Brick House – Commodores

August 10, 2022

Today’s song of the day is an American funk song, “Brick House” by The Commodores.

Fun Facts:

  • “Brick House” was released as a single on August 26, 1977, with the B-side track as “Captain Quick Draw.”
  • The song quickly rose in popularity upon release, peaking at number 5 on US Billboard’s Hot 100 and 32 on the UK’s Singles Chart.
  • After making a preliminary recording of the song, founding member William King took a tape of the demo home to share with his wife. Later that evening, while King was asleep, his wife Shirley Hanna-King began writing lyrics to the song’s riff.
  • Shirley would later name her inspiration as a playful modification of the phrase “built like a brick sh*thouse.” However, her contribution to the song would remain formally uncredited.
  • The band’s drummer, Walter “Clyde” Orange, sang the track’s lead vocals.
  • “Brick House” was featured on the band’s fifth studio album, the self-titled “Commodores.”
  • The Commodores were founded in Tuskegee, Alabama in 1968. The founding members primarily became acquainted as undergraduate students at Tuskegee University.
  • The founding members were Lionel Richie, Thomas McClary, William King, Andre Callahan, Michael Gilbert, and Milan Williams.
  • The Commodores have been formally inducted into both the Alabama Music Hall of Fame and Vocal Group Hall of Fame.

Lyrics

Uh

Mmm, mmm, mmm

Ow, she’s a brick house

She’s mighty mighty 

Just letting it all hang out

Ah, she’s a brick house

I like ladies stacked and that’s a fact

Ain’t holding nothing back

Ow, she’s a brick house

Well put together, everybody knows

This is how the story goes

She knows she’s got everything

Mmm, that a woman needs to get a man, yeah, yeah

How can she lose with the stuff she use?

36-24-36, ow, what a winning hand

‘Cause she’s a brick house

She’s mighty mighty, a-just letting it all hang out

Ah, she’s a brick house

Ow, like ladies stacked and that’s a fact

Ain’t holding nothing back

Oh, she’s a brick house

Yeah, she’s the one, the only one built like an Amazon

Mmm, the clothes she wear, her sexy ways

Make a old man wish for younger days, yeah, yeah

She knows she’s built and knows how to please

Sure ‘nough to knock a strong man to his knees

‘Cause she’s a brick house

Yeah, she’s mighty mighty, just letting it all hang out

A brick house

I like ladies stacked and that’s a fact

Ain’t holding nothing back, yow

Shaka gah shaka now now

Shaka gah shaka dow now

Shaka gah shaka dow now

Shaka gah shaka gah gah gah

Shaka gah shaka dow now

Shaka gah shaka dow now

Shaka gah shaka dow now

Shaka gah shaka, ow!

Brick house

Yeah, she’s mighty mighty, a-just letting it all hang out

Ow, a brick house

Yeah, she’s the one, the only one built like an Amazon, yeah

Shaka gow shaka gow shaka now now

Shaka gow shaka gow shaka now now

Shaka gow shaka gow shaka now now

Shaka gow shaka gow shaka, shake it

Shaka gah shaka gah shaka now now

Shaka gah shaka gah shaka now now

Shaka gah shaka gah shaka now now

Shaka gah shaka gah gah, shake it

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