Song Lyric Sunday | “Candy” – Cameo

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This week’s theme is “sugar/candy.”

Can’t think of  candy without Cameo’s 1985 hit of the same name coming to mind. It was a hot number on the charts and in dance clubs. But it’s probably best known for the wedding scene at the end of  1999’s The Best Man with Terrence Howard and Taye Diggs, where everyone does the Electric Slide.

The video is totally 80s! Bad lip-syncing, bad dance steps, bad acting, and 100% fun! The outfits and and hair cuts set fashion trends. Now, we know better.

But what I didn’t know, what I found out more than thirty years later is Cameo’s Candy is about… cocaine! Yes, I’m shocked too! Who knew? Why wasn’t I told sooner? Knowing this, the lyrics below take on a whole new meaning.

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by Cameo

Writer(s): Ryan Toby, Will Smith, Larry Blackmon, T. Jenkins

Yeah, yeah, mmm

It’s like candy
I can feel it when you walk
Even when you talk it takes over me

You’re so dandy
I wanna know
Can you feel it too, just like I do?


This stuff is starting now
It’s the same feeling
I always seem to get around you

There’s no mistaking, I’m clearly taken
By the simple mere thought of you


This stuff is starting now
This stuff is starting now
This stuff is starting now

My eyes roll in my head
I toss and turn in my bed
In the morning when I think about you

Yes, I do

Simply put you’re the reason why
Even though I’m real shy (Real shy)
I attempt to look my best for you
Indeed I do, just for you

‘Cause you affect me, fascinate me
I thank heaven for the things that you do

It’s like candy
You sure are sweet (Sweet) (Sweet)
You’re so dandy (Dandy)
You’re taking my appetite but it’s alright

It’s like candy
Oooh, vanilla
Oh, chocolate!

You look real nice, wrapped up tight
You’re so dandy
You’re giving me a heart attack
It’s the kind I like

It’s like candy
You’re so dandy

Why you do

You’re like a brand new feeling
In a special way
A surprise package
On a bright clear sunny day (You’re so dandy)

And wrapped up tight (So good)
(So good, yeaheaheah)

Strawberry (Strawberry), raspberry (Raspberry)
All those good things
Violets and gumdrops
That’s what you’re saying to me, me (Me)


Sweet candy
It’s like candy
Sure seems like good candy to me

Oh, baby

You’re so dandy (Watch this)


9 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday | “Candy” – Cameo

    • Who knew? We were just going along, bopping our heads or busting a move or two, oblivious to what we were dancing to and wondering why Larry was wearing the red crotch thingamabob. My son told me…the son who was born four years after Candy was released. 😮 I didn’t believe it until he showed me several websites about it.

      We were dancing to a song about drugs! 😧 Well played, Cameo, well played. 😄


  1. Lynn Blair says:

    Hah; hidden messages for sure! Love it. Imagine how different things are when you’re a young, innocent child vs. an adult huh?

    And not everything from the 80s was bad fashion-wise. I’m still rocking the men’s short shorts from the day. So sue me. 😉

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  2. Anyone who actually listens to music instead of the beats knew this song was about cocaine. Even today a whole bunch of songs are liked due to constant rotation on the radio and eventually even though at first you may not even like the song you eventually will. The vibration and frequencies of music effect the subconscious to the point the listeners only are tuned in to the beats and harmony.

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  3. I’m triggered every time I hear this song. I used to work at an alternative high school, where one of the students would call me…”Miss Candy” :-/

    Now, I shall add this cocaine info to it lol

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