Who Sang Compared to What? Roberta Flack

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Release information
Release Date: 1969
Genre: Jazz Funk / Soul
Style: Rhythm & Blues/Soul
length: 5:17
producer: Joel Dorn
mixer: Bob Liftin
recording engineer: William Arlt
horn arranger: William S. Fischer
baritone saxophone: Seldon Powell
double bass: Ron Carter
drums (drum set): Ray Lucas
guitar: John Pizzarelli
lead vocals: Roberta Flack
piano: Roberta Flack
tenor saxophone: Frank Wess
trombone: Benny Powell
trumpet: Joe Newman and Jimmy Nottingham
composer: Gene McDaniels
lyricist: Gene McDaniels
Love the lie and lie the love
Hangin' on, with a push and shove
Possession is the motivation
that is hangin' up the God-damn nation
Looks like we always end up in a rut (everybody now)
Tryin' to make it real, compared to what?

Slaughterhouse is killin' hogs
Twisted children killin' frogs
Poor dumb rednecks rollin' logs
Tired old ladies kissin' dogs
Hate the human, love that stinking mutt (I can't stand it)
Try to make it real, compared to what?

The President, he's got his war
Folks don't know just what it's for
Nobody gives us rhyme or reason
Have one doubt, they call it treason
We're chicken-feathers, all without one gut (God damn it)
Tryin' to make it real, compared to what? (Sock it to me, now)

Church on Sunday, sleep and nod
Tryin' to duck the wrath of God
Preacher's fillin' us with fright
Tryin' to tell us what he thinks is right
He really got to be some kind of nut (I can't use it)
Tryin' to make it real, compared to what?

Where's that bee and where's that honey?
Where's my God and where's my money
Unreal values, crass distortion
Unwed mothers need abortion
Kind of brings to mind ol' young King Tut (He did it now)
Tried to make it real — compared to what?!

12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 Compared to What
  • 2 Angelitos Negros
  • 3 Our Ages or Our Hearts
  • 4 I Told Jesus
  • 5 Hey, That's No Way to Say Goodbye
  • 6 The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
  • 7 Tryin' Times
  • 8 Ballad of the Sad Young Men