Friday Wedding Music Rewind | “Respect” By Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin's Respect Remains A Top 200 Kansas City Wedding Reception Party Favorite

Aretha Franklin’s recording of “Respect” has been a favorite dance song at Kansas City wedding receptions for a number of years. Originally written by Otis Redding but recorded and released in 1967 by the “Queen of Soul,” Respect” spent 12 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart and held the coveted #1 position during the first 2 weeks of June, 1967. Franklin’s Respect” is also listed as #5 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. “Respect” not only became Aretha Franklin‘s signature song, it earned her 2 Grammy Awards and made her an international superstar.

Respect” is heralded as a declaration from a strong, confident woman, who makes it known that she has everything her man wants. She’ll never do him wrong but demands his “respect”. Franklin’s strong willed adaptation of Otis Redding’s lyrics made “Respect” something of an early anthem for the feminist movement of the 1970’s and, through a lyric refrain in the song, gave tremendous popularity to the phrase “Sock It To Me!”

DJ Intelligence, a website that tracks music requests played by wedding DJs around the world, lists Respect” as #161 on the Top 200 Most Requested Songs. And, chances are, if you’re female and have attended wedding receptions in Kansas City, you’ve joined the bride and her friends in the middle of the dance floor to add your voice to an impromptu sing-a-long of the song on more than one occasion. Odds are, you’ll still be joining the chorus, demanding your “Respect” for years and years to come.

Listen to “Respect” performed by Aretha Franklin in the video below and scroll down a bit further to read the lyrics. If you’ve not already added it to your “must-play” list, you will!

Top 200 Party Song For Your
Kansas City Wedding Reception:
Respect” Performed By Aretha Franklin (Lyrics):

Written by Otis Redding

(oo) What you want
(oo) Baby, I got it
(oo) What you need
(oo) Do you know I got it
(oo) All I’m askin’
(oo) Is for a little respect when you come home (just a little bit)
Hey baby (just a little bitno) 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 (oo) ’cause I don’t wanna (oo)
All I’m askin’ (oo)
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)
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)

Ooo, your kisses (oo)
Sweeter than honey (oo)
And guess what? (oo)
So is my money (oo)
All I want you to do (oo) 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)
(re, re, re, re) ‘spect
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)
I got to have (just a little bit)
A little respect (just a little bit)

What’s your favorite wedding reception party song? Leave your pick in the comments!

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