Respect Lyrics

Respect – Aretha Franklin

Lyrics and Guitar Lessons

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Respect Lyrics

(Oh) What you want
(Oh) Baby, I got it
(Oh) What you need
(Oh) Do you know I got it?
(Oh) All I’m askin’
(Oh) Is for a little respect when you come home (just a little bit)
Hey baby (just a little bit)
When you get home (just a little bit)
Mister (just a little bit)

I ain’t gonna do you wrong, while you’re gone
Ain’t gonna do you wrong
(Oh) ‘Cause I don’t wanna
(Oh) All I’m askin’
(Oh) Is for a little respect when you come home (just a little bit)
Baby (just a little bit) when you get home (just a little bit)
Yeah (just a little bit)

I’m about to give you, all of my money
And all I’m askin’, in return honey
Is to give me my propers, when you get home
(Just a, just a, just a, just a) Yeah baby
(Just a, just a, just a, just a) When you get home
(Just a little bit) Yeah (just a little bit)


Ooh your kisses
(Oh) Sweeter than honey
(Oh) And guess what?
(Oh) So is my money
(Oh) All I want you to do (oh) for me
Is give it to me when you get home (re, re, re ,re)
Yeah baby (re, re, re ,re)
Whip it to me (respect, just a little bit)
When you get home, now (just a little bit)

R-E-S-P-E-C-T, find out what it means to me
R-E-S-P-E-C-T, take care TCB

Oh (sock it to me, sock it to me, sock it to me, sock it to me)
A little respect (sock it to me, sock it to me, sock it to me, sock it to me)
Whoa babe (just a little bit)
A little respect (just a little bit)
I get tired (just a little bit)
Keep on tryin’ (just a little bit)
You’re runnin’ out of foolin’ (just a little bit)
And I ain’t lyin’ (just a little bit)
‘Spect (re, re, re, re)
When you come home (re, re, re ,re)
Or you might walk in (respect, just a little bit)
And find out I’m gone (just a little bit)

Guitar Lessons

Respect – Step 1

Originally, Respect was written by Otis Redding but aimed for a singer called Speedo Sims who made an attempt to record it with his band.

After an unsuccessful session at legendary Muscle Shoals studios, Otis decided to record it himself and then again with Aretha Franklin.

Go to Respect step 1.

Respect – Step 2 (Free Preview)

Being in the key of C, the two verse chords are G7 and F7.

In order to find a good part for the verse, we must explore the fretboard using different shapes and try the different rhythms we find on the original recording.

Go to Respect step 2.

Respect – Step 3

Today we start working on how to play the chorus of Respect. There is lots of TAB to go through here.

Using six different rhythms we explore all five areas of the neck.

Go to Respect step 3.

Respect – Step 4

Only four examples to work through in this step. Hopefully, after this, it’ll all come together for you.

We have four bars of a chorus, followed by six bars of verse to play around with.

Go to Respect step 4.

Respect – Step 5

Let’s learn the intro, breakdown, and how to play the chords for the solo.

You never know, there may be a sax player on your gig, that way you won’t have to play the solo!

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Respect – Step 6

I’m not gonna lie, this lesson is pretty hard. It took me several days to work this sax solo out and learn to play it reasonably well.

I would have liked another week of practice time, to be honest!

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Respect – Step 7

Reading the TAB and playing as I do in the video is a bit strange. It doesn’t go well with the style, it’s supposed to be improvised.

So if you aim to play exactly what I did, I’m flattered, but really, to build your own variations is the way forward.

Go to Respect step 7.

Respect – Step 8

To play this song on repeat for half an hour means you need to play it twelve times in a row.

You don’t have to play what I did, aim to find something that you’re happy with after playing it twelve times. Who knows, maybe you’ll even try again tomorrow.

Go to Respect step 8.

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Chords and Guitar Lessons

Respect is probably the most famous soul song ever recorded. Breaking up the standard blues chord progression we play G7 – F7 during the verse and C7 – F7 during the chorus.

The biggest showpiece of the song is the sax solo, let’s learn how to play it note for note on the guitar.

Go to Respect chords and guitar lesson.

Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul. Considered by most critics and peers as the greatest singer of all time.

Born in Detroit and looking for a record deal in 1960, Aretha seemed like the perfect match for Berry Gordy’s emerging label Motown. However, Aretha’s dominant father/manager had other ideas.

Go to Aretha Franklin biography.

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