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What does "I stay woke" mean ?

What does Erykah Badu means to say when she sings: "I stay woke" (Song title is "Master Teacher" )


7 Answers

  • suehil
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    My guess would be that she meant 'I stay awake', but it is not good English.

    • Numone6 years agoReport

      Understandable technical answer. What she's saying is not literal, though.

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  • 6 years ago

    Generally, I agree with imani. "Stay woke" is a common phrase with an intentional twist on proper dialect referring to a constant awareness (most often) of covert injustice, unfair treatment, societal racism, discrimination, and the like. Erykah Badu is saying that she knows about these things, and can identify how they affect her and impact our society.

    Just as people say, "Don't sleep on this," referring to how "this" could be missed, "staying woke" is about being aware of the negative cultural norms norms of our daily lives that many people overlook or explain away as insignificant.

    Note: "Sleeping" on something is used much more broadly - can refer to anything from a new artist to a helpful product, and anything that isn't hyped up by the masses yet, but considered highly valuable.

    • Howard E2 months agoReport


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  • magno
    Lv 4
    3 years ago

    Define Woke

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  • 6 years ago

    Her English is fine and it has nothing to do with that. It's slang and it means to stay aware and vigilant of the things happening around you.

    • Remy6 years agoReport

      You're correct.

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  • 4 years ago

    The last person to specifically use the phrase "stay out of trouble" in regards to me worked for the NSA. I am not at liberty to discuss why he said it or the circumstances leading up to that exchange.

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  • laine
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    What Does I

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  • 1 decade ago

    It means she can't speak proper English.

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