Daily Archives: May 10, 2014

Radio XXXV, side B, track 3: “On Our Own” by Bobby Brown

Bobby Brown - On Our OwnOh, Bobby Brown, so many mixed emotions about this song and all it represents.  And all of it comes back to the Ghostbusters.  Is this song my favorite Bobby Brown song, Bobby Brown?  I don’t know, Bobby Brown.  My judgment is clouded by the Ghostbusters?  Was “Ghostbusters II” a mediocre film that carried itself along on the goodwill of its audience, much as Winston and Ray were carried along on that river of slime ?  Dammit, Bobby Brown, I just don’t know!!!  “Ghostbusters” was one of the seminal films of my generation.  And in my heart of hearts, I know that “Ghostbusters II” was a cynical cash-grab that lacked the scruffy heart of the original and instead focused itself solely on how many Hardee’s toys it could sell.  But it was on Showtime ALL THE TIME, and I taped it, and I watched it over and over.  Much like I watched the original over and over.  I know I should be cynical about it all, Bobby Brown, including what is probably a sub-par Bobby Brown song, but I just can’t.  I still quote “Ghostbusters II” fairly frequently, Bobby Brown.  I talk about suffering from “Carpathian kitten loss”.  I still get a chuckle when I think of Bill Murray holding that hairless cat and saying “Weird”.  And he might not agree, but I think his portrayal of Dr. Janosz Poha is Peter MacNicol’s best work.  So yeah, maybe all the goodwill of “Ghostbusters” has blinded me to all the flaws in its successor, but ya know what, Bobby Brown?  If it’s one less thing I’m cynical about, that’s not such a bad thing.  And I came up with that all on my own.  Sorry.

“On Our Own”

If ya want somethin’ done

Ya gotta do it yourself

Ow!
 
Uh!

Yeah, I think this is gonna be another one’a those funky ones

Heart-soul, d-d-dance!

Hahaha

If I was you
And you were me
You wanna be winnin’

If ya want somethin’ bad, yo
You gotta wanna give ya all

‘Cause I believe
So much in we
And no we’re not kiddin’

If ya feel the same as me, yo
Ya gotta wanna take the baaall

Now I fiiind ouuut that nothin’ is given (given)
Don’t know where the cards may fall (may fall)

All I knooow is that weee’ve goootta get it (get it)
We’ve gotta make it on our
Oooown
Now I guess we’re gonna
Have to take control
(All on our ooown)
If it’s up to us
We’ve got to take it home
(All on our ooown)

Now cancha see
That all we need
Ta be a go-getter
Gotta make your own decisions
Gotta go for whatcha knooow

There comes a time
In our lives
Ya wanna be bigger

Gotta keep, keep on pushin’
Gotta learn ta take control, yeah

Now I’ve fooound ouuut that nothin’ is given (given)
Don’t know where the cards may fall (may fall)

All I knooow is that weee’ve goootta get it (get it)
We’ve gotta make it on our
Oooown
Well, I guess we’re gonna
Have to take control
(All on our ooown)
If it’s up to us
We’ve got to take it home
(All on our ooown) Gotta gotta take it home
Gotta gotta gotta take it hoooome

Ow!

Uh!

Heart-soul, d-d-dance!

Too hot ta handle
Too cold ta hold
They call the Ghostbusters and they in control
Had ’em throwin’ a party
For a bunch of children
While all the while, the slime was under the buildin’
So they packed up, regrouped, got a grip, came equipped, grabbed their proton packs off their backs
And they split
Found out about Vigo
The master of evil
Try ta battle my boys

That’s not legal

(On our own) They’re in control
(On our own) Y-y-ya know it
(All on our oooown)
I said
They’re in
Control
(On our own) Y-y-ya know it
(On our own) Y-y-ya know it
(All on our oooown)

Well, I guess we’re gonna
Have to take control
(All on our ooown) We got, we got, we gooot
We got, we got, we gooot
If it’s up to us
We’ve got to take it home
(All on our ooown)  Too hot ta handle, too cold ta hold
They’re the Ghostbusters and they’re in controool

Well, I guess we’re gonna
Have to take control
(All on our ooown)  Gotta gotta take it home
Gotta gotta take it home
If it’s up to us
We’ve got to take it home

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