If you’re on TikTok, you’re probably heard “Opaul.” Maybe you’ve even pulled a Charli D’Amelio and danced to it. But you might not know the lyrics — even if you think you do.
“Opaul” is a 2018 song by rapper Freddie Dredd, who also produced the track under the pseudonym Ryan C. But the singing you hear in the TikTok sound isn’t Freddie Dredd. It’s a sample of the Portuguese-language song “David” (also called “Odavi”) by Brazilian singer-songwriter Célia. Freddie told Mashable via Twitter DM that he named the song after his friend Paul, who introduced him to the Célia track.
The sound includes these lyrics from Célia: “Oh Davi / não vai não / Agora que esse som tá ficando bom,” which translates roughly to “Oh Davi, don’t go / Now that this song is getting good.” Some people — including who speaks Portuguese, hear “volte aqui,” which means “come back,” but “Oh Davi” makes more sense given the song’s title. Read more…
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