Saturday, February 23, 2013

RIP Cleotha Staples (1934-2013)



If you disrespect anybody
That you run in to
How in the world do you think
Anybody's s'posed to respect you

If you don't give a heck 'bout the man
With the Bible in his hand
Just get out the way
And let the gentleman do his thing

You the kind of gentleman
That want everything your way, yeah
Take the sheet off your face, boy
It's a brand new day

Respect yourself, respect yourself
Respect yourself, respect yourself

If you don't respect yourself
Ain't nobody gonna give a good cahoot, na na na na

Respect yourself, respect yourself
Respect yourself, respect yourself

If you're walking 'round
Thinking that the world
Owes you something
'Cause you're here

You goin' out
The world backwards
Like you did
When you first come here

Keep talkin' 'bout the president
Won't stop evolution
Put your hand on your mouth
When you cough, that'll help the solution

Oh, you cuss around women
And you don't even know their names
Then you dumb enough to think
That'll make you a big ol' man

Respect yourself, respect yourself
Respect yourself, respect yourself

If you don't respect yourself
Ain't nobody gonna give a good cahoot, na na na na
Respect yourself, respect yourself
Respect yourself, respect yourself
Respect yourself, respect yourself
Respect yourself, I mean, respect yourself
Respect yourself,yeah, respect yourself
Respect yourself, respect yourself....

Her Washington Post obituary can be found here.

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