It Should've Been Me

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"It Should've Been Me" is a 1954 rhythm and blues song written by Memphis Curtis, produced by Ahmet Ertegun and recorded and released as a single by American singer Ray Charles. Recorded at the same May 10, 1953 session as the boogie-woogie-like R&B hit "Mess Around", which was written by Ertegun and released first, "It Should've Been Me" played on a comedic rap vibe/jive in which Charles talked about certain instances where he was smitten with "fine chicks" only to be dismayed that they had partners causing Charles (and in background vocal, Atlantic session musician and writer Jesse Stone), to say "it should have been (him) with (those) real fine chick(s). " Despite being blind since the age of seven, Ray repeatedly states in the song that he saw different things and different "chicks." Released in early 1954, the song became Charles' first charted hit for Atlantic Records and soon reached number five on the Billboard R&B singles chart. The song begins: As I passed by, a real fine hotel, a chick walked out, she sure looked swell.. James Booker covered the song on his album Resurrection Of The Bayou Maharajah (1993) as part of a medley with "Life" and "Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee". 


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1997
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As I passed by
A real fine hotel
A chick walked out
She sure looked swell
I gave her the eye
And started to carry on
When a Cadillac cruised up, and swish
She was gone

It should've been me
(With that real fine chick)
It should've been me
(With that real fine chick)
It should have been me
Driving that Cadillac

A little later on
A theater I passed
I spotted another chick
And did she have class
I was all set
To write her name in my book
When her husband came up and gave me a
Real dirty look

It should've been me
(With that real fine chick)
It should've been me
(With that real fine chick)
It should've been me
To have been her chaperone

I walked to the corner
Then saw a sharp cat
With a three-hundred-dollar suit on, and a
Hundred-dollar hat
He was standing on the sidewalk
By a DynaFlow
When a voice within said
"C'mon daddy, let's go"

It should've been me
(With that real fine chick)
It should've been me
(With that real fine chick)
It should've been me
Driving that DynaFlow

I ate a bowl of chili
And I felt okay
At least until I passed
This fine cafe
I saw a guy eatin'
A great big steak
While a waitress stood by feedin' him
Ice cream and cake

It should've been me
(With that real fine chick)
It should've been me
(With that real fine chick)
It should've been me
Eatin' ice, cream and cake

It should've been me
(Gettin' my natural kicks)
It should've been me
(Gettin' my natural kicks)
It should have been me
Lovin' those crazy chicks

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Ray Charles

Ray Charles Robinson (September 23, 1930 – June 10, 2004) was an American musician known as Ray Charles (to avoid confusion with champion boxer Sugar Ray Robinson.) He was a pioneer in the genre of soul music during the 1950s by fusing rhythm and blues, gospel, and blues styles into his early recordings with Atlantic Records. He also helped racially integrate country and pop music during the 1960s with his crossover success on ABC Records, most notably with his Modern Sounds albums. While with ABC, Charles became one of the first African-American musicians to be given artistic control by a mainstream record company.Frank Sinatra called Charles “the only true genius in show business.” more »

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