A screenshot of the video for Royal Height's "Ain't Gotta Go Home, Just Got to Git the Hell Up Outta Here"

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“Ain’t Gotta Go Home, Just Gotta Git the Hell Up Outta Here”

When longtime D.C. R&B singer Royal Height heard in November that President Donald Trump was refusing to accept the results of the election, he was reminded of a song he had worked on. “Ain’t Gotta Go Home, Just Gotta Git the Hell Up Outta Here” is a tune that Height, along with musician and producer Ron “Meatball” Reace, had created before the election and even before the pandemic, but had not released. It was a light-hearted piece penned for their club DJ pals, aimed at patrons who would linger past closing time. But offended by Trump’s presidency and especially his November actions, Height re-recorded the tune with the same title chorus and changed the verses to make it about the guy he calls “Mr. Orange.” The new song retains some lyrical humor from the original. In addition, Height injected some socio-political bite he said was inspired by the songwriting of Marvin Gaye, Curtis Mayfield, and Stevie Wonder. Height, who has sung with the legendary Orioles, has previously released solo topical songs, such as a previous inauguration jam and ode to President Obama entitled “Barack Steady,” a D.C. statehood anthem, “Taxation without Representation,” and the “Black Lives Matter World Theme Song Anthem.” Since the recent horrific assault on the Capitol and the second impeachment, Height feels even more strongly about the merit of the new composition, with lyrics like “One term in office still been too long” and “check yourself 45, you ain’t got no defense / from the White House to the Big House and don’t forget to take your boy Pence.” He condemns Trump’s lies, mentions the stress of COVID, and also urges listeners to “rock with Harris and Biden.” Height’s fervent delivery of the catchy chorus shines. Via that chorus, the song’s closing sample of Redd Foxx as Fred Sanford saying “you big dummy,” and its YouTube video with footage in the background of some of the many shameful aspects of the last four years, Height also nods at the longstanding Black tradition of laughing to keep from crying. The song is available on Spotify and YouTube. Free.