What are the lyrics to the Spice Girls’ hit Wannabe and what does ‘zig-a-zig-ah’ really mean?

What is "Zig – a – zig – ah"? We have the answers…

What is Wannabe about?

The Spice Girls' iconic song Wannabe turned 22 this year and we've never known what the cheeky lasses were on about in that chorus.

The answer will no doubt surprise you.

One of the hit's co-writers revealed to the Daily Star that the line was inspired by a saying on set: "S**t and cigars".

According to the insider the saying was actually a nickname the band gave to someone who they were sharing a Shoreditch recording studio with at the time.

The co-writer described how everyone working on the studio was "much cooler" than the Spice Girls (impossible), with the likes of Orbital and Chemical Brothers in neighbouring studios.

He added: "But there was this one 80s pop dude who hated us for encroaching on what he considered 'his turf' which was boy bands and girl bands.

"This guy had this nasty habit of taking a dump in the shared khazi while smoking a cigar, so we took to referring to him as 'S**t and Cigars'."

The insider seems to think the nickname buried its way into Mel B's psyche ending up in the lyrics – in a slightly more PG way – when she wrote them.

But "zig – a – zig – ah" isn't the only potentially controversial lyric in the catchy pop classic.

The insider also claims that Mel B allegedly references some of the band having sex while on drugs.

The lyric "You got G like MC who likes it on a… Easy V doesn't come for free, she's a real lady" we all innocently sing is apparently not so.

He claims that the real lyric is "We got G (Geri) like MC (Sporty) who likes it on an E" referring to the drug ecstasy.

But that's a wild theory nobody from the band has ever confirmed –  so we will stop there before your whole childhood goes up in smoke.

What are the lyrics to Wannabe?

Read more about the iconic Spice Girls and learn how Mel B splashed her £38 million fortune on waterfalls, cars and her own island.

And check out Ginger Spice Geri Horner with her adorable tot Montague on a family day out at the F1.

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