A line-by-line analysis of Danzel's "Put Your Hands Up In the Air!"
Hey Wildcat's! It's the fourth quarter. It's time to finish! So let's put your hands up in the air while we try and figure out what the hell this song is about! [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2KWC0P3oXZ4]
Put your hands up in the air Put your hands up in the air Danzel begins his anthem with an imperative. More command than mere request, Wildcat fans are instructed to throw their hands up in the air to start the fourth quarter off right with a communal movement that celebrates the fleeting temporal relationship between a television timeout and the Northwestern secondary's imminent collapse.
Put your hands up in the air Put your hands up in the air A reiteration of Danzel's requisition, harkening back to the initial invocation presented to fans through the luminous jumbotron specter at Ryan Field. There are only so many permutations with which one can raise one's hands up in the air, but such trifles are not of concern to men like Danzel or Kain Colter.
16x: Air Bridging the gap between the transcendent heavens and the solid gridiron where mortals run the spread is air -- surrounding us, within us, throughout us -- air, the wind modern man has breathed for longer than approximately 3,174.60 NU bowl droughts. Like Pat Fitzgerald, we return to the essence that begot us with arms open wide to the infinite blue beyond.
Put your hands up in the air Put your hands up in the air God, I could just do this shit all motherfucking day.
Put your hands up in the air Put your hands up in the air Are they flashing WNBA scores up on the scoreboard? Oh wait, that's just the Indiana final.
Put your hands up in the air Put your hands up in the air Danzel utilizes repetition to depict the subtle interplay between the verticality of your limbs and your levels of ampitude. This is a complex relationship that the 20,000 or so Nebraska fans in the stadium will never quite appreciate.
Put your hands up in the air Put your hands up in the air Were the rights to Taio Cruz's "Dynamite" really that expensive?
Yo party people come out sayin' yeah Party people come out sayin' yeah Danzel rapidly changes perspectives, venturing into the mind of party people. Although a bold display of empathy, I have to admit that when party people normally come out to my ragers, they normally say things like "Oh, you were serious about the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory theme?" or "Man, it's been such a long time since I've drank anything cheaper than Sköl!" Maybe Belgian party people just rage a little... differently than we do here.
Feel the vibe And it's gettin' stronger After setting up his song with repeated exposition viz a viz our hands in the air, Danzel announces his intention to delve into the atmosphere he and his audience have mutually created, expounding upon the aura, or "vibe," that his beats have created within Ryan Field.
Feel the vibe And it's gettin' stronger Taken out of context, this line sounds exactly as stupid and/or sexual as it does within the context of this song.
Party people come out sayin' yeah Party people come out sayin' yeah If any party people have somehow avoided raising there hands up in the air, now is the time for them to come out like a Freshman during Wildcat Welcome Week.
Party people come out, come out.. yo, Dj turn it on LET'S GO ROUND TWO!!!
Put your hands up in the air Put your hands up in the air Oh God. There are only so many times I can put my hands up in the air... I think my forearms are more sore than Monica Lewinsky's in the Oval Office. Must. Keep. Getting. Pumped.
Put your hands up in the air Put your hands up in the air A bit of biographical information on Danzel. Born "Johan Waem," the musician broke out of a perpetual cycle of chocolate addiction in the waffle house slums of Antwerp that plagues so many other young Belgians with his deep passion for house, techno, dance music, and getting you PUMPED for the fourth quarter of football games.
Put your hands up in the air Put your hands up in the air Surprisingly, this song peaked at Number 6 in the UK Dance Charts in 2005 but never garnered much interest anywhere else. How the hell it became an NU tradition is anyone's guess.
Put your hands up in the air Put your hands up in the air Speaking of which, can something really be a "tradition" if it was instituted less than two years after we elected our current president? Looking at you, March Through the Arch.
[INSTRUMENTAL BREAK] Danzel takes a quick break from pumping you up, providing ample time for the jumbotron to display pre-meds dancing more awkwardly than Mitt Romney at a RZA show.
Put your hands up in the air Put your hands up in the air What Northwestern lacks in terms of facilities, season-ticket holders, or a pass rushing attack, it more than makes up for with its fan base's threatening ability to raise its hands up in the air for extended periods of time.
Put your hands up in the air Put your hands up in the air GET SOME, UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH DAKOTA!!! Yippee ki-yay, motherfuckers.
Put your hands up in the air Put your hands up in the air I assume this is also what House Republicans said when they held the government hostage this spring. On an unrelated note: I bet love to see Paul Ryan play running back. The dude makes social welfare cuts quicker than Venric Mark on a kick return.
Put your hands up in the air Put your hands up in the air The strength of Danzel's mantra lies in its specific spatial reference point. The bard is imploring his audience to place their hands -- one of the most essential tools of the human body -- in the very oxygen we breathe, interweaving the supple protoplasm of man with the zephyrous troposphere that sustains us.
[FADEOUT] Wildcat fans are led to believe that Danzel's jam will continue ad nauseam, a never ending ode to the power of triumphantly raising one's hands in the air into perpetuity in order to raise stokeage levels at Ryan Field to near illegal levels in Evanston.
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