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What'd I Say - Ray Charles

What'd I Say

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What'd I Say or "What I Say" is a two-part recording that was released in 1959 by rhythm and blues musician Ray Charles. After Charles' run of R&B hits, this song finally broke Charles into mainstream pop and the song itself sparked a new sub-genre of rhythm and blues titled soul, finally putting together all the elements that Charles had been creating since he recorded "I Got a Woman". It was ranked at #10 in Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. According to Charles, while performing at a Milwaukee nightclub, he had performed the last song of his set, "Night Time Is the Right Time", when he was informed that there was another twelve minutes left in the show. Charles decided to fill the time by performing an impromptu version of the song that would eventually be recorded as What'd I Say. Charles told his backing band and female background singers, the Raelettes, to "just follow me". The song began on a Latin influenced drum beat and a Wurlitzer electric piano riff before Charles improvised his own lyrics to it. As the band became more comfortable with the piece, Charles and the Raelettes started an impromptu call and response vocalization. Charles later said that the call and response section was "all about the sounds of making love". Although the song is usually listed as "What'd I Say", Charles always insisted that the name of the song is "What I Say" as heard on the track.


Ray Charles (Ray Charles Robinson, Albany, Georgia, September 23, 1930 - Beverly Hills, California, June 10, 2004), was an American singer-songwriter, musician, arranger, and band leader. As a rock and roll, rhythm & blues, soul, blues, jazz, country and pop musician he helped to shape the sound of rhythm & blues. He brought a soulful sound to everything from country music ("I Can't Stop Loving You") to rock and roll ("Mess Around"), to pop standards to a now-iconic rendition of "America the Beautiful. Show more ...

What'd I Say - Ray Charles

What'd I say

Hey mama, don't you treat me wrong,
come and love me all night long.
Oh oh, hey hey,
all right now.

See the girl with the diamond ring,
she knows how to twist that thing.
Oh oh, hey hey,
all right now.

Tell your mama, tell your pa
I'm gonna ship you back to Arkansas.
Oh yes, you don't do right,
you don't do right.

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.
Tell me what'd I say,
tell me what'd I say.

Yes, I wanna know,
I wanna know.
Baby, I wanna know right now,
yes, I wanna know.
Honey, I wanna know,
yes, I wanna know.

Hey hey
Ho ho
Hey hey
Ho ho
Hey hey ho ho hey.

Sing me one more time.
Sing me one more time.
Sing me one more time.
Sing me one more time.
Sing me one more time.
Sing me one more time.

Hey hey
Ho ho
Hey hey
Ho ho
Hey hey ho ho hey.

Make me feel so good.
Make me feel so good.
Make me feel so good right now.
Make me feel so good.
Make me feel so good.
Make me feel so good.

Huh huh
Ho ho
Huh huh
Ho ho
Huh huh ho ho huh.

Baby, it's all right.
Baby, it's all right right now.
Baby, it's all right.
Baby, it's all right.
Baby, it's all right.
Baby, it's all right.

Come on, twist that thing.
Come on, twist that thing.
Keep a twistin' that thing.
Keep a twistin' that thing.
Keep a twistin' that thing.
Keep a twistin' that thing.

Make me feel all right.
Well, I feel all right.
Well, I feel all right.
Well, I feel all right.
Well, I feel all right.
Well, I feel all right.

- Ray Charles



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