Aretha Now Album

Artist(s): Aretha Franklin

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Tracklist

Think

length: 2:18
producer: Jerry Wexler
recording engineer: Tom Dowd
arranger: Arif Mardin and Tom Dowd
background vocals: The Sweet Inspirations
baritone saxophone: Floyd Newman and Willie Bridges
bass guitar: Jerry Jemmott
guitar: Jimmy Johnson and Tommy Cogbill
lead vocals: Aretha Franklin
organ: Spooner Oldham
piano: Aretha Franklin
tenor saxophone: Andrew Love and Charles Chalmers
trumpet: Wayne Jackson
drums (drum set): Roger Hawkins
writer: Aretha Franklin, Ted White

You better think (think) think about what you're trying to do to me
Think (think, think), let your mind go, let yourself be free

Let's go back, let's go back, let's go way on back when
I didn't even know you, you couldn't too much more than ten
I ain't no psychiatrist, I ain't no doctor with degrees
It don't take too much high IQ's to see what you're doing to me

You better think (think) think about what you're trying to do to me
Yeah, think (think, think) let your mind go, let yourself be free

Oh freedom (freedom), freedom (freedom), freedom, yeah freedom
Freedom (freedom), freedom (freedom), freedom, ooh freedom

Think about it, think about it

There ain't nothing you could ask I could answer you but I won't (I won't)
I was gonna change, but I'm not, to keep doing things I don't

You better think (think) think about what you're trying to do to me
Yeah, think (think, think), let your mind go, let yourself be free

People walking around everyday, playing games taking score
Trying to make other people lose their minds, ah, be careful you don't lose yours

You better think (think) think about what you're trying to do to me
Yeah, think (think, think), let your mind go, let yourself be free

You need me (need me) and I need you (don't you know)
Without each other there ain't nothing people can do

Think about it baby

I Say a Little Prayer

length: 3:33
producer: Jerry Wexler
recording engineer: Tom Dowd
arranger: Arif Mardin and Tom Dowd
background vocals: The Sweet Inspirations
bass: Jerry Jemmott
guitar: Tommy Cogbill
lead vocals: Aretha Franklin
piano: Aretha Franklin
drums (drum set): Roger Hawkins
composer: Burt Bacharach
lyricist: Hal David
The moment I wake up
Before I put on my makeup
I say a little prayer for you
While combing my hair, now,
And wondering what dress to wear, now,
I say a little prayer for you

Forever, forever, you'll stay in my heart
And I will love you
Forever, forever, we never will part
Oh, how I'll love you
Together, together, that's how it must be
To live without you
Would only be heartbreak for me.

I run for the bus, dear,
While riding I think of us, dear,
I say a little prayer for you.
At work I just take time
And all through my coffee break-time,
I say a little prayer for you.

Forever, forever, you'll stay in my heart
And I will love you
Forever, forever we never will part
Oh, how I'll love you
Together, together, that's how it must be
To live without you
Would only be heartbreak for me.

My darling believe me,
For me there is no one
But you.

See Saw

length: 2:45
producer: Jerry Wexler
recording engineer: Tom Dowd
arranger: Tom Dowd and Arif Mardin
guitar: Tommy Cogbill and Jimmy Johnson
piano: Aretha Franklin
background vocals: The Sweet Inspirations
baritone saxophone: Floyd Newman and Willie Bridges
bass guitar: Jerry Jemmott
electric piano: Spooner Oldham
lead vocals: Aretha Franklin
tenor saxophone: Andrew Love and Charles Chalmers
trumpet: Wayne Jackson
drums (drum set): Roger Hawkins
writer: Steve Cropper, Don Covay
Sometimes you love me like a good man oughta
Sometimes you hurt me so bad, my tears run like water
You get me out right before your friends
Then you disown me baby, until we're alone again

Your love is like a see saw
Your love is like a see saw, baby
Your love is like a see saw
Goin' up an' down, all around, like a see saw

Sometimes you tell me you don't need my sweet candy man
And then sometimes, baby, never know where I stand
You lift me up when I'm on the ground
But as soon as I get up, child, you send me tumbling down

Now your love is like a see saw
Your love is like a see saw, baby
Your love is like a see saw
Goin' up, down, all around, it's like a see saw

When I kiss you and I like it
And I ask you to kiss me again
When I reach at you, you jump to lean out of sight
You change just like the wind
That ain't right, that ain't right, that ain't right,
That ain't right, baby

Your love is like a see saw
Your love is like a see saw, baby
Your love is like a see saw
Goin' up, goin' down, all around, it's like a see saw

Your love is like a see saw
Your love is like a see saw, baby
Your love is like a see saw
Goin' up, goin' down, all around, it's like a see saw

Yeah seesaw baby

Night Time Is the Right Time

length: 4:49
producer: Jerry Wexler
recording engineer: Tom Dowd
arranger: Tom Dowd and Arif Mardin
background vocals: The Sweet Inspirations
lead vocals: Aretha Franklin
piano: Aretha Franklin
baritone saxophone: Willie Bridges and Floyd Newman
bass guitar: Jerry Jemmott
tenor saxophone: Andrew Love and Charles Chalmers
trumpet: Wayne Jackson
drums (drum set): Roger Hawkins
composer: Herman Lubinsky
You know the night time, darling
(night and day)
Is the right time
(night and day)
To be
(night and day)
With the one you love, now
(night and day)
Say now oh baby
(night and day)
When I come home baby, now
(night and day)
I wanna be with the one I love, now
(night and day)
You know what I'm thinking of
(night and day)
I know the night time
(night and day, oh)
Whoa, is the right time
(night and day, oh)
To be with the one you love, now
(night and day)
I said to be with the one you love
(night and day)
You know my mother, now
(night and day)
Had to die, now
(night and day)
Umm, and my father
(night and day)
Well he broke down and cry
(night and day)
Whoah! whoa baby
(night and day)
When I come home baby now
(night and day)
I want you to hold my hand
(night and day)
Yeah, tight as you can
(night and day)
I know the night time
(night and day, oh)
Whoah is the right time
(night and day, oh)
To be with the one you love
(night and day)
You know what I'm thinking of
(night and day)
Whoah! sing your song, Margie
Baby
(night and day)
Baby
(night and day)
Baby
(night and day)
Oh, Baby
(night and day)
Do I love you?
(night and day)
No one above you
(night and day)
Hold me tight
(night and day)
And make everything all right
(night and day)
Because the night time
(night and day)
Oh, is the right time
(night and day)
To be with the one you love now
(night and day)
Oh yeah
(night and day)
Tease me
(night and day)
Squeeze me
(night and day)
Leave me
(night and day)
Ah, don't leave me
(night and day)
Lawdy baby
(night and day)
Take my hand, now
(night and day)
I don't need
(night and day)
No other man
(night and day)
Because the night time
(night and day)
Ow, is the right time
(night and day)
To be with the one you love
(night and day)
Oh yeah
(night and day)
I said baby
(night and day)
Baby
(night and day)
Baby
(night and day)
Baby
(night and day)
Whoah! baby now
(night and day)
Oh come on baby
(night and day)
You know I want you by my side
(night and day)
I want you to keep
(night and day)
Oh keep me satisfied
(night and day)
I know the night time
(night and day)
Everyday is the right time
(night and day)
Yeah to be with the one you love now
(night and day)
Well you know it's all right

You Send Me

length: 2:28
producer: Jerry Wexler
recording engineer: Tom Dowd
arranger: Tom Dowd and Arif Mardin
guitar: Jimmy Johnson
piano: Aretha Franklin
background vocals: The Sweet Inspirations
baritone saxophone: Willie Bridges and Floyd Newman
bass guitar: Jerry Jemmott
lead vocals: Aretha Franklin
tenor saxophone: Charles Chalmers and Andrew Love
trumpet: Wayne Jackson
organ: Spooner Oldham
drums (drum set): Roger Hawkins
composer: Sam Cooke
lyricist: Sam Cooke
writer: L.C. Cooke
Darling, you send me
Darling, you send me
Darling, you send me
Honest you do, honest you do, honest you do

You thrill me
Darling you thrill me
Baby, you, you thrill me
Honest you do, honest you do, honest you do

At first, thought it was infatuation
Ooh, it lasted so long, so long
Now I find myself wanting
I want you to marry me, please take you home
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

You, you send me
Darling, you send me
Darling, you send me
Honest you do, honest you did, you know you did
You know you do now

You send me
You send me
You send me
Honest you

You send me
You send me
Baby, you send me
You're moovy, you're groovy
You send me

I just, I just, I just dare you to send me
Guess I'ma a sinner
Make me a longer
I, I, I, I, I, I just can't stand it
Thrill me, kill me
Send me, send me baby
Pretty baby

You're a Sweet Sweet Man

length: 2:19
producer: Jerry Wexler
recording engineer: Tom Dowd
arranger: Arif Mardin and Tom Dowd
background vocals: Carolyn Franklin and The Sweet Inspirations
baritone saxophone: Haywood Henry
bass guitar: Tommy Cogbill
bass trombone: Tony Studd
electric piano: Spooner Oldham
tenor saxophone & flute: Frank Wess
guitar: Jimmy Johnson and Bobby Womack
lead vocals: Aretha Franklin
tenor saxophone: King Curtis and Seldon Powell
trumpet: Melvin Lastie, Bernie Glow and Joe Newman
drums (drum set): Roger Hawkins
composer: Ronnie Shannon
lyricist: Ronnie Shannon
You've got enough sugar
To start a sugarcane mill
And when you hold me baby
I'm thinking oh a lifetime deal
Little boy how do you say
What you say when you say it
It sounds so good I just got to ok it
Woo

(You're sweet baby)
You're a sweet man
(You're sweet baby)

When you kiss me
I have to give on in
But I tried hard not to let it show
But then you hold on and you kiss me again
Hold it right there I got to have you I swear
Oh
Lover
You can love me forever
I'm gonna hold on to your hand
You sweet sweet man
Take care, take care, take care of my heart please
Baby take care of all my needs
I'm going to hold on to your hand
Cause baby you're a sweet man

(Oh sweet man)
You're a sweet man)
(Sweet your my sweet sugar for my honey)
(Sweet sweet baby sugar sugar honey)
(You're a sweet man)
(You're a sweet man)
(Sweet your my sweet sugar for my honey)
(You're sweet sweet man)
(Sweet sweet baby sugar sugar honey)

I Take What I Want

length: 2:34
producer: Jerry Wexler
recording engineer: Tom Dowd
arranger: Arif Mardin and Tom Dowd
background vocals: The Sweet Inspirations
baritone saxophone: Floyd Newman and Willie Bridges
bass guitar: Jerry Jemmott
electric piano: Spooner Oldham
lead vocals: Aretha Franklin
piano: Aretha Franklin
tenor saxophone: Andrew Love and Charles Chalmers
trumpet: Wayne Jackson
drums (drum set): Roger Hawkins
writer: David Porter, Mabon Hodges, Isaac Hayes
I take what I want, I'm a bad go-getter, yeah, yes I am
I'm never a loser & I'm never bitter, yeah, oh no
'Cause I take what I want, yeah yeah, baby I want you, yes, you

I've been watchin' you walk by, & I haven't said a word, not one word
But now I'm ready to get you & I'm gonna make you my girl, my lovin' girl
'Cause I take what I want, yeah yeah, baby I want you

Gonna pick you up now, carry you away, yes I am
So you better pack up now baby, pack him up today
Here I come, just a big bad man
When I walk away, baby, you'll be holdin' my hand

'Cause I take what I want, I'm a bad go-getter, yeah, yes I am
But now I'm ready to get you & I'm gonna make you my girl, my lovin' girl
'Cause I take what I want, yeah baby I want you
Nobody but you, baby (Whaddya need now?)
Nobody but you, your love to be by my side
Your heart to be by my guide, told your mind
I love you baby, nothin' but your soul

Hello Sunshine

length: 3:04
producer: Jerry Wexler
recording engineer: Tom Dowd
arranger: Tom Dowd and Arif Mardin
background vocals: Carolyn Franklin and The Sweet Inspirations
baritone saxophone: Haywood Henry
bass guitar: Tommy Cogbill
bass trombone: Tony Studd
flute & tenor saxophone: Frank Wess
guitar: Bobby Womack and Jimmy Johnson
lead vocals: Aretha Franklin
piano: Spooner Oldham
tenor saxophone: Seldon Powell and King Curtis
trumpet: Joe Newman, Melvin Lastie and Bernie Glow
drums (drum set): Roger Hawkins
writer: Ron Miller, King Curtis
Hello sunshine
(Hello)
So glad to see you sunshine
Hello sunshine
(Hello)
It's been dark for a very long time

I can't explain what I've been through
(No, no)
Trying to live my life without you
People say I act so strange
(Oh, yeah)
But you got the power to make me change

Hello sunshine
(Hello)
I'm so glad to see you sunshine
Hello sunshine
(Hello)
It's been dark for a very long time

Without you sunshine
(Without you sunshine)
The world is such a lonely place
(Lonely)
And without you sunshine
(Without you sunshine)
My heart was filled with an empty space
(My heart)

Without you sunshine
(Without you sunshine)
The wind and the rain
The wonders of spring
Don't mean a thing

Without you, baby
Without you, baby
Without you, baby
Without you, baby
(Without you)

Now I know everything is alright
(You know)
No more pain, no more sleepless nights
(Oh yeah)
My days were dark but now I see
(Oh yeah)
Because my sunshine has come home to me.

Without you sunshine
(Without you sunshine)
The world is such a lonely place
(Oh yeah)
And without you sunshine
(Without you sunshine)
My heart was filled with an empty space
(Oh yeah)

Without you sunshine
(Without you sunshine)
The wind and the rain
(Oh yeah)
They don't mean a thing
(Don't mean a thing)
The wonders of spring
(Don't mean a thing)

Without you, baby
(Don't mean a thing)
Without you, baby
(Without you sunshine)
Oh, without you, baby
(Without you sunshine)
Oh, without you, baby
(Without you sunshine)

A Change

length: 2:28
producer: Jerry Wexler
recording engineer: Tom Dowd
arranger: Tom Dowd and Arif Mardin
background vocals: Carolyn Franklin and The Sweet Inspirations
bass guitar: Tommy Cogbill
guitar: Bobby Womack and Jimmy Johnson
lead vocals: Aretha Franklin
drums (drum set): Roger Hawkins
writer: Dorian Burton, Clyde Otis
There's an old friend
That I once heard say
Something that touched my heart
And it began this way

I was born by the river
In a little tent
And just like the river
I've been runnin' ever since
He said it's been a long time comin'
But I know my change is gonna come
Oh yeah

He said it's been too hard livin'
But I'm afraid to die
I might not be if I knew
What was up there beyond the sky
It's been a long, a long time comin'
But I know my change has got to come
Oh yeah

I went, I went to my brother
And I asked him, "Brother
Could you help me, please?"
He said, "Good sister
I'd like to but I'm not able"
And when I, when I looked around
I was right back down
Down on my bended knees
Yes I was, oh

There I've been times that I thought
I thought that I wouldn't last for long
But somehow right now I believe
That I'm able, I'm able to carry on
I tell you that it's been along
And oh it's been an uphill journey
All the way
But I know, I know, I know
I know my change is gonna come
Sometimes I had to cry all night long
Yes I did
Sometimes I had to give up right
For what I knew was wrong
Yes it's been an uphill journey
It's sure's been a long way comin'
Yes it has
It's been real hard
Every step of the way
But I believe, I believe
This evenin' my change is come
Yeah I tell you that
My change is come

I Can't See Myself Leaving You

length: 3:01
producer: Jerry Wexler
recording engineer: Tom Dowd
arranger: Tom Dowd and Arif Mardin
background vocals: The Sweet Inspirations
baritone saxophone: Floyd Newman and Willie Bridges
bass guitar: Jerry Jemmott
electric piano: Spooner Oldham
lead vocals: Aretha Franklin
piano: Aretha Franklin
tenor saxophone: Andrew Love and Charles Chalmers
trumpet: Wayne Jackson
guitar: Jimmy Johnson and Tommy Cogbill
drums (drum set): Roger Hawkins
composer: Ronnie Shannon
lyricist: Ronnie Shannon
You've been running around
This I know, yeah
I ought to pack my things
And let you go

But baby
I don't know what to do
I can't see myself
Going away to stay
Whoa, no, I can't
See myself leaving you

You've been running around
With every girl in town
Yes, you have

If I just had the power
I'd put you right down
Whoa, oh, my love

I don't know what to do
Cause I can't see myself
Going away to stay
Oh no, I can't
See myself leaving you, no

True love
Is so hard to find
Tell me, tell me
That I've got mine

If I go
Searching for another
I'd just be wasting
My time, yeah, hey

I say we're through
Because I love you
Yes, I do
If I leave you, baby
What would I do?

Whoa, oh, oh, my love
I wouldn't know what to do
Cause I can't see
Myself leaving you

Whoa, oh, oh, oh
I can't see myself
Leaving you, no

I can't see myself
Leaving you

Whoa, no
I can't see myself.