Tootsee Roll by 69 Boyz: the dance, the lyrics & the meaning

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Tootsee Roll is a old rap song from 1994, made by the American due 69 Boyz. It’s famous still today because there is a popular dance line that people enjoy with this song, often played in summer parties and celebration. Not very differently than the electric slide, it’s typically a song that people listen to and dance every summer. In this article we will see the lyrics and verify if there is a hidden meaning inside it.

You can find below the video that shows the Tootsee Roll dance with the song by 69 Boyz.

Watch this video on YouTube.

What’s the meaning of Tootsee Roll?

Tootsee Roll is a made up expression, but it’s probably inspired by the Tootsie Roll, a sweet bar popular in the US since the beginning of the 20th century. To be exhaustive in the source of the expression, there is also a urban meaning of Tootsie Roll that refers to a naked part of women’s body. For that, we suggest you to read the dedicated page in Urban Dictionary.

Coming to the lyrics of Tootsee Roll, the song wanted to share the dance line since the beginning. The lyrics refer to the butterfly dance, a much more classical dance line, and says something like: “do you recall that? Well, that’s old fashioned, now it’s time for our new dance, the Tootsee Roll!”.

I don’t know what you’ve been told
It ain’t the butterfly, it’s the Tootsee Roll
A brand new dance, so
Grab a partner and get on the dance floor

The dance is very physical, so the artists suggest to work a bit on the partner’s hips and move your back. It’s an invitation to let yourself go. And then there is obviously the explicit description of the dance line, that you can see directly in the video above.

To the left, to the left, to the right, to the right
To the front, to the front, to the back, to the back
Now slide, slide, baby, slide, just slide, baby
Slide, just slide, baby, slide, c’mon, c’mon (Slide)
To the left, to the left, to the right, to the right
To the front, to the front, to the back, to the back
Now dip, baby, dip, c’mon, let’s dip, baby, dip, baby
Dip, baby, dip (Just dip, baby), dip, baby, dip (Just dip, baby)

Cotton candy and sweetie gold, mentioned often in the lyrics, recall both a party environment and nicknames that you may give to a nice girl you like. And that contributes to give a fun mood to the whole song.

Any hidden meaning behind the Tootsee Roll song? Actually no, it’s a song about the pure pleasure to dance and enjoy the fun of moving, with a nice song in the background. From this point of view, it is no way inferior to the electric slide.

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The complete lyrics

The butterfly? Uh-uh, that’s old, let me see the Tootsee Roll
Yeah, 1990-Quad
69 Boyz backed up by the Quad City DJ’s, one time

Cotton candy, Sweetie Gold, let me see the Tootsee Roll
C’mon, c’mon (Tootsee Roll), just make that Tootsee Roll
Here we go, here we go (Tootsee Roll), just make that Tootsee Roll
Yeah, c’mon (Tootsee Roll), lemme see that Tootsee Roll
Get up and roll (Tootsee Roll) and make that Tootsee Roll

To the left, to the left, to the right, to the right
To the front, to the front, to the back, to the back
Now slide, slide, baby, slide, just slide, baby
Slide, just slide, baby, slide, c’mon, c’mon (Slide)
To the left, to the left, to the right, to the right
To the front, to the front, to the back, to the back
Now dip, baby, dip, c’mon, let’s dip, baby, dip, baby
Dip, baby, dip (Just dip, baby), dip, baby, dip (Just dip, baby)
Cotton candy, Sweetie Gold, let me see the Tootsee Roll

I don’t know what you’ve been told
It ain’t the butterfly, it’s the Tootsee Roll
A brand new dance, so
Grab a partner and get on the dance floor
And work them hips a lil’ bit
Then do that dip a lil’ bit
Oh yeah, you got it
No ifs, ands or no buts about it
And you over there, with the long hair
Keep rollin’ that derriere
‘Cause it ain’t hard
Just a brand new dance for the 1990-Quad
69 in the place to be
Hey yo, ‘Ski, what we came to see?

Cotton candy, Sweetie Gold, let me see the Tootsee Roll
Here we go, c’mon (Tootsee Roll), c’mon, c’mon (Tootsee Roll)
Lemme see your Tootsee Roll, c’mon, c’mon (Tootsee Roll)
Just get that on the floor (Tootsee Roll) and Tootsee Roll
Here we go, here we go (Tootsee Roll) just—

I feel a whoop comin’ on, a whoop comin’ on (Say what?)
I feel a whoop comin’ on, a whoop comin’ on
Whoop (Come on), whoop (Come on), whoop (Yeah, c’mon, c’mon and) whoop
Whoop, whoop, whoop, whoop (Yeah, baby)

Cotton candy, Sweetie Gold, let me see that Tootsee Roll
C’mon, c’mon (Tootsee Roll), just make that Tootsee Roll
Yeah, c’mon (Tootsee Roll), and make your Tootsee Roll
Here we go, here we go (Tootsee Roll), just make that Tootsee Roll
I wanna see your Tootsee Roll, just make your Tootsee Roll

To the left, to the left, to the right, to the right
To the front, to the front, to the back, to the back
Now slide, slide, slide, slide
Now slide, slide, slide, slide, uh-oh
I feel a whoop comin’ on, a whoop comin’ on
A whoop comin’ on, a whoop comin’ on (Five, four, three, two, one, c’mon now)
Whoop, whoop, whoop, whoop (C’mon now)
Whoop, whoop, whoop, whoop
Cotton candy, Sweetie Gold, let me see that Tootsee Roll

I don’t know what you’ve been told
It ain’t the butterfly, it’s the Tootsee Roll
A brand new dance, so
Grab a partner and get on the dance floor
69 in the place to be
Hey yo, ‘Ski, what we came to see?

The butterfly? Uh-uh, that’s old, let me see the Tootsee Roll
Here we go, c’mon (Tootsee Roll), c’mon, c’mon (Tootsee Roll)
Lemme see your Tootsee Roll, c’mon, c’mon (Tootsee Roll)
Just get that on the floor (Tootsee Roll) and Tootsee Roll
Here we go, here we go (Tootsee Roll) just— check it out

To the left, to the left, to the right, to the right
To the front, to the front, to the back, to the back
Now slide, slide, slide, slide
Now slide, slide, slide, slide (C’mon, c’mon)
To the left, to the left, to the right, to the right
To the front, to the front, to the back, to the back
Now dip, baby, dip, c’mon, let’s dip, baby, dip, baby
Dip, baby, dip (Just dip, baby), dip, baby, dip (Just dip, baby)
I feel a whoop comin’ on, a whoop comin’ on
I feel a whoop comin’ on, a whoop comin’ on (Oh, here it come)
Now whoop, whoop, whoop, whoop (C’mon, let’s)
Whoop, whoop, whoop, whoop (Oh, baby, baby)

Just roll, just roll (C’mon), just roll, just roll
Just roll, just roll, just roll, just roll (Yeah, c’mon and)
Just roll, just roll, just roll, just roll (C’mon, c’mon)
Just roll, just roll, just roll, just roll (Just let that booty roll)