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Lee Dorsey Ya Ya

Lee Dorsey Ya Ya

New Orleans Soul Music

Inspired by children chanting a nursery rhyme, Lee Dorsey, Clarence Lewis, Morgan Robinson, and Morris Levy wrote the song “Ya Ya.” It went to #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on the R&B Singles Chart in 1961.  There have been numerous covers, including those by Tony Sheridan, Mouse and the Traps, Lee Michaels, Ike & Tina Turner, and Steve Miller, among others. The song was on the soundtracks of the films American Graffiti and The Wanderers.

Dorsey was born in New Orleans and was a childhood friend of Fats Domino. Dorsey served in the U.S. Navy. In the early 1950s, he had a career as a boxer. He had other hit records with “Working in the Coal Mine” and “Yes We Can Can.”

Here are the lyrics to “Ya Ya” by Lee Dorsey:

“Oh well I’m uh
Sitting here la la
Waiting for my Ya Ya a hm ahm
Oh sitting here la la
Waiting for my Ya Ya uh
It may sound funny
But I don’t believe she’s comin’ home
Oh baby hurry don’t make me worry
Oh yah baby hurry don’t make me worry
Oh you knew that l love you
Oh how I love you oh
Sitting here la la
Waiting for my Ya Ya a hm ahm
Oh sitting here la la
Waiting for my Ya Ya uh
It may sound funny
But I don’t believe she’s comin’ home

Oh baby hurry don’t make me worry
Oh yah baby hurry don’t make me worry
Oh you knew how l love you
Oh how I love you oh
Sitting here la la
Waiting for my Ya Ya a hm ahm
Sitting here la la
Waiting for my Ya Ya uh
It may sound funny
But I don’t believe she’s comin’ home

Oh baby hurry don’t make me worry
Oh yah baby hurry don’t make me worry”

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  1. […] Dorsey was an R&B singer best known for this song and his earlier hit “Ya Ya” (1961). Other charting singles include “Do-Re-Mie,” “Ride Your […]

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