Brick House

Album: Commodores (1977)
Charted: 32 5
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  • Ow, she's a brick house
    She's mighty-mighty, just lettin' it all hang out
    She's a brick house
    That lady's 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 got everything
    That a woman needs to get a man, yeah, yeah
    How can she lose with the stuff she use
    Thirty-six, twenty-four, thirty-six oh what a winning hand

    'Cause she's a brick house
    She's mighty-mighty, just lettin' it all hang out
    She's a brick house
    Ow, that lady stacked and that's a fact
    Ain't holding nothing back

    Ow, she's a brick house
    Yeah, she's the one, the only one, built like an amazon

    The clothes she wears, her sexy ways
    Make an old man wish for younger days, yeah, yeah
    She knows she's built and knows how to please
    Sure enough to knock a strong man to his knees

    'Cause she's a brick house
    Yeah, she's mighty mighty, just lettin' it all hang out
    She's a brick house
    The lady's stacked and that's a fact
    Ain't holding nothing back

    Shake it down, shake it down now
    Shake it down, shake it down now
    Shake it down, shake it down now
    Shake it down, shake it down now
    Shake it down, shake it down now
    Shake it down, shake it down now
    Shake it down, shake it down now
    Shake it down, shake it down now

    Brick house
    Yeah, she's mighty mighty, just lettin' it all hang out
    She's a brick house
    Yeah, she's the one, the only one, built like an amazon, yeah
    Shake it down, shake it down, shake it down now
    Shake it down, shake it down, shake it down now
    Shake it down, shake it down, shake it down now
    Shake it down, shake it down, shake it, shake it
    Shake it down, shake it down, shake it down now
    Shake it down, shake it down, shake it down now
    Shake it down, shake it down, shake it down now
    Shake it down, shake it down, shake it

    Ow, a brick houseWriter/s: LIONEL RICHIE, MILAN WILLIAMS, RONALD LAPREAD, THOMAS MCCLARY, WALTER ORANGE, WILLIAM KING
    Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
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Comments: 16

  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn August 21st 1977, "Brick House " by the Commodores entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #72; and on October 30th, 1977 it peaked at #5 {for 1 week} and spent 16 weeks on the Top 100...
    It reached #4 on Billboard's R&B Singles chart...
    Between 1974 and 1986 the Commodores had twenty-five Top 100 records; ten made the Top 10 with two reaching #1, "Three Times A Lady" for 2 weeks on August 6th, 1978 and "Still" for 1 week on November 11th, 1979.
  • Milford from Cooltown, NyI just introduced this to one of my 14 year old drum students. He's a french kid. He came back this week and told me, "Brick House is the best song. EVER." I love that he loves it. Funk is so good for the soul!
  • Dougee from San Bernardino, CaI loved this song when I was 11 or so, though I didn't know its true meaning yet! I also thought, in the "shake it down" part he was saying "suck a cow, suck a cow, suck a cow now" and the cowbell during that part added to the not-too-appetizing imagery.

    Around the time the song came out (not sure if it was an influence; likely!) there was a clothing store in Redlands, CA called the "Brick Shirt House." It was advertised often on the main pop station in the area, 59-KFXM. Good times!
  • Lucy from Rhinebeck, NyThis song is somewhat funny. I think of this lady with a really curvy body and a big butt and chest, seriously! XD
  • John from Nashville, TnWhen the Commodores finished recording this song, no one in the group expected it to be a hit because it was too simple.
  • Rhonda from Poplarville, MsThis song always takes me back to my college days in 1977. This song was played at every single dance, and the band would get all the girls to stand up in front of the stage and "break it down" to this song.
  • Aaron from Boston, MaRie Sinclair sang this song and lionel Richie sang backup
  • Joshua from La Crosse, WiESPN used to use a different version of this song (not by The Commodores) in ads for their college basketball telecasts. This was a strange choice, considering that in basketball a "brick" is a nickname for a badly misfired shot attempt.
  • Heather from Los Angeles, CaI think this song is awful.
  • Voodoocat from Zimbabwe, United StatesThis is one of the best funk songs ever. GO COMMODORES!!
  • Alf from Kingston, CanadaHey this is one of the coolest songs I think ever. 1st time I heard it I was 13, I had skipped school that day, my sister came home from work & asked me if I wanted to go for a drive, I said sure, it was in December & this wicked snow storm developed. We were listening to the radio & this song came on, after it ended the announcer came on with snow storm announcements, announcer being so busy played it again by mistake & didn't even notice, we though hey this is cool. Thank you Commorodores you guys are awesome. Years later a co-worker friend of mine heard this song & thought it was by Parliament
  • Ken from Louisville, KyLionel Ritchie said they selected the name of "Commodores" by opening up a dictionary and radomly pointing to a word. The first noun they came to would be the group's name. Ritchie jokes that "When I think of how close we came to being called 'The Commodes'...."

  • Ken from Louisville, KyLionel Ritchie comes from a very religious family. When this song came out, his mother told him that she was so embarrassed that she couldn't face her friends at church!
  • Sabrina from Montreal, Canadathis song makes me laugh!!! lol
  • Horace from Western, MdLionel Ritchie was the lead singer for the Commodores at the time, BUT the lead vocalist on the song is their drummer, Walter Orange. Ritchie sang backup on it.
  • Vanessa from Barstow, Ca Hey, one of the Cooomedores's son os on Real World for those who don't know.
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