Lyrics to my song Damé-Damé

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Thank you for all of the love for my song Damé-Damé!  I’m thrilled to have had some great feedback for the song so far

I had a request for the lyrics for the song, so here they are below. I wrote / sang them partly in English, and partly in the Ghanaian language of Twi. I’ll post a translation soon!

The EP is part of my Adinkra album project. The album is based around the theme of the Adinkra symbols of the Akan people of Ghana, my heritage. Each symbol is a stylized geometric image expressing proverbs or a message of the Akan people.

Damé-Damé is the Adinkra symbol from the Ghanaian game of draughts. It’s the symbol of craftiness, intelligence and strategy. My song ‘Dame-Dame’ is about not having the wool pulled over your eyes in love, or anywhere else!

As usual, do let me know what you think in the comments below

best wishes

Adjoa

Damé-Damé [Playing Your Game]

Lyrics

Damé Damé x4

Verse 1

Ɛyɛ wo sɛ
‘Tut’ [sigh]
Wo yɛ biri biara wo pɛ
En sɛ sɛ wo yɛ saa koraa
N di agoru
Odo nyɛ agoru
Ɛyɛ wo sɛ wo be tumi ayɛ
Biri biara wo pɛ

Chorus

I’m playing your game
Ay Ay
I’m playing your game
N di agoru
Hmm

I’m playing your game
Ay Ay
I’m playing your game
N di agoru
Hey

Verse 2

Na ɛyɛ wo sɛ wo be tumi ayɛ biri biara wo pɛ
Na wo be yɛ biara
Me ho bi da
Na wo bɛ ka biara
Ma ti bi da
Biri biara wo feel se wo be tumi ayɛ
Me ho bi da

Chorus

I’m playing your game
Ay Ay
I’m playing your game
N di agoru
Hmm

I’m playing your game
Ay Ay
I’m playing your game
N di agoru
Hey

Bridge

Aden nti na wo di agoru
Aden nti na wo di agoru
Aden nti na wo di agoru
Aden nti na wo di agoru

Ma hu biri biara a ere kosu
Ha!

Outro

Don’t play me like a melody [I’m playing your game]
Won’t let you play me like a melody [I’m playing your game]
Odo nyɛ agoru
Don’t play me like a melody
Odo nyɛ agoru
Don’t play me like a melody
Odo nyɛ agoru
Don’t play me like a melody
Odo nyɛ agoru
Won’t let you play me like a melody
Odo nyɛ agoru
Don’t play me like a melody
Won’t let you play me like a melody
Odo nyɛ agoru
Don’t play me
Odo nyɛ agoru koraa
Ha!

[laughter]

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