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The Heart of Rock and Soul

Dave Marsh, 1989

41 WHAT'D I SAY, Ray Charles
Produced by Ahmet Ertegun and Jerry Wex'er; written by Ray Charles
Atlantic 2031 - 1959
Billboard: #6

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The feel comes from gospel but the resulting witty, elegant essay on rhythm and sex and why they're inseparable is purely pagan. Indeed, if there really is such a thing as the Platonic Ideal, somewhere on Olympus sits an image of Groove which consists of Ray's piano part and his grunt-and-groan exchanges with the Raelettes. This is it: everything nonessential stripped away, as a generation of drag racers knows better than anyone else.

Ray Charles - What'd I say - the lyrics
Hey mama, don't you treat me wrong
Come and love your daddy all night long
All right, hey, hey, all right now

See the girl with the diamond ring
She knows how to shake that thing
All right, hey, hey, Mmm, all right now

Ahhh, Ohh, Ahhh, Ohh, Ahhh, Ohh, Ohh

Make me feel so good, make me feel so good right now
Make me feel so good, make me feel so good right now
Make me feel so good, make me feel so good

Mmm, see the girl with the red dress on
She can do the dog all night long
All right, hmm what'd I say, tell me what'd I say

Tell me what'd I say, tell me what'd I say right now
Tell me what'd I say, tell me what'd I say right now
Tell me what'd I say, tell me what'd I say

Ahhh, Ohh, Ahhh, Ohh, Ahhh, Ohh, Ohh
It's all right, It's all right right now
Baby, it's all right, Baby, it's all right right now
Baby, it's all right, Oh yeah!

Baby shake that thing, baby shake that thing right now
Baby shake that thing, baby shake that thing right now
Baby shake that thing, well I feel all right
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From "The Heart of Rock and Soul, The 1001 Greatest Singles Ever Made", by Dave Marsh, 1989.
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