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Aretha Franklin — Think
Album: The Best Of Aretha Franklin
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Total ratings: 1835









Released: 1968
Length: 2:11
Plays (last 30 days): 1
You better think (think)
Think about what you're tryin' to do to me
Think (think-think) let your mind go
Let yourself be free

Let's go back - let's go back
A let's go way on to way back when
I didn't even know you
You couldn't a been too much more than ten (just a child)

I ain't no psychiatrist
I ain't no doctor with degrees
But it don't take too much I.Q.
To see what you're doing to me

You better think (think)
Think about what you're tryin' to do to me
Yeah, think (think-think)
Let your mind go, let yourself be free

Oh freedom (freedom)
Oh freedom
Oh,freedom (yeah)

Oh freedom
Oh freedom (freedom)
Oh freedom
Oh freedom

Oh ya got to have
Hey! think about it
You! think about it

There ain't nothin' you could ask
I could answer you with "I won't" (I won't)
But I was gonna change my mind
If you keep doin' things I don't (don't)

You better think (think)
Think about what you're tryin' ta do to me
(What you're tryin' to do to me)
Oh-oh-oh think (think)
Let your mind go, let yourself be free

People walk around everyday
Playin' games and takin' scores
Tryin' to make other people lose their mind
Well, be careful you don't lose yours

Ooh think (think)
Think about what you're tryin' to do to me
Woo-hoo, think (think)
Let your mind go, let yourself be free

You need me (need me)
And I need you (don't cha' know)
Without each other
There ain't nothin' either can do

Oooh yeah, think about it, baby
(What 'cha tryin' to do to me, think)
Better go baby, think about it right now

Yeah, right now (tell about - forgiveness)
Woo, right now (tell about - forgiveness)
Hey, right now (tell about - forgiveness)
I need to change your mind (think about it)
Baby, baby, baby
(Tell about it - forgiveness)
Woo, tell about it baby (tell about - forgiveness)
FADES-
Yeah, woo-hoo (tell about - forgiveness)
Tell about it baby, you think about it right now
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morphine Buena then Aretha think  cool segue!
Great tune but Rock Steady is still the one that gets me up every time...love bass line
 BKardon wrote:
Don't you blaspheme!
 
Great AF quote from the end of that scene:
"Shit."
Finest Female Funk.   
Another song from the era that seems to short, but it's still satisfying because she and her colleagues packed so much into one song!
no coments
 ruthless wrote:
gopre wrote:
I don't think so. Motown bred.
She's from Memphis....
 
Yes, she was, but her family left Tennessee when she was around two years old.  She grew up in Detroit.
I suppose there are people who think Ms. QueenOfSoul is overrated too...
Goodness gracious! What a voice!!! 
 jimmunn wrote:
Damn that sounds great. Love the old Motown recordings. Amazing how good the musicians and recordings were.
 
True, the Motown recordings sounded great and had outstanding musicians, but Aretha recorded the majority of her records with Atlantic Records.  She was never signed to Motown Records; Atlantic had their own collection of incredible studio musicians and producers as well.
R.I.P. Aretha, The Queen of Soul.
There's a Third Bass song that takes this piano lyric. That would be a great segue...
Encore, encore!
Mariah Carey, listen up. THIS is how you do it. 
I can still see the shuffling bedroom slippers in the diner sequence.
{#Cool}{#Cool}
Damn that sounds great. Love the old Motown recordings. Amazing how good the musicians and recordings were.

One of the earliest film-related memories I have is of the older 6 of us kids clustered around the TV watching Aretha sing and dance in the kitchen, while the guy stands on the diner counter and plays the sax.

You better think about the consequences of your actions!


Don't you blaspheme!
Let your mind go, let yourself be free
People walk around everyday
Playin' games and takin' scores
Tryin' to make other people lose their mind
Well, be careful you don't lose yours
A really appropriate song for today. Thanks RP.
 
muscle shoals is in alabama, you dope
Somewhere in the music I can hear the bells.Want a ring?
Just watched a great documentary about Muscle Shoals on Netflix.  She had been working for 5 years without success until Jerry Wexler brought her down to Alabama to record - the rest is history{#Notworthy}
"Are you gentlemen the Police?"

"No ma'am...we're musicians" 
That is so so good!  From a classic movie, too.

Thanks for the morning smile.

 
something from 'Young, Gifted And Black' would be nice too


Bow to your Queen!
 Jota wrote:
Are you the police? 

No ma'am, we're musicians.

 
Well go on dammit!
       
Are you the police? 

No ma'am, we're musicians.

What kind of music do you usually have here?

Oh, we got both kinds. We got country *and* western.

  {#Cool}      {#Cool}     

Awesome Independent Lens program on PBS last night about Muscle Shoals. Was this recorded there?
 
 gjr wrote:
"runnin' around with yo hoodlum friends...."

the way she looked at belushi and aykroyd with such disdain when she said "blues brothers" was priceless....i believe to this day this disdain was genuine 
Yeah, the song was Think, and she didn't seem to be acting!  Maybe she was an she's did it Really Well.
It's 106 miles to Chicago, we got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it's dark... and we're wearing sunglasses.

 Hit it.


"runnin' around with yo hoodlum friends...."

the way she looked at belushi and aykroyd with such disdain when she said "blues brothers" was priceless....i believe to this day this disdain was genuine

4 whole chickens and a Coke.


 GuiltyFeat wrote:
I tried to feel jaded about this song, but when it came to rating, I couldn't honestly give it less than 10. This is Godlike. It has a palpable sense of divinity about it.

 
Yup. It most certainly does.
 
A True Classic.
The Queen.  Forever.
Can I get some dry white toast with this?
 SinisterDexter wrote:




 

That brother is about to get z snapped, with a side-order of neck slide. 


That's Ms. Franklin to the likes of us. {#Notworthy}
 Cynaera wrote:
There are icons, and there are icons.  Aretha. She doesn't even need a last name - you can just walk into a room of people and say, "Aretha" and I bet every person there would know to whom you were referring.

I love Aretha - as I've related (countless times), I was deprived of "soul" music as a youngster, because of very bigoted parents. I didn't even know who she was until I got out of high school.  Once those chains were broken, I "discovered" her, and holy cow - this woman could sing the rings off Saturn.

Well, my appreciation is better late than never.  This song is a solid 10. {#Notworthy}
 

I agree...  well said...  miss you...
 
10 - godess like actually
Wheww...I needed that...
....funnyfunny........dancing.............
Didn't like it when it was new; like it less now.
Now that, Adele, is how this singing thing is done
A  R  E  T  H  A    is in the house!!!!!! Yeahhhhh!!!! {#Clap}
 1wolfy wrote:
Following Morphine's recording, this sounds like a 78rpm record..it is a shame how 'flat' recordings were.
This is one example of a song that is much better on vinyl. 

{#Music} Cranked it to 11!

Glad to see her looking much better. {#Yes}

Thanks!  This song just lifted my spirits (a lot)!!
Following Morphine's recording, this sounds like a 78rpm record..it is a shame how 'flat' recordings were.
 liser wrote:
You forgot the most important line: "We're on a mission from God."
 
"Don't you blaspheme in here! Don't you blaspheme in here!"


 Proclivities wrote:

Was that Floyd Vonnegut from Saginaw?  Because if it was...

  
...it's proof that God has a wickedly perverse sense of humor.


I tried to feel jaded about this song, but when it came to rating, I couldn't honestly give it less than 10. This is Godlike. It has a palpable sense of divinity about it.
you said everything i was thinking. in my case i grew up with parents only allowing classical music in the house, but when i got "out", i too walked into a whole new world...and never felt so alive. solid 10 from my end too.

 
Cynaera wrote:
There are icons, and there are icons.  Aretha. She doesn't even need a last name - you can just walk into a room of people and say, "Aretha" and I bet every person there would know to whom you were referring.

I love Aretha - as I've related (countless times), I was deprived of "soul" music as a youngster, because of very bigoted parents. I didn't even know who she was until I got out of high school.  Once those chains were broken, I "discovered" her, and holy cow - this woman could sing the rings off Saturn.

Well, my appreciation is better late than never.  This song is a solid 10. {#Notworthy}
 


awesomeeeeee
enough already
 Hannio wrote:


Vonnegut said that music is proof that God exists.
 
Was that Floyd Vonnegut from Saginaw?  Because if it was...

 gatorade wrote:
Can't hear this song w/o thinking about one of the best movie scenes ever. The Queen of Soul in feather slippers and an apron! Oh The Blues Brothers, how I miss you.
 
Oh yes!

I'm going to have to watch it (again) now

Cheers! 
There are icons, and there are icons.  Aretha. She doesn't even need a last name - you can just walk into a room of people and say, "Aretha" and I bet every person there would know to whom you were referring.

I love Aretha - as I've related (countless times), I was deprived of "soul" music as a youngster, because of very bigoted parents. I didn't even know who she was until I got out of high school.  Once those chains were broken, I "discovered" her, and holy cow - this woman could sing the rings off Saturn.

Well, my appreciation is better late than never.  This song is a solid 10. {#Notworthy}
Can't hear this song w/o thinking about one of the best movie scenes ever. The Queen of Soul in feather slippers and an apron! Oh The Blues Brothers, how I miss you.
1968
 peacockangel wrote:
Maybe there would be more love if people weren't so afraid of being hurt ~ you know and pushin people away because of their own sh!t
 
But there'd be a lot fewer songs...unless you stuff like Kitaro...{#Lol}
Maybe there would be more love if people weren't so afraid of being hurt ~ you know and pushin people away because of their own sh!t
 ianmoff wrote:
I've got to watch The Blues Brothers (again) now!
 
One of the great comedy trilogies - "Blues Brothers," "Animal House," and "Caddyshack."

like no other
 whaze wrote:
Wow... I mean, c'mon, relax people. Yes, it's a darn good song by a great singer. Let's leave it at that. Voice of GOD?! The recording of "Think" proves that He exists? Let's calm down. szheesh!
 
congratulations on totally missing the point.

Aw, man! Just bummed that Big Lots uses this song for their advertisements now. Not Aretha's version, but still ...
 bill-1956 wrote:
classic
 
I little too classic if you ask me. Great song. Just overplayed.
Wow... I mean, c'mon, relax people. Yes, it's a darn good song by a great singer. Let's leave it at that. Voice of GOD?! The recording of "Think" proves that He exists? Let's calm down. szheesh!
Never get tired of the "Queen of Soul"...now for a little Marvin Gay...but I'll settle for the Clash!
Talk to the hand!

{#Hand}
 Hannio wrote:


Vonnegut said that music is proof that God exists.
 
amen.
{#Dancingbanana}{#Dancingbanana_2}{#Bananajam}{#Clap}{#Kiss}{#Bananapiano}{#Bananasplit}
I've got to watch The Blues Brothers (again) now!
One of my favourite tunes ever!

 ianmoff wrote:

I haven't seen that in ages - in fact I'm going to watch it this evening!

Ian 
 
I want those slippers she's wearing in the diner!

 jpfueler wrote:

I'm an atheist, but Marianne Faithful has it right. The Voice of God is Aretha Franklin

 

Vonnegut said that music is proof that God exists.
Dancin' in my seat {#Bananasplit}
 Sloggydog wrote:
I have said god like but then has anyone ever actually seen god and aretha in the same room at the same time
 
I'm an atheist, but Marianne Faithful has it right. The Voice of God is Aretha Franklin

I had RP playing softly in my office while meeting with two coworkers. When this came on, it became an instant dance party! I had to turn it up. Thanks RP!
FREEDOM!
I have said god like but then has anyone ever actually seen god and aretha in the same room at the same time
Puts a big smile on my face and makes me want to turn it up and dance around the office!!!  Thanks Bil!{#Bananapiano}

Now living comfortably in Hometown, USA (well my hometown, anyway!)



See this ==> https://www.thelanguageofmusic.com/
 MojoJojo wrote:
Mrs. Murphy: Help you two?
Elwood: Do you have any white bread ma'am?
Mrs. Murphy: Yeah.
Elwood: I'll have some toasted white bread please.
Mrs. Murphy: You want butter or jam on that, honey?
Elwood: No ma'am, dry.
Jake: Do you have any fried chicken ma'am?
Mrs. Murphy: Best damned chicken in the state.
Jake: Bring me four fried chickens and a Coke.
Mrs. Murphy: You want chicken wings or chicken legs?
Jake: Four fried chickens and a Coke.
Elwood: And some dry white toast please.
Mrs. Murphy: Ya'all want anything to drink with that?
Elwood: No ma'am.
Jake: A Coke.
Mrs. Murphy: Be right back.
 
I haven't seen that in ages - in fact I'm going to watch it this evening!

Ian 
all hail Aretha!


Hell yeah! Wear that hat babeeee!

Ten
classic

I saw that also.  I was bawling like a baby by the end of it.  No words to describe...
 
jpfueler wrote:
Once, Pavarati was to do an aria, but he got ill and Aretha filled in at the last minute.(grammys maybe? I forget)But, due to the time constraints, the orchestra had no time to rearange the work and Aretha sang it in Pavaroti's key, two octives lower than her normal.
I'm no big opera fan.
That was (insert your grandest expletive or descriptor here) amazing.
Just thinking of it makes me tear up.
 


:notworthy: :notworthy: :notworthy:
sutcliff wrote:
Don't you blaspheme in here!
Aretha, the ultimate pop goddess!
winter wrote:
Goosebumps. Seriously.
Same here. My God, what a voice.
Freedom to be AWESOME!
liser wrote:
You forgot the most important line: "We're on a mission from God."
Don't you blaspheme in here!
In the company of the finest divas!
:bananapiano:
A, b hakka pÀhe!
Good Sunday morning type-a tune. Sing to the congregation!
gopre wrote:
I don't think so. Motown bred.
She's from Memphis....
"You better think about the consequences of yo' actions!"
Once, Pavarati was to do an aria, but he got ill and Aretha filled in at the last minute.(grammys maybe? I forget)But, due to the time constraints, the orchestra had no time to rearange the work and Aretha sang it in Pavaroti's key, two octives lower than her normal. I'm no big opera fan. That was (insert your grandest expletive or descriptor here) amazing. Just thinking of it makes me tear up.
Goosebumps. Seriously. Aretha is the Queen. :notworthy: :notworthy: :notworthy:
Someone should take some time to explain my colleagues why I'm dancing on the desk.... :cheesygrin: :bananajumprope:
WOOOOH!!! It's desk chair shimmy and shake time!
How can I get any work done when I can't stop dancing?
MojoJojo wrote:
Mrs. Murphy: Help you two? Elwood: Do you have any white bread ma'am? Mrs. Murphy: Yeah. Elwood: I'll have some toasted white bread please. Mrs. Murphy: You want butter or jam on that, honey? Elwood: No ma'am, dry. Jake: Do you have any fried chicken ma'am? Mrs. Murphy: Best damned chicken in the state. Jake: Bring me four fried chickens and a Coke. Mrs. Murphy: You want chicken wings or chicken legs? Jake: Four fried chickens and a Coke. Elwood: And some dry white toast please. Mrs. Murphy: Ya'all want anything to drink with that? Elwood: No ma'am. Jake: A Coke. Mrs. Murphy: Be right back.
You forgot the most important line: "We're on a mission from God."
I've gotten absolutely NOTHING done for the last 15 minutes but a whole lotta chair dancing - thanks for the break, Bill!!
Ubaldo wrote:
I'm back watching the Blues Brothers . . . :bananasplit:
Mrs. Murphy: Help you two? Elwood: Do you have any white bread ma'am? Mrs. Murphy: Yeah. Elwood: I'll have some toasted white bread please. Mrs. Murphy: You want butter or jam on that, honey? Elwood: No ma'am, dry. Jake: Do you have any fried chicken ma'am? Mrs. Murphy: Best damned chicken in the state. Jake: Bring me four fried chickens and a Coke. Mrs. Murphy: You want chicken wings or chicken legs? Jake: Four fried chickens and a Coke. Elwood: And some dry white toast please. Mrs. Murphy: Ya'all want anything to drink with that? Elwood: No ma'am. Jake: A Coke. Mrs. Murphy: Be right back.
Go Aritha! Now there's a singer! The song is an 8 on my books.
This is a little slower than the Blues Brothers version. Both versions are rockin', but it always puts me in the mood for four fried chickens and a coke