Before it was recorded using a sample from 99 Problems, Ronan The Singer would rap the rap bit at gigs.
You told me you know me
You’ve seen my type before
You told me you owe me
For that drink I got before
But I don’t recognise you
For anything you say
I must apologise to you
‘Cause I don’t know your name
You told me you scored me
You’ve held my hand before
You told me you were with me
When we left the disco
So you know, I’m a self-confessed bastard
Sorry sweetheart, there was nothing here that could’ve last
Didn’t get your number ‘cause I was never gonna call
It’d be great if you could take the hint and just leave me alone.
You told me you went home with me
We got there about four
You tried to get me into bed
But I passed out on the floor
The year is '04 and in my trunk is raw
In my rear view mirror is the motherfucking law
I got two choices y'all pull over the car or
bounce on the double put the pedal to the floor
Now I ain't trying to see no highway chase with Jay
Plus I got a few dollars I can fight the case
So I pull over to the side of the road
And I heard "Son do you know why I'm stopping you for?"
"'Cause I'm young and I'm Irish and my hat's real low
Do I look like a mind reader sir, I don't know
Am I under arrest or should I guess some mo?"
"Well you was doing fifty five in a fifty four
License and registration and step out of the car
Are you carrying a weapon on you? I know a lot of you are"
"I ain't stepping out of shit all my papers legit"
"Do you mind if I look round the car a little bit?"
"Well my glove compartment is locked so is the trunk and the back
And I know my rights so you gon' need a warrant for that"
"Aren't you sharp as a tack are some type of lawyer or something?"
"Or somebody important or something?"
"Nah I ain't passed the bar but I know a little bit
Enough that you won't illegally search my shit"
"Well see how smart you are when the canines come"
I got 99 problems but a bitch ain't one
from What're You Looking At?,
released October 18, 2014
Lead vocals and rhythm guitar by Ronan Fitzgerald
Lead guitar and backing vocals by James Foster
Drums and percussion by Jon Kelway
Bass by John McCaul
Recorded at Hockley Street Studios and Ronan's house.
Written by Ronan Fitzgerald.
Includes lyrics from "99 Problems" by Jay-Z. Written by Jay-Z, Norman Landsberg, Felix Pappalardi, Billy Squier, John Ventura, Leslie Weinstein. Used without permission.