"I'd Rather Be With You" as written by Gary Lee Cooper, George Clinton Jr. and Bootsy Collins....
I'd rather be with you, yeah
Yeah, I'd rather be with you
I'd rather be with you, yeah
Yeah I'd rather be with you

I'd rather be with you until I'm through
Oh yes I do
I'd rather be with you until that day we'll fly away
I just love that smiling face in the early sun
If I can't have you to myself, then life's no fun

I'd rather be with you, yeah
Yeah, I'd rather be with you
I'd rather be with you, yeah
Yeah I'd rather be with you

I want to hold you hand
Oh, if I can just be your man
I want to be you friend
Not now and then, but until the end

I just love the way you act, and that's a fact
I want to be your number one, so picture that

Maybe the next time
Maybe the next time
Maybe the next time
Maybe the next time

I'd rather be with you
Yeah
Yeah, I'd rather be with you

I'd rather be with you until I'm through
Oh, yes I do
I'd rather be with you until that day we'll fly away
I just love that smiling face in the early sun
If I can't have you to myself, then life's no fun

I'd rather be with you, yeah
Yeah, I'd rather be with you
I'd rather be with you, yeah
Yeah I'd rather be with you

Oh babe
Well, uh, you might think I'm trying to be funny
But I'm really serious this time, baby
(I'd rather be with you, yeah)

Even though, uh, it's a cold world, baby
But you know deep down inside that I do love ya
I know I sound strange, but I really mean it (I'd rather be with you, yeah)

We gonna make it this time baby
(I'd rather be with you, yeah) you're the only one I really love now
I'm coming at you with both hands tied behind my back, baby

(I'd rather be with you, yeah) you got me, I'm coming at you, get ready
I'm gonna stick my love in your eye, baby (I'd rather be with you, yeah)

You can see me coming baby, just coming all over you
(Yeah I'd rather be with you)


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"I'd Rather Be With You" as written by William(bootsy) Earl Collins George Clinton

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    General CommentI love this song
    ohwhocareson April 30, 2006   Link
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    General CommentWow, no one else other than ohwhocares has commented?

    This song is amazing people!
    randomownageon August 23, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song really is an amazing song! He gets kind of carried away at the end, but I still love this song. It really makes me want to be with that special someone.
    1alillon July 01, 2007   Link
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    General CommentBOOTSY!! Cool beat. NWA snatched it in the 90's, but this version is smoooth. I feel like a pimp in the 70's when I jam it!
    convinceon December 19, 2008   Link
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    General CommentHow is there only these few people to comment on this song. This is like the Purple Haze of the bass except not about drugs.
    darkhelm33on April 23, 2009   Link
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    My Interpretation...maybe the next time...(and he repeats it 4 times)

    just the fact that it's in there makes me think of this theory that he's singing it to another women lol
    stay with me

    ! theory:
    as though he might be singing this song to another woman like cheating on the women he's with
    and...
    > the next time means the next time we hook up have sex what not/ and >the smile in the sun is the face that when he starts his day all he sees is her in his happiness etc/ and
    >the part where he says until the day we'll fly away could simply mean like leave this mess(stress and chaos(like a lot of artists i think with this hope or aspiration to be with the one they love in paradise away from the "world"
    >and the end of the song applies a lot more to this theory i think and muddles up my truth for the theory # 2.
    ANYWAY LOL SORRY

    theory # 2
    he could also be singing to another women with the sense of being trapped with no choice.
    ^ but to live his life without her (or maybe she's already dead! ?? prob. not lol )
    or!
    picture something like...while he's "trapped" or "stuck" in a marriage so to speak?
    or something like a forced marriage?
    or maybe serious catholic and met her after he was married or something?
    and...
    > lifes no fun) without being able to have her ...he's depressed and thing that keeps him warm is
    >he sees her face in the sun ...only time he can actually "see" her/ and
    >dreams of the day they'll be able to be together and fly away....referencing death maybe?/ and
    >thinks maybe the next time (as in life) they'll get the chance or he'll make the right choice? ....referencing death again maybe? with having to be believing in reincarnation lol/ and
    >can only keep repeating he'd rather be with her... cause obviously would choose her if he could? and
    ..cleary just sayiing he'd rather be with her repeatedly is not wanting to be with the person he's with because he'd 'rather be with her'


    there are a lot of instances that all add up together to make this theory legit for me lol i dunno

    all and all i'm just sort of confused and wish he could just tell me the meaning lol

    (sorry so long)

    -Jen
    loves24jenon November 05, 2014   Link

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