Missy Elliot
Work I
t
 
 Warning: Contains many bad words! Click underlined words for additional explanations.
Original Translation of Slang

DJ please, pick up your phone
I'm on the request line
This is a Missy Elliott one time exclusive
(C'mon, c'mon)

 

DJ please, pick up your phone
I'm calling to make a request
This is a Missy Elliott one time exclusive
(Come on, come on)

Chorus
Is it worth it, let me work it
I put my thing down, flip it and reverse it
Ti esrever dna ti pilf, nwod gniht ym tup I
Ti esrever dna ti pilf, nwod gniht ym tup I

If you got a big [elephant noise], let me search ya
To find out how hard I gotta work ya
Ti esrever dna ti pilf, nwod gniht ym tup I
Ti esrever dna ti pilf, nwod gniht ym tup I (Come on!)

I'd like to get to know ya so I could show ya
Put the pussy on ya like I told ya
Gimme all your numbers so I could phone ya
Your girl actin' stank then call me over
Not on the bed, lay me on your sofa
Phone before you come, I need to shave my cha-cha
You do or you don't or you will or won't ya
Go downtown and eat it like a vultcha
See my hips and my tips, don'tcha
See my ass and
my lips, don'tcha
Lost a few pounds in my waist for ya
This the kind of beat that goes ba-ta-ta
ba-ta-ta-ta-ta-ta-ta-ta-ta-ta
Sex me so good I say blah-blah-blah
Work it, I need a glass of watah
Boy, oh, boy, it's good to know ya
  Chorus
Is it worth it, let me work it
I put my thing down, flip it and reverse it
Ti esrever dna ti pilf, nwod gniht ym tup I
Ti esrever dna ti pilf, nwod gniht ym tup I

If you've got a big penis, let me search you
To find out how hard I have to work you
Ti esrever dna ti pilf, nwod gniht ym tup I
Ti esrever dna ti pilf, nwod gniht ym tup I (Come on!)

I'd like to get to know you so I could show you and
Give you sex like I promised you.
Give me all your telephone numbers so I can call you.
If your girlfriend is behaving badly then call me over.
Let's not have sex on the bed; lay me on your sofa.
Call before you come, I need to shave my pubic hair.
You do or you don't or you will or won't you
Give me oral sex as if you were as hungry as a 
vulture?
You see my hips and my breasts, don't you?
You see my
butt and my mouth, don't you?
I lost a few pounds in my waist for you.
This the kind of beat that goes ba-ta-ta
ba-ta-ta-ta-ta-ta-ta-ta-ta-ta
Give me sex so good that I say, "
blah-blah-blah."
Work it, I need a glass of water.
It's really, really good to know you.
Chorus

If you a fly gal get your nails done
Get a pedicure, get your hair did
Boy, lift it up, let's make a toast-a
Let's get drunk, that's gon' bring us closer
Don't I look like a Halle Berry poster
See the Belvedere playin' tricks on ya
Girlfriend wanna be like me, nevah
You won't find a bitch that's even bettah
I make you hot as Las Vegas weather
Listen up close while I take it backwards
(Watch the way Missy like to take it backwards)
I'm not a prostitute, but I could give you what you want
I love your braids and
your mouth full of funk
Love the way my ass go bum-bum-bum-bum
Keep your eyes on my bum-bum-bum-bum-bum
And think you can handle this gadonk-a-donk-donk
Take my thong off and my ass go
vroom
Cut the lights off so you see what I could do
  Chorus

If you are a fashionable woman, get a manicure,
Get a pedicure, get your hair styled.
Boy, lift up your glass, let's make a toast.
Let's get drunk, that's going to bring us closer.
Don't I look like a Halle Berry poster?
Drinking vodka is tricking you into thinking I look beautiful.
Your girlfriend wants to be like me,
but you won't find a better woman than me.
I'll make you as
hot as Las Vegas weather.
Pay attention while I
take it backwards
(Watch the way Missy likes to
take it backwards.)
I'm not a prostitute, but I could give you what you want.
I love your braids and the sexy way you talk
You love the way my butt moves.
Keep your eyes on my butt
And think you can handle my butt.
Take my
thong off and my butt starts moving fast.
Turn off the lights off so you can see what I can do
Chorus

Boys, boys, all type of boys
Black, white, Puerto Rican, Chinese boys
Why-thai,-thai-o-toy-o-thai-thai
Rock-to,-thai-o-toy-o-thai-thai
Girl, girl, get that cash
If it's 9 to 5 or shakin' your ass
Ain't no shame, ladies do your thang
Just make sure you ahead of the game
Just 'cause I got a lot of fame supah
Prince couldn't get me change my name papa
Kunta Kinte a slave again, no sir
Picture black sayin', "Oh, yessah massah"
Picture Lil' Kim dating a pastor
Minnie Me and Big Ren can out last ya
Who is the best, I don't have to ask ya
When I come out you won't even matter
Why you act dumb like "Uh, duh"
So you act dumb like "Uh, duh"
As the drummer boy go pa-rom-pop-pom-pom
Give you some-some-some of this
Cinnabun
  Chorus

Boys, boys, all type of boys,
Black, white, Puerto Rican, Chinese boys,

Why-thai,-thai-o-toy-o-thai-thai,
Rock-thai,-thai-o-toy-o-thai-thai.

Girl, girl, earn that money,
Whether you work in an office or as a prostitute or stripper,
It's not shameful, ladies do whatever you do,
Just make sure you're in an advantageous position.
Just because I'm really famous,
Not even
Prince could get me change my name.
Kunta Kinte will never be a slave again -
It would be like a black person saying, "Oh, yes, master,"
or
Lil' Kim dating a pastor.
Mini Me and Big Red can last longer than you.
Who is the best? I don't have to ask you.
When I come out you won't even matter.
Why do you act stupid as if saying "Uh, duh"?
So you act stupid as if saying "Uh, duh."
As the
drummer boy goes pa-rom-pop-pom-pom,
I'll give you some of my delicious butt.
Chorus

To my fellas, ooooh
Good God, I like the way you work that
To my ladies, woo!
You sure know how to work that, good God
  Chorus

To my men, ooooh
Good God, I like the way you work that
To my ladies, woo!
You sure know how to work that, good God

let me work it this doesn't have a specific meaning in general slang, but is obviously a sexual reference in the context of this song.
Ti esrever dna ti pilf, nwod gniht ym tup I "I put my thing down, flip it and reverse it" sung backwards
vulture a large scavenger bird - the kind that flies in a circle over dying animals in old Western movies.
butt buttocks in the standard dictionary.
lips double meaning - on the mouth or the lips of the vaginal opening.
blah-blah-blah nonsense words used in English to show speech without the contents having any importance.
hot double meaning - it also means sexually excited or exciting.
take it backwards double meaning - She refers to the fact that part of the chorus is sung backwards. However, given the emphasis on Elliot's butt in the song, "you make love to me from behind" is the likely meaning. The sexual meaning of the next line would then be "Watch the way Missy likes that kind of sex."
mouth full of floss is also possible. Floss, like bling, is sometimes used to describe luxury goods, so she could be talking about his gold teeth.
thong very small underwear (or bathing suit bottom) with just a string in the back. Called a "tanga" in Brazil.
vroom commonly used to represent the sound of a fast car engine.
Why-thai,-thai-o-toy-o-thai-thai, Rock-thai,-thai-o-toy-o-thai-thai. nonsense words probably intended to sound like an Asian language.
Prince Well-known guitarist and singer (Little Red Corvette, Raspberry Beret, etc.)
Kunta Kinte Fictional character in the incredibly popular 1977 miniseries ROOTS, about the history of an African-American family. Kunta Kinte was born in Africa and sold into slavery on a plantation in the United States.
Lil' Kim a sexy singer, featured in Missy Elliot's remake of Lady Marmalade for the movie Moulin Rouge.
Mini Me an extremely small character featured in Austin Powers movies.
Big Red a brand name of chewing gum, which is advertised as having very long lasting flavor.
Cinnabun a food stand in shopping malls that sells cinnamon buns. Buns is also a slang synonym for buttocks.
drummer boy a traditional Christmas song. The drummer boy had no gift for the baby Jesus, so instead he played "pa-rom-pop-pom-pom" on his drum.

Many thanks to WERS DJ Sab the Ill Finger for answering some of my questions about this song!

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