Happy Birthday To Aretha Franklin, The “Queen Of Soul”

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Read about the “Queen Of Soul” and listen to some of her greatest tunes!

1. I Never Loved a Man (The Way I loved You) (1967)

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You’re a no good heart breaker
You’re a liar and you’re a cheat
And I don’t know why
I let you do these things to me
My friends keep telling me
That you ain’t no good
But oh, they don’t know
That I’d leave you if I couldI guess I’m uptight
And I’m stuck like glue
Cause I ain’t never
I ain’t never, I ain’t never, no, no (loved a man)
(The way that I, I love you)Some time ago I thought
You had run out of fools
But I was so wrong
You got one that you’ll never lose
The way you treat me is a shame
How could ya hurt me so bad
Baby, you know that I’m the best thing
That you ever had
Kiss me once againDon’cha never, never say that we we’re through
Cause I ain’t never
Never, Never, no, no (loved a man)
(The way that I, I love you)I can’t sleep at night
And I can’t eat a bite
I guess I’ll never be free
Since you got, your hooks, in meWhoa, oh, oh
Yeah! Yeah!
I ain’t never loved a man
I ain’t never loved a man, baby
Ain’t never had a man hurt me so bad

No
Well this is what I’m gonna do about it

2. Respect (1967)

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What you want
Baby, I got it
What you need
Do you know I got it
All I’m askin’
Is for a little respect when you get home (just a little bit)
Hey baby (just a little bit) when you get home
(Just a little bit) mister (just a little bit)
I ain’t gonna do you wrong while you’re gone
Ain’t gonna do you wrong cause I don’t wanna
All I’m askin’
Is for a little respect when you come home (just a little bit)
Baby (just a little bit) when you get home (just a little bit)
Yeah (just a little bit)

I’m about to give you all of my money
And all I’m askin’ in return, honey
Is to give me my propers
When you get home (just a, just a, just a, just a)
Yeah baby (just a, just a, just a, just a)
When you get home (just a little bit)
Yeah (just a little bit)
Ooo, your kisses
Sweeter than honey
And guess what?
So is my money
All I want you to do for me
Is give it to me when you get home (re, re, re ,re)
Yeah baby (re, re, re ,re)
Whip it to me (respect, just a little bit)
When you get home, now (just a little bit)

R-E-S-P-E-C-T
Find out what it means to me
R-E-S-P-E-C-T
Take care, TCB
Oh (sock it to me, sock it to me, sock it to me, sock it to me)
A little respect (sock it to me, sock it to me, sock it to me, sock it to me)
Whoa, babe (just a little bit)
A little respect (just a little bit)
I get tired (just a little bit)
Keep on tryin’ (just a little bit)
You’re runnin’ out of fools (just a little bit)
And I ain’t lyin’ (just a little bit)
(Re, re, re, re) when you come home
(Re, re, re ,re) ‘spect
Or you might walk in (respect, just a little bit)
And find out I’m gone (just a little bit)
I got to have (just a little bit)
A little respect (just a little bit)

 

3. Think (1968)

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Think (think) think (think) think (think)
Think (think) think (think) think (think)

You better think (think) think about what you’re trying to do to me
Yeah, think (think, think), let your mind go, let yourself be free

Let’s go back, let’s go back, let’s go way on way back when
I didn’t even know you, you couldn’t have been too much more than ten. (just a child)
I ain’t no psychiatrist, I ain’t no doctor with degrees
It don’t take too much high IQ’s to see what you’re doing to me

You better think (think) think about what you’re trying to do to me
Yeah, think (think, think), let your mind go, let yourself be free

Oh freedom (freedom), freedom (freedom), freedom, yeah freedom
Freedom (freedom), freedom (freedom), freedom, ooh freedom

There ain’t nothing you could ask I could answer you but I won’t (I won’t)
I was gonna change, but I’m not, if you keep doing things I don’t

You better think (think) think about what you’re trying to do to me
Yeah, think (think, think), let your mind go, let yourself be free

People walking around everyday, playing games, taking scores
Trying to make other people lose their minds.
Well be careful, you’re gonna lose yours.

Yeah, think (think) think about what you’re trying to do to me
Yeah, think (think, think), let your mind go, let yourself be free

You need me (need me) and I need you (don’t you know)
Without each other there ain’t nothing we can do

Oh freedom (freedom), freedom (freedom), freedom, yeah freedom
Freedom (freedom), freedom (freedom), freedom, ooh freedom

There ain’t nothing you could ask I could answer you but I won’t (I won’t)
I was gonna change, but I’m not, if you’re doing things I don’t

You better think (think) think about what you’re trying to do to me
Yeah, think (think, think), let your mind go, let yourself be free

You need me (need me) and I need you (don’t you know)
Without each other there ain’t nothing we can do

(Think about – ah me, think about – ah me,
Think about – ah me, think about it)
(Think about – ah me, think about – ah me,
Think about – ah me, think about it)
(Think about – ah me, think about – ah me,
Think about – ah me, think about it)
(Think about – ah me, think about – ah me,
Think about – ah me, think about it)
You had better stop and think before you think, think!

 

4. Dr Feelgood (Love Is a Serious Business) (1967)

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Sittin’ around me and my man
I don’t want nobody
Always
Sittin’ right there
Lookin’ at me and that man
Be it my mother, my brother or my sister
Would you believe, I’ll get up, put on some clothes
Go out and help you find somebody for dissolving that pain
Yes I will

Now I don’t mind company
Because company’s alright with me
Every once in a while,
Yes it is, ah
I tell you I don’t mind company
Because company’s alright with me
Every once in a while,
Yeah
But oh, when me and that man get to lovin’
I tell you girls
I dig you but I just don’t have time
To sit and chit and sit and chit-chat and smile

Don’t send me no doctor
Fillin’ me up with all of those pills
I got me a man named Doctor Feelgood
And oh, yeah, that man takes me off all o’ my pains and my ills
His name is
Doctor Feelgood in the mornin’
And taking care of business
Is really this man’s gain
And after one visit to Doctor Feelgood
You’ll understand why Feelgood is his name
Oh, yeah, oh good God of mine
And the man sure makes me feel real, good

 

5. I Say a Little Prayer (1968)

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The moment I wake up
Before I put on my makeup
I say a little pray for you
While combing my hair now
And wondering what dress to wear now
I say a little prayer for you

Forever and ever, you’ll stay in my heart
And I will love you
Forever and ever, we never will part
Oh, how I love you
Together, forever, that’s how it must be
To live without you
Would only mean heartbreak for me

I run for the bus, dear
While riding I think of us, dear
I say a little prayer for you
At work I just take time
And all through my coffee break time
I say a little prayer for you

Forever and ever, you’ll stay in my heart
And I will love you
Forever and ever we never will part
Oh, how I’ll love you
Together, forever, that’s how it must be
To live without you
Would only mean heartbreak for me

I say a little prayer for you
I say a little prayer for you

My darling, believe me
(Believe me)
For me there is no one but you
Please love me too
(Answer his pray)
And I’m in love with you
(Answer his pray)
Answer my prayer now, babe
(Answer his pray)

Forever and ever, you’ll stay in my heart
And I will love you
Forever and ever we never will part
Oh, how I’ll love you
Together, forever, that’s how it must be
To live without you
Would only mean heartbreak for me

 

6. Ain’t No Way (1968)

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Ain’t no way for me to love you
If you won’t let me
Ain’t no way for me to give you all you need
If you won’t let me give all of meI know that a woman’s duty
Is to help and love a man
And that’s the way it was plannedOh but how can I, how can I, how can I
Give you all the things I can
If you’re tying both of my hands?Oh, it ain’t no way
(Ain’t no way)
It ain’t no way
(Ain’t no way)
It just ain’t no way, baby
(Ain’t no way)
Ain’t no way, baby
(Ain’t no way)
It ain’t no way for me to love you
If you won’t let meStop trying to be someone you’re not
How cold and cruel is a man
Who paid too much for what he got?
And if you need me like you say, say you do
Oh then please, please
Please don’t you know that I need you?Oh, it ain’t no way
I tell you that it ain’t no way
It ain’t no way, it ain’t no way, baby, no
It just ain’t no way
It sure ain’t no way
It ain’t no way for me to love you
If you won’t let me
No way
If you won’t let me
Ain’t no way

7. (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman (1967)

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Looking out on the morning rain
I used to feel so uninspired
And when I knew I had to face another day
Lord, it made me feel so tired
Before the day I met you, life was so unkind
But your the key to my peace of mind
‘Cause you make me feel,
You make me feel,
You make me feel like
A natural woman
When my soul was in the lost and found
You came along to claim it
I didn’t know just what was wrong with me
Till your kiss helped me name it
Now I’m no longer doubtful, of what I’m living for
And if I make you happy I don’t need to do more
‘Cause you make me feel,
You make me feel,
You make me feel like
A natural woman
Oh, baby, what you’ve done to me
You make me feel so good inside
And I just want to be, close to you
You make me feel so alive
You make me feel,
You make me feel,
You make me feel like
A natural woman
You make me feel
You make me feel
You make me feel like a natural woman
You make me feel
You make me feel

8. Chain of Fools (1967)

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Chain, chain, chain
(Chain, chain, chain)
Chain, chain, chain
(Chain, chain, chain)
Chain, chain, chain
(Chain, chain, chain)
(Chain of fools)

For five long years
I thought you were my man
But I found out, I’m just a link in your chain
Oh, you got me where you want me
I ain’t nothin’ but your fool
Ya treated me mean
Oh you treated me cruel

Chain, chain, chain
(Chain, chain, chain
Chain of fools)

Every chain, has got a weak link
I might be weak child, but I’ll give you strength
Oh, babe
(Woo, woo, woo, woo)
You told me to leave you alone
(Ooo, ooo, ooo, ooo)
My father said ‘Come on home’
(Ooo, ooo, ooo, ooo)
My doctor said ‘Take it easy’
(Ooo, ooo, ooo, ooo)
Oh but your lovin is just too strong
(Ooo, ooo, ooo, ooo)
I’m added to your
Chain, chain, chain
(Chain, chain, chain)
Chain, chain, chain
(Chain chain, chain)
Chain, chain, chain
(Chain, chain, chain)
Chain of fools

Oh, one of these mornings
The chain is gonna break
But up until the day
I’m gonna take all I can take, oh babe

Chain, chain, chain
(Chain, chain, chain)
Chain, chain, chain
(Chain, chain, chain)
Chain, chain, chain
(Chain, chain, chain)
(Chain of fools)

Oh!
(Chain, chain, chain, chain, chain, chain, chain)
(Chain, chain, chain)
Oh-oh!
(Chain, chain, chain, -ain, ain, ain, ain)
Your chain of fools

 

9. Don’t Play That Song (You Lied) – (1970)

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Don’t play that song for me
‘Cause it brings back memories
The days that I once knew
The days that I spent with you

Oh no, don’t let em play it (oh no)
It fills my heart with pain (it hurts)
Please, stop it right away
‘Cause I remember just what he said

He said darlin’ (darlin’ I)
And I know that he lied (oh, he lied)
You know that you lied (oh, he lied to me)
You know that you lied, lied, you lied (to me)

Hey mister, don’t play it no more
Don’t play it no more
I can’t stand it
Don’t play it no more (no more), no more (no more), no more, whoa-whoa (can’t stand it)
I remember on our first date (ooh)
He kissed me and he walked away (ooh)
I was only seventeen (ooh)
I’d never dream he’d be so mean (ooh)

He told me darling (darling, I love you)
Baby, baby, you lied (oh, did I need you)
You, you lied (darling, I love you)
You know that you lied (you lied), lied (you lied), lied (to me)

Oh-oh-oh, you lied (darling I love you)
You know that you lied, yeah (darling, I need you)
You know I know you lied (darling, I love you)

Darling, you lied (you lied) you lied (you lied) you lied, go on and hurt me
You lied (to me)
Oh, whoa-oh, you lied

Oh, baby don’t play it no more (don’t play it no more)
Don’t do it, don’t play it no more (for me), no more (for me)
I can’t stand it no more (don’t play it no more)

Oh hey, don’t play it no more (don’t play it no more)

 

10. Do Right Woman, Do Right Man – (1967)

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Take me to heart
And I’ll always love you
And nobody can make me do wrong
Take me for granted, leaving love unsure
Makes will power weak
And temptation strong
A woman’s only human
You should understand
She’s not just a plaything
She’s flesh and blood just like her man
If you want a do-right-all-day woman (woman)
You’ve got to be a do-right-all-night man (man)
Yeah yeah,
They say that it’s a man’s world
But you can’t prove that by me
And as long as we’re together baby
Show some respect for me
If you want a do-right-all-day woman (woman)
You’ve got to be a do-right-all-night man (man)
A woman’s only human
Yes, you should understand
She’s not just a plaything
She’s flesh and blood just like her man
If you want a do-right-all-day woman (woman)
You’ve got to be a do-right-all-night man (man)
You’ve got to be a do-right-all-night man (man)

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