"Respect" is a cover of the Otis Redding song of the same name by the late American singer and civil rights activist Aretha Franklin. It's from her tenth studio album I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You. "Respect" is her signature song.

Lyrics

[Verse 1]

What you want, baby, I got it

What you need, do you know I got it?

[Chorus]

All I'm askin' 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)

[Verse 2]

I ain't gonna do you wrong while you're gone

Ain't gon' do you wrong 'cause I don't wanna

[Chorus]

All I'm askin' 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)

[Verse 3]

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

[Refrain]

(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)

[Verse 4]

Ooh, your kisses, sweeter than honey

And guess what? So is my money

[Chorus 2]

All I want you to do 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)

[Verse 5]

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

[Outro]

(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 fools

(Just a little bit) And I ain't lyin'

(Just a little bit)

(Re, re, re, re) Start when you come home

(Re, re, re, respect) Or you might walk in

(Just a little bit) And find out I'm gone

(Just a little bit) I gotta have

(Just a little bit) A little respect

(Just a little bit)

Why It Rocks

  1. It's one of her best songs and it's one of the best songs from I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You.
  2. It was a groundbreaking female empowerment anthem of the late 1960s. And it still holds up today.

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Trivia

  • The song hit #1 on Billboard’s pop chart for 2 weeks in the summer of 1967, causing Rolling Stone to remark “Aretha Franklin has shot out of nowhere and become Lady Soul.”
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