Raphael Saadiq, you put your foot in this one. Maybe both feet.To come up with this slice of what I would call soul for the 90s?
This may have been the beginning of the end of Tony! Toni! Toné! as we knew them, but it also might have been the beginning of Saadiq’s solo career. I don’t know too many people who know of this particular song, but whenever I hear it, I feel something. I think back to those days when I would be at home while my significant other was out all night. There’s even a reference or two to that kind of behavior in the song. By the end, she would walk out. And the chorus of this song, with it’s questioning hook, would be playing in my head while I went through the agony of a relationship gone south.
Have you ever loved somebody who loved you so much it hurt you to hurt them so bad?
I wonder if the ex has ever asked herself that question. After it had all gone bad, I realized that I was “Still A Man.” That’s the name of the song that is today’s Morning Groove.
To me, it sounds like one of those old soul classics, where the singer testifies for minutes on end about love, lost love, found love. I could hear someone like Bobby Womack, or even Otis Redding tear into something like this, wringing all the emotion out of it. That it was Raphael Saadiq doing it though? He showed me something with this. Not that I wasn’t a fan of the group before I heard the song. But I’d never heard anything before to suggest that this was in him, or them. Think of their hits: “Feels Good,” “Anniversary,” “If I Had No Loot,” among others. Nothing in them could have prepared anyone for this.
This one hits a little close to home for me, because parts of the lyrics I lived. And even so, I love it so much. I know it isn’t well known. And it is kind of long; over seven minutes. But not a second is wasted. From the group’s last proper studio album, House Of Music, this might have been their last masterpiece. And for me, it’s one of their best.
Have you ever loved somebody who loves you so much it hurts you to hurt them so bad?
Thanks for reading and listening.
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