Four Brothers

Album: Best Of Manhatan Transfer (1975)
  • Take a seat and cool it 'cause unless you overrule it
    We are ready to show you some blowin'
    A rompin' and a stompin' is a lot of fun
    Four brothers who are blowin' our horns

    So settle down an' listen 'cause you don't know what you're missin'
    And we're ready to give you a showin'
    A movin' it 'n groovin' it has just begun
    Four brothers who are blowin' our horns

    We got a little message that you're gonna enjoy
    Ain't no sense in dodgin' the facts
    So settle in your easy chair an' if you ever had a care - forget it,
    It's time to relax

    We might as well admit it, we're the best that ever did it
    But in case you ain't too sure a knowin'
    We're gonna let you listen to us one by one
    Four brothers who are blowin' our horns

    How'd ya do, I'm talkin' about you
    It's very nice to know that you have really taken time to listen to me blow
    'Cause as sure as I'm born, I'm blowin' my horn
    It's me baby, I'm blowin', zootin' it up
    And I hope you dig the sounds I'm makin' more'n any other
    Now I must go for it's time for you to listen to my other brother

    I think the chick's talkin' 'bout me so I'd better go 'n see
    I'm hip that she knows a horn is very best to greet you
    That's the reason I'm blowin' so snappily
    I don't know what ya got, but it thrills me an' I hope to have a lot
    'Cause it puts me in clover
    So baby, if you would like to dig my other brother
    You're gonna have to turn the record over

    Hey hey hey
    Who ya talkin' about, say who ya talkin' about
    Did I hear you say you'd introduce your other brother
    'Cause in case I heard you talkin' about three, that's me
    Pleased to meet you, how'd you do, how are you, nothing new,
    How is everything with you?
    Whattya say I leave this jazz up to my brother --

    Dig dig dig my Long Island sound
    I hope you're puttin' it down
    You got me in a mood that's so romantic
    If you notice you can dig this silly old act
    Because I'm actin' so distracted when I dig you
    Pretty baby you will never know how much I really dig you
    You have got me so excited that I goofed blowin' my horn

    Ooh bop the news is gettin' around, we're really puttin' it down
    We're glad of fact that you enjoy it and we wish we had the time to give you
    Thank you for the compliment
    You told us we were better just as if we didn't know it
    We're hip that we're the best, we're over all the rest
    We're in the modern school, we always play it cool, we never play the fool
    The honkers and the squeakers might be stealin' the show
    But we don't go for that, so while we blow

    Hi-ho, lackadaise, for it's a natural fact
    I ain't no kin, but I would like to get in the act!

    Well get outta here, get outta here, get outta here
    Now fellas we appreciate him makin' you mad,
    But we must ask you to apologize
    Because after all he's in our band

    Four brothers, four brothers, four brothers
    Although we sound like more
    Four brothers, four brothers, four brothers
    We're really only four

    We like to blow but we don't know how time can fly and how our cares pass away
    We wish the time would never go so we could take our time an' blow 'til
    Judgement day

    Four brothers, four brothers, four brothers
    Now just one final word:

    I'd like to know you and I hope I don't forget you
    It's really a pleasure and I hope I don't look silly to you
    I'm hopin' the story that I told did not upset you
    Sorry now in conclusion were you hoping that you heard four

    So just before we go we want you to know
    We're glad you let us show you how we always end up with that jazz
    (We don't call for back up on the road)
    Oh, oh! Writer/s: JIMMY GIUFFRE
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 1

  • Patrice from Oak Brook, IlI love The Manhattan Transfer, and have seen them sixteen times in concert. I also called WIND in Chicago many years ago, and begged them, repeatedly, to invite them for an interview. Finally, my wish came true when Cheryl Bentyne (the singer I always wanted to replace...we have the same range) agreed to the interview. I had the opportunity to not only phone in and talk to her, but I monopolized the entire time. I loved talking to her and asking her questions about her favorite songs, her beginnings, etc. I remember that she was in Oklahoma City when she took the interview. I then saw her and the group a few weeks later at Poplar Creek. Thank you Cheryl for your wonderful interview. And, a big thank you to The Manhattan Transfer for your many years of beautiful music.
see more comments

Editor's Picks

Top American Idol Moments: Songs And Scandals

Top American Idol Moments: Songs And ScandalsSong Writing

Surprise exits, a catfight and some very memorable performances make our list of the most memorable Idol moments.

Janis Ian

Janis IanSongwriter Interviews

One of the first successful female singer-songwriters, Janis had her first hit in 1967 at age 15.

Desmond Child

Desmond ChildSongwriter Interviews

One of the most successful songwriters in the business, Desmond co-wrote "Livin' La Vida Loca," "Dude (Looks Like A Lady)" and "Livin' On A Prayer."

Evolution Of The Prince Symbol

Evolution Of The Prince SymbolSong Writing

The evolution of the symbol that was Prince's name from 1993-2000.

Concert Disasters

Concert DisastersFact or Fiction

Ozzy biting a dove? Alice Cooper causing mayhem with a chicken? Creed so bad they were sued? See if you can spot the real concert mishaps.

Jonathan Cain of Journey

Jonathan Cain of JourneySongwriter Interviews

Cain talks about the divine inspirations for "Don't Stop Believin'" and "Faithfully."