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Published on Oct 31, 2009
Track 9. (disc 2) 'Funky President (People It's Bad)' ~ *[Original Speed Master]. From the compilation album 'Make It Funky - the big payback: 1971-1975'
Written by James Brown
Arranged by James Brown and Fred Wesley
Produced by James Brown
James Brown: Vocals, with probably: unidentified Trumpets, Flutes Tom "Bones" Malone: Trombone David Sanborn: Alto Saxophone Joe Farrell: Tenor Saxophone Alfred "Pee Wee" Ellis: Baritone Saxophone Joe Beck, Sam Brown: Guitars Wilbur Bascomb: Bass Alan Schwartzberg: Drums Jeannette Washington, Bobby Roach: Background Vocals
♪♫ Funk it down, nasty (Hey, listen to the man) (Rap, Godfather) (Pay back), (cold-blooded) People, people, we've got to get over Before we go under, yeaaaah Lord People, people, we've got to get over Before we go under Hey, could be, you didn't say watchya meant You just changed, a brand new funky President Yea huh
Stock market going up, jobs going down It ain't no funky job to be found Taxes keep going up, I've changed from a glass Now I drink from a paper cup, gettin' bad People, people, we've got to get over Before we go under, listen to me Let's get together and raise Let's get together and get some land Raise our food like the man Save our money like the mob Put up your fight own the job Wooh
(Go on, rap baby) (tell them, Godfather) Hey Lord, heeeey, turn on your fountain water [funk motor?] Get down and praise the Lord Get sexy, sexy, get funky and dance Love me baby, love me nice too Don't make it once, but can you make it twice I like it
People, people, we've got to get over Before we go under People, people, well well well Before we go under Turn on your funk motor [fountain water?], I know it's tough Turn on your funk motor [fountain water?], until you get enough, yeah Hey, give yourself a chance to come through Wooh, tell yourself, I can do what you can do
(Hey, listen to the man), (Rap Godfather) (Pay back), (cold-blooded) People, people, heeeeey, huh people, people Hey, people, people, don't you see what's goin' on People, people, we've got to get together Oooww, get on your good foot, huh, change it, yeah
Got to get together and get some land Raise our food just like the man Hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, I've got to say it again We've got to get together and buy some land huh Raise our food just like the man Save our money, do like the mob Put up your fight and own the job We've got to get over, before we go under Time's getting short, heeeey Lord
Country do you know just what I meant but that's changed we've got a brand new funky President ha uhh Oooww, I need to be the mayor So I could change some things around here I need to be the governor, uhh I need to be the governor, ha uhh I need to be the governor ♪♫
~ [Many thanks to the copyright owners UMG for allowing this to be heard on YouTube....this time! ;-j ] ~ ☺