Young, Gifted and Black Album

Artist(s): Aretha Franklin

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Aretha Franklin Young, Gifted and Black Cover Art

Tracklist

Oh Me Oh My (I’m a Fool for You Baby)

length: 3:42
producer: Arif Mardin and Jerry Wexler
mixer: Arif Mardin
engineer: Gene Paul
woodwind arranger & strings arranger & horn arranger: Arif Mardin
recording engineer: Gene Paul
guitar: Hugh McCracken
drums (drum set): Al Jackson, Jr.
piano: Aretha Franklin
background vocals: The Sweet Inspirations
bass guitar: Eric Gale
lead vocals: Aretha Franklin
organ: Donny Hathaway
composer: Jim Doris
lyricist: Jim Doris

To make you laugh, I would be a fool for you
Although the people turn and stare
I really don't care
I would give my everything to keep you, boy
It breaks my heart when you've not there

I'll stage a ballet on a tabletop
Command performance finger size
And although I ain't got no tune
My show ain't gonna fly
I'll find the music there in your eyes

Oh me, oh my, I'm a fool for you baby (baby now)
(Fool for you) Oh me oh my (I)
I am crazy (crazy baby)
Oh me, oh my (me oh my)
Yeah I'm a fool for ya baby
C'mon let your love light shine on me
(Shine on me)

We'll blow a genie from a cigarette
And then we'll take a magic carpet ride
Yes we will
And we'll tell our smokey friend, hey don't you forget
Because you've got to keep us side by side, yeah

Oh me, oh my (oh me, oh my)
I am a fool for ya baby (be your)
(Your fool for ya)
Oh me, oh my, (I)
You know that I am (crazy) crazy baby
(Crazy baby) yes you do (crazy baby)
Oh me, oh my (oh me, oh my)
Whoa-oh I'm a fool (fool) for ya baby
(Need your)
Come on let your love light shine on me
(Shine on me)
Would you do that' (on me)
Come on let your love light shine
Just a little bit (shine) right on me

Oh lover let your love light
Shine on me (shine on me)
Oh hear me now!
Oh me, me oh my
I'm a fool oh! for ya baby (now)

Oh me oh my (I)
You know that I'm cra-a-azy baby
(Crazy baby)
Oh me, oh my

Day Dreaming

producer: Tom Dowd, Arif Mardin and Jerry Wexler
mixer: Arif Mardin
engineer: Ron Albert, Chuck Kirkpatrick and Howard Albert
horn arranger: Arif Mardin
piano: Aretha Franklin
guitar: Cornell Dupree
bass: Chuck Rainey
drums (drum set): Bernard “Pretty” Purdie
lead vocals: Aretha Franklin
background vocals: Ann S. Clark, Margaret Branch, Carolyn Franklin, Pat Smith and Erma Franklin
acoustic guitar: Don Arnone
recording engineer: Ron Albert
electric piano: Donny Hathaway
alto flute: Hubert Laws
composer: Aretha Franklin
lyricist: Aretha Franklin
Daydreamin' and I'm thinkin' of you
Daydreamin' and I'm thinkin' of you
Daydreamin' and I'm thinkin' of you
Daydreamin' and I'm thinkin' of you

Look at my love blowing away
He's the kind of guy that would say
"Hey, baby let's get away
Let's go some place, huh"
Where, I don't care
He's the kind of guy that you give your everything
You trust your heat, share all of your love
Till death do you part

I want-to be what he wants
When he wants it and whenever he needs it
And when he's lonesome and feelin' love starved
I'll be there to feed it
I'm lovin him a little bit more each day
Turns me right on when I hear him say
Hey, baby, let's get away,
Let's go somewhere far

Daydreamin' and I'm thinkin' of you
Daydreamin' and I'm thinkin' of you
Daydreamin' and I'm thinkin' of you
Daydreamin' and I'm thinkin' of you
Look at my love blowing away
Daydreamin' and I'm thinkin' of you

Rock Steady

length: 3:14
producer: Arif Mardin, Jerry Wexler and Tom Dowd
mixer: Arif Mardin
engineer: Chuck Kirkpatrick, Howard Albert and Ron Albert
horn arranger: Tom Dowd
woodwind arranger & strings arranger: Arif Mardin
piano: Aretha Franklin
guitar: Cornell Dupree
bass: Chuck Rainey
drums (drum set): Bernard “Pretty” Purdie
lead vocals: Aretha Franklin
background vocals: Erma Franklin, Carolyn Franklin, Margaret Branch, Ann S. Clark and Pat Smith
organ: Donny Hathaway
percussion: Mac Rebennack and Robert Popwell
recording engineer: Ron Albert
trumpet: Wayne Jackson
tenor saxophone: Andrew Love
composer: Aretha Franklin
lyricist: Aretha Franklin
Rock steady baby!
That's what I feel now
Let's call this song exactly what it is

Step n' move your hips
With a feelin' from side to side
Sit yourself down in your car
And take a ride

And while you're movin'
Rock steady
Rock steady baby
Let's call this song exactly what it is
(What it is -what it is - what it is)

It's a funky and low down feelin'
(What it is)
In my hips from left to right
(What it is)
What it is
Is I might be doin'
(What it is)
This funky dance all night
Oh!
(Let me hear ya gotta feelin' in the air)
Oh!
(Gotta a feelin' an ain't got a care)
Oh!
(What fun to take this ride
Rock steady will only slide)

Rock steady........ rock steady baby
Rock steady........ rock steady baby

(Instrumental)

Step and move your hips
With a feelin' from side to side
Sit yourself down in your car
And take a ride
While you're movin' rock steady
Rock steady

Let's call this song exactly what it is
(What it is -what it is - what it is)
It's a funky and low down feelin'
(What it is)
In my hips from left to right
(What it is)
What it is - is I might be doin'
(What it is)
This funky dance all night
Oooooooooooooh
(Wave your hands up in the air
Got the feelin' an ain't got a care)
Oooooooooooooh
(What fun to take this ride)
(Rock steady will only slide)

Rock steady baby
Rock steady... woo!
Rock steady

(Instrumental)

(Rock.... steady!... rock... steady!)

(What it is)
It's a funky and low down feelin'
(What it is)
In my hips from left and right
(What it is)
What it is
Is I might be doin'
This funky dance all night

Oooooooooooooh
(Wave your hands up in the air)
Oooooooooooooh
(Got a feelin' an ain't got a care)
Oooooooooooooh
(What fun to take this ride)
Oooooooooooooh
(Rock steady will only slide)

Rock steady
Steady it baby!
Rock....rock steady baby
FADES-
Baby
(What it is)
Baby baby
(What it is)
Baby
(What it is)
Baby...

Young, Gifted and Black

length: 3:35
producer: Arif Mardin, Tom Dowd and Jerry Wexler
mixer: Arif Mardin
engineer: Gene Paul
horn arranger: Arif Mardin
background vocals: The Sweet Inspirations
bass: Chuck Rainey
drums (drum set): Ray Lucas
guitar: Cornell Dupree
organ: Billy Preston
piano: Aretha Franklin
lead vocals: Aretha Franklin
recording engineer: Gene Paul
composer: Nina Simone
lyricist: Weldon Irvine
To be young, gifted, and black;
Oh, what a lovely precious thing...
Oh, when you're... yes, yes, when you're...
When you're young - yeah, thank you, Jesus! - gifted and black!
Open your heart, is all I need...

In this whole world, you know,
There's a millions of boys and girls
Who are young, gifted and black,
With their souls intact - and that's a fact!

"You are young, gifted and black," we must begin to tell our young,
"There's a world waiting for you - Yours is the quest that's just begun..."

When you feelin' real low,
Here's a great truth that you should remember and know:
That you're young, gifted, and black!
You got your soul intact - oh, and that's a fact!

(You're young, gifted, and black...)
Oh, it's a mighty sweet thing, yes, it is now...
(Young, gifted, and black...)
Oh, my sisters!
(Young, gifted, and black...)
You're young and you're black, you got your soul intact,
You got the future, don't you know it's a fact?
(Young, gifted, and black...)

All the King’s Horses

length: 3:56
producer: Jerry Wexler, Tom Dowd and Arif Mardin
mixer: Arif Mardin
engineer: Howard Albert, Ron Albert and Chuck Kirkpatrick
vibraphone: Neil Rosengarden
horn arranger: Arif Mardin
piano: Aretha Franklin
guitar: Cornell Dupree
bass: Chuck Rainey
drums (drum set): Bernard “Pretty” Purdie
lead vocals: Aretha Franklin
background vocals: Erma Franklin, Ann S. Clark, Margaret Branch, Carolyn Franklin and Pat Smith
organ: Donny Hathaway
recording engineer: Ron Albert
celesta: Aretha Franklin
composer: Aretha Franklin
lyricist: Aretha Franklin
All the king's horses and all the king's men
Couldn't put our two hearts together again

We sat on a wall of happiness
We sat on a wall of love
We sat on a wall of security so high above

With his arms wrapped all around me
It was like a fairy tale
Two people so in love
Tell me how could it fail

The walls start shakin' her love right now
Happiness is given away, security is fallin' down
He fell, I fell, another is left to tell

[Repeat: x2]
All the king's horses, all the king's men
Couldn't put our two hearts together again

Walls started shakin' I heard love crying out
Happiness is given away security is tumbling down
He fell, I fell
And all there is left to tell

Is all the king's horses, all the king's men
Couldn't put our two hearts together again
Couldn't put our two hearts together again
Couldn't put our two hearts together again
Couldn't put our two hearts

A Brand New Me

length: 4:27
producer: Jerry Wexler and Arif Mardin
mixer: Arif Mardin
engineer: Gene Paul
horn arranger: Arif Mardin
recording engineer: Gene Paul
bass: Eric Gale
guitar: Hugh McCracken
drums (drum set): Al Jackson, Jr.
piano: Aretha Franklin
background vocals: The Sweet Inspirations
lead vocals: Aretha Franklin
organ: Donny Hathaway
writer: Theresa Bell, Jerry Butler, Kenneth Gamble
This is my same old coat
These are my same old shoes
It was the same old me
With a same old blues
Then you touched my lufe
Just by fallen
And when I look in the mirror
I see a brand new girl
Just cause of you

I got the same old friends
They got the same old shins
I tell the same old jokes
T oh just and I get the same old grins
Now the joke is on you
It happened somehow with you
Everyday of my life
I'm as fresh as morning dew

Just because of you

I go to the same old places
I see the same old faces
I look at the same old sky
See it all with a brand new light
I got brand new b
And I git a brand new smile
Since I found you baby
I got a brand new star

April Fools

length: 3:30
producer: Tom Dowd, Jerry Wexler and Arif Mardin
horn arranger: Arif Mardin
background vocals: Pat Smith, Margaret Branch and Ann S. Clark
bass: Chuck Rainey
drums (drum set): Bernard “Pretty” Purdie
guitar: Cornell Dupree
piano: Aretha Franklin
electric piano: Aretha Franklin
lead vocals: Aretha Franklin
recording engineer: Gene Paul
flute: Hubert Laws
composer: Burt Bacharach
lyricist: Hal David
April fools, April fools
April fools, April fools
April fools, April fools
April fools, April fools

In an April dream, once you came to me
You smiled, I looked into your eyes
And I knew I'd be loving you and
Then you touched my hand
And I knew April dreams could come true

Are we just April fools
Who can't see all the danger around?
Are we just April fools?
I don't care, true love has found us now

April fool, true love's found us now
April fool, true love's found us now

Little did we know, where the road would lead
Here we are a million miles away
From the past, travelin' so fast and
There is no turning back
If our sweet April dream doesn't last

Are we just April fools
Who can't see all the danger around us?
Are we're just April fools?
I don't care, true love has found us now

April fool, true love's found us now
April fool, true love's found us now
April fool, true love's found us now
April fool, true love's found us now

Little did we know where the road would lead
Here we are a million miles away
From the past, travelin' so fast
And there's no turning back
If our sweet April dream doesn't last

Are we just April fools
Who can't see all the danger around us?
Are we're just April fools?
I don't care, true love has found us now

April fool, true love's found us now
April fool, true love's found us now
April fool, true love's found us now
April fool, true love's found us now

April fools, April fools
April fools, April fools
April fools, April fools
April fools, April fools

April fool, true love's found us now
April fool, true love's found us now
April fool, true love's found us now
April fool, true love's found us now

I’ve Been Loving You Too Long

length: 3:36
producer: Tom Dowd, Arif Mardin and Jerry Wexler
horn arranger: Tom Dowd
woodwind arranger & strings arranger: Arif Mardin
background vocals: Margaret Branch, Erma Franklin, Pat Smith, Ann S. Clark and Carolyn Franklin
bass: Robert Popwell
drums (drum set): Bernard “Pretty” Purdie
guitar: Cornell Dupree
organ: Donny Hathaway
piano: Aretha Franklin
tenor saxophone: Andrew Love
trumpet: Wayne Jackson
lead vocals: Aretha Franklin
recording engineer: Ron Albert
writer: Otis Redding, Jerry Butler
I've been loving you too long to stop now
There were time and you want to be free
My love is growing stronger, as you become a haven to me
Oh I've been loving you a little too long
I don't wanna stop now, oh
With you my life,
Has been so wonderful
I can't stop now

There were times and your love is growing cold
My love is growing stronger as our affair (affair) grows old
I've been loving you a little too long, long,
I don't want to stop now
oh, oh, oh
I've been loving you a little bit too long
I don't wanna stop now
No, no, no
Don't make me stop now
No baby

I'm down on my knees Please, don't make me stop now
I love you, I love you,
I love you with all of my heart
And I can't stop now
Don't make me stop now
Please, please don't make me stop now

(Good god of mine) I love you
I love you, I love you, I love you
I love you, I love you
I love you in so many different ways
I love you in so many different ways

First Snow in Kokomo

length: 4:05
producer: Jerry Wexler, Arif Mardin and Tom Dowd
horn arranger: Arif Mardin
solo trumpet: Neil Rosengarden
background vocals: Ann S. Clark, Carolyn Franklin, Margaret Branch, Pat Smith and Erma Franklin
bass: Chuck Rainey
guitar: Cornell Dupree
organ: Donny Hathaway
piano: Aretha Franklin
lead vocals: Aretha Franklin
recording engineer: Ron Albert
composer: Aretha Franklin
lyricist: Aretha Franklin
The first snow in Kokomo
Off an Indiana highway, I was on my way to Kokomo
A funny friend named Chuck slipped and bumped his head (oops!),
And as we picked him up, asked us had his nose turned red
That was the first snow in Kokomo

Kenny learning to blow his horn
I was feeling right up to it
Could it be done? Yes, I could do it
That first snow in Kokomo

Jimmy Dee playing a bass he was learning to play;
Applegate discovered a coronet, almost right away
Reggie expecting a baby, and was Freddy kinda blue!
That was the first snow in Kokomo

Jimmy Dee has put his bass away (put away),
And I wonder if Applegate ever learned to play?
Kenny is really, really blowing his horn,
And a baby named Moishe has been born (pretty little baby!)
Freddy's getting ready to make things right (Right on, Freddy!)
Since that first snow in Kokomo

The Long and Winding Road

length: 3:39
producer: Arif Mardin, Tom Dowd and Jerry Wexler
horn arranger: Arif Mardin
background vocals: Carolyn Franklin, Margaret Branch and Erma Franklin
bass: Chuck Rainey
drums (drum set): Ray Lucas
guitar: Cornell Dupree
organ: Billy Preston
piano: Aretha Franklin
lead vocals: Aretha Franklin
recording engineer: Gene Paul
writer: Paul McCartney, John Lennon
The long and winding road that leads to your door,
Will never disappear,
I've seen that road before It always leads me here,
Leads me to your door.

The wild and windy night the rain washed away,
Has left a pool of tears crying for the day.
Why leave me standing here, let me know the way

Many times I've been alone and many times I've cried
Anyway you'll never know the many ways I've tried, but
Still they lead me back to the long and winding road
You left me standing here a long, long time ago
Don't leave me waiting here, lead me to you door

Didn’t I (Blow Your Mind This Time)

length: 3:43
producer: Arif Mardin, Jerry Wexler and Tom Dowd
horn arranger: Arif Mardin
background vocals: Ann S. Clark, Margaret Branch and Pat Smith
bass: Chuck Rainey
drums (drum set): Bernard “Pretty” Purdie
guitar: Cornell Dupree
piano: Aretha Franklin
lead vocals: Aretha Franklin
recording engineer: Gene Paul
flute: Hubert Laws
writer: Thom Bell, William Hart
I gave my heart and soul to you, girl
Now didn't I do it, baby didn't I do it baby
Gave you the love you never knew, girl, oh
Didn't I do it, baby didn't I do it baby

I've cried so many times and that's no lie
It seems to make you laugh each time I cry

Didn't I blow your mind this time, didn't I
Didn't I blow your mind this time, didn't I
Yes sir

I thought that heart of yours was true, girl
Now, didn't I think it baby didn't I think it baby
But this time I'm really leavin' you girl oh
Hope you know it baby hope you know it baby

Ten times or more, yes, I've walked out that door
Get this into your head, there'll be no more

Didn't I blow your mind this time, didn't I
Didn't I blow your mind this time, didn't I
Yes sir

(Didn't I do it baby didn't I do it baby)
(Didn't I do it baby didn't I do it baby)

Ten times or more, yes, I've walked out that door
Get this into your head, there'll be no more

Didn't I blow your mind this time, didn't I (oh)
Didn't I blow your mind this time, didn't I (Hoo
Didn't I blow your mind this time, didn't I (Did I blow your mind, baby)
Didn't I blow your mind this time, didn't I (Can't you see)
Didn't I blow your mind this time, didn't I (Did I blow your mind)
Didn't I blow your mind this time, didn't I (Ooh baby, ooh)

Girl, can we talk for a second
I know it's been a long time
Since some someone's blown your mind, like I did
There'll be other times, for me and you
And I can see the tears fallin' from your eyes

Tell me girl, did I blow your mind

Didn't I blow your mind this time, didn't I (Did I blow your mind baby)
Didn't I blow your mind this time, didn't I (Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh)

Border Song (Holy Moses)

length: 3:20
producer: Jerry Wexler, Tom Dowd and Arif Mardin
bass: Chuck Rainey
guitar: Cornell Dupree
drums (drum set): Ray Lucas
piano: Aretha Franklin
organ: Billy Preston
background vocals: J. Ralph Bailey, The Sweet Inspirations, Ronnie Bright and Sammy Turner
recording engineer: Gene Paul
lyricist: Bernie Taupin
composer: Elton John
Holy Moses, I have been removed,
I have seen the specter, he was been here too,
Distant cousin from down the line
Brand of people who ain't my kind
Holy Moses, I have been removed

Holy Moses, I have been deceived,
Now the wind has changed direction I think I'll have to leave
Won't you please excuse my frankness but it's not my cup of tea
Holy Moses, I have been deceived, yes I have now

I'm going back to the border
Where my affairs, my affairs ain't abused
I can't take any more bad water
I've been poisoned from my head down to my shoes
Yes I have

Holy Moses, I have been deceived

Holy Moses, can we live in peace
Let us strive to find a way to make all hatred cease
There's a man over there,
What's his color do you care

Holy Moses, can we live in peace
Lord help me now
Can we live in peace
Holy Moses, can we live
I wonder can we, can we, can we live
In peace


He's NY brother let us live in peace
He's NY brother let us live in peace
He's NY brother let us live in peace