(+Lyrics +meaning +translation) Music Review: Understand by Omah lay I don’t understand why people love this song.

Who sang the song, understand?

“Understand” is a song by Nigerian artist Omah Lay. 

The Review

When this song was no 1 for weeks, I wondered why, but I understand now. Keep reading to know why.

What is the song understand by Omah Lay about?

It is a song on heartbreak. The artist talks about how a lady he cared for and loved dearly broke his heart in the song. The lady dumped him for his best friend. He is perplexed as to why she would choose to break his heart despite going the extra mile for her, despite the love, protection, care, attention, money and all he gave to her, despite sticking his neck out for her. He thought the feeling was mutual.

He doesn’t understand why she broke his heart or why she left him for his friend. He is emotionally hurt, and it is taking a toll on him. It is telling on his behaviour. 

View some lines below that show he gave her full attention, put others aside for her sake, defended her, took risks for her, and that he is emotionally hurt:

“All of my fans I pity for them (I pity my fans)

 I don mad I quickly condemn (I am angry and quickly condemn)

I don fight uniform men (I have fought uniformed men).”

The artist hopes to be emotionally healed by God from her heartbreak.

The use of the words “No fit understand” means he is at a loss and can’t figure out why the lady will choose to break his heart, as it seemed like he protected her, spent on her, cared for her and satisfied all her needs, but still dumped him for the friend.

Lyrically: The song comes in two verses. Omah Lay took the pre-chorus and the chorus four times, respectively. The artist sang in pidgin. But he fused it with a Yoruba word, Oluwa, which means God. The lyrics are meaningful, heartwarming and in order. 

All of my fans I pity for them (I pity my fans)

 I don mad I quickly condemn (I am angry and quickly condemn)

 I don fight uniform men (I have fought uniformed men).”

 The above lines, was Omah Lay trying to tell us that after she broke his heart, it affected his behaviour, his relationship with his fans, and he was transferring aggression?

“You don cut my weavon and thread ah (You have cut me weavon and thread).”

The above line signifies heartbreak.

Vocal: The artist was very expressive with his appealing vocals. His vocals are clear and emotional as well. You need to watch the video of this song. Omah lay was emotional. It was like he had suffered some heartbreak in reality. 

Melody: Melodic. So melodic, I am fascinated by this song that I keep repeating it. Now I understand why it was topping the chart for weeks; it is a great melody. The main instruments used in this song’s composition include drum, piano, conga, violin and saxophone.

Lyrics to Understand by Omah Lay

Instrumental

Mad

Verse 1

You don cut my weavon and thread ah (You have cut me weavon and thread)

You make a boy sick ah and a boy well ah (Yo make a boy sick and heal a boy too)

Nothing my eye see my mouth e don tell ah (My mouth has spoken all that I have seen)

I enter rain because I give you umbrella (I entered the rain and gave you my umbrella)

Pre-chorus

I thought we in this together (I thought we were in it together)

 Give you my necklace pendant (Gave you my necklace pendant)

Give you my last card; you spend am (Gave you my last card and you spent it)

 I show you my best friend; you friend am (I introduced you to my best friend, and you dated him)

Pre-chorus

I thought we in this together (I thought we were in it together)

Give you my necklace pendant (Gave you my necklace pendant)

Show you my best friend; you friend am (I introduced you to my best friend, and you dated him)

I give you my last card; you spend am (Gave you my last card and you spent it)

Chorus 

Everything I do (Everything I do)

 I under, under (I under, under)

 I no fit under, under, under (I can’t understand)

 (Me I no fit under) under, under (I don’t understand)

 Under, under (Understand, understand)

 I no fit understand (I don’t understand.)

That thing wey you do me (What you did to me)

 I under, under (I understand, I understand)

 I no fit under, under, under (I can’t understand, understand)

 Under, under (Understand, understand)

Under, under (Understand, understand)

 I no fit understand (I don’t understand.)

Verse 2

All of my fans I pity for them (I pity my fans)

 I don mad I quickly condemn (I am angry and quickly condemn)

 I don fight uniform men (I have fought uniformed men)

 Oluwa can you fix the problem? (God, you can fix this problem)

 Ah, ah ahh

Thunder, thunder fire that your reason (May thunder hit the reason)

 Wey dey give you ginger make you leave me (That gave you the audacity to leave me)

 Thunder, thunder fire that your reason eh (May thunder hit the reason)

 Ah ah

Pre-chorus

I thought we in this together (I thought we were in it together)

 Give you my necklace pendant (Gave you my necklace pendant)

 Give you my last card; you spend am (Gave you my last card and you spent it)

I show you my best friend; you friend am (I introduced you to my best friend, and you dated him)

Repeat pre-chorus

I thought we in this together (I thought we were in it together)

 Give you my necklace pendant (Gave you my necklace pendant)

 I show you my best friend; you friend am (I introduced you to my best friend, and you dated him)

Give you my last card; you spend am (Gave you my last card and you spent it)

Chorus

Everything I do (Everything I do)

 I under, under (I under, under)

 I no fit under, under, under (I can’t understand)

 (Me I no fit under) under, under (I don’t understand)

 Under, under (Understand, understand)

 I no fit understand (I don’t understand.)

That thing wey you do me (What you did to me)

 I under, under (I understand, I understand)

 I no fit under, under, under (I can’t understand, understand)

 Under, under (Understand, understand)

Under, under (Understand, understand)

Outro/Chorus

I no fit under, under, under (I can’t understand, understand)

 Under, under (Understand, understand)

I no fit under, under, under (that thing wey you do me, I) (I can’t understand, understand what you did to me)

 Under, under (that thing wey you do me, I) (Understand, understand, what you did to me)

Under, under (I understand, I understand)

 I no fit under, under, under (I can’t understand, understand)

 Ahh

Under, under (I understand, I understand)

 I no fit under, under, under (I can’t understand, understand)

 Under, under (I understand, I understand)

Under, under (I understand, I understand)

 I no fit under, under, under (I can’t understand, understand)

KeyQAAD

Watch the video for Understand by Omah Lay below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X3Ai6osw3Mk

Directed by Topshoth

Duration: 3 minutes 7 seconds

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