Song Lyric Sunday – Boogie/Rock/Rolling Stone

My contribution to this week’s Song Lyric Sunday (Prompt: Boogie/Rock/Rolling Stone)

 

The late great Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin wrote “Rock Steady,” an “upbeat song that will get you up out of your seat moving and grooving…” (All Music Guide to Rock 2002 – 3rd ed.) for her album Young, Gifted and Black in 1971.

The song – classified as funk – was also released as a single in 1971 – reaching #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

To quote Dave Marsh from The Heart of Rock & Soul (1989), “She cries out like a woman backed to the wall, shouting for truth and nothing less: ‘Let’s call this song exactly what it is!'”

Enjoy!

 

 

Rock Steady

by Aretha Franklin

Rock steady, baby
That’s what I feel now
Just call the song exactly what it is
Just move your hips with a feeling from side to side
Sit yourself down in your car and take a ride
While you’re moving, 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 lowdown feeling (what it is)
In the hips from left to right (what it is)
(What it is) what it is I might be doin’
(What it is) this funky dance all night
(Put your hands up in the air)
(Got a feelin’ you ain’t got a care)
(What fun to take this ride) 
(Rock steady will only slide) 

Rock steady, rock steady baby
Rock steady, rock steady baby

Jump and move your hips with a feeling from side to side
Sit yourself down in your car and take a ride
While you’re moving, 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 lowdown feeling (what it is)
In the hips from left to right (what it is)
What it is is I might be doin’ (what it is)
This funky dance all night, ah
(Put your hands up in the air)
(Got a feelin’ you ain’t got a care)
(What fun to take this ride) 
(Rock steady will only slide)

Rock steady baby, rock steady, woo
Rock steady

Rock steady, rock steady (what it is)
It’s a funky and lowdown feeling (what it is)
In the hips from left to right (what it is)
What it is is I might be doin’
This funky dance all night, ah
(Put your hands up in the air)
(Got a feelin’ you ain’t got a care)
(What fun to take this ride) 
(Rock steady will only slide) 

Rock steady, steady baby, rock, rock steady, baby

Baby (what it is), baby, baby (what it is) baby

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