Does "get down" mean something sexual?

by Presl
(Beijing, China)

Hi, Diana!

I ran into a couple of questions when I was listening to a song called "Get Down" which sung by Backstreet Boys.

Well, the thing is, it seems some words in the lyrics are related to sexual terms. (I am not sure though, since I am not a native speaker. That is why I want to know what these words mean exactly; what they are singing about exactly.)

Well, I posted my question about this song at two days ago, but I still have not got any replies, which just make me ask myself - Are they even sexual terms??? Oh!!!

I am going crazy!! I do not know where I can ask these questions, as I said, I just want to know what the singer is singing about. I don't mean to learn these kinds of words.

So, I figure, may I ask you these questions personally, Diana? If you do not mind...
:-( :-(

Hi Presl,

I don't mind at all! I know what it feels like to sing along to a song and not know exactly what you are saying. Sometimes it can be quite embarrassing.

I want to keep my website a friendly and clean place so thankfully this song is not extremely explicit.

So, to answer your question; Yes, the song is sexually orientated, but not explicitly.

They don't mention anything directly but you can understand what they are speaking about if you understand what "get down" usually refers to.

What does "get down" mean?

There are two meanings that apply to the song.
1) to party
2) to have sex
3) to dance
4) to abandon nonsense

This is probably why you thought the song was a bit sexual. If you want to keep it innocent you could assume the song is talking about dancing, but it is most likely talking about having sex.

Are there any other parts that are specifically confusing you? I posted this YouTube video below so that you can read the lyrics and hear the song at the same time.

I hope that answers your question Presl, if you have more questions about the song, just post a comment below. :)


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Apr 11, 2009
by: presl

You put a lot of effort into your site for us. Thank you! Nice work! I like it!


(By the way, I sent my suggetions for you via FEEDBACK yesterday. If you did not get it, let me know, I will send it to you again)

Apr 10, 2009
by: presl

I see something new was added to the website today! Well done, Diana! Keep going! Our support is always for you! :)
Hi Presl...You are probably talking about the new toolbar! :) I just created it last week. I think it is a wonderful way for everyone to stay updated about the website AND I added a radio to the toolbar as well. Download the website toolbar for Firefox or Explorer today!

Apr 09, 2009
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by: presl

Diana, I will!

Thank you, take care of yourself!

Apr 07, 2009
by: presl

Hi Diana,

Thank you very much for your further explanation!

Suddenly, I feel like the outside air is pretty fresh, when taking a breath, because I can understand what exactly what they are singing about now. I have been working on this song for nearly two weeks - I just kept asking myself continuously - what does that mean?? - I could not figure out it.

I guess I should be careful when I try to select songs intensive listening materials next time! It is real hard for us to ask teacher a question like this one. :( ??

Diana, thank you!
Hi Presl,

In the future, if you like, I could help you understand the song you are studying. Just send me a message and I could prepare an exercise for that song. Have you visited the music section of my site?

I know it is small with only a couple songs on it, but I would love to add more. :)

I'm glad I could help!
-Diana :)

Apr 07, 2009
Sexual...or Just Dancing...or a little bit of both!
by: Diana Tower

Hi Presl,

You are welcome. I am glad to help!

To answer your questions:

Slam and Bang can have sexual meanings (like you found at Urban Dictionary) but in the context of the song it doesn't really fit.

I think what the Backstreet Boys are doing with this song is using sexual vocabulary to describe dancing. It is sort of a trick because it makes to think of sexual things, but then when you look closer you can't quite find the examples that work.

Slam and bang, in the context of the song, seem to refer more to the sounds of the music, now that I look at it closer.

I think Tracy L has a good point. Basically the guys are inviting the girls to "bust a move" on the dance floor. Their invitation to dance sure does have a sexual undertone to it though doesn't it?.

As for Slap it up, flip could be talking about dancing but to me it sounds dirty (sexual). haha. I think the Urban Dictionary definition that you found for the full version is pretty accurate.

So my final point about the song is that it is singing about dancing, but I think dancing is basically a metaphor for sex. It is a sneaky way for the Backstreet Boys to remain "innocent and good", while talking about "big boy" stuff like sex.

I hope that helps Presl. I also got your feedback and I am going to send you an email. :)


Apr 06, 2009
Diana, thank you!
by: presl

*Please be warned that the links in this comment link to "Urban Dictionary" and due to the nature of this subject may contain offensive content. I just wanted to warn visitors so that they were not surprised when they visited Urban Dictionary.**

Hi Diana,

First, thank you very much for your reply. I was pretty glad to see your message!

Your answer makes sense to me. It turns out that my intuition about this song was correct. Here is the question that I asked.

I agree with you that, that "get down" here doesn't simply mean "to dance", and this song IS a little sexual. (I did not mean to listen to some kind of song like this, I just thought it is a hit song and it is pretty melodious, so I was trying to use it as a intensive listening material to improve my listening skills.)

Okay, Diana, I have two quesitons for you. Since this song is a bit sexual, in the rest of the lyrics, what does the term "bang" mean? See definition at Urban Dictionary., and does "slam" mean See definition at Urban Dictionary., which does not mean "to dance the slam dance"?, right?

Diana, I could not find the definition for this "smack it up, flip it"? in any dictionary or the Internet, is it a short form of this one? See definition at Urban Dictionary. Or does it mean this See definition by Tracy L at Yahoo Answers.

Well, I do not know what to say to you, just, thank you, Diana. Thanks for answering my question! Because, if I were in the U.S., I could ask my friends or classmates about these kind of questions. I think that would be a lot easier and more comfortable to discuss something like this, but, unfortunately, I am in Beijing right now, and I could not figure out where to ask.

To ask my teacher?? If the terms in this lyrics do have a connection to sex, I thought she is going to beat me up!!

So, Diana, thank you!!!!! Thank you!! Thank you!!!!

:) :-) :-D

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