A Rose Is Still a Rose Album

Artist(s): Aretha Franklin

Cover Art

Aretha Franklin A Rose Is Still a Rose Cover Art

Tracklist

A Rose Is Still a Rose

length: 4:28
producer: Lauryn Hill
piano: James Poyser
mixer: Commissioner Gordon
arranger: Lauryn Hill
background vocals: Lauryn Hill
guitar: Johari Newton
programming: Vada Nobles
strings: Indigo Quartet
strings arranger: Akua Dixon
bass guitar: Vere Isaac
sound engineer: Commissioner Gordon and Warren Riker
assistant mixer: Alex Olsson
artist & repertoire support: Drew Dixon
composer: Lauryn Hill
lyricist: Lauryn Hill
Doo doo doo doo doo doo mmm
Dooby dooby doo doo doo doo
Doo doo doo doo doo doo mmm

There was a rose I knew, I met her once or twice before
She was a pretty sweet thing, not the least bit insecure
Then you came with your slick game and played with her youth
Ashamed of the way you lied, played with the truth, hey, hey

Mmm, she never knew what hit her
Steal her honey, then forget her
A rose
She wears a flower
Tryin' to forget about you

Cause a rose is still a rose
Baby, girl, you're still a flower
He can't lead you and then take you
Make you and then break you
Darlin', you hold the power

Now believe me when I tell you that I've been hurt myself
When he tells you that he loves you and sees nobody else
And now you're so tough tryin' to wear tight clothes and things
Tossin' and flossin', tryin' to fill the void heartbreak brings

Oh, oh, yeah
When she faces the mirror, yeah
She's cryin', you can't hear her
Now the rose is still a rose
She wears a flower, tryin' to forget about you

Cause a rose is still a rose
Baby, girl, you're still a flower
He can't lead you and then take you
Make you and then break you
Baby, girl, you hold the power

See a rose is still a rose
Baby, girl, you're still a flower
He can't lead you and then take you
Make you and then break you
Darlin', you hold the power

Let your life be in the sunshine
Not the darkness of your sorrow
You may see your all today
When you know it'll come tomorrow

Tough to be, but life ain't over
Just because your man is gone
Girl, love yourself and love to love
Cause without him your life goes on
Without him your life goes on
Without him your life goes on

Cause a rose is still a rose
Baby, girl, you're still a flower
He can't lead you and then take you
Make you and then break you
Baby, girl, you hold the power

See a rose is still a rose
Baby, girl, you're still a flower
He can't lead you and then take you
Make you and then break you
Darlin', you hold the power

Never Leave You Again

length: 4:28
producer: Cory Rooney and Diddy
background vocals: Kelly Price
sound engineer: Steve Allen
additional programming: Stephen Dent and Stevie J
writer: Cory Rooney, Kelly Price, Diddy
Mm, my darling, my darling
Ooh, darling, oh

Now I know that you've been
Staying at home, baby, yeah, all alone
And I've been working day and night, baby
(Just working day and night)

I know that you've been
Tired of hearing the same old song
(Baby, I don't really blame ya)
For feeling all that you feel

It seems we've got a problem, I swear I'll compromize
I've been working really hard just to make it right
So I never gonna leave you again
I'll never leave you again

Ooh, it's been a long long time
Since I've seen your smile
Since I felt your touch
Ooh, I miss you so much

I've been gone for so long
And I know I were wrong
So I never gonna leave you again
I'll never gonna leave you again

And some times
I get caught up in things that I do
And boy, I never pay attention at time
(It passes so fast)

Although I call you on the phone
Honey, I get a thing
Only one thing about reality
I feel like a fool and I do

You could be spending time with somebody else
But instead you're still at home all alone night and day
So I'm never gonna leave you again
I'll never leave you again

Ooh, hoo, sha-bi-du-day
Wee-woo-bi-du-du-woop-du-du-doo
Wa-di-du-du-du-dub-di-du-du oh oh
Zip-zipn-zip-du-du-zipn-zipn-dip-yeah yeah
Wab-web-wab-web-wa-waa-waa

I'll promise that I'll never leave ya
Hoping and now I'm trying
And if you ever have a problem
Call my name and I'll be there

All I want is you
To let me back into your arms
And I'm staying by your side
Give me a chance

It seems we've got a problem, I swear I'll compromize
I've been working day and night just to make it right, baby
Never gonna leave you again
I'll never leave you again, wo auh

Well, I never gonna leave you again
I'll never leave you again
Ooh ooh, yeah, eeih yah
I'm gonna be right by your side, oh baby, yeah
I ain't going nowhere, hey yeah
Dip-di-du-du-du-du-du

In Case You Forgot

length: 4:50
producer: Daryl Simmons
piano: Vance Taylor
mixer: Jon Gass
background vocals: Darcy Aldridge, Shunda Howard and Vickie McKisic
keyboard: Daryl Simmons
drum machine programming: Daryl Simmons
bass guitar: Ronnie Garrett
sound engineer: Thom Kidd
assistant mixer: Kevin Lively
assistant engineer: Mike Wilson, John Frye, Alex Lowe and Kevin Lively
writer: Bill Dickens, Michael Gray, Tim Gant
Something is wrong, baby
Is the feelin' gone, baby
Maybe I need to refresh your mind
Think about the love we shared
Think back to the time we cared
Maybe you can find a reason to be here

Oh...I'm the one who loved you, mmm
I'm the one who made it right
I'm the one who was there for you
On those cold and lonely nights

I'm the one who held you
When the world came down on you
And I'm the one who's in love with you
And whose love never stops

In case you forgot
I give love (Ooh) and my love is so good
In case you forgot
I was there when you fell ?cause I care

In case you forgot
I left you satisfied all those nights
In case you forgot
I give love and my love never stops (Oh...oh...)

Where did mine go (Where did it go) I never shoulda really let you know
you're about to make a big mistake
Now where do you think you find a love at all like mine
Maybe all you're gonna find is heartache

Whoa... I'm the one who loved you
And I'm the one who made it right
I'm the one who was there for you
On those cold, cold and lonely nights

I'm the one who held you
When the world came down on you
And I am the one who was there for you
And whose love never stops

In case you forgot
I give love (Ooh) and my love is so good
In case you forgot
I was there when you fell ?cause I care

In case you forgot
I left you satisfied all those nights
In case you forgot
I give love and my love never stops

Where will you go to find someone to love you like I do
You can play anything, baby, ?cause you know that it?s true
Sometimes a love like mine comes just once in your life
So you better, better take it, baby, and hold on tight

In case you forgot
I give love and my love is so good
In case you forgot
I was there when (You know it?s true) you fell ?cause I care (I was there for you)

In case you forgot
I left you satisfied all those nights
In case you forgot
I give love and my love never stops

In case you forgot
In case you forgot
Remember me, hey, remember me, baby, baby
In case you forgot
I was there (I was there) when you fell ?cause I care (Oh...)

In case you forgot
I left you (I left you) satisfied all those nights
In case you forgot

Here We Go Again

length: 3:31
producer: Jermaine Dupri
mixer: Jermaine Dupri and Phil Tan
background vocals: Trina Broussard
co-producer: Manuel Seal
sound engineer: Phil Tan
instrument: Carl So-Lowe and Jermaine Dupri
writer: Davide Romani, Jermaine Dupri, Mauro Malavasi, Trey Lorenz, Trina Broussard, Wayne Garfield
publishing: Smitty Son
Come on now
Oh oh ho ho oh
Here we, here we, here we go again
Well, boy

I caught you slippin' [Mmm],
ooh, you must be trippin'
'Cause now I know, oh, yes I know, mmm
About your other girls in your past,
in your black book
A very long time ago, oh ho ho

Well, you must think I'm crazy
You must think I'm blind
If you want to keep me, boy
Then stop wastin' my time

Here we go again
It's the same old song
You're thinkin' you're gon' do me
Like the other ones before, baby

Here we go again
It's the same old song
Ooh, straighten up your act
Or else I'm walking out the door

All this time [All this time] I thought that I [I]
Was the one who had the problem, oh yeah mmm
I gave you everything, hopin' things might change
But still you ain't around, so, whoa oh oh

You must think I'm foolish (Oh, yeah)
You must think I'm blind (Do you think I'm blind)
If you want (If you want)
my precious love (My precious love)
Then stop telling me lies
(Stop wastin', wastin' my time)

Here we go again (Oh)
It's the same old song (Same old song)
You're thinking you're gon' do me
Like the other ones before, baby

Here we go again
It's the same old song
Ooh, straighten up your act
Or else I'm walkin' out the door

You know I've tried to give you the world
Oh, and everything you need, oh-oh
Oh, I tried (I) so many times (So many times)
You still mistreated me, oh, here we go

Here we go again
(Here we, here we, here we, here we)
It's the same old song
(Here we, here we, here we go again)
You're thinking you're gon' do me
(Here we, here we, here we, here we go)
Like the other ones before, baby
(Here we go again, well, well, well)

Here we go again
(Baby, baby, baby, baby, baby, baby, ba-baby)
Itís the same old song
Ooh, straighten up your act
Or else I'm walking out the door

0Here we go again (If you go away)
It's the same old song (Won't be long)
You're thinking youíre gon' do me
(Don't take all my money, baby, I'll be gone)
Like the other ones before, baby

Here we go again (Oh, ho, baby)
It's the same old song (Same old rhythm)
Ooh, straighten up your act (Oh, yes, oh, baby)
Or else I'm walking out the door (Oh, yeah)

Here we go again
It's the same old song
You're thinking you're gon' do me
Like the other ones before, baby

Here we go again
Ití's the same old song (Same old rhythm)
Ooh, straighten up your act
Or else Iím walking out the door

Oh, hoÖyeah
Hey, well
Yeah, baby, oh-ho

Every Lil' Bit Hurts

length: 4:08
producer: Jermaine Dupri
mixer: Jermaine Dupri and Phil Tan
co-producer: Manuel Seal
sound engineer: Phil Tan
writer: Jermaine Dupri, Manuel Seal, Stephanie Cooke
Yes, it's love, so much love
You are the one

I can't admit that I was wrong
Took you for granted now I'm all alone
It was so silly all the things we say
And all the words of pain runnin' through my head

If I had the chance I'd let you know
I'll tell you that I never want you to go
These tears I cry won't let me rest
Till you return

There's not one day that goes by
That I don't cry for you
There's not one day that goes by
That I'm not singing the blues

There's not one day that goes by
That I don't wish it could work
And it's tearing me up inside
Every little bit hurts

It hurts, oh baby, you know you hurt me

I can't believe that you would leave me
I always thought you would stand by me
The thought of you in another arms
Is very slowly tearing me apart

What can I do to make you see?
Everything you need is here with me
I really miss the things that we used to build
And don't you miss the way I used to love you?

There's not one day that goes by
That I don't cry for you
There's not one day that goes by
That I'm not singing the blues

There's not one day that goes by
That I don't wish it could work
And it's tearing me up inside
Every little bit hurts

You used to kiss me
You used to hold me
You used to love me
You used to touch me

All night long you made everything alright
But now you're gone and I'm all alone
Things have stayed the same
And all I'm really tryin' to say, I'm the one to blame

There's not one day that goes by
That I don't cry for you
There's not one day that goes by
That I'm not singing the blues

There's not one day that goes by
That I don't wish it could work
And it's tearing me up inside
Every little bit hurts

In the Morning

length: 4:57
producer: Daryl Simmons
piano: Vance Taylor
mixer: Jon Gass
background vocals: Shunda Howard, Tann, Vickie McKisic and Viola Eddins
keyboard: Daryl Simmons
drum machine programming: Daryl Simmons
bass guitar: Ronnie Garrett
sound engineer: Thom Kidd
assistant mixer: Kevin Lively
assistant engineer: Mike Wilson, Kevin Lively, Alex Lowe and John Frye
composer: Daryl Simmons
lyricist: Daryl Simmons
Hear me baby,
Hear me, hear me, hear me, hear me, hear me
Hear me boy?

Nobody knows me
Not like the way you know me
Nobody showed me
The ways of love
So now when you hold me
And promise you won't control me
My mama told me
To always be for sure?

I wanna know
Will you love me
I wanna know
Will you care
In the morning?

Oh I want you to treat me right
I don?t want you to play with my mind
I don?t want to be the other woman
I want us to matter and mean something
I want to be with you
But before I do

Will you love me?

I want you to fill me
I'm ready and oh so willing
I'm willing to give you
Every part of me
So come on and soothe me baby
I want you to touch and move me
You can consume me
Take all of me my love

I wanna know
If you'll love me
I wanna know
Will you care
In the morning?

I want you to treat me right
Oh you can't, you can't, you can't, play with my mind
I don't want to be the other woman
No no no no no
I want us to matter and mean something
I want to be with you
But before I do?

I want to know
Do we have an understanding
I've got to know
Are you giving or demanding
I can't give you no more
Cause I've poured out my soul
All for you
All for you
I got to know
Is there someone else you're loving
Tell me have you got another woman
Would you be a good man
Come on and make a true stand
Can we share our lives?

I wanna know will you love me
I wanna know will you care
In the morning?

I don't want to be the other woman
I want us to matter and mean something
I want to be with you
But before I do

I wanna know will you love me
I wanna know will you care
In the morning?

I'll Dip

length: 4:06
producer: Dallas Austin
mixer: Leslie Brathwaite
arranger: Dallas Austin
additional: Debra Killings
bass guitar: Colin Wolfe
sound engineer: Leslie Brathwaite
assistant engineer: Rich Cohan and Carlton Lynn
composer: Dallas Austin
lyricist: Dallas Austin
Doo doo doo
Doo doo doo
Doo doo doo

There was a rose I knew
I met her once or twice before
She was a pretty sweet thing
Not the least bit insecure

Then you came with your slick game
And played with her youth
Unashamed of the way you lied
Played with the truth, hey hey

Mmm, she never knew what hit her, yeah
Steal her honey, then forget her
A rose, she wears a flower
Tryin' to forget about you

'Cause a rose is still a rose
Baby girl, you're still a flower
He can't lead you and then take you
Make you and then break you
Darlin', you hold the power

Now believe me when I tell you
That I've been hurt myself
When he tells you that he loves you
And sees nobody else

And now you're so tough tryin' to
Wear tight clothes and things
Tossin' and flossin'
Tryin' to fill the void heartbreak brings

Oh yeah, when she faces the mirror, yeah
She's cryin', you can't hear her
Now the rose is still a rose
She wears a flower, tryin' to forget about you

'Cause a rose is still a rose
Baby girl, you're still a flower
He can't lead you and then take you
Make you and then break you
Baby girl, you hold the power

See a rose is still a rose
Baby girl, you're still a flower
He can't lead you and then take you
Make you and then break you
Darlin', you hold the power

Let your life be in the sunshine
Not the darkness of your sorrow
You may see you're all today
When you know it'll come tomorrow

Tough to be, but life ain't over
Just because your man is gone
Girl, love yourself and love to love
'Cause without him your life goes on

Without him your life goes on
Without him your life goes on

'Cause a rose is still a rose
Baby girl, you're still a flower
He can't lead you and then take you
Make you and then break you
Baby girl, you hold the power

See a rose is still a rose
Baby girl, you're still a flower
He can't lead you and then take you
Make you and then break you
Darlin', you hold the power

How Many Times

length: 4:22
producer: Narada Michael Walden
mixer: David Frazer
arranger: Narada Michael Walden
background vocals: Sandy Griffith, Claytoven Richardson, Tina Gibson, Annie Stocking and Nikita Germaine
keyboard: Louis Biancaniello
drum machine programming: Louis Biancaniello
bass guitar: Louis Biancaniello
sound engineer: Matt Rohr, David Frazer and Marc Reyburn
assistant engineer: K.V. Fowler
associate producer: Louis Biancaniello
writer: David Foster, Gregory Charley, John Winston
How many times you're gonna let him use you
You'd think that you would know by now
How could you let him treat you so bad
How many times will you let him break your heart
I heard he lied to you
I heard your love he abused
Don't say it isn't so
I see it in your eyes
It's something you can't hide
How many times you gonna let him use you
You'd think that you would know by now
How could you let him treat you so bad
How many times will you, let him break your heart
He gives you lonely nights
And he can hear you cry
And love you he denies
He's never gonna change
He just can't accept the blame
How many times you gonna let him use you
You'd think that you would know by now
How could you let him treat you so bad
How many times will you, let him break your heart
Girl dry your eyes
Get up off your face
Don't be ashamed. find someone else new
Someone who'll appreciate you
Always love you
How many times you gonna let him use you
You'd think that you would know by now
How could you let him treat you so bad
How many times will you, let him break your heart

Watch My Back

length: 4:46
producer: Narada Michael Walden
mixer: David Frazer
arranger: Narada Michael Walden
background vocals: Annie Stocking, Sandy Griffith, Tina Gibson, Fred Ross, Jeanie Tracy and Skyler Jett
guitar: Vernon “Ice” Black
keyboard: James Fischer and Erik Hicks
programming: Erik Hicks and James Fischer
sound engineer: David Frazer and Marc Reyburn
assistant engineer: K.V. Fowler
associate producer: James Fischer and Erik Hicks
composer: Norman West
lyricist: Norman West
Darling, darling, darling
I wanna know, wanna know, wanna know

Are you gonna watch my back
Tell me, you know I got your back
Tell me, are you gonna watch my back
Tell me, watch my back, watch my back, baby

Are you in love baby?
We've been hanging, hanging, hanging for a long time now yeah
Working steady round and round the clock we go
You know I've got your back and I'm playing

We're living in ever changing times
So tighten up your game and you know I'll do the same now yeah
You know I know the score, walk through the open door
So tell me, you couldn't ask for anything more, yeah

I'm glad I have the time to do things I like do
So I can show some love to you, and you, and you yeah
We're in the middle of a perfect fit
And I wouldn't quit, and mighty fix

Are you gonna watch my back everyday
Tell me, you know I got your back, do you baby
Tell me, are you gonna watch my back, oh yes I am
Tell me, watch my back, watch my back, yeah

Ah now the time is here
If you're committed
Concentrate your will, well
Know I can take the time
I don't want to move too fast
You see, I can make it last now yeah
You can call on me
Baby, please come to me
Be all you can be
Grow strong
Working we're playing
We've got it going on
You know the vibe is strong
It feels so right that it can't be wrong

Are you gonna watch my back, I wanna know, oh
Tell me, you know I got your back,
I wanna, I wanna, I wanna know now
Tell me, are you gonna watch my back, oh yes I am
Tell me watch my back, watch my back, yeah

Ooohh

The world is ever changing
All I really wanna know is are you gonna watch my back
Are you gonna watch my back

I need you, I need you, need you, need you
You know it, you know it, you know it
Scatting
Oh I need you baby you know

Are you gonna watch my back every, everyday in every way
Tell me, you know I got your back, do you baby
Tell me, are you gonna watch my back,
When things change I know you're game
Tell me watch my back, watch my back, baby

Are you gonna watch my back, yes I am, oh yes I am
Tell me, you know I got your back, I know it
Tell me, are you gonna watch my back, yeah,
Tell me, watch my back, watch my back, hey, hey, hey,

I got your back, hey baby, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh,
(Do you do you got my back now)
I got your back, hey baby, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh,
(Do you got my, do you got my back boy)
It's rough out here

I got your back, hey baby, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh,
I got your back, hey baby, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh,
I got your back, hey baby

Love Pang

length: 4:20
producer: Michael J. Powell
piano: Vernon Fails
mixer: Gerard Smerek and Michael J. Powell
engineer: Clell Moore and Paul D. Allen
background vocals: Gracie Ridgeway, Esther Ridgeway and Gloria Ridgeway
guitar: Michael J. Powell
percussion: Michael J. Powell
drum machine programming: Paul D. Allen
drums (drum set): Ron Otis
bass guitar: Al Turner
sound engineer: Michael J. Powell and Gerard Smerek
keyboard programming: Michael J. Powell
percussion programming: Paul D. Allen
writer: Mira Waters, Nancy Wilson
Oh baby
I feel your perfect love
Whenever my day begins
While brushing my teeth
Combing my hair
I feel you deep within
Ooohh I feel your touch, your touch
While eating my morning meal
While washing the dishes
Making up the bed
Last night was one of those things

I think I'm caught in a love pang
Memories of last night
Something moves all through my body baby
Making every little thing all right

Got good loving, such good loving
Memories of last night
Something moves all through my body baby
Making every little thing all right

I think I'm caught in a love pang
Memories, memories of days gone by
Something moves all through my body baby
Making every little thing all right

I feel, I feel the sun
While listening, listening to my favorite song
While I'm going to my job
Driving in my car
I want your take your good loving

I think I'm caught in a love pang
Memories of days gone by
Something moves all through my body baby
Making every little thing all right

The Woman

length: 7:42
producer: Aretha Franklin
piano: Darryl Houston
mixer: Gerard Smerek and Aretha Franklin
engineer: Clell Moore, Troy Rollins and Dwayne Jones
background vocals: Gloria Ridgeway, Esther Ridgeway and Gracie Ridgeway
guitar: Teddy F. White
keyboard: Vernon Fails
percussion: Michael J. Powell
co-producer: Michael J. Powell
drums (drum set): Michael J. Powell and Ron Otis
bass guitar: Al Turner
sound engineer: Gerard Smerek
composer: Aretha Franklin
lyricist: Aretha Franklin
Woman, I can hardly express
My mixed emotions and my thoughtlessness
After all, I'm forever in your debt
And woman, I will try to express my inner feelings and thankfulness
For showing me the meaning of success

Ooh, well, doo doo doo doo doo.
Ooh, well, well, doo doo doo doo doo

Woman, I know you understand the little child inside a man
Please remember, my life is in your hands, and woman
Hold me close to your heart, however distant don't keep us apart
After all it is written in the stars

Ooh, well

Woman, please let me explain
I never meant to cause you sorrow or pain
So let me tell you again and again and again
I love you, yeah, yeah, yeah, now and forever
I love you, yeah, yeah, yeah, now and forever