My friends feel it's their appointed duty
They keep tryna tell me
All you want to do is use me
But my answer, yeah to all that use me stuff
I wanna spread the news
That if it feels this good getting used
Oh, you just keep on using me
Until you use me up
Until you use me up

My brother sit me right down and he talked to me
He told me that I ought not to let you just walk on me
And I'm sure he meant well
Yeah, but when our talk was through
I said, brother, if you only knew
You'd wish that you were in my shoes
You just keep on using me
Until you use me up
Until you use me up

Sometimes, it's true
You really do abuse me
You get me in a crowd of high-class people
And then you act real rude to me
But, oh baby, baby, baby, baby
When you love me, I can't get enough
I wanna spread the news
That if it feels this good getting used
Girl, you just keep on using me
Until you use me up
Until you use me up
Talkin' 'bout you usin' people
It all depends on what you do
It ain't too bad the way you're usin' me
'Cause I sure am usin' you to do the things you do
To do the things you do


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Use Me Lyrics as written by Bill Withers

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    General CommentMan.. this song is about being with a woman who treats you like garbage and everyone around is tellin you to get out. But, what they don't know is that the sweetness is so GOOD to you, that it don't matter how she treats you, as long as she keeps lettin you hit it! Great song!!
    joedrums8aon December 17, 2007   Link
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    General CommentMan.. this song is about being with a woman who treats you like garbage and everyone around is tellin you to get out. But, what they don't know is that the sweetness is so GOOD to you, that it don't matter how she treats you, as long as she keeps lettin you hit it! Great song!!
    joedrums8aon December 17, 2007   Link
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    General CommentTo me it's a song about a guy that is dating a "user" but knows it. He's just making the most of it as it also benefits him in a physical (or emotional) sense.
    Raw Stylus did a good cover of this in the 90s BTW but nothing can beat the withmeister's version.
    Mulletinoon October 03, 2006   Link
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    Song MeaningAbout the record industry? I love how people just read between the lines like a tenth grade English teacher, you have no evidence to back this up. Why would Withers call the record industry "baby baby baby baby?" lol. Check it: Huge principle in logic is "Occam's Razor," also known as the "law of economy:" it states: "all things being equal, the simplest explanation is most likely the correct one." IMPORTANT: Simplest not meaning least complex, rather, the one that makes the fewest assumptions and seems to accurately reflect the information available.
    mikeaurynon January 29, 2011   Link
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    My InterpretationThis is about a Man who loves those juices! He don't give a rats butt about how she's treating him in public or what other people see, it just does not matter, but what she does for him OUTWEIGHS it all. LOL! PEACE.
    genus2011on July 26, 2015   Link
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    My InterpretationThe song can be interpreted multiple ways, but the consistent theme is bilateral use. Person A uses Person B just as Person B is using person A. The last lines of the song make it clear. He clearly doesn't mind being used because he's also using the person to do the "things" they do.
    More interesting, just before saying this, he makes note that one needs to be aware as to how they use someone as whether the use is good or bad simply depends.

    Though I will say then when I was younger, I saw this song as a very underlined sexual song. In my young male mind, I envisioned a guy being used almost purely as a sexual object for a female, but in public she frequently belittled him for her personal enjoyment. In the guy's mind, he didn't care because he knew what was soon to come. Again, just another case of bilateral using.
    theonlybusteron April 17, 2021   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe last three lines. The last three lines of the song is what it is about. What a great ending.
    xGmanon June 22, 2021   Link
  • -1
    General CommentI heard this song on a GMC commercial the other day. A person will talk to to you and be interested in what you say...untill someone better comes along, then they'll act like you don't exist. This song has a simple vibe that I love, but it's also depressing...this guy in this song's relationship will probably never be out in the open.
    emugirlon October 02, 2005   Link
  • -1
    General CommentIt's about Bill's relationship with the record industry. The leeches at the top are getting rich off of Bill's success, and his friends are trying to tell him not to let the record company/industry walk all over him. But Bill's saying, "Man, I'm getting rich off of these guys; let them use me all they want. At least I'm making a lot of money from my hits."
    NorthWriteron August 14, 2008   Link
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    General CommentAS FOR THE REAL SONG MEANING,

    He is in a relationship, but its probably lacking some of the elements of a healthy relationship.

    She is using him, and he doesn't deny it. Withers doesn't explain in which way. Often times, men complain, and sing about, women using them for money.

    The premise of the song is that His friends keep warning him that she's using him, but he doesn't mind, because he's basically using her. If it's money, for example, then she gets to shop at Nieman Marcus and drive a drop top at his expense, yet he gets to watch them sweet, sweet titties bounce up and down while he lies back and gets his world rocked! He generally has fun rolling around while they do all sorts of crazy things to each other all hours of the night.
    Its a fair trade off.
    mikeaurynon January 29, 2011   Link

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