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The Lyric Genius of James Brown

Lyrics from "Let Yourself Go", "There Was a Time", "I Feel All Right" and "Cold Sweat", from the "Live at the Apollo" concert, 1968.

unh unh 
hey everybody 
let me tell you bad news 
hey everybody
let me tell you bad news 
hey everybody
let me tell you bad news 
you're in too smart 
you're eh too smarm lord 
you're just soul 
you're just rhythm and
just rhythm and blues 
looka here 
unh 
hey baby 
let yourself go 
hey baby 
let yourself go 
hey baby 
let yourself go 
into sharp 
you're eh too sharp 
unh unh 
you're eh too short 
a one more time 
unh unh unh 
you're too sharp 
you're too sharp 
you're just too 
wanna dance 
I got to prance 
I wanna feel 
our love is real 
you got to feel 
give it to me 
let me have it 
come on 
baby 
baby 
baby 
baby 
baby 
baby 
unh
t'
unh  
unh unh 
unh 
hey ow 
unh 
looka here 
hah 
there was a dance 
hah 
there was a time 
hah 
when I used to dance
hah 
there was a time 
hah 
when I used to prance 
but dig me now
baby hah 
don't worry 'bout later 
dig the dance I used to do 
they call the mash potato 
ah 
unh 
hah 
unh 
there was a dance 
now dig this 
hah 
there was a dance 
hah 
they call the joik 
everybody
relax and watch me work 
ow 
unh 
in my hometown 
where I used to stay 
the name of the place 
hah 
is Augusta G-A 
down there
we have a good time 
we don't talk 
hah 
we all get together 
any type of weather 
'n' then we do 
the camel walk 
ow 
looka here 
dig this huh 
now there was a dance 
that I used to do 
the name of the dance 
hah 
they call the boogaloo 
I may not do the dance 
as well as you 
hah 
but baby 
you can bet your bottom dollar 
you'll never hear me holler 
I'll do the best 
that I can do 
uh 
looka here 
feelin' good 
there was a time 
sometime I dance 
looka here 
sometime I dance 
sometimes I clown 
but you can bet 
you haven't seen nothin' yet 
until you see me do 
the James Brown 
ow 
do ya hah 
do you feel all right? 
said do you feel all right?
feel pretty good myself 
huh 
looka here 
now I got a little groove maker 
something I'd like to do 
since we goin- 
we're here 
we might as well get the best out of it 
if it's all night it's all right 
looka here huh 
you ready band? 
dancers, you ready? 
you ready -- audience? 
all right 
you ready Flames? 
you ready again? 
now we got a little thing we call a little groove maker 
where we say a few little words and get you to repeat after us 
and then we get together and do it together 
building is you ready because we're gone tear you down 
I hope the building can stand all this soul 'cause we sure got a lot comin' on 
unh 
get it 
uh 
get it 
uh 
get it 
uh 
get it 
uh 
get it 
get it 
unh 
get it 
unh 
and that be cool 
all right 
now this is the way it goes 
now listen to me let me say that two or three times and then we'll go together 
now listen to this 
say hey hey I feel all right 
hit it 
awnh 
and listen to me 
let me do it now 
let me put that thing on ya then we'll get together 
yeah 
all right 
keep it mellow 
hey hey I feel all right 
one time 
awnh 
listen to me 
hey hey I feel all right 
awnh awnh 
you got it? 
I'll go one more time so it'll make everything mellow 
hey hey I feel all right 
three times 
awnh awnh awnh 
you've got it now 
you got it? 
all right we'll go together come on 
hey hey I feel all right 
one time 
awnh 
well I'll be 
a ha ha ha ha ha
all right come on now 
a ha ha ha ha ha ha
all right come on brother 
hey hey I feel all right 
hit it 
awnh 
he got something else on his mind, eh? 
he want to --
he want me to hurry up and get off the stage so he can go home 
you dig it? 
come on now brother
stay with me don't leave me here 
yeah don't take all this groove away 
ready now 
come on 
well I'll be 
yeah bring it bring it on man cause I get away 
come on 
ha ha ha 
come on 
hey hey I feel all right 
hah 
awnh 
you ain't gonna do right no how 
hey hey I feel all right 
two times 
awnh awnh 
a man gotta get an extra thing in there 
once you get it goin' hit it about five six times and be cool 
ha ha come on 
hey hey 
three times 
I feel all right 
come on 
awnh awnh awnh 
four times 
hey hey I feel all right 
hit it 
awnh awnh awnh awnh 
yeah
now we together let's go 
you ready now?
I'm mellow as I can be 
come on 
hey hey 
one time 
I feel all right 
awnh 
lemme hear 
two times 
hey hey I feel all right 
awnh awnh 
unh 
lemme hear 
hey hey I feel all right 
come on 
awnh awnh awnh 
lemme hear 
four times 
hey hey I feel all right 
hit it 
awnh awnh awnh awnh 
you got it by yourself come on 
hey hey I feel all right 
one time 
awnh 
now you got it 
put it up 
hah 
unh 
looka here 
the groove is here
hah 
bring it up 
bring it up 
bring it up 
looka here 
bring it up 
cold sweat 
hit it 
I don't care 
unh 
about your past 
I just want 
baby 
our love to last
enh 
I don't care 
baby hah 
about your faults 
oonh 
I just wanna tell you mama 
hah 
about your thoughts 
ah 
when you kiss me 
and you miss me 
make everything all right 
in the middle of the night 
I break out 
in a cold sweat 
hunh 
hit it 
I ain't ready I gotta do some more here first 
looka here 
I don't care 
hah 
about your faults 
I just want 
to satisfy your thoughts 
I don't care
baby 
hah 
about your wants 
oonh 
I just got to tell you now hah 
about your dos and don'ts 
ow 
when you kiss me 
and you miss me 
hold me 
make me your nasty 
I break out 
in a cold sweat 
ow 
ow 
looka here 
Maceo 
come on brother 
come on and show 'em where it's at now 
put the groove on 'em 
hah 
make 'em stay 
while I do the funky funky funky broadway 
make 'em stay hah
while I get a taste 
of the funky browadway 
are you ready? 
I said are you ready? 
are you ready? 
are you ready? 
ah 
now the clown 
back up and do the James Brown 
eh 
Maceo Parker give him a big round of applause ladies and gentlemen 
I don't care 
hah 
about your wants 
I just want 
tell ya 
about your dos and don'ts 
ow 
when you kiss me 
hold me 
you do? 
thank you baby 
I decided 
by.