Patti LaBelle is an American singer who began as lead singer of Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles in the 1960’s
Her signature song is ‘Lady Marmalade’.
- The chorus of “Voulez-vous coucher avec moi ce soir” is French for “Do you want to sleep with me tonight?” When Labelle performed this on television, broadcast standards of the day prohibited them from singing the chorus as written, so they changed it to “Voulez-vous danser avec moi ce soir” (do you want to dance with me). >>
- This was inspired by New Orleans prostitutes. The French Quarter is near the city’s red-light district.
Lyrics at end
Where's all my soul sistas? Lemme hear ya'll flow, sistas Hey sista, go sista, soul sista, flow sista Hey sista, go sista, soul sista, go sista He met Marmalade down in old Moulin Rouge Struttin' her stuff on the street She said, "Hello, hey Joe, you wanna give it a go?" Oh, uh-huh Gitchie, gitchie, ya-ya, da-da (hey, hey, hey) Gitchie, gitchie, ya-ya, here (here) Mocha Chocolata, ya-ya (ooh, yeah) Creole Lady Marmalade (What-what? What-what?) Ooh, oh Voulez-vous coucher avec moi, ce soir? Voulez-vous coucher avec moi? Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah He sat in her boudoir while she freshened up Boy drank all that Magnolia wine On her black satin sheets' where he started to freak, yeah Gitchie, gitchie, ya-ya, da-da (da-da-da) Gitchie, gitchie, ya-ya, here (ooh, yeah, yeah) Mocha Chocolata, ya-ya (yeah, yeah) Creole Lady Marmalade Voulez-vous coucher avec moi, ce soir? (Ce soir, what, what, what?) Voulez-vous coucher avec moi? Ooh Yeah, yeah, uh We come through with the money and the garter belts Let him know we 'bout that cake straight out the gate (uh) We independent women, some mistake us for whores I'm sayin', "Why spend mine when I can spend yours?" Disagree? Well, that's you, and I'm sorry I'ma keep playing these cats out like Atari Wear high heel shoes, get love from the dudes Four badass chicks from the Moulin Rouge Hey sistas, soul sistas, betta get that dough, sistas We drink wine with diamonds in the glass By the case, the meaning of expensive taste If you wanna gitchie, gitchie, ya-ya (c'mon) Mocha Chocolata (what?) Creole Lady Marmalade One more time, c'mon now Marmalade (ooh) Lady Marmalade (ooh, yeah, yeah) Marmalade (no, yeah) Hey, hey, hey Touch of her skin, feeling silky smooth, hey Color of café au lait, alright Made the savage beast inside roar until he cried More (more), more (more), more Now he's back home doin' 9 to 5 (9 to 5) He's livin' the grey flannel life But when he turns off to sleep, memories creep More (more), more (more), more Gitchie, gitchie, ya-ya, da-da (da-da, yeah) Gitchie, gitchie, ya-ya, here (ooh) Mocha Chocolata (ohh), ya-ya (oh) Creole Lady Marmalade Voulez-vous coucher avec moi, ce soir? (Ce soir) Voulez-vous coucher avec moi? (All my sistas, yeah) Voulez-vous coucher avec moi, ce soir? (Ce soir) Voulez-vous coucher avec moi, ohh (c'mon, uh) Christina (hey, oh) P!nk (Lady Marmalade) Lil' Kim (hey, hey, uh, uh, uh, uh, uh, uh, uh) Mya (oh-oh, oh, ohh) Rockwilder, baby (baby) Moulin Rouge (ooh-oh, da-duh, da-duh) Misdemeanor here Creole Lady Marmalade Ooh, ooh-ooh, yes