Baha Men is a Bahamian world music band playing a modernized style of Bahamian music called Junkanoo. They are best known for their 2000 hit single “Who Let the Dogs Out?”

Early career as High Voltage (1979–1991)

The group was formed in London in the late 1970s as High Voltage. In 1991, they changed their name to Baha Men and released their first album under that name, Junkanoo, in 1992.

International Success

In the 1990s, they began aiming their music at a more mainstream audience, and achieved great, but short-lived, popularity with 2000’s remake of “Who Let the Dogs Out?” (originally composed by Anslem Douglas), produced by Steve Greenberg and Michael Mangini. The song was a chart success in many countries, and also became a popular song at US sporting events.

“Who Let the Dogs Out?” also earned the band several awards: a Grammy Award in 2000 for Best Dance Recording; Billboard Music Awards for World Music Artist of the Year and World Music Album of the Year; and a Nickelodeon Kids Choice Award for Favorite Song. In 2002, they won another Kids’ Choice Award for Favorite Band.

Going Back To The Islands

Come on
Yeah
Gotta Do it
Go Back to the Island Boy
Yeah, Yeah, yeah, yeah

Let’s go

Wake up early one mornin
Kiss my mama good-bye
Going back to the island
I say don’t worry mama don’t cry
(Chorus)

I’ll be leaving on the hou’r’s label
I sure hope that she’s still able
Sow the seed around 5 o’clock
I’ll stand at her bow and see the dark
Out in the field from dawn till dusk
Swimming in the blue hole is a must
That island where I was born
First thing I’ll do is grow some corn

(Chorus)

I’ve been Cooking outside in the island pot
So young when I learn I haven’t forgotten
How to catch them dark crab as dey walkin
Old folks smokin pipes and talkin
Saturday night we gonna dance and sway
Shake my belly and do the Gongay
People don’t you understand
Live like a king and be a happy man

(Chorus)

Are you ready? Yeah
How you gonna get there?
By Mail Boat

Are you ready?
Yeah
How you gonna get there?
By Mail Boat

You got to go down to Nassau
Go to Eleuthera
Go to Cat Island, Rum Cay and Exuma
Go down to Freeport
Go to Mayaguana
Go to Long island, Andros, Inagua

(Chorus)

I got to go
I got to go
I got to go back to the island
(3X)

(Chorus)

Junkanoo yeah
Junkanoo yeah
Junkanoo yeah
Junkanoo yeah

Yeah yeah yeah yeah

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