Never really thought about it before. The first time I ever noticed the Red, Black and Green flag was on the cover of the album “One Nation Under A Groove.” At the time the symbolism of the RBG was something I was totally oblivious to. Now, as we approach the 100th anniversary of the flag given to us by Marcus Garvey and the members of the UNIA on August 13, 1920 this song takes on new relevance.

‘Bout that time
They asked me where was I going?
Ya know
I, said, well
You have to be reasonable and
So you know
I’ve never been away from home before
And, uh, besides
They gave me a good deal
And I think that, um
Funkadelica is
You know, the nation, that
Uh, you know, I’d like to, live under
(What in the world is this boy talking about?)

Pledge a Grooveallegiance to da funk
The United Funk of Funkadelica
Of dey funk, for dey funk, today funk
Of da United Funk of Funkadelica

I pledge Grooveallegiance to da flag
of funky funky Funkadelica yeah yeah uhhh
Of dey funk, for dey funk, today funk
Of da United Funk of Funkadelica

I pledge Grooveallegiance to the flag
Of funky, funky, Funkadelica, yeah yeah uhhhh

dey funk for dey funk today funk

With a united funk we can fly eye eye eyiii

For if our cause was unjust
We couldn’t bring this funk to you.
So we feel that it’s a must
It is something we should do
you know hi

Let me take you by the hand
And spread the funk across the land
It’s not hard to understand
Headin’ for the master plan…

Pledge a Grooveallegiance to the funk
(Oh yeah)
The United Funk of Funkadelica
Oh Yeah-Hoo
Dey do do dey funk
do dey funk

do do do

di di dididi di di di

do do do

Pardon me, but I can tell.
We know each other very well.
Take my funk and let it grow.
And then we’ll funk some more.

di di dididi di di di

Please come one, come all to the funk.
Let your feelings, go as one.
Join this nation, you will see.
That we can make you free.
Dit-Dit de-diddy-dee-deet-dee.

Pledge a Grooveallegiance to the funk.
The United Funk of Funkadelica.
Oh yeah ho oo oo.
Do dey, do dey funk?
Oh yeah.
Do dey funk?
Um, hm.
Do dey funk?

So if you just take the time.
You’ll see we need to drop a line.
When we do, I’m sure you’ll find.
That we come to free your mind.
Ho yow.


do do do do wow doobie doobie do do wow (8-9x)

Do you promise to funk the whole funk and nothing but the funk?

Go forth and funk.

One nation under a groove.

Think, it ain’t illegal yet.

In funk we trust.

One nation under a groove.

It ain’t illegal yet.

By Nnamdi Azikiwe

The Mhotep Corporation uses its Keyamsha The Awakening brand to heighten perceptions and expand awareness. By producing content that engages, entertains and educates we create value for value relationships with our audience for mutual benefit. Mhotep is derived from the name of the architect and builder of the first pyramid in Kemet, so-called ancient Egypt. I formed the Mhotep Corporation in 2003 to produce and distribute 3D animation videos based on traditional African stories. Since then it has evolved to being a media production company including books. In a previous life I worked as a systems analyst developing solutions for government and multinational organizations. Born and educated in Washington, D.C. I have traveled to several places including Haiti, the Bahamas, Mexico, Canada, Nigeria (several times), Ethiopia (several times), Benin, Togo, and South Africa. I am married with three children.

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