#SongLyricSunday ♪ “Take It Off” – Kesha

It’s time for #SLS again and you know what that means: Hop on over to Jim’s blog, A Unique Title For Me, to listen to variety of songs for today!

This week’s theme is: Floor/House/Roof/Walls

With so many obvious options (Floyd, The Animals, etc.), I was looking for something less likely to get picked. I thought maybe a song about walls closing in, or being brokenhearted on the floor…until I came across this old gem in my library and realized that Walls and Floors don’t have to be so tragic. They can be fun and completely inappropriate! 😉

Hey, I write Erotic Romance, are you really that surprised? I have more than a few characters that could use this as their personal theme song, lol. Anyway, I am a fan of Kesha and always have been, and her old school hits were designed to get you out of your seat and moving – this one is no exception.

Fun Facts:

  • Prior to landing her own label, Kesha performed the female vocals for Flo Rida’s hit song, “Right Round,” but at the time, refused to appear in the video or take credit, claiming she wanted to make it big off of her own talent, not piggyback off of another artist.
  • Kesha‘s massive advocacy and positive impact for the LGBTQ community awarded her the Human Rights Campaign’s Visibility Award in 2016. You can watch her emotional acceptance speech here.
  • In 2010, one year after lending her vocals to “Right Round,” Kesha (then stylized as Ke$ha) catapulted to the top of the charts with her first hit single “Tik-Tok” which sold over 16.5 million copies world-wide. She was only 18 years old.
  • Kesha has three albums under her contract with RCA: “Animal” released in 2010, and “Rainbow” released in 2017 both hit #1 on the US Billboard 200, while “Warrior” released in 2012 hit #6.

Kesha’s slow fade from the spotlight wasn’t due to lack of fans or great music, but started from a legal battle with her former producer in 2014, whom she’s accused of physical, sexual, and emotional abuse on top of gender discrimination. The courts wouldn’t let her out of her contract with the label, itself. For the past several years, Kesha has fought with a confessed eating disorder and depression, and her music has evolved away from its original sound. I can’t claim to be as familiar with all of her new works, but her song “Rainbow” and “Praying” says a lot about her personal struggles. One thing I do know, the woman still has a voice and her new tracks highlight that more adequately than her old school hits.

Though this song may be deemed inappropriate, the video is just plain fun and hints at a possible “hidden message” that Kesha is outspoken about – and that’s “taking off” the facade, the shell, the image society wants you to wear and just be yourself. Enjoy!

There’s a place downtown,
Where the freaks all come around
It’s a hole in the wall, it’s a dirty free for all

When the dark of the night comes around
That’s the time, that the animal comes alive
Looking for something wild

And now we lookin’ like pimps
In my gold Trans-Am
Got a water bottle full of whiskey
In my handbag got my drunk text on
I’ll regret it in the mornin’
But tonight I don’t give a, I don’t give a, I don’t give a

There’s a place downtown,
Where the freaks all come around
It’s a hole in the wall, it’s a dirty free for all

And they turn me on
When they take it off, when they take it off everybody take it off

There’s a place I know if you’re looking for a show
Where they go hardcore and there’s glitter on the floor

And they turn me on when they take it off
When they take it off everybody take it off

Lose your mind, lose it now
Lose your clothes, in the crowd
We’re delirious tear it down
‘Til the sun comes back around

Now we’re getting so smashed
Knocking over trash cans
Everybody breakin’ bottles
It’s a filthy hot mess
Gonna get laid I’m not the designated
Driver so I don’t give a, I don’t give a, I don’t give a

There’s a place downtown,
Where the freaks all come around
It’s a hole in the wall, it’s a dirty free for all

And they turn me on, when they take it off
When they take it off, everybody take it off

There’s a place I know
If you’re looking for a show
Where they go hardcore
And there’s glitter on the floor

And they turn me on, when they take it off
When they take it off, everybody take it off

Oh, oh, oh! Everybody take it off! Oh, oh, oh!Everybody take it off!
Right now! take it off! Right now! Take it off! Right now! Take it off! Oh

Right now! take it off! Right now! Take it off! Right now! Take it off!
Everybody take it off!

There’s a place downtown,
Where the freaks all come around
It’s a hole in the wall, it’s a dirty free for all

And they turn me on
When they take it off, when they take it off everybody take it off

There’s a place I know
If you’re looking for a show
Where they go hardcore
And there’s glitter on the floor

And they turn me on, when they take it off
When they take it off, everybody take it off

Source: LyricFind | Songwriters: Kesha Rose Sebert / Lukasz Gottwald / Claude Kelly | Take It Off lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc

I do not own any rights to this song, lyrics or video. All rights remain with the artists and their respective agents. No copyright infringement intended.

13 thoughts on “#SongLyricSunday ♪ “Take It Off” – Kesha

    • LOL Kesha says the word glitter at least once in all of her old school songs. Yeah, what’s worse is according to her Wikipedia page, the guy convinced her to drop out of high school and move to LA when she was only 17 to get started on recording her first album, so she was exposed to all of that from a pretty young and still impressionable age, so no, it’s no wonder at all.

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  1. My sister was a big Kesha fan when she was in middle school (Yes, my sister is a youngin’). I remember her singing Tik Tok a lot. But, Kesha’s struggle with her record producer is so sad and I am glad she got the independence and freedom she deserved. I like your pick, thanks for the share!

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    • My younger sister is the one who introduced Kesha’s music to me with that same song “Tik Tok,” though we were both way out of school by then, lol

      Thanks for stopping by, glad you liked it! 😀

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