Mtume’s Juicy Fruit: the hidden meaning of the song lyrics

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Juicy Fruit is a classic song released by the american group Mtume in 1983. It was a big hit, staying on the top of Billboard Hot Black Singles for 8 weeks. The melody are soft and captivating like all best funk/soul classics of those times, and the song is still enjoyable today. Especially if one pays attention to the lyrics.

Here the official video of the song:

The meaning of the lyrics

The band members never gave any hint or confirmation about the meaning of the lyrics, so the interpretation of the song is left to the listener. And it’s natural to catch the sexy mood of the melody, together with the allusions on the lyrics and some specific frame on the official video, that often seem an invitation for the lover to get physical. The Juicy Fruit, in this case, is the way a lover gives physical love to their partner.

Candy rain
Comin’ down
Taste you in my mind
And spread you all around

Making love is a matter of body and brain, obviously. You can taste love on your skin, as it was rain falling on you, and you can feel it mentally. And everywhere within yourself. Some of the verses get so explicit that in some version of the song they have been replaced with more politically-correct words:

Do what you want
I don’t care
I’ll be your lollipop
(You can lick me everywhere)

All signs tell us then that the song is about seduction and sexual bond. And the fact that the band never commented about it, could actually be a clear confirmation itself.

The full lyrics

You know very well
What you are
You’re my sugar thing
My chocolate star

I’ve had a few
But not that many
But you’re the only love
That gives me good and plenty

Juicy fruit

Candy rain
Comin’ down
Taste you in my mind
And spread you all around

Here I am
Oh, this love’s for you
Hey, baby
Sweet as honey dew

Close my eyes
Oh, what fantasy
And you’re right here with me
Juicy

Cherry blossom kiss
What you’re givin’
Makes my body rock
Keeps me sizzlin’

Do what you want
I don’t care
I’ll be your lollipop
(You can lick me everywhere)

Juicy fruit

Here I am
This love’s for you
Hey, baby
You’re sweet as honey dew

Close my eyes
Oh, what fantasy
And you’re right here with me
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

Juicy fruit