The Best Song of All TimeEdit
In 2000, Rolling Stone magazine named "Wild Wild West" as one of the top five songs of the 1990s . It's that good. Sources also report that it's a really fun song to play on a bar's jukebox. No patrons will be annoyed by that. The acapella version of the song is also a masterpiece.
The best part of the song is the depth of the lyrics. Will Smith is a lyricist known for his clever use of metaphor and allusion.
Jim West, desperado, rough rider
No you don't want nada
None of this, six gunnin' this, brotha runnin' this
Buffalo soldier, look it's like I told ya
Any damsel that's in distress
Be out of that dress when she meet Jim West
The song opens by introducing us to our hero, Jim West. I guess he was also the main character of the movie? He seems like a pretty tough guy, though! I wouldn't want to mess with this "rough rider"! Maybe the most telling line is the one about what he does to damsels in distress... he gets them "out of that dress". I wish I could do that to damsels :(.
Rough neck so go check the law and abide
Watch your step with flex and get a hole in your side
Swallow your pride, don't let your lip react
You don't wanna see my hand where my hip be at
This sounds super threatening! I WON'T LET MY LIP REACT.
With Artemus from the start of this
Runnin' the game, James West tamin' the west
So remember the name
Now who ya gonna call?
Not the G.B.'s
Now who you gonna call?
"G double E G"
I think Artemus is probably another character in the song. But Smith is almost certainly also alluding the the Greek deity Artemis. I'm not sure who the G.B.s are. That's up for interpretation. Also not sure what "geeb" is. Smith is the kind of lyricist who allows for this sort of thing. He's downright Joycean.
From there on out Will Smith mostly just says "Wild Wild West" a lot.