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Bill Withers — Use Me
Album: Best of
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Total ratings: 1657









Released: 1972
Length: 3:40
Plays (last 30 days): 3
'My friends feel it's their appointed duty
They keep trying to tell me
All you want to do is use me
But my answer, yeah to all that use me stuff
I want to spread the news
That if it feels this good getting used
You just keep on using me
Until you use me up
Until you use me up

My brother sit me right down and he talked to me
He told me that I ought not to let you just walk on me
And I'm sure he meant well
Yeah, but when our talk was through
I said, brother, if you only knew
You'd wish that you were in my shoes
You just keep on using me
Until you use me up
Until you use me up

Sometimes, it's true
You really do abuse me
You get me in a crowd of high-class people
And then you act real rude to me
But, oh baby, baby, baby, baby,
When you love me, I can't get enough
I want to spread the news
That if it feels this good getting used
Girl, you just keep on using me
Until you use me up
Until you use me up
Talkin' 'bout you usin' people
It all depends on what you do
It ain't too bad the way you're usin' me
'Cause I sure am usin' you to do the things you do'
To do the things you do''
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 xray38 wrote:

It's nice to listen to this great tune and sweeter yet to check the Wikipedia notes to see he still walks the earth.


 RIP Brother Bill - thanks for the grooves, jams, love songs and more! 
 DaidyBoy wrote:

I think Mr Andrew Bird may well be a fan of this fine gentleman.  He will be sorely missed.



I was thinking more like Beck might have been influenced. Beck & Bird. Sounds like a good English pub.
This groove is insane.  Perfect song to get the ol' joints moving.
I think Mr Andrew Bird may well be a fan of this fine gentleman.  He will be sorely missed.
funkalishious!
Another great old tune that sounds even greater with FLACK, great headphones, amp & DAC!
RIP to a legend! 7/4/38 - 3/30/20
 xray38 wrote:
It's nice to listen to this great tune and sweeter yet to check the Wikipedia notes to see he still walks the earth.
 One year later, the tune is still great, now bittersweet though. At least we still have his music.
c.

RIP Bill.  Thanks for the great music.
Epic recording!
Ahhh, the days of Soul Train on TV. 

Back when R&B was still a rocking. 
 saellig668552 wrote:
this is a real KILLER - sort of the mother of a groove (like f.e. green onions by booker T) - timeless - when you are not moving to this: see your doctor
 
Killer is right! Co-workers beware..........LOUD is the only way to go with this one. Green Onions....YES! 
It's nice to listen to this great tune and sweeter yet to check the Wikipedia notes to see he still walks the earth.
this is a real KILLER - sort of the mother of a groove (like f.e. green onions by booker T) - timeless - when you are not moving to this: see your doctor
Great song but, now reminds of a Corona commercial. 

So, BillG plays "Human" by RagnBone man, followed by Rebecca's 'station identification' and then this comes on.  Total flashback to this weekend, I literally played these two tracks back to back for friends while drinking.  ROCK ON and FUNK ON!!  Kudos to BnR as always!!  Long Live RP!!

And this is a 10 for me.  The groove, the voice, the fact that I've had the exact same sentiment in my past.  Timeless and classic and just freaking awesome (and the entire album "Still Bill" is freaking awesome....we need a few more BW tracks on here)

 cc_rider wrote:
Bill 'The Lung' Withers has no equal, period. This may be his very best song, of many excellent ones. The voice, the lyrics, the groove, all mesh perfectly. Lenny and Mick's cover is also excellent, but I can't give a cover a higher rating than the original, unless the original really sucked and the coverer rescued it. Clearly not the case here. c.
 
YES SIR, FLAWLESS   (ALSO TIMELESS GROOVE   : )
That drum groove!  James Gadson!  {#Drummer} {#Notworthy}
word
So very much love Bill Withers.
I really love this, but I think I love Mick Jagger and Lenny Kravitz's version more.
{#Music} 
if it feels this good getting used, you just keep on using me, until you use me up
I've always loved the way he sings: use me "Öpp"
Flawless.
Now this is my idea of something excellent completely differnt!

Thanks Bill! 
I was way too busy to stop and say  YESSSS !
 leafmold wrote:
Man--hard to believe there was a time that a song this good was on the RADIO.

 
Came on AM  radio ... WLS Chicago all the way way up to Northern Ontario... Came on between Tull  and Floyd or sometimes after Sly and before Joni.
Amazing time, really. Early 70s !
But, oh baby, baby, baby, baby, I just can't get enough of Master Withers!  Each of his songs excellent every time
 Aud wrote:


Ain't no Sunshine got my attention when it first came out. We need to hear that on RP

 
It's on the playlist and has been played, last time was about three weeks ago.
Real cool for cats tune, yeah dig it man! Also love the Grace Jones cover!!  {#Cool}
Man--hard to believe there was a time that a song this good was on the RADIO.
 Aud wrote:
So WHY is  "Ain't NO Sunshine" not begin played??....  Summer of '71

 
Definitely a classic of classics. Have any of you heard Jacqui Naylor's version? Very smoky and sultry.

https://youtu.be/MaIgoYR2qMU 
{#Music}
groovyicious
 coloradojohn wrote:
Ain't this just about the freakiest groove, STILL? Can you remember, or imagine, how IT BLEW COUNTLESS MINDS BACK IN THE DAY

 

Ain't no Sunshine got my attention when it first came out. We need to hear that on RP
{#Drummer} 7 >>>>>> 8
 Buddikat wrote:
Dang! I am no musician, but I believe that drummer is what one would call "tight." I don't hand out the "10's," but this one got it for me....{#Notworthy}
 

 
Yeah.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NcFaVfTDWcs


Ain't this just about the freakiest groove, STILL? Can you remember, or imagine, how IT BLEW COUNTLESS MINDS BACK IN THE DAY
The funky train has arrived!  That growling piano gets my hips moving .....
yes indeed..........{#Bananapiano}{#Drummer}{#Dancingbanana}{#Heartkiss}{#Hug}{#Bananasplit}{#Jump}{#Pray}
I can't believe no one has mentioned the Hootie and the Blowfish version, yes them! It is actually really good believe it or not!{#Lol}
BADA$$  {#Devil_pimp}
Classic sexy groove. {#Notworthy}   

{#Arrowd} spot on. definitely 'in the pocket'
Dang! I am no musician, but I believe that drummer is what one would call "tight." I don't hand out the "10's," but this one got it for me....{#Notworthy}
 
I know Mr. Withers didn't invent funk, but, baby, he pushed it to the edge of the envelope.
 cc_rider wrote:
Bill 'The Lung' Withers has no equal, period. This may be his very best song, of many excellent ones. The voice, the lyrics, the groove, all mesh perfectly.
 
Bump.
Whew.  What. A. Song.     A 10 fersure.

{#Notworthy}
that is what you call a "serious groove."
Wow!

Remember when R&B was actually R&B?

All we got now is rap. wow.
Don't have a cow.
Farmer uses a plow.
I saw Jones & Dow.
Batman goes pow.
 fatcatjb wrote:
this song has aged very well
 

1972!!!  Forty years!
Man, I haven't been used up in a while...
 Aud wrote:
So WHY is  "Ain't NO Sunshine" not begin played??....  Summer of '71
 
A fine tune, to be sure!
 fatcatjb wrote:
this song has aged very well
 
{#Clap} I think so, too!
Yes!
I got my technique down and everything. I don't be ticklin or nuthin.  

Mmmm it feels good gettin' used.
So WHY is  "Ain't NO Sunshine" not begin played??....  Summer of '71
I love this tune and this singer, but when Mick came out with his version done with Lenny Kravits on guitar and backing vocals, this was totally eclipsed for me.
One of the prime funk beats.  
 Every single time I hear this song, I am taken back to a brief snippet of time, northern Ohio in the summer, probably 1972, sharing what was alleged to be red dirt marijuana (Terry Southern out of context?) and this song on the radio. Probably WMMS. I guess it was pretty good stuff to have emblazoned this song so deeply. Great song, regardless of the context.
this song has aged very well
 hippiechick wrote:
'72? No shit! Great song!
 
Not only was it '72 it was so overplayed on the radio at the time.  But it's still a great song.

Oh Yeah! now sprinkle in a little Marvin Gaye and Al Green...
HELLLZZZ YEEEAAAHHH!!!!

(yeesh, kids today, heh)
 hippiechick wrote:
'72? No shit! Great song!
 
Wow. Never heard of this guy. This is holding up quiet nicely. I just assumed it was a new band.
Soooul Traaaain.....{#Dancingbanana}{#Dancingbanana_2}{#Wave}
baby, baby, baby, babeeee....i can't get enough
Simply crispy...... {#Cool}

MY BROTHER...SIT ME RIGHT DOWN AND TALK TO ME......................
9? wtf? someone hijacked me. it's a 10.
A classic. I loved this then, and I love it now. Still fresh.
 cafortier wrote:
Surprises me that RP wont play Robert Randolph on here.  Submitted a few songs and they all got sorried.  {#Stupid}
 
 

I love Robert Randolph too! Should be played here!
'72? No shit! Great song!

love this! so true!


Check out "Still Bill" the movie if you get a chance. Bill Withers is an amazing, humble, funny, talented man. :)
Surprises me that RP wont play Robert Randolph on here.  Submitted a few songs and they all got sorried.  {#Stupid}

 ScottFromWyoming wrote:
Ben Harper & Robert Randolph at the Mangy Moose
Robert Randolph at the Mangy Moose
Ben Harper Mangy Moose
 
Later that night....
 
August 17, after the Jackson Hole Music Festival had officially ended, Robert Randolph and Ben Harper wound up at the Mangy Moose Saloon, in Teton Village where they were probably staying (and where the festival was). The band started playing this Bill Withers classic, and Ben was cajoled into joining them onstage by that guy on the left in the last photo... Ben's drummer, Oliver Charles. The guy in the Innocent Criminals jacket down front is Jason Yates, Ben's keyboard guy. I think Oliver also requested the song... After Ben sang a few lines, Robert Randolph got up and sang the next few, then grabbed a spare guitar. Ben soon got off stage and Robert continued for a few minutes as the band and he messed around. It sounded great but that band was pretty sharp to begin with! Kaupmees and I had stopped in the night before and the band was into its hokey comedy song stuff so we left, but once they got back to being a cover band they were really good and pulled out a few non-standards.
 
I should add that I talked to both of them, Robert before this little stunt and Ben after. Some people were getting their pictures taken with them but for some reason I didn't bother. But let me just say they reinforce my theory that Nice Guys DO Finish First. At least in the music biz. Both were extremely gracious, happy to talk about the show and how welcomed they felt. Both of them were just really sweet and not rock starry at all.
 


Great song!!!!  Perfect for a Friday morning.
 Alpine wrote:
This song is f'n awesome.
 
bump and agreed; can't say it any better.

Singing pretty loudly in my office - good thing no one else is around yet!  Great way to get moving on a slow Friday morning...
Greatness.
 Jac wrote:
"superlative" Dang, another big word! {#Dance}
 

Just another sesquipedalian
I wonder if Gnarls Barkley was influenced by Bill Withers  - I can definitely hear a similarity. 
 okelle wrote:
One of my favorites on RP. Is the rest of the album as good?
 

It is a friggin' GREAT album.  BUY IT!
Yummy.  Great ol' classic for a dull, breezy Sunday afternoon here in the northeast.
Bill used to be a st st st utterer. Love his so so so song.
just danced to this at a bar a few weeks ago with a friend of a friend's husband who cuts a mean rug. made me look good. but then again, this song...hard not to.

always loved this.

even lenny and mick's version, which i know is just crap in comparison, but i still like it.

wished i could have seen bill live. that would have been fantastic.
Ben Harper & Robert Randolph at the Mangy Moose
Robert Randolph at the Mangy Moose
Ben Harper Mangy Moose
 
Later that night....
 
August 17, after the Jackson Hole Music Festival had officially ended, Robert Randolph and Ben Harper wound up at the Mangy Moose Saloon, in Teton Village where they were probably staying (and where the festival was). The band started playing this Bill Withers classic, and Ben was cajoled into joining them onstage by that guy on the left in the last photo... Ben's drummer, Oliver Charles. The guy in the Innocent Criminals jacket down front is Jason Yates, Ben's keyboard guy. I think Oliver also requested the song... After Ben sang a few lines, Robert Randolph got up and sang the next few, then grabbed a spare guitar. Ben soon got off stage and Robert continued for a few minutes as the band and he messed around. It sounded great but that band was pretty sharp to begin with! Kaupmees and I had stopped in the night before and the band was into its hokey comedy song stuff so we left, but once they got back to being a cover band they were really good and pulled out a few non-standards.
 
I should add that I talked to both of them, Robert before this little stunt and Ben after. Some people were getting their pictures taken with them but for some reason I didn't bother. But let me just say they reinforce my theory that Nice Guys DO Finish First. At least in the music biz. Both were extremely gracious, happy to talk about the show and how welcomed they felt. Both of them were just really sweet and not rock starry at all.


"superlative" Dang, another big word! {#Dance}
superlative in every respect!
{#Yes}{#Yes}{#Yes}{#Yes}{#Yes}


Dancing in the aisles! Oops, I am at home, dancing on the couch!! {#Bananajam}
It just doesn't get any better than this.  :swoon:
:bananajam: :bananapiano: :drummer: keep on using me til you use me up. love it.
Great funky jam. Reminds me of Stevie Wonder's stuff back in the day. I have this "Best of" CD and think it's great stuff. It doesn't get any better than "Ain't No Sunshine", by Bill.
If you haven't heard it, check out Mick Jaggers' version of this with Lenny Kravitz. Much more edgy and angry, and emotional...I think. And just as funky if not more so.
WOW!....reminds me of the early 70's Halifax NS scene. ..ahhhhhhhhh
I love how integral this song feels, like a moment of your life put to music. I think we've all had times where we made mistakes, in relationships or in other places, but we kept to them because they were *our* mistakes.
:confused: God! I am so enmeshed with this song! :shifty: :redface: :whistle:
This song is f'n awesome.
Absolutely love his work! :notworthy: :hearteyes:
Mugro wrote:
This song is awesome!! Funky! :dancingbanana: The ONLY reason that it is not a 10 is because the Lenny Kravitz version is actually BETTER! Seldom in the world of the Mugro Doctrine on Covers do we find that the cover is better than the original, but IT IS.
I'm with you on the cover issue, Mugro, but I confess, I've never heard Lenny's version, so now with your recommendation, I must seek it out!
Excellent version of this song used by O. Stone on any givien sunday ... Excellent ,,, just like the song .... Oscar
Bill 'The Lung' Withers has no equal, period. This may be his very best song, of many excellent ones. The voice, the lyrics, the groove, all mesh perfectly. Lenny and Mick's cover is also excellent, but I can't give a cover a higher rating than the original, unless the original really sucked and the coverer rescued it. Clearly not the case here. c.
oldslabsides wrote:
freakin' classic. :dancingbanana:
yeah, what you said!!
This is one of those songs that I recognize is probably pretty good, but does nothing for me. Never have liked it, for some reason.
shell wrote:
I first encountered this track on the American Beauty soundtrack. What an excellent CD that is...
Also on Starsky and Hutch. Very Funny. Reminds me of my younger days. :hungry:
nice seque from crabbucket
TOTALLY AWESOME!!!
organic.
This would have been a 9 if it wasn't for the existence of the Mick Jagger/Lenny Kravitz cover version, where they turn this song into a back-slapping conversation between the singers. Brilliant rendition!
Absolute classic!
One of my favorites on RP. Is the rest of the album as good?
dmax wrote:
My brother... he sat me right down and he talked to me. And I'm sure he meant well. This is just freakin brilliant, and eternal and godlike. See, this is what SOUL MUSIC sounds like without all that crappy warbling and ululations.
I second that emotion. . .
This song is awesome!! Funky! :dancingbanana: The ONLY reason that it is not a 10 is because the Lenny Kravitz version is actually BETTER! Seldom in the world of the Mugro Doctrine on Covers do we find that the cover is better than the original, but IT IS.
Lovely day!
Oh yeah, some funky soul. How perfect!
This song rips.....hahahahahahaahaha. Dont get all upset.
Great lead in from the B'52s...and I love this song. Funky and cool.
As a bass player, this is one of my favorite tracks of all time. I just cue our drummer to go, and I can riff on this for hours.
One of his best - wish he'd have a revival tour or something - one of the smoothest voices in R&B
Cool, to hear some Bill here, not the song I requested, but hey, I am patient :) Thumbs up for Bill, no for both Bill's :)
Spot_69 wrote:
Me three. You'd think the folks listening to RP would know better than to let commercial broadcasters ruin things for them. In the age of the internet and tivo, your exposure to media is nobody's business but your own. Edit: Great tune! :cheesygrin:
Spot on, Spot! Great phrase! I'll use it on everything now!