"Respect" as written by and Otis Redding....
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)


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"Respect" as written by Otis Redding

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  • +3
    General CommentOk everybody, Comrade_Liar is here to (despite his name) dispense a little truth and tell you all what it means once and for all.

    The original was sung by Otis Redding, and it was basically Otis telling his woman "You can damned well do what you want when I'm aint about, but I wear the trousers round here and you Will respect me in my house!"

    Aretha heard it and decided to do the womans responce to Otis' song, which I spose means this could be seen to be a Womans' Equal Rights song. (The best example of this is how in the original song Otis says "And I am about to just give you all my money" but in this Aretha says "And guess what?/So is my money", as if to say she dont need her man to support her, she's earning her own way through)
    However beyond that it is not a civil rights song.

    Aretha's woman in this song is saying that no she aint as bad as Otis makes out (In the original Otis says "Do me wrong/Honey if you wanna/You can do me wrong/Honey while I am gone" to which Aretha replys "I ain't gonna do you wrong while you're gone
    Ain't gonna do you wrong 'cause I don't wanna") but if he wants to make this relationship work, he better buck up his ideas in the bedroom. She is basically agreeing to give Otis the respect he wants, if he can give her the "respect" she demands between the sheets. (What did you think "Whip it to me" meant?)

    She also warns him at the end that if he cant give it to her, she'll find someone else who can (which is the whole of the last verse really)

    A classic song by the all time Queen of soul. As a side note, next time I see Beyonce described as the Queen of Soul, I will become very very unhappy.
    Comrade_Liaron June 26, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis song is awsome, this woman is a true diva. Girls have to know how to command that respect from their man
    AUsweetie0580on March 12, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song has only got this many comments? i was raised thinking that it was a classic. That's kinda scary.
    fallenbrokenon June 26, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love this song
    chesirecaton May 14, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhat an empowering song!
    catherinekson June 09, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAh
    Aretha knows what it's all about. :)
    anna118kon July 09, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentshes got attitude, which is really cool
    cannibal401on July 27, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWHAT IS "TCB"???
    emmychloeon August 03, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTakin' Care Of Business
    mhhinchon August 17, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentaretha is a goddess
    save_my_dayon August 17, 2002   Link

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