"Funky" was written by Lester Chambers, one of the four brothers in the group. The song is about dancing, but the setting is home, where mama is cooking up some fine victuals. When Lester was a guest on the Songfacts Podcast
, he explained: "I was hoping to create and start a new dance because everybody was doing dancing. You know, the boogaloo, the mashed potato, the watusi, the funky chicken. So I said, 'Let's make it a funky tune and talk about what happened in your home.' That's how that came up. It was natural. We're African, we got rhythm, man."