circumstance
Omo luwa bi ma bo so wa ye. I didnt know when I lost my way

PRE- CHORUS
Am I a fool? Shey I don go astray? Am I a victim of my circumstance?
Omo luwa bi ti bo so wa ye (A good child has now become the child of the world)
and now I’m feeling like I don loss my way.
Am I a fool? Shey I don go astray? Am I a victim of my circumstance?
Omo luwa bi ti bo so wa ye (A good child has now become the child of the world)
and now I’m feeling like I don loss my way

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CHORUS

Oh oh oh, oh oh oh, I be Child of the world, I don become a child of the world
Eh eh eh, eh eh eh, I be Child of the world, I don become a child of the world
Oh oh oh, oh oh oh, I be Child of the world, I don become a child of the world
Eh eh eh, eh eh eh, I be Child of the world, Ah, I don become a child of the world

OUTRO

Please don’t be a fool, don’t go astray, don’t be a victim of your circumstance
Omo luwa bi ma bo so wa aye. I didn’t know when I lost my way

I’m a Child of the world, I just became a child of the world
I be Child of the world, I don become a child of the world
Child of the world, I just became a child of the world
Child of the world, I don become a child of the world

Oh oh oh oh oh oh, yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah (2x)

THE REVIEW

First of all, I love the fact that the director of the visuals “Kemi Adetiba” put the names of the major cast “Toyin Abraham and Bamike Bam Bam Oluwunmi” on the screen, terrific! Though, we don’t know uncle Peter’s real name…

LYRICALLY, the song tells a story; all the lines are perfectly interrelated. Very inspiring! The lyrics are deep and original, never ever used by any Nigerian musician. There are three verses in the song while the pre-chorus and chorus were done twice. The song flowed well; lyric wise and rhythm wise. The opening scene is also atmospheric as it explains the nature of the song and has the capacity to make viewers curious as to why the lady intends to commit suicide.

BREAKDOWN OF THE SONG

In the verse 1, “Apple of her mother’s eye, she be trophy daughter. Mummy raised her” the artiste talked about a woman Mama Sola (Toyin Abraham) who was saddled with the task of raising her daughter- Sola (Bamike Bam Bam Oluwunmi) alone after the man that impregnated her absconded. Mama Sola raised Shola in a godly way and she loved her daughter so much. Intelligent Sola graduated with a first class from Law at the University of Lagos. While on intern at her Uncle’s company, her uncle raped her; which made her lose her virginity in a cruel way. Also, she became wild and went into prostitution.

The pre-chorus, “Am I a fool? Shey I don go astray? Am I a victim of my circumstance?” is a sequel to the Verse 1. Here, the artiste said the “once used to be good girl” Sola has now allowed the rape incident determine and dictate her lifestyle. After she was raped, she saw it as a tangible motive to start prostituting.

However, the artiste asked people that are victims of circumstances a question; if they have become foolish and gone astray because of the harm beyond their control that was inflicted upon them.

In the chorus, “Oh oh oh, oh oh oh, I be Child of the world, I don become a child of the world” the artiste said that if you allow circumstances around you or the harm inflicted upon you intentionally or intentionally control your life negatively, then you have become a child of the world; immoral just like the case of Sola.

In the Verse 2, “She don dey look for that thing she dey resist before; she never had a daddy figure so she need the luck” the artiste said Shola had always had sexual urge but fought it, but after the rape, she became sexually uncontrollable. She started making a lot of money and was more into sugar daddies; politicians. The more sugar daddies she slept with, the more her money, likewise the more she was exposed to sexual diseases. She and her friends turned prostitution into full time business and named it Aristo Plc and she was a stakeholder in the business. She terminated a lot of pregnancies. She continued in her sexual escapade until one day, she was diagnosed of HIV/AIDS. This made her attempt suicide.

During the intermission, the artiste encouraged people who have been raped or have encountered any hurtful situation to voice out rather than commit suicide, since it was not their fault.

In the verse 3, “She promised not to disappoint, I guess she broke her vow”, the artiste said Shola wanted to commit suicide after she learnt she had HIV. However, she had a change of heart and decided to tell people about the disease and then advice them to stay away from sexual immorality so that they do not end up like her. She was able to surmount depression, redeem herself and then go back to apologize to her mummy for being out of touch.

WHAT DOES THE SONG “CHILD OF THE WORLD” BY FALZ THE BAHD GUY MEAN?

Generally when the word “Worldly“ is used, it connotes that one is fascinated by the things of the world; in essence the person is materialistic or ungodly or fleshly, all which may end up at the destruction of one’s soul depending on how the person goes about it. It is more like seeking wild pleasure at the expense of one’s life.

So “Child of the world” may mean a person that does all manner of immoral things for cash just to survive in the world.

In the context of the this song, child of the world is about a girl that went astray after she was raped. She was a victim of a circumstance that was beyond her control and made the circumstance control her lifestyle by living wayward. She was living a wayward life because of what happened to her; she became a victim of circumstance.

THE MEANING OF SOME WORDS IN THE SONG

Apple of someone’s eye– To be someone’s favourite.

Trophy daughter– a daughter that is young, beautiful and outstanding performance that everyone wants to associate with. Someone heroic! An accomplisher!

Mature– A grown up person in physical appearance, thoughts and actions.

Brag– To showoff, to boast about something/something, to be proud of something or someone

Intern– to work in a certain place that is relating to your field in order to garner more knowledge and experience, usually not paid for.

Wild– untamed, uncontrolled; Rub shoulder- To associate or interact with someone

Hymen– A mucous membrane which covers the vaginal opening in females

Turnover– to generate a certain amount of money from sales; Deteriorate– To worsen

Stakeholder– To have a share/interest in a certain business. Shola has a share in Aristo plc.

Negotiate– Bargain, to reach a mutual agreement in a deal; Redemption– save, emancipation

Sensitize– To make people aware of something, tell people about something

Defeat– To overcome, succeed, conquer; Depression– Sad, hopelessness

Agbaya, Ala yi ni ti ju- A shameless elderly person; Omo luwa bi– A person of good behavior.

Fool– A person with poor judgment, little intelligence, silly

Circumstance– that which attends or relates to, in some way affects, a fact or event, an attendant thing or state of things, an event. A fact or a particular incident, situation

Victim– Anyone who is harmed by another, a person who suffers any other injury loss or damage as a result of a voluntary undertaking- an unfortunate person who suffers from a disaster or other adverse effects, a character who is conquered or manipulated by a villain

Victim of circumstance- This is when a person is harmed in an unplanned or planned event and the person decides to stop being noble and go astray as a result of his or her harsh experience in the event, he or she starts using what happened as an excuse or letting it gain full control of their life, personality and decision they make. They let the harsh or plight circumstance mold their life, reasoning, decision….

SOUND– Melodious! Very interesting to the ears! Falz was expressive as he sang the vocals. He was consistent with the style of rhythm. His lyrics flowed well with the lyric. The drum beat also enhanced the rhythm.

LOCATION– The video was shot both indoor and outdoor. Indoor (the building were Shola and mum lived, where she was raped and carried out her prostitution business. Also the hospitals where she terminated various pregnancies and the studio where the drummers were in).

Outdoor (Where Shola attempted jumping off the bridge in a bid to commit suicide and where she was creating awareness about HIV)

COSTUME– Ankara, Aso-oke, lace , graduation attire, short gowns, suit; fair .

VIDEO PRODUCTION– The video definitely tells a story. I love the way Shola shrugged when she returned to her mum. Toyin Abraham interpreted her role well without any comic expression this time; terrific. Falz plus all those that featured in the video were very expressive and made the video interesting to watch. The hospital scene looked so real. The visuals reflected the lyrics of the song; interesting visuals to watch I must say. The lightning however was dim.

THE STORY IN THE VIDEO

Mama Shola (Toyin Abraham) single handedly raised her daughter Shola (Bamike bam bam Olawunmi) after her man absconded. She raised her child in a Godly way. Shola was not only Godly but intelligent as well. After her graduation at the University of Lagos, Law Faculty, she went to intern with her uncle at a law firm in order to have some money as well as gain experience before going to law school. During internship, her uncle raped her and this made her go astray. She went into prostitution. Sex became her profession and she aborted so many pregnancies. One day, she was diagnosed of HIV/ AIDS and this made her sad. She wanted to end her life by jumping off the bridge but had a change of heart. She then decided to sensitize people that may have encountered what she encountered or are into prostitution so that they don’t make the same mistake she made and end up with regrets.

JUST WONDERING

  • They did not need to remain that rice and drink so that viewers can see that there was a celebration going on and they indeed ate, it looked childish haba. There should have just been one or two plates with remnants, not all the plates.
  • “One late night became wild in the sitting room” Wait, uncle Peter no get family ni
  • Mama Shola still has the same red nails from Shola’s graduation till Shola finished doing all her runs. I know someone would say she likes the colour…
  • Why did Falz do his eyes like this na…

REMARK: A great song done with so much professionalism. The lyrics are not too complex and can be easily understood. The instruments were well arranged and suit the mood of the song

ACTORS IN THE SONG:

TOYIN ABRAHAM ACTED AS MAMA SHOLA; BAMIKE BAM BAM OLAWUNMI ACTED AS SHOLA; (NAME UNKNOWN) ACTED AS UNCLE PETER

DURATION: 5 MINUTES 10 SECONDS

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